The heyday of professional wrestling was played out in front of huge TV audiences on Saturday afternoons, watching the likes of Mick McManus, Kendo Nagasaki, Dundee’s own World Champion George Kydd and fans favourite Shirley Crabtree (better known as Big Daddy) grapple for two falls, two submissions or a knockout.
As the British wrestling circuit began to, and finally lost out to its bigger, polished American ‘World’ counterparts in the ratings, the grass-roots suffered from the lack of money in the circuit without TV.
However, just in the last five years there has been a resurgence in the numbers of British wrestlers and fans taking to halls around the country for an afternoon or evening of action is on the up, with shows offering a mix of the old techniques with some of the American ‘hardcore’ approach.
In February, American WWE wrestlers took on their less known Scottish counterparts at a Braehead Arena event.
This Saturday sees wrestlers from all over Scotland and the North of England appear at The Plough function hall in Forfar, courtesy of promoters KWP Wrestling.
An entertainment for all ages, kids and grandparents alike will witness seven wrestling bouts on the evening card, featuring two current Scottish title holders, a former champion and a former British title holder.
The main attractions of the evening will be Lothian wrestler Murray ‘Muzlem’ Stevenson the Scottish heavyweight champion, the bearded Fin Awesome, Dundee’s own Nathan Reynolds, the world’s oldest wrestler Dave Kidney, much travelled Jay Geddy, through to young up-and-comers Inferno and Johnny Wrath.
Tickets are available from The Plough or Vine & Monkey (formerly Tolbooth) or at the door on the day, a family ticket for four costing £25.
Children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 6.30 pm, with the first bell at 7.30 pm.