ACTION packed professional wrestling is coming here with bone-crunching manoeuvres, and flamboyant outfits, professional wrestling is a sensationalized form of performance art with a universal appeal like no other.
But despite once being a staple of popular, terrestrial channels in the UK, British wrestling has since tapped out to the heightened surrealism and bravado of the global WWE, which has reigned for more than 60 years and launched some of the most celebrated wrestlers of all time.
LDN Wrestling, however, a touring company that will be gator rolling into the Thurrock Civic Hall in Grays on Wednesday 29th May, aims to challenge the yanks’ dominance and reinstate the demand for British wrestling.
Sanjay Bagga, 33, who left university after just twelve weeks to become a wrestling promoter, founded the group in 2004, after growing frustrated with the lack of affordable and thrilling entertainment provided to UK fans of the sport.
He said: ”Wrestling and this great country go hand in hand, it is in our culture and even used to outdraw the FA Cup Final.
”But British wrestling took a big knock when it got taken off the TV in the 1980s, so I felt there was a gap in the market for a wrestling event with affordable prices.
”The WWE events are great, but it can end up working out about £500 day.”
After a successful 15 years, and with plans to bulldoze through another two hundred shows across Europe, LDN Wrestling is definitely on its way to helping Britain re-stake its claim on the wrestling world. Even if it still has to cater to fans wanting the exaggerated personalities of wrestlers from across the pond.
He said: ”Wrestling is coming back bigger than ever in Britain, but the modern generation only know Hulk Hogan or The Rock now.
”So we have five American wrestlers as well and everyone always goes home happy when we combine the American and British wrestlers.”
Top of the bill is reality TV star from Married at First Sight (Season 1, USA) New York’s Jason “Keep Calm” Carrion. A huge star in America, he is the reigning and defending World Heavyweight Champion.
LDN Wrestling takes place on May 29th at Thurrock Civic Hall in Grays from 7pm.
Tickets cost £14 Ringside, £12.50 General, £42 Family of 4 from LDNwrestling.com