by Billy Carpenter (@4CR_Billy)
PAID PROMOTIONS WRESTLING ANNOUNCEMENT
WRESTLING RETURNS TO WINTER GARDENS, MORECAMBE
Professional wrestling is returning to the Winter Gardens in Morecambe after an absence of 40 years.
On Sunday, August 31 2014, a live professional wrestling event will take place inside the beautiful Grade II* listed theatre on Morecambe seafront.
This is a massive coup for promoters PAID Promotions Wrestling and a historic event no wrestling fan will want to miss.
“For as long as I’ve been involved in professional wrestling as a promoter, manager and performer, I’ve wanted to run a wrestling show at the Winter Gardens,” said Greg Lambert, majority shareholder in PAID Promotions Wrestling.
“It is a spectacular building and steeped in the history of wrestling in this country.
“To bring professional wrestling back to the Winter Gardens in Morecambe is something very special indeed.
“It will be a privilege to link the past with the present by bringing the fans an incredible night of athleticism and entertainment from the new generation of British professional wrestlers, in such a beautiful, atmospheric and historic venue.”
The Winter Gardens was a hotbed of British pro wrestling in the early to mid-20th Century, particularly during the 1950s, 60s and early 70s.
Fans would pack the Lancashire seaside theatre on a daily basis during the height of Morecambe’s summer season to watch some of the biggest names in old-time British professional wrestling like Jackie Pallo, Jimmy Breaks, Johnny Saint and Jim Hussey, father of the great Marc ‘Rollerball’ Rocco.
The ITV cameras also visited the Winter Gardens regularly during this period of time, airing two shows during the week when England won the football World Cup in 1966.
Award-winning designer and TV celebrity Wayne Hemingway, organiser of the upcoming Morecambe Vintage-by-the-Sea festival, has often said his earliest memory was of being paraded in the Winter Gardens wrestling ring by his father, the Native American chief and top professional wrestler Billy Two Rivers.
The Winter Gardens closed in 1977 but, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers , is slowly being restored to its former glory. A new bar, toilets and other facilities have been installed and the theatre is now able to offer a programme of events to the public, including the return of professional wrestling.
So to mark this stellar occasion, on Sunday, August 31, PAID Promotions Wrestling will host a one-night ‘Golden Chance Trophy’ tournament featuring eight of the very best of the new generation of British wrestlers.
“The eight names in the Golden Chance Trophy tournament have been hand picked to ensure the return of wrestling to the Winter Gardens will be a memorable one,” said Lambert.
“These are eight of the very best in this country but in the end, only one will take home the Golden Chance Trophy and earn themselves a guaranteed shot at the PAID Promotions British Heavyweight Championship.”
The eight competitors are:
‘Shooting Star’ Kris Travis (Sheffield)
‘The Juice’ CJ Banks (Southport)
‘Delicious’ Danny Hope (Tassletown)
Ryan Grayson (Edinburgh, Scotland) accompanied by his beautiful valet Serenity
Martin Kirby (Thirsk, North Yorkshire)
The 350lb ‘Toxic Terror’ Cyanide (Manchester)
Ricky J McKenzie (Blackpool)
Also on the card will be a special singles challenge match pitting the former British Champion, Joey Hayes (Manchester) against Chris Ridgeway(Barrow-in-Furness).
The current reigning British Heavyweight Champion ‘The One Man Riot’ Craig Kollins (Barrow-in-Furness) will also be in attendance.
The draw for the first round of the one-night Golden Chance Trophy Tournament is as follows:
Ricky J McKenzie vs Bubblegum
Plus Semi-Finals and Final, and Joey Hayes vs Chris Ridgeway in a non-tournament match
Tickets for the show are available from www.paidpromotionswrestling.co.uk
Only limited VIP front row tickets remaining.
The show takes place at The Winter Gardens, Marine Road Central, Morecambe, Lancashire. (For longtime Morecambe wrestling fans, the Winter Gardens is opposite where The Dome used to be.)
Doors open 4pm. Bell time 4.30pm. All welcome.
RESULTS from PAID Promotions Era of Violence, Sunday, July 20 2014, The Globe Arena, Morecambe
Ricky J McKenzie pinned Dangerous Damon Leigh
Bubblegum beat Shaun Vasey by disqualification
Grado battled Mad Man Manson to a no contest
Mad Man Manson and Grado defeated Ryan Grayson and Chris Ridgeway
CJ Banks pinned El Ligero
Cyanide pinned Danny Hope
Craig Kollins (with Greg ‘The Truth’ Lambert) pinned Bubblegum to retain the PAID Promotions Title