Rivals wrestle for title honours

GREAT entertainment is the goal when the nation’s superstars of wrestling do battle tonight in the Coastal Conflict event at Warrnambool Stadium.

Top billing is the bout between Australian wrestling heavyweight champion Daniel Swagger and his arch rival Danny Psycho in a “Tables Ladders Chairs” fight. The two will be using tables, ladders and chairs to try to reach the heavyweight championship belt hung above the ring and will also use the props as weapons.

However, Swagger said it would be “family-friendly entertainment”. Swagger and Psycho have tangled on numerous occasions with Swagger winning the national title six times and Psycho twice.

Event promoter Steven Pullen said the fights aimed to get the crowd involved.

“It’s the Australian version of the American pro wrestling World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE),” Mr Pullen said.

The event starts at 7.30pm, and includes six bouts of high-flying wrestling action  and a wealth of colourful characters.

“We will have 20 wrestlers — 10 from Australia and 10 from England,” Mr Pullen said. Among them, Blake “Mr Big” Johnston, who stands at 1.25 metres (4.15 feet), will tackle the 1.85-metre (6.1 foot) Chris Trance.

Johnston made headlines last year when he was set alight during a St Kilda Football Club Mad Monday celebration prank. He has since worked with an anti-bullying program for primary school children promoting acceptance, tolerance and understanding.

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