GALLERY: Families lap up wrestling hijinks in Warrnambool

FANS of the bodyslam, the Mongolian chop and the bionic elbow got their fill of sports entertainment when the Coastal Conflict professional wrestlers hit the Warrnambool Stadium on Saturday night.

Promoter Steven Pullen said it was standing room only with about 1110 people cheering on the high-energy action.

Daniel Swagger retained his title as Australian wrestling heavyweight champion when he threw arch-rival Danny Psycho into a stack of tables in the main “TLC” event.

In professional wrestling, TLC is the opposite of tender loving care. It stands for tables, ladders and chairs that are used as weapons and as aids to help wrest down the heavyweight championship belt strung above the ring.

“Everyone got into it,” Mr Pullen said.

“We had young and old.

“Families made up most of the audience.”

In another of the six bouts fought on the night, Trikki D was crowned the new state champion after defeating Gabriel Wolfe.

Blake “Mr Big” Johnston showed it was the size of the fight in the man rather than the size of the man in the fight by defeating Chris Trance, who is about 60 centimetres taller than the pint-sized wrestler.

One of the broader contests during the night was a Team Australia v Team England battle that ranged over three bouts.

The Aussies continued the drubbing being meted out to the Poms in the Ashes, defeating Team England 2-1.

Mr Pullen said the big attendance on Saturday night meant the professional wrestlers would return to Warrnambool next January.

“We will be back for sure,” he said.

The Melbourne-based professional wrestling show was last in Warrnambool six years ago.

ehimmelreich@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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