Wrestle mania is about to hit Warrnambool with some of the world’s biggest names on the independent circuit set to compete in an eight-man tournament next month.
The Clash on the Coast event is a first for Gold Class Wrestling with promoter Wade Brewer saying that if it is a success, Warrnambool could also play host to even bigger names in the future.
Showcasing American TV-style wrestling, the event will feature Lance Storm-trained Carlo Cannon, from the US, Finn Balor's student Andy Phoenix, from Ireland, Gabriel Wolfe, from South Africa, and some wildcard entries such as 'The Great Wall of China' Zhan Wen.
“It’s competitive, high-flying, but there’s also a good element of drama and trash talking. There’s a lot of different styles, the high-flying cruiserweight guys and power wrestlers. It’s fun for the whole family,” Mr Brewer said.
Mr Brewer said he chose Warrnambool as the place to crown the first Gold Class Wrestling champion because the city had successfully hosted professional wrestling events in the past, but there had been none for a number of years.
“It’s a shame that people there who enjoy it are missing out and have to drive to Melbourne whenever there’s wrestling on,” he said.
Mr Brewer said if the Warrnambool event was a success, he may add it to a future World Wrestling All-Stars tour which would feature some big-name stars, which in the past have included Sting, Bret Hart, Eddie Guerrero and AJ Styles.
He said Gold Class Wrestling was a smaller scale trial to test the waters prior to launching the internationally known brand World Wrestling All-Stars, which he recently purchased.
A former wrestler, Mr Brewer has been in the industry for 17 years and was also involved in the Hulkamania tour in 2009 that headlined Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.
Clash of the Coast will be held at the Arc Stadium on June 9 from 7.30pm. Tickets available at Ticketek from $25.