Mr Grey, a modern day Adonis, entered the auditorium at the Floral Pavilion for All Star Wresting wearing only a skin-tight pair of lycra trunks. He was tall, lean, muscular with intense eyes and perfectly coiffed and slicked dark-brown hair. The layers of fake tan and body oil accentuated every undulation of his toned torso.
The audience, made up of mostly 9 year olds, erupted into chants of “En-ger-land, En-ger-land”.
For those of you wondering what relevance Fifty Shades of Grey might have on a website dedicated to family days out, this wasn’t Mr Christian Grey of Seattle USA, it was Mr Oliver Grey of Exeter, Devon.
Oliver Grey is, as it turned out, is a Devon-born professional wrestler. His might (and there was quite a lot of it!) was pitted against the equally mighty “Rampage Brown” in this star-studded sell-out event. “I can’t wait to get my hands on him”, shouted Grey, encouraging the audience’s participation by flexing his huge muscles! “Atomic-slam Him!” screamed my 9 year old godson whilst stamping his feet repeatedly in time with the rest of the audience.
The last time I was sat in this venue, I was watching a pantomime, with my two little girls. This was a pantomime, just of a completely different sort. The total suspension of disbelief is vital and audience participation is positively embraced.
Over the course of 6 bouts, culminating in the “all in the ring” finale, the crowd was worked brilliantly by the compère and the numerous wrestlers. There were good guys and baddies in each bout and I was assured by the expert 9 year olds sat all around me that the spectacle of wrestling moves, such as the “neck-breaker”, “Irish whip” and “the headlock” were of excellent quality. After all, as a novice wrestling spectator, what would I know? I did however have a great evening!
NB: This was a guest post by Kate who attended the Wrestling with Olly as guests of the Floral Pavilion on behalf of Mini Travellers
Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!
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