Move over Strictly - when it comes to the definitive spectator event, wrestling is back at Blackpool Tower.
Friday’s events are organised by Megaslam Wrestling which stage 200 shows across Europe, making it one of the busiest agencies on the circuit.
Promoter Brad Taylor founded Megaslam in 2009 following his participation as a wrestler. He explains: “The Blackpool Tower is the most historic venue for wrestling in the country, with stars from all over the world competing there, including Blackpool’s own William Regal, who has gone onto super-stardom as part of WWE in America.
“I was very nervous about the first show (back in February) wondering if the interest would still be there.”
The turn-out of more than 300 fans more than justified his investment – even after a 10-year absence from the historic circus ring.
“We’re now set to bring stars from all over the world – including Japan, America, Mexico, Russia – to the shows.”
Those set to appear on Friday at Blackpool Tower Circus include Mexico’s El Ligero, who has competed for more than 15 years and taken part in shows across the USA.
It also features self styled ‘Russian Nightmare’ Boris Koslov, who has made England his home.
The Megaslam Girls will make an appearance – Liverpool’s Lizzy Styles, 17, and Welsh girl Nixon.
Brad sees it as entertainment for all the family, harking back to the days when grans used to vie for the ringside seats to watch the likes of Giant Haystacks: “Our shows are aimed at the whole family, it features something for everyone, and is a great night out. It’s an event the kids don’t forget in a hurry.”
Matches confirmed for the Tower include a Royal Rumble Rampage, which features all wrestlers in the ring at the same time.
Tickets are available now at the Tower for the show, and doors open at 7pm on Friday.