Women’s wrestling helps centre get to grips with its cashflow problems

Erin Angel performs a backflip
Erin Angel performs a backflip

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THE rough and tumble world of women’s wrestling is coming to Waterlooville for the first time.

Two of the country’s top female wrestlers will battle it out at the town’s Community Centre for a title match.

The event is part of a bid by Waterlooville Community Association to bring in more funds amid hard economic times. The choice of event might raise eyebrows among some people in the community.

But Sean Greenall, centre manager, said: ‘All community centres are struggling big-time.

‘There are no grants coming from the government to support us and we have to make sure this centre is a sustainable organisation providing a service for the whole community.’

Men’s wrestling was held at the community centre in February and was so popular with the fans that the sport is returning next month.

But this time it’s a chance for the women to take centre stage.

Erin Angel will take on Amazon, who beat her in Gosport last September to become ladies’ champion of the Solent Wrestling Federation.

Erin, a 25-year-old swimming instructor from Southampton, is just over 5ft tall – compared with Amazon, from Kent, whose real name is Ayesha-Michelle Ray, who stands 6ft tall.

Erin, who got into wrestling as a teenager after watching it on television, said: ‘I fell in love with it – the girls in their sparkly costumes and beautiful women who were so athletic.

‘It was something I wanted to do and I haven’t looked back.

‘I am desperate to get my title back. I am going to be gunning for her. She’s got the weight and height, but I am very fast.’

As well as the women headlining the evening, there will be a memorial wrestling match for Dave Hines, from Havant, a well-known wrestler who died in May from cancer at the age of 64.

Battling it out will be Kris Kay, from Gosport, Jayce the Ace, the 21 Stone Iron Hulk and the 6ft 7in Bryan Clark.

Half of the proceeds from the night will go to the community association to help with its ongoing running costs.

The wrestling takes place on Saturday, September 15.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Adult tickets are £10 and £7 for concessionaries. Call (023) 9225 6823.