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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Barrow stage is set for charity smackdown

ST Mary’s Hospice has benefited from all kinds of fundraisers in its 25-year history.

But the Ulverston charity may have never seen anything like this.

Barrow-based Knockout Wrestling is to stage its latest sports entertainment spectacular in aid of the hospice at Cemetery Cottages in Schneider Road, Ormsgill, next month.

The event promises to be another 200-capacity sell-out and will raise an impressive amount for the hospice which provides invaluable care for patients with life-limiting conditions.

Martin Lewis, St Mary’s corporate fundraiser, stepped between the ropes with the grapplers this week during a training session ahead of the Fallout extravaganza on Saturday February 8.

He said: “It’s brilliant. We rely on these sort of community events, but this is the first one of this type I’ve heard about to support the hospice.

“It’s really good that the lads are putting on these shows, getting a good following and supporting us so we can carry on doing the job that we do at St Mary’s.”

After enduring a headlock at the hands of KOW Heavyweight Champion Nightmare, Mr Lewis was asked if he fancied getting in the ring for real. “No, I don’t fancy getting in there myself!” he said. “Not even 20 years ago!”

KOW was borne out of the former G-Ring Promotions which staged events in Ulverston a few years ago.

Under new direction, KOW formed in Barrow in late 2012 and has performed several successful shows in the town with a roster of between 10 and 15 wrestlers, with around seven from Furness.

At Fallout, former fan favourite Nightmare will defend his title against Marcus Gabrial in the main event of the evening and said the stars of the ring were proud to be raising money for such a good cause.

He said: “There is storyline continuing on from the last show, when I turned into a bad guy and turned my back on KOW by joining the Triad. So this show will be all about how the good guys react to that.”

Doors will open at 7pm on February 8, with the show starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from the Cemetery Cottages or by contacting KOW on its Facebook page.

Others wrestlers confirmed to appear are “Mr Big” Shaun Vasey, Adam “Adrenaline” Rush, Craig Kollins and Ryan Grayson.

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