Brynmawr to host top wrestling stars

South Wales Argus: FORMER WWE wrestling star Stevie Starr FORMER WWE wrestling star Stevie Starr

BRYNMAWR’s Market Hall Cinema will host some of the country’s top wrestlers at an annual event at 7.30pm on May 15.

The Superstars of Welsh Wrestling are preparing to get in the ring at Wales’ oldest continually running cinema.

The 350-seater venue has hosted the annual event for the past three years and is expected to be a sell-out. Cinema director, Peter Watkins-Hughes, said the event offers a fun family night: “It has become an annual tradition and is one of the highlights of the year for the town.”

“It’s great and attracts everyone from youngsters to their grandmothers.” Mr Watkins-Hughes said the Market Hall has long associations with the sport as 70s wrestling legend Adrian Sweet is a former usher: “He regularly appeared on TV with ‘Big Daddy’ and ‘Giant Haystacks.’” Among those to take to the full-size stage is ex-World Wrestling Federation wrestler Stevie Starr will be defending his Welsh Heavyweight Championship against Kade Callous. He will be joined by Dave ‘Big Dog’ Stewart, of Cwmbran.

Mr Stewart is also a professional actor and appeared on the Market Hall screen in the film ‘The Good Drug Dealer,’ which premiered there. “He’s gone from the silver screen here to the ring. The atmosphere will be brilliant,” he added.

The event will also raise money for the Kidscape anti-bullying charity. “Wrestling has always been very popular in the South Wales valleys and we are hoping that after the huge success of past events here, that this show in Brynmawr will be just as popular” said wrestling promoter Alan Ravenhill. Tickets are available from the box office on 01495 310576.

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