WWE Wrestling fans flock to Caird Hall for glamour and slammers

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CJ Banks applies a nasty-looking armlock on Ian Ambrose

Some of the UK’s top wrestling talent thrilled Tayside grapple fans at Dundee’s Caird Hall on Saturday.

Around 1,000 fans watched newly-signed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) stars go up against home-grown talent during a two-hour show.

Kirriemuir band Emerald Sunday kicked off the night with a live performance inside the squared circle at Scottish Wrestling Entertainment’s Hell for Lycra XIV.

Punches, kicks, bodyslams, suplexes and piledrivers quickly followed at the “Best of British” event where WWE UK tournament competitor Sam Gradwell was making his SWE debut.

Worldwide names Zack Sabre Jr and “the Musclecat” Saxon Huxley were among the big names billed at what has become SWE’s annual extravaganza.

But the promotion was struck a blow at the last minute as Sabre Jr was unable to attend due to flight delays.

The 30-year-old, who is one of the best-regarded technical wrestlers of modern times, vowed to make it next year.

He said: “Sincere apologies to everyone at SWE but I’ll be missing tonight’s event due to a proper bad flight delay and missed connection.

“It’s now impossible to get to Dundee in time.”

Dundee’s Caird Hall is Scotland’s most famous wrestling venue with a rich history dating back to legendary heavyweight Bert Assirati topping the bill before and after the Second World War.

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