PREVIEW: Wrestling, Jimmy Havoc and John Ryan

WRESTLING fans can expect lots of Havoc at Worthing’s Easter grappling spectacular. Jimmy Havoc, to be exact.

The notorious tough-guy from Kent, who has up to now sidestepped any involvement with the town’s promoters, is set to make his debut on the show in a tag team bout at the Assembly Hall on Thursday, April 12.

Havoc will enter the ring with Premier Wrestling Federation title-holder Jon Ryan, and while Havoc is an unknown quantity with the audience, Ryan certainly isn’t.

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His aggressive, rule-bending tactics have earned him the alias The Hitman and made him one of the most feared and hated figures in the business.

Havoc, by all accounts, is out of the same mould, and together they look a recipe for tag team mayhem.

So cue two of the most popular stars in British wrestling, Joel Redman, a man with a contract in his pocket to join American giants WWE Stateside in the near future, and Wonder Kid Jonny Storm, the high-flyer for whom the phrase “action from the top rope and beyond” was coined.

The show also sees the South Coast debut of Irish star Rhia O’Reilly, who has just returned to the UK from Canada and America, where she was the first European wrestler to appear on a Femme Fatales show in Montreal and competed for top women’s promotion Shimmer, in Illinois.

Her opponent is Little Miss Dynamite Erin Angel.

In more top bouts, local favourite Barry Cooper goes in against Pretty Boy Dan Walsh, while The Iron Hulk, Karl Atlas, battles it out with teenage star Josh Faulkner.

Tickets, including special reserved ringside seats and discounted prices for advance bookings, are available from the box office, telephone 01903 206206, or via the Worthing Theatres website.

Preview by John Freemantle.