IWA Wrestling’s Mark Mercedes prepares to be body slammed by Japanese pro wrestler Yoshi, also known as the Pink Rhino.
IWA Wrestling’s Mark Mercedes prepares to be body slammed by Japanese pro wrestler Yoshi, also known as the Pink Rhino. Courtesy IWA Pro-Wrestling

Wrestling a smash hit in Ballina

IT’S body-slamming, bone-crunching, sports entertainment.

IWA Pro-Wrestling is bringing its action-packed show to the Ballina RSL Club tonight, and promoter and wrestler Mark Mercedes said it was going to be a lot of fun.

He has been wrestling for more than 15 years, including with the big boys in America and Japan, and he says watching a live pro-wrestling show is a lot different to watching it on television.

“We are a family-friendly show,” Mercedes said.

“We have lots of zany characters, and it’s just going to be two hours of non-stop excitement.”

Co-promoter Tyrone Townsend said they had performed more than 350 shows across Australia.

“We offer a fantastic live action adventure show for all ages,” he said.

“Perhaps the biggest difference between pro wrestling and real sport is that pro-wrestling openly admits to glorifying

characters and embellishing storylines.”

Tickets for tonight’s IWA Pro-Wrestling show are $18 for adults and $13 for children under 16. Doors open at 7.30 with the show to start at 8.

The show will include heavyweight matches, tag-team matches, high flyers and much more. It also uses elements of theatre, music and comedy.

Phone the Ballina RSL Club on 6686 2544 to book.

For more information about IWA Pro-Wrestling, visit www.iwawrestling.com.au.


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