Boo and cheer as colourful wrestling show comes to Barking

PUBLISHED: 10:21 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:21 24 July 2013

Karl Krammer (left) with fellow wrestler

Karl Krammer (left) with fellow wrestler


Fancy watching a 38-stone beast of a man attempt to throw another fellow out of a ring?

If so, head to the Broadway Theatre on Sunday as 10 wrestlers – clad in a variety of colourful costumes – battle it out in LDN Wrestling Live.

The family show, described by the organisers as “sports panto”, features an eclectic line-up of characters including LDN British Heavyweight Champion Karl Krammer.

Also known as the Battling Barbarian, 38-stone Karl will be defending his title against the rather smaller Alan Lee Travis. Alan said he was both excited and nervous about the up-coming bout. “Karl has the size, so I will have to use my speed to out wrestle him if I want to win the title.

“I will need the support of all the locals when I take on the Barbarian,” the 27-year-old explained.

Other contestants include “politician” Richard Parliament who tells the audience he happily takes all his expenses and wants children to go to school seven days a week.

The event includes a championship rumble, where the wrestlers have to throw each other over the top rope with the last man in the ring being crowned the winner.

According to LDN Wrestling promoter, Sanjay Bagga, audience participation is a big part of the show.

“The crowd are encouraged to boo and cheer and children bring signs for their favourite wrestlers,” he said.

“It’s a lot of fun and it doesn’t matter what your age is. Some of the older people in the audience will have watched wrestling in the ’70s so its a bit of nostalgia for them, the mums can enjoy the athletic looking wrestlers and the kids love the characters.”

Doors open at 2.30pm and show starts at 3pm. Single tickets cost £15 (concessions £12) and a family ticket for four costs £45 (must include at least one child). Go to

or call 020 8507 5607.

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