Authorities in Durham County (UK) are investigating the gory and unexpected aftermath of a death match wrestling contest at the Seaham County Conservative Club.
The Colliery Championship Wrestling (CCW) event, in which the fighters came to cut each other with glass, was advertised as an event for all audiences as opposed to a death match, with family discounts available.
James Barrass of CCW, a 35-year-old East Durham-based promoter, insisted that the match between Ronnie Thatcher and Blizzard “escalated,” and weapons were used without his knowledge.
“Things can sometimes not go to plan. Obviously there was a little bit more that went down,” Barrass said.
“I spoke to the two guys afterwards. We had discussions and obviously that will not be happening again.”
Barrass also apologised for the unpleasant occurrence, but stated that such matches aren’t “everyone’s cup of tea.”
“We have apologised but how many times do you say sorry? How many times do you have to be penalised in life?” he asked.
Footage from the event showed the two performers being slashed with a gardening tool and having glass lighting tubes shattered over them as an audience of roughly 80 people stood only yards away.
Several people filmed the event on their mobile phones, while children can be seen and heard among the audience.
Benji, a Twitch broadcaster and wrestler from Teesside, raised awareness of the incident on social media, saying that while death matches were popular in some circumstances, they were unsuitable for children to witness.
“I’ve never seen this in my time in wrestling,” Benji said.
“I’ve been involved for seven years and I’ve never seen this type of ultra-violence in front of a family audience.
“If I see a family-friendly show advertised, I’m going in good faith that my child will be seeing what they see on TV.”
Benji also doesn’t think a “death match” could happen without prior planning.
“We’ve seen the packs of light tubes under the ring and the strimmer. The vast amount of light tubes they had in that show was ridiculous,” Benji told BBC Radio Tees.
“If I was a promoter and someone brought a strimmer to a show, I would know about it. I’ve worked for 20 companies in the UK and this is something that doesn’t get past promotions.”