Wrestling extravaganza lights up Cliftonville’s Oval Bandstand after 40 year hiatus

Wrestling at The Oval Bandstand Photo Mat Raven

By Stephen Barker from Rumble Wrestling Promotions

Despite miserable weather conditions last weekend, Rumble Promotions brought family wrestling entertainment back to the historic Oval Bandstand after a hiatus of some 40 years.

More than 230 enthusiastic fans braved the elements, proving their unyielding dedication to the sport they love.

Transported back to the glory days of the 1970s and 80s, where wrestling was a weekly highlight at The Oval, memories of legendary stars like Mick McManus, Jackie Pallo, Big Daddy, and Giant Haystacks came flooding back.

The night kicked off with a speech from the All Nations Champion Tate Mayfairs, who boasted of his greatness despite the uproarious chants of “we hate Tate” from the crowd. The atmosphere was electric as he went head-to-head with Jumping Joe Lando, triumphing after an intense and hard-fought battle.

Next up was a match that had the hometown crowd on their feet, as Thanet’s own Jordon Breaks secured a thrilling victory against the flamboyant Terry Isit.

The anticipation reached a fever pitch as Kent favourite and Rumble Champion, Sid Manelli, took on Mr. Shenwoo. The crowd’s fervent backing fuelled Manelli’s determination, but the wily Shenwoo resorted to dubious tactics to claim the win.

As the rain finally subsided, the second half of the show began with a high-flying tag team match between some of the younger stars and the daredevil brothers from Hertfordshire, Nino and Zander Bryant. The Bryants soared to a popular victory, thrilling the crowd with their acrobatics and tenacity.

The grand finale was the much-anticipated first-ever over-the-top Rumble event. The suspense was palpable as wrestlers entered the fray every minute, all vying to throw their opponents over the top rope. In a showdown of epic proportions, Mayfair’s and Thanet’s own Breaks battled ferociously until the local hero emerged victorious, much to the delight of the cheering fans.

Despite the inclement weather, The Oval Bandstand was witness to an evening of top-notch wrestling entertainment.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, 27th August at 3pm, as Rumble Wrestling returns to The Oval Bandstand for another action-packed, family-friendly show that promises to be a hit with both adults and kids alike.

Get your tickets now at https://theovalbandstand.co.uk/whats-on


  1. In the “Good old days” they could afford a marquee that might have encouraged an even larger audience?

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