England v Scotland tag team war tops Morecambe wrestling bill

The Referendum with its leader Laird Grayson standing over one of their victims in the Morecambe Winter Gardens wrestling ring. Photo by Tony Knox.

The Referendum with its leader Laird Grayson standing over one of their victims in the Morecambe Winter Gardens wrestling ring. Photo by Tony Knox.

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The ‘Auld Enemy’ will collide in an England v Scotland No Holds Barred fight when wrestling returns to Morecambe Winter Gardens this Saturday (January 23).

The battle for the tag team championship will have echoes of Bannockburn as champions Big Sexxxy take on The Referendum.

Reigning champions ‘Mr Big’ Shaun Vasey and Sexy Kev, representing England, will face Liam Thomson and Bobby Roberts from Scotland.

Wrestling fans love to hate The Referendum who have taken patriotism to extremes since their ring debut shortly before the referendum vote in Scotland.

Led by Laird Grayson, the group’s trademark is to bury beaten opponents underneath the Scottish flag.

Many stars of the red-hot Scottish wrestling scene have rallied to The Referendum cause.

'Mr Big' Shaun Vasey confronts The Referendum to protect his fallen tag team partner Sexy Kev. Photo by Tony Knox.

'Mr Big' Shaun Vasey confronts The Referendum to protect his fallen tag team partner Sexy Kev. Photo by Tony Knox.

Over the past 18 months the likes of Kay Lee Ray, Wolfgang, Carmel Jacob, BT Gunn, Stevie Xavier, Davey Blaze, Lewis Girvan and Nikki Storm have all appeared in Morecambe representing The Referendum.

On a recent show, The Referendum’s rulebreaking went too far and Grayson was suspended from Morecambe shows for leading a brutal attack with a steel chair on referee Charles Nelson Riley.

Now if his team loses the ‘England v Scotland streetfight’ on Saturday night the villainous Laird has vowed to disband the group.

But if The Referendum wins the titles, Grayson will be reinstated.

Real name Ryan Gordon, Grayson said: “English wrestling fans brought this streetfight on themselves.

“They never backed me up but my nation backed me up, my countrymen and women backed me up.

“My people have been fighting for hundreds of years so I hope Big Sexxxy bring their A game.”

The Scottish stable also currently holds the Alpha Omega Wrestling women’s championship, held by Viper.

But Viper is currently on a tour of Japan, so instead on Saturday her fellow Scots Nikki Storm and Carmel Jacob will team up to face popular Lana Austin and Alexis Rose in women’s tag team action.

The main event of the show sees ‘Heavyweight House of Pain’ Stixx defend his Alpha Omega Championship against ‘Local Hero’ Joe Hendry.

Stixx has cult status in Morecambe as he hasn’t lost a wrestling match in the town for eight years.

Hendry, who has appeared for American giants WWE, is a rising star on the UK scene and is managed by the self-proclaimed ‘Mr Morecambe’ Greg ‘The Truth’ Lambert.

Also on the ‘Outbreak’ card, Chris Ridgeway will face Sam Bailey, there will be six-man action featuring Ricky J McKenzie and Cyanide, an appearance by ‘Psychotic Warrior’ Johnny Phere and a UK v USA clash between ‘One Man Riot’ Craig Kollins and ‘Ultraviolent’ Chris Silvio.

Doors open on Saturday night at 6pm, 5.30pm for VIP ticket holders.

Buy tickets from www.aowuk.com or Studio Bronze on Queen Street, Morecambe, or on the door. VIP, adult, child and family tickets are available and are cheaper when bought online in advance.