GRAPPLE fans on Wearside got a treat with these little and large wrestlers.
The Allstar Superslam Wrestling show came to the Sunderland Empire and hundreds turned up to cheer on a host of favourites.
Local hero Tony Spitfire, who is originally from Teesside but hails from Ashbrooke, said the Sunderland crowd was the one he looks forward to most during the show’s tour.
“It’s Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough I love doing – the North East really,” he said.
“When we are on our way up the A1 to the North East it’s great for me.
“The crowds are marvellous; cracking.”
Tony also revealed he has had an ambition to play the Empire since childhood.
“When I was a kid I used to walk my dog, Minx, around near the Empire and I would dream of performing here one day,” he said. “I used to think ‘one day I’ll wrestle there’ and now I am.”
Towering 6ft 10in Brody Steele was one of the big draws.
The America-born 22st wrestler was the first overseas competitor to win the Superslam heavyweight title when he achieved the feat two years ago.
He said: “I remember being here a year ago and the crowd were really busy and loud.
“It’s an interactive place to be, the Empire.
“Personally I think the English crowds in general are the best and in particular the North East.”
At the other end of the heigh scale, 3ft 6in fan favourite Mark Sealey, – aka Little Legs – was also pounding the canvas.
Wrestling fanatic Leanne Morrell, 21, from Houghton, was one of the first people waiting when the doors opened.
“I went to see TNA (Total Nonstop Action) wrestling in Manchester last week and really wanted to come to this,” said Leanne, who attended with mum Sharon, 40.