Over The Top Wrestling blows the top off the Tivoli

Jordan Devlin makes his hometown return after the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament. (Photo by John Morrissey Photography)

Jordan Devlin performs at the Tivoli Theatre. (Photo by John Morrissey Photography)

Over The Top Wrestling set the scene for ‘Scrappermania 3’ as it entertained a sold out Tivoli Theatre on Francis Street last Saturday night.

The show had the raucous crowd on their feet from start to finish as its top stars returned to the Tivoli for another sold-out show.

Among those at the show were WWE stars Tyler Bate, Pete Dunne and Trent Seven as well as Finn Bálor’s understudy Jordan Devlin.

International talent such as Mark Haskins and Jigsaw were also on the card as they mixed it up with some of Ireland’s finest wrestling talent.

The main event saw the ‘No Limits Champion’ Ryan Smile retain his championship against the equally popular Jeff Cobb in a fast paced tie.

It was the team of Seven, Bate and Dunne, however, who drew the reaction of the night, as they took on the vilified ‘Kings of the North’, who sported red gloves on their right hands.

The only reaction that came close was for the returning ‘Bowsie Club’, whose leader ‘Luther Ward’ is portrayed by Over the Top Wrestling’s promoter Joe Cabray.

With another success at the Tivoli and a monumental sell out of the National Stadium for ‘Scrappermania 3’ on April 15th, Cabray is naturally optimistic about OTT Wrestling’s future.

Speaking to The Liberty he said: “I suppose the sky’s the limit. I remember we used to sit around a table and wonder if we could sell-out the Tivoli and we did it. We’ve continued to do it and it has been amazing.”

“We’re branching out into places like Limerick and we did the Vodafone comedy festival in Galway and we are starting to run more regularly in Belfast,” he said.

“None of us thought two years ago that an Irish product selling out the national stadium would be viable but now that we are doing it I genuinely believe the sky’s the limit.”

Paul Tracey, who with his stable ‘The Social Elite’ defeated the returning ‘Bowsie Club’ shares Cabray’s optimism.

He hopes to continue to help produce Ireland’s future stars saying: “We’re sold out tonight and we are sold out next month with over 2,000 people so it’s fantastic. It’s great backstage, there are great people, a great buzz and hopefully a great long future.”

“I’ll still be hopefully coaching and producing the next wave of talent so who knows what the future holds?”

Peter Farrell who wrestles as ‘Justin Shape’, is loving life as a bad guy despite being booed out of the building on saturday. Shape believes wrestling is becoming cool again partly due to the internet.

“Wrestling is cool now. When we were plugging away when I started it was cool, and then just gradually became less so… People would see the very limited amount of wrestling that was on TV and they would say ‘you’re into that stuff?’ and it was a lot to explain that there’s other stuff going on, things in Japan and whatnot. Normal people couldn’t comprehend that.”

“Now wrestling is part of the mainstream again, which is amazing… It’s trendy.”

This trendiness is evident in the continued rise of Over The Top Wrestling with April’s ‘Scrappermania 3’ set to be the biggest Irish professional wrestling event in history.

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