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Wrestling Icon Set To Woo Cork With Comedy Show

Former WWE Champion Mick Foley is taking a step out of the squared circle to visit Ireland with his very own stand up comedy show.

The hardcore legend and New York Times has endeared himself to millions worldwide for his in ring antics but  now he will embrace Cork`s Cyprus Avenue with his very own comedy show on November 3rd.

 Foley, who has appeared under the ring names of Mankind, Dude Love and Cactus Jack, has exchanged the world of blood, sweat and tears for the world of stories, banter and punch-lines. Universally acclaimed as one of the most entertaining talkers in professional wrestling, Mick has decided to unleash his verbal talents on the world of stand-up comedy. With his unique sense of humour and understated charm he’s sure to enthrall fans old and new from behind the microphone.

Mick made his debut as a stand-up comic in 2009 at the world famous Improv in Los Angeles, California. Since then he’s shared his life with audiences across the length and breadth of America. Now the Long Island native is set to take Ireland by storm.
As a professional wrestler, Mick Foley has a resume that is almost unparalleled in the industry. Since his debut in 1985 the hardcore icon has worked alongside the biggest names in the wrestling industry such as Hulk Hogan, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and  “The Rock”.

The former king of hardcore is renowned for his dramatic, shocking and beyond believable matches. His infamous 1998 “Hell In A Cell” bout with WWE icon The Undertaker is one of the most watched and discussed contests of all time. His ability to shift between a light-hearted hilarity to a cold ruthless charachter has made Mick one of the most fascinating and unique characters in wrestling.
Mick’s track record outside the ring is impressive enough in its own right. His autobiography, “Have A Nice Day: A Tale Of Blood & Sweatsocks”, shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list upon its release in 1999. Hugely successful and critically acclaimed, it appealed to wrestling-fans and non wrestling-fans alike.
With such a wealth of personal experience to draw upon, Mick Foley’s first ever Irish stand up tour is sure to be hilarious and captivating in equal measure. The 46 year old is looking forward to his first ever non wrestling visit to Ireland.

“I am enormously excited and relieved about my upcoming comedy tour. Excited about the prospect of telling stories, hearing laughter and fielding questions from some of my most loyal and dedicated fans. Relieved that I finally have a real answer to the one of the two questions I’m most frequently asked: when are you coming back to Ireland? As far as that other question, about returning to WWE, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.”

Standard Price €19 inlc. Booking Fee

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Sheamus Set To Steal The Show

Two time WWE champion Sheamus has revealed his intentions to steal the show at tonight`s Wrestlemania 27. 

The Dublin native, real name Stephen Farrelly, will put his United States title on the line against Daniel Bryan, who he beat for the title two weeks ago. While the Wrestlemania card is loaded with iconic stars such as The Rock, Triple H and Undertaker, the 33 year old is brutally honest in his belief that he will step out of their shadows. 

“I want people walking away from Wrestlemania talking about our match,” said Sheamus, days before the biggest event in the wrestling calendar.

 “I’m representing Ireland again, I’m the champion of the United States of America and there are going to be some great matches, but I’m going to give everything I have to steal the show at Wrestlemania. I’m an Irishman who came up from a small little country, followed his dream and now I hold the title” he added.

This will be the Cabra man’s second appearance at the event, having lost to Triple H at last year’s showdown. He is fully aware of the tough match that lies ahead but is confident he can overcome Bryan. “He’s up against it. He’s got to beat me; I don’t have to beat him. There aren’t going to be too many happy people in the audience, but that’s okay,” said the man known as the Celtic Warrior.

The former Irish Whip Wrestling star is the future of the WWE but he is extremely happy with the progress he has made to date. “I’m going to my second Wrestlemania, and from there I just want to keep taking leaps and bounds until I become one of the greatest ever.  I can’t complain right now, I’m enjoying myself, the matches are great and I’m making a name for myself” said Sheamus, who admitted he loves to brag about been an Irishman holding the US Title.

Sheamus will be hoping to have the championship firmly around his waist by the time the WWE returns to Dublin, with an April 15th date pencilled in at the 02 arena for the Wrestlemania revenge tour.


Wrestlers Tokyo Tremor Scare

A leading Irish wrestler who is based in Japan has revealed his horror at what he thought was just a tremor.

Fergal Devitt who wrestles with the New Japan Pro Wrestling company has been a Tokyo resident for five years. In his time there small earthquakes have been relatively common.  

 The Bray native bought a house some years ago on the outskirts of the Japanese capital. He was at home when the earthquake struck and said he felt it would be no different to any others but he was wrong. 

“At first it was nothing out of the ordinary, like a rumbling vibration for thirty seconds. Normally after that it would return to calm but then a series of violent jerks began. It was at that moment that we realized this was a lot bigger than normal”.

 The current IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion went out into the street to see what was going on and was shocked at what he witnessed. “The house was rattling, cars were rocking from side to side and the lamp posts were swaying around like tree tops. The entire street swayed back and forth for a few minutes, it was like been on a ferry”.

 Devitt revealed that he didn’t know what had happened elsewhere until he turned on the news. “We had no idea the extent of the damage elsewhere in Tokyo and what was to come up north. It’s hard to comprehend just how far reaching an earthquake can be. It wasn’t until news reports about an hour later that we were to discover the true extent of the damage”. 

He added that in Ireland we see these disasters all too often but we are lucky to have rarely experienced it. “We performed in Sendai City just over two weeks ago. We also performed in other parts of Japan and now the entire towns there have been wiped out. It is a very humbling realization that we are powerless at the hands of mother nature”.

 NJPW has cancelled its shows for this week and will resume at the weekend in Nagoya and Osaka.

 This article featured in the Irish Daily Mirror on Wednesday 15 March 2011. 

Superstars Return for Wrestlemania 27

Will Triple H be the man to end Undertaker`s streak?

WWE has pulled out all the stops ahead of this year`s Wrestlemania, bringing back many of their top stars to add excitement to the upcoming event.

In recent weeks The Rock has been announced as the special guest host of the event while Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels have also been plucked from retirement to enhance the event which will take place on April 3rd at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

This year`s showpiece event has echoes reminiscent of last year, with the biggest match not been for any title but for one of the greatest streaks in sports entertainment history.

Last year The Heart Break kid Shawn Michaels tried to do what no man had ever done before, beat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Michaels put his career on the line and fell just short of ending the deadman`s streak in a pulsating bout.

This year it is the turn of Triple H, Michaels old D-generation X partner, to try and end Undertaker`s 18 match winning streak at the event. The eight time WWE Champion competed against the Phenom at Wrestlemania 10 years ago but will be hopeful of a different outcome this time around.

Elsewhere on the card at the showcase of the immortals, both the WWE and the World Heavyweight Titles will be defended. WWE Champ The Miz will defend his title against John Cena in an eagerly anticipated grudge match that has been building up steam for months.

World Heavyweight Champion Edge will be defending his title against the brash and arrogant newcomer that is Alberto Del Rio. The Mexican won the Royal Rumble back in January thus earning himself a title shot against the champion of his choice at Wrestlemania. Edge will be gunning to get his hands on Del Rio, who has been a constant thorn in his side since the rumble.

Elsewhere on the card two time WWE Champion Sheamus will tackle Daniel Bryan for his United States title. CM Punk will face Randy Orton in a fiery contest with the latter looking to end the career of the Nexus leader. Ring veteran Jerry “The King “ Lawler will step into the squared circle once again to tackle his former broadcast partner Michael Cole.

Irregardless of what happens in Atlanta, this year`s Wrestlemania has all the ingredients to eclipse the greatest wrestling pay per views of all time.