GALLERY: Wrestling mania hits Gympie
WRESTLING: MORE than 70 diehard wrestling fans braved the atrocious weather on Saturday night to take in the pro wrestling at Gympie South State School.
Event organiser Anthony "The Bull” Romano said his company, Wide Bay Pro Wrestling, is keen to bring the show back to Gympie on February 9 next year, but when they do, one very important part of the team won't be joining them.
Daniel "The Taxman” Payne has officially retired from the sport, with Saturday night his final appearance.
Payne describes his alter-ego as the "most-hated villian” in the Australian pro-wrestling circuit.
The Taxman lost two titles on Saturday night - heavy weight champion and brute force champion.
"I may have lost both titles, but I left a hero,” The Taxman said.
He's referring to Harrison Pearce, The Taxman's number one fan.
Nine-year-old Harrison has cerebral palsy but that isn't stopping him wanting to get into wrestling himself, taking his wrestling name "Harrison Payne” from his idol.
And Payne is happy to have the opportunity to pass on the torch
New holder of the heavy weight title is Rhys Rayzelle but perennial bad-guy Frankie J "Gator” Calloway took out the Brute Force title.
Gator plans to hold on to the title any way he can and is looking forward to defending it in February.
"They'll have to remove it from my dead fingers,” he growled.