Geelong crowd awaits controversial ‘deathmatch’ wrestling show

Pro wrestling promotion Deathmatch Downunder (DMDU) will on Saturday take over the recently refurbished Palais Geelong for its ‘Malice in the Palais’ event.The promotion features ‘hardcore’ wrestling, a niche style of professional wrestling which features much more blood than mainstream styles , with wrestlers regularly using weapons on one another – such as tables, chairs, ladders, barbed wire, thumbtacks and light tubes.Malice at the Palais will feature numerous intergender wrestling matches – including Mad Dog taking on Vixsin in a ‘barbed wire match’ – with DMDU stating it’s events celebrate “gender diversity” by pitting performers against one another regardless of gender.While the wrestling style isn’t for everyone, promoter Jay Stevens argued it was a safe art form, with adults-only crowds, paramedics onsite and various health and safety requirements for performers – including regular blood tests for those taking part in death matches.“Basically it professional wrestling, but not quite like what you’ve seen on television with WWE and stuff like that – it’s a little more hardcore than that,” Stevens said. “There’s likely to be blood and violence and stuff like that, and it’s a really good time. It’s art. “Geelong’s not going to know what hit them.” Stevens said it was important for newcomers to Deathmatch wrestling to understand it is all “a work” – pre-planned, largely choreographed and, most importantly, completely consensual between wrestlers. “I think a lot of art that’s on the edge is always misunderstood,” they said. “No one understood what Jackson Pollock was doing for a long time.” “We don’t see gender as a thing when it comes to our wrestling. We pit people against each other regardless of gender or gender identity or expression.”“We’re not trying to go out there just to shock people. What we’re trying to do is progress the idea that women can fight men in that arena.” Geelong Addy’s newslettersFor Highton wrestler Edward Dusk, fighting for the DMDU heavyweight championship in front of a hometown crowd is a dream come true“I started in 2016 when there was a wrestling school down here … and I genuinely thought there’s no way there’s a legitimate pro wrestling school in Geelong of all places,” Dusk said.“From where I started, going to train at a school that I thought was just going to be a scam, to now headlining and a shot at their top championship in my hometown in a building like he Palais, it honestly feels too good to be true.”While tickets will be available at the door on Saturday night, promoters expect Malice at the Palais to come close to selling out.Geelong Advertiser App

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