Wrestling his way to be new ‘ring leader’

EARLWOOD’S own Vinnie Vain will take on American pro-wrestler Famous B at a Battle Championship Wrestling match at the Italian Forum Cultural Centre in Leichhardt later this month.

Wrestling for the past five years and holding multiple championships, 30-year-old Vain says he was obsessed with the WWE as a teenager and wanted to be more than a fan.

“I looked into training and stumbled across the Australian Wrestling Entertainment training academy in Sydney and have never looked back,” he said.

However his first match against Australian legend in The Masked Mauler (Lou Marcello) who used to compete in World Championship Wrestling in the late 1970s didn’t go to plan.

“We had a decent match, but, unfortunately I lost,” Vain said.

However his dream of winning an Australian Wrestling Entertainment (AWE) Championship came true in 2017, when he took the AWE belt from Mohammad Ali Vaez who had just beaten defending champion Hudson Hulk in a steel cage match.

“It was undoubtedly the highlight of my career,” Vain said.

“After having my hand raised, I climbed the cage and sat at the top for about five minutes with the belt in my hands just taking in the moment.”

He says crowd reaction is key to the sport.

“There is no better feeling than knowing that in that arena I have the power to make these people love me or hate me, just depends on how I am feeling on the night,” he said.

Featuring other stars of the hit Netflix TV show Lucha
including Mil Muertes, Drago, Aerostar, Catrina and WWE legends Chavo Guerrero and Justin Gabriel along with former UFC Champion Ken Shamrock, the Lucha Downunderground Tour is on Sunday, April 28.