Wrestler Johnny Mid­night back in the ring for one last bout

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A FOR­MER pro-wrestler came out of re­tire­ment to take to the ring for one last bout.

More than 400 fans packed out Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre as Jon Hall, 34, took part in the first live wrestling show to be held in Mac­cles­field for more than eight years.

Through­out his ca­reer he has taken part in more than 350 wrestling matches, and even tried out for the high-pro­file WWE league in the USA, but slowed down his ca­reer as the sport took its toll and he picked up in­juries, got mar­ried and had two sons.

But after the temp­ta­tion to step back onto the can­vas be­came too great, Jon, of Gul­lane Close, Tyther­ing­ton, reprised his ‘Johnny Mid­night’ per­sona for the last time.

One of his sig­na­ture moves was the Mid­night Ex­press where he ran and jumped at an op­po­nent and slammed him across the chest be­fore land­ing out­side the ring and jumping off the top rope.

And us­ing it to great ef­fect, he came out on top in his sin­gles match against ‘TJ Punkster’, and in the evening’s Royal Rum­ble main event, be­fore bid­ding the crowd an emo­tional farewell with his chil­dren, nephew and niece with him in the ring.

Jon said: “I must have wres­tled in ev­ery town and city in the coun­try, but after more than 350 pro matches and two try outs with WWE I felt it was time for me to move on.

“With a busy business, fam­ily and other com­mit­ments along with dam­aged ver­te­brae in my back and neck, I’d been think­ing about when to stop for a while.

“With the show in Mac­cles­field com­ing up, it was a great op­por­tu­nity to go out on a high and I was thrilled that more than 175 of my friends and fam­ily came out to see me off.”

Jon worked as a per­sonal trainer in Mac­cles­field where he met Matthew Nicholson. He and Matthew set up The Academy Group Trans­for­ma­tion Cen­tre on Wa­ter­side four years ago and Jon moved to Tyther­ing­ton last year.

The dad, who lives with part­ner Alex Jor­dan, added: “The business has al­ready helped hun­dreds of peo­ple in the town trans­form their lives and bod­ies and I’m look­ing for­ward to tak­ing it to the next level now.”

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