Squaring up in the ring
PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING: Matthew Lawson has collected a long list of injuries in the past decade.
He’s dislocated his left shoulder and most of his fingers, broken three toes, blown out both knees, had two vertebrae shift out of place and was lucky not to break his neck.
At 27, he has arthritis in his knees.
It’s all for his love of professional wrestling and the hard toll on his body is absorbed in the pursuit of glory in the ring.
He accompanied a friend as he got involved in the sport and as his interest waned, Lawson got hooked.
“There is a lot of athleticism and I’ve been sport oriented but I always found that I wasn’t keen on anything like soccer or football.
“I wanted to find something for me.”
His alter-ego in the ring, Dallas Sommers, is an exaggerated version of his real life persona which encompasses some of the darker aspects of his past.
He is one of the main stars of Legends Valley Wrestling, who held their Rise Of The Titans show in Gatton on Saturday night.
The world’s largest professional wrestling company WWE has seen a recent influx of Aussie talent.
But while heading over to the states was a dream he once had, he wants to see the sport grow down under.
“It’s not so much (an aspiration) now because I think the Australian scene is starting to boom,” he said.
FIRED UP: Wrestlers Dallas Sommers and EC Diamond.