Squar­ing up in the ring

Gatton Star - - SPORT -

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.

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