I'm a freelance writer living in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. I'm a lover of theatre, soccer and making the most of life.
Published December 30th 2017
Wrestling in the Eastern Suburbs it's a smackdown
I stumbled across this place purely by accident a couple of months ago. My youngest was turning 10 and is an avid WWE wrestling fanatic. We have attended nearly every WWE performance since his birth but with the price skyrocketing over the past couple of years, it's become out of reach for many families, including us, unless you want to sit in the nosebleed section of Rod Laver Arena making the wrestlers look like tiny little ants.
We woke up on the weekend of my sons birthday searching for somewhere to take him. His birthday is around Halloween, so there were plenty of events including witches and zombies but we happened to find something called "Halloween Horror".
So it was decided. We were attending the local wrestling. My first thoughts were okay, this is going to be bad quality. I mean we're talking Eastern Suburbs, wrestling. How could it be anything but? I couldn't have been further from the truth and let me say I'm a fangirl!
From the moment the ring announcer took to the stage to the final match which happened to be a royal rumble, I was in awe. These guys ... and girls were amazing. The action seemed far more intense and real than I had witnessed at WWE and they were flipping and choke-holding with the best of them.
Not WWE but just as good - Photo courtesy of PCW Website
PCW is an amateur wrestling company that was established in 1999 by Ken and Ann Rock, followed by the opening of a wrestling academy aimed at training and teaching students young and old the art of wrestling. In 2014, the South Eastern Entertainment Centre in Ferntree Gully was built solely for the purpose of wrestling.
Whoever designed the ring and seating did a brilliant job. It really doesn't matter where you are seated, whether it be on the floor or in the stalls on either side of the ring, as every seat offers a great view of the action and the stall seating has room between the seats to place food and drink or ensure your not sitting on top of the person next to you. Refreshments are provided at a reasonable price, so food, drink and entertainment for a family of four comes in around $100.00 which is equal to a night at the movies.
Great Views no matter where you sit - photo courtesy of PCW website
PCW, like WWE, have events on most Fridays and Saturdays and if I lived closer, I know I would attend every event. But every month they have a special event. I was sceptical that they could live up to the entertainment they provided at Halloween Horror but their Christmas tables, ladders and chairs event was just as amazing.
Their next two main events are: Pancakes & Piledrivers Friday 26 January (Australia Day) between 9am and 12pm. Wrestling and Breakfast for $15.00 and the next week PCW Risk Saturday 3 February 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm. $25.00 Adults, $20.00 Children or $70.00 a family. Great family fun for everyone at an affordable price.