Before you ask, I’m not going to do a full review of the matches at DemonCon (Jimmy Havoc v Devin Byrne, Kurupt v Danny Garnell, Dean Champion v Technico). They were little five-minute snippets, intended as a bit of light entertainment amidst the serious business of the comic convention, and it was great.
What I did want to comment on is just how great wrestling is and can be when it’s aimed at the right audience in the right place. We all know the kind of stuff the NWA Hammerlock guys can do in the ring – but this was supposed to be comedy, family-friendly fun, and it was. When you have kids laughing and cheering (and smaller kids crying at the noise the ring makes when someone takes a bump), you know you’re doing your job properly.
“Hammerlock’s always a good family-friendly show,” says DemonCon organiser Graham Beadle. “To me, that’s what it’s all about. I’ve got nothing against stuff that isn’t for all ages, but that was where it was always magic for me. To share that with my kids is fantastic.”
The FPW guys have been linking up with comic book artists too – why is there such an overlap between wrestling and comics?
“Wrestling geeks, comic geeks, it’s a similar mentality,” says Beadle. “We’re obsessive, we never grow up, and it’s the whole ability to suspend disbelief. We know it’s not real, we know it’s ridiculous, but while we’re there, for two and a half hours, we can cheer the good guy and hiss and boo at the bad guy, and just let ourselves go. That’s what it’s all about. Just get away from what you do in everyday life.”
Last weekend’s DemonCon was the first at the Exchange Studio venue – and may be the last. Already it seems to have outgrown these larger premises – and a local nightclub is earmarked for the next event in November. Plus some more wrestling federations may be joining in to provide entertainment. All dates to be confirmed – watch this space for more details nearer the time.