Japanese, WWE and UK pro-wrestling superstars to battle in Bristol at the end of the month

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The winner of the event will compete for the Heavyweight Championship at a future event.

Pro-wrestling stars will be battling in Bristol at the end of the month.

The event, Rise of the Kingdom 2024, will be held at the Performing Arts Centre on Elton Road on April 27 and see the clash between Japanese professional wrestling superstar Ben-K of Dragon Gate (one of Japan’s most prestigious promotions) and former WWE multi-champion Brian Kendrick.

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The winner will have the opportunity to compete at the Heavyweight Championship - a title held by Bristol’s Chris Bronson - at a future event.

Brian Kendrick. Credit: Emma Meek PhotographyBrian Kendrick. Credit: Emma Meek Photography
Brian Kendrick. Credit: Emma Meek Photography

Rise of the Kingdom 2024 will also see Dragon Gate star Mochizuki Jr defend the hugely prestigious British Kingdom Pro Wrestling Junior Heavyweight championship against highflying Nico Angelo.

The event will also feature two big established British talents as fan favourite Saime Sahin takes on Tiger Ali.

The former champion of PROGRESS (one of the UK’s leading promotions) Chris Ridgeway will take on Jakk Sellström of WWE’s NXT UK, and in a hard hitting heavyweight clash Bullit will face off against The ‘English Lion’ Eddie Ryan also of NXT UK.

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David Sharp, founder and promoter of British Kingdom Pro Wrestling, shared: “Bristol is the perfect place for this super show to come together.

Tiger Ali dives onto The English Lion Eddie Ryan. Credit: Emma Meek PhotographyTiger Ali dives onto The English Lion Eddie Ryan. Credit: Emma Meek Photography
Tiger Ali dives onto The English Lion Eddie Ryan. Credit: Emma Meek Photography

“Not only are we attracting the top talent from around the world to the South West, we’re doing what we’ve done for 20 years; building the superstars of tomorrow and sending them around the world to compete.

“This card is absolutely stacked, from top to bottom. This is not a show to be missed.”

Chris Bronson, Heavyweight Champion commented: “I will be watching the outcome of the number one contendership match between Ben-K and Brian Kendrick very closely. But believe me, regardless of who wins, the Heavyweight Championship is not going to California and it’s not going to Sakura Chiba. It’s staying right here in Bristol. I may even rename it from the ‘British Kingdom,’ to the ‘Bristol Kingdom Heavyweight Championship’.”

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Doors for the event open at 6pm on April 27 and the event starts at 7pm. Tickets cost £25 for Gold (Pre-Show Meet and Greet included), £20 for Silver (Pre-Show Meet and Greet included), £15 for Adults General Admission, £10 for Kids General Admission and £40 for a Family of 4 (two adults and two children) and can be booked here.

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