Throughout his long and illustrious wrestling career, Danny Boy Collins has faced some of the sport’s best-loved stars.
He was one of the top names during British wrestling’s heyday, going toe-to-toe with Giant Haystacks and Mick McManus as well as being able to boast that he was Big Daddy’s tag partner.
And when wrestling on promotions in the USA, Japan and Germany he has grappled with the British Bulldogs, Yokozuna, Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart and Owen Hart, all of whom went on to become household names in WWE.
Now aged 47, wrestling remains very much a part of Collins’ DNA.
And he is now keen to discover stars of the future with the monthly wrestling workshops he holds in Sutterton.
Hopefuls from as far afield as Ireland and Belgium regularly travel to Lincolnshire to learn from the former World, European and British champion.
“Wrestling is what it is, it’s sports entertainment,” Collins - who lives in Fosdyke - told The Standard.
“But it is still very popular across the world.
“There is so much wrestling talent out there.
“I’m trying to help people learn about wrestling in a safe environment.
“Wrestling’s a great sport, but you have to learn how to wrestle properly or you could get seriously injured.”
While Collins has seen many of his contemporaries succeeding with their own promotions around the world, his heart still remains with the halcyon days of British wrestling’s World of Sport era.
“I know a lot of people who are in talks about helping British wrestling get back to where it used to be,” he added.
“It’s great family entertainment and I know the interest is still here, for people of all ages.”
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