December 11 2013 Latest news:
Dominic Bareham, senior reporter
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
For the last 30 years, “Rowdy” Ricky Knight has been a big name in the wrestling fraternity, fighting against the likes of legends Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks.
However, at the tender age of 60, the charismatic Norwich grappler has decided to hang up his Lycra gear for the final time – but not without going out with a bang in a three-way cage fight against his two sons Roy, 32, known as the Zebra Kid and Zak, 21 for the chance to win Roy’s world heavyweight title.
And Mr Knight’s final match will not be for the faint-hearted as it will involve tables, ladders and chairs in a contest which will be won when one of the competitors is pinned for a three count. But wrestling his own children is nothing new to the wrestler-turned-promoter as he has been fighting his offspring since they were young during training at his gym, the World Association of Wrestling (WAW) Academy at Ashbourne Industrial Estate in Norwich.
Wrestling is very much in the Knight family’s blood as his wife, Saraya, is also a wrestler who has fought in America, while his daughter Paige, 21, is signed with WWE.
He said: “I have got so used to having contests with them since they were young. It is my last match and I would like people to remember me. My last match is as good as my first as it is for the world title.
“I have been very lucky throughout my career as I have not had any real major injuries and I have been able to keep going.”
During his career he came up against some famous opponents.
He said: “I fought both Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks, but I never beat Haystacks.
“He was a very big man, over 7ft tall and weighed about 46 stone. Even the Americans wanted him, but he was also a very good friend of mine.”
Following his retirement, he will be concentrating on his work at the gym, training wrestlers from around the world. He said there was now more emphasis on having a muscular physique than when he first started wrestling.
He said Zak, who had trials with WWE, was also working on his physique ahead of a potential return to America. Roy, who has fought opponents from Norway and America during his WAW career, has also appeared in the Frontier Wrestling Alliance and Herts and Essex Wrestling.
He said of his dad: “It is going to be emotional as it is his last match.”
The contest will take place at Epic studios in Magdalen Street, in Norwich, on October 4.