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Aaron Waldrom, 27, was fighting in a wrestling event when he dropped to one knee in the middle of the ring after a bruising bout to propose to his girlfriend Briony Thompson, also 27. Submitted picture.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Hundreds of people cheered as a Norwich wrestler dropped to one knee in the middle of the ring and proposed to his girlfriend – and she accepted.
Aaron Waldrom, 27, was fighting in a wrestling event at Epic Studios in Magdalen Street, Norwich, on Saturday night when he made the bizarre proposal to his girlfriend Briony Thompson, also 27.
Shocked Briony was cheered to the rafters as she made her way to the ring, and with hundreds of people chanting “Yes, yes, yes”, he presented her with his ring.
Although his nerves were jangling, the proposal was accepted and the Norwich couple hugged amid deafening cheers.
They have been together for around 18 months, but have not yet set a date for the wedding.
Mr Waldrom, of Stannard Road, Earlham, who has been a wrestler for nearly 10 years, said: “I realised about a month ago that Briony was the girl for me.
“I’d been saying that I hadn’t wanted to get married but then the penny dropped.
“I bought the ring a couple of weeks ago and hid it.
“On the night I gave it to my opponent’s lad to look after and he brought it to me after the bout.
“I was properly nervous about it and I was just delighted when she said yes.”
Miss Thompson, who works behind the bar at Lace in Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, said: “I didn’t have a clue.
“Aaron isn’t normally that romantic and we hadn’t talked about getting married so it was a complete surprise.
“I was speechless, and I was crying so much I couldn’t speak. I could only nod to say yes.”
Mr Waldrom was involved in a bruising bout at the event organised by the World Association of Wrestling, featuring the Knight family of Ricky and Sweet Suraya. They recently starred in a Channel 4 documentary.
Mr Waldrom has been a wrestler for WAW for five years.
He added: “I just want to add a big thank you to everyone for their support for me, especially my mum and dad, and Uncle Rick and Aunty Julia for making that night happen.”
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