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Wrestling Legend Kendo Nagasaki in special show
With the sport of wrestling making an explosive return to ITV on Saturday afternoons under the new 'World of Sport' banner, one of the most famous proponents of the sport is about to return to the ring in Darlaston on 23rd December at 5.30pm. 


(Book, Press Passes and Interviews with Kendo Nagasaki Available Upon Request) 

Wrestling legend Kendo Nagasaki will climb into the ring at the Town Hall, Darlaston, during an All Star Promotions event on Sunday 23rd December to launch his autobiography 'Kendo Nagasaki and the man behind the Mask', which forms part of a bid to raise £1million for the Lee Rigby Foundation. 
Anyone who watched World of Sport in the 70's, enthralled by the galaxy of iconic names who threw themselves around the wrestling ring, will remember Big Daddy, Mick McManus, Giant Haystacks, and of course Kendo Nagasaki. Apparently possessed of Samurai skills and a mysterious past, Nagasaki’s alarming persona was defined by a full-face mask, a cape, and a sword, combined with an uncompromising and ruthless fighting style which cast him as the baddie of Saturday afternoon TV. Viewers up and down the country revered his sporting prowess yet hated the villain with a passion. Soon after making his ring debut during the 1960s Kendo became an overnight sensation when winning an epic battle at Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, to end the long unbeaten career of another masked star Count Bartelli. Kendo went on to headline bills around the country and abroad including regular appearances during wrestling spots in the original World of Sport programmes  


In contrast to his sporting persona, Peter Thornley - the man behind Kendo’s mask is a Zen Buddhist who until now has strenuously avoided the spotlight. However, his autobiography titled ‘Kendo Nagasaki and the Man Behind the Mask’ will reveal a fascinating no-holds-barred account of the wrestling icon and the man who has been a successful entrepreneur involved with the music business, hotel and nightclub owner, an advocate of the gay pride movement, a country gent and philanthropist.  


To launch the book Kendo will recreate his own iconic history when he goes back into the ring at the Town Hall in Darlaston on Sunday 23rd December at 5.30 pm.


Ceremonially unmasked over 40 years ago in 1977 by his long-time manager ‘Gorgeous George’, he will be finally and completely unmasked by Lyn Rigby before meeting his fans and signing copies of his book. And in true philanthropic style typical of the man, all proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Lee Rigby Foundation established in memory of the soldier murdered in South London during 2015.  

Tickets: £15 Adults, £10 Children, £45 Family including two adults and two children. 


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