33-stone Norfolk wrestler ties the knot
Richard BatsonHe is The Bulk - 33 stone of mean fighting machine out to pulverize opponents into the wrestling canvas.But Mike Waters had a different match at the weekend, swapping the fight ring for a wedding ring.Richard Batson
He is The Bulk - 33 stone of mean fighting machine out to pulverize opponents into the wrestling canvas.
But Mike Waters had a different match at the weekend, swapping the fight ring for a wedding ring.
In the blue corner was mighty Mike, well-known as the bigger half of the UK Pitbulls tag wrestling team.
In the pink corner was his new wife Sheena, a nine-stone mum and circus skills performer who has entertained grapple fans between the grunting and groaning of the combatants.
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They found love through a shared love of rock music, tattoos and body piercing, and on Saturday they got hitched in an equally unconventional Halloween wedding.
Between the register office ceremony in Norwich, where a band member friend sang a rock ballad, and the reception at the Boundary pub, set among its spooky Halloween trimmings, the newly-weds headed off to get matching pumpkins tattooed on their wrists.
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Larger than life Mike, 31, from Sheringham, said he had no problems with tackling wrestlers twice his size in the ring in front of 10,000 people, but found it more challenging when it came to talking to women.
'I lack confidence being this size, and thought nobody would be into me,' he explained.
Mike, a drummer with rock band the Pocket Godzillas, met Sheena, 26, from Southerton near Halesworth, at a gig at Norwich's Waterfront about five years ago.
She said: 'He is not what he looks like. He looks scary but is quite sensitive and romantic. There's a lovely man in there.
'At one gig I found a CD in my bag marked 'play me'. It was Kiss's Forever, which was sung at the wedding.'
For the wedding Mike swapped his orange leotard for a 1950s style suit, while Sheena, 26, had an ivory dress - both with leopardskin trimmings.
The day also featured two rock bands, a punk-ska DJ and a singing bride and groom model next to the cake. The honeymoon, spent in Norwich, included a visit to a sci-fi convention.
Best man was Mike's 37-year-old brother Dave, whose was his Pitbull tag team partner - touring Europe and the United States - until his knees collapsed in a career ending injury during a strongman contest.
After a break from the ring, Mike has resumed his wrestling fighting solo, still as The Bulk - but has another team tagging along now, Sheena and four-year-old son Asa.
And the reason for picking Halloween for the big day? Mike explained : 'It was so I don't get in trouble for forgetting our anniversary.'