As we all are very aware, devastating fires continue to rip through the Australian bush and although some rain has fallen in the last 48 hours in some areas, the fires continue to worsen in others.

    The homes of humans and animals alike have been completely destroyed. 

    Heartrendingly, an estimated 1 billion animals have been tragically killed and with this in mind, British wrestling has risen up.

    Spearheaded by Leeds wrestler Tel Banham, Koala Slam takes place tonight in Leeds to raise money for the incredible Macquarie Koala Hospital in New South Wales, who are playing a pivotal role in saving the lives of koalas affected by these horrendous events.

    “About 12 days ago, a group of us decided to go ahead and set up a wrestling show within this short space of time. The wrestling community came together, be it talent, announcers, ring crew the lot and we’ve got cars coming from London, Scotland, Liverpool, Manchester – everywhere” Tel continued, “It is incredible what the British wrestling community can do when it comes together, magic really does happen. That includes fans, backstage personnel and talent alike, we hope to see as many people as possible at the event to support this amazing cause and we’re so grateful for all the support we have received.”

    Alongside ticket sales, the group set up a JustGiving page to provide a way for fans who cannot attend to lend their support that has almost reached its target of £500 and the total raised even before the show, sits at around £1,000. There will be further fundraising taking place at the show including a raffle where fans can win tickets to In & Out Wrestling, Lincoln Fight Factory, BWR, Tidal, True Grit and Wrestle Island amongst others.

    Wrestlecrate, ‘the original wrestling themed monthly subscription service’ will also be in attendance offering giveaways.

    All funds will be given directly to Macquarie Koala Hospital to help towards transportation of water vans, 100 water stations to be placed around the area and the general rehabilitation of the koalas in their care.


    David Starr vs. Phillip Michael

    Joe Nelson vs. Tom Weaver

    Dean Allmark vs. Tyson Taylor

    Dave Graves & Kevin Lloyd vs. The Lion Kings

    Big Guns Joe vs. James Finn vs. Commander Nash

    Rhio vs Ivy

    and a 20 person Rumble!


    UKW, 22 Brand Road, Batley, WF17 5RY



    Doors – 6pm

    Preshow – 7pm

    Show – 7.30pm

    Tickets are still available at this link priced between £11.50 – £24.