Pro wrestler Adam ‘Tank’ Douglas is looking forward to a rousing hometown reception when he returns this weekend.

Douglas, of Kells, will headline the Target Wrestling show at Whitehaven’s Solway Hall on Saturday.

And the wrestler is excited to be back in front of familiar faces when he takes on Medallion, Target Wrestling’s heavyweight champion.

He said: “Whitehaven’s the best one – the whole event, you want to go the extra mile, you want to give people their money’s worth.”

The Solway Hall is a special venue for Douglas as he saw his first live match there when the bill was topped by Fit Finlay, who went on to WWE fame. And he is keen to become a similar idol to local youngsters.

“It’s all about the kids, when you get little kids coming up and saying you’re their hero,” he added.

Douglas first trained at a school in Paisley, Glasgow, but when Johnny Moss began offering pro wrestling coaching in Egremont, he started training closer to home.

And he is full of praise for Moss, who now has a coaching role in WWE’s Performance Centre, supporting the next generation of superstars.

“He’s trained me – for me he’s the best trainer in the country. I suppose it’s been shown by him going over to WWE.”

A representative of Target Wrestling said they always look forward to coming to Whitehaven and are hoping for another great crowd.

“We can’t wait to return to Whitehaven – the crowds have always been loud and crazy these past few years and we know when Tank steps in the ring with Medallion it’s going to blow the roof off the place in this first-time-ever match-up.”

Saturday night’s card also includes Luke Ross defending his Target High Octane Division belt against The Cure.

Shady Nattrass, a big star in the north is on the show and Havok Enterprises will defend the Target Tag Team Championships.