THE chief reporter of The Visitor has written a book about the wild and wacky world of professional wrestling.
Greg Lambert’s book ‘Holy Grail: The true story of British Wrestling’s revival’ is a behind-the-curtain exposé of life on the small-time UK wrestling circuit.
For the past 10 years, Greg has led an eventful double life as a journalist on the town’s newspaper and part-time wrestling promoter.
Holy Grail looks at how Greg, 40, started in wrestling as a pundit on a talkSPORT radio chat show.
It explores his encounters with a who’s who of grapple stars like Bret Hart, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, Mick Foley, CM Punk, Pat Roach, Mick McManus and Kendo Nagasaki, and goes ringside at some of the biggest events he was involved in.
“It’s an underdog’s tale everyone can relate to - whether you’re a wrestling fan or not,” said Greg.
“I called it ‘Holy Grail’ because it’s about a quest; the new generation of British wrestlers on a mission for fame. When most people think of British wrestling, they think of Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks.
“Since ITV killed off the Saturday afternoon wrestling show in the ‘80s, the Brits have been overshadowed by the Americans on Sky TV with all their glitz, glamour and money, and that’s a real shame.
“So the book lifts the lid on our efforts to bring our wrestling stars back to prominence, and the problems we faced.”
The book also pays tribute to another huge passion of Greg’s, his home town of Morecambe.
It includes mentions for The Visitor, Morecambe FC, the promenade, Regent Park Studios, the Midland Hotel, The Heartbreaks, Ma Murphy’s, DJ Pep, Rita’s Cafe, Westgate Tyres, Frontierland, the Ranch House, The Carleton and The Morecambe Dome, where Lambert ran around 35 wrestling shows between 2003 and 2010.
The book also unveils a darker period of Greg’s life; his experience of being bullied at school and at university. Greg will donate 25% of royalties from book sales to Kidscape, a leading UK anti-bullying and child protection charity.
The front cover artwork for the book was produced by Greg’s 14-year-old son Owen, a GCSE graphics design student at Morecambe Community High School.
Holy Grail: The true story of British wrestling’s revival is out now priced £11.95 in paperback.
The book is available from www.xwawrestling.com and HERE
It’s also available for Kindle through the Amazon website HERE
THE official launch party for Greg’s book will be held at Dirty Entertainment music store in the Arndale Centre, Morecambe on Saturday, December 15 between 11.30am and 2.30pm, where signed copies will be on sale. All welcome.