wrestling event in which matchmaker John Freemantle was involved was
December 14, 1987. It was a charity event held at
The wrestlers appearing on the show were Big Daddy, Greg Valentine,
Drew McDonald, Rasputin, Steve Grey, Kid McCoy, Andy Blair, Sid
Cooper, Ray Steele, King Ben, Barry Cooper and Tony Grant.
Since then Premier Promotions have staged shows at more than 100 venues
involving nearly 400 wrestlers, including top stars from America,
Scandinavia. A number of the shows have been watched by 1,000-plus crowds.
list of stars who have appeared on Premier Promotions shows reads
like a "Who's Who of British Wrestling" over the last
quarter of a century or more and also includes The British Bulldog Davey
Boy Smith, Giant Haystacks, Pat Roach, Dave Finlay, Rollerball
Rocco, Kendo Nagasaki, Steve Regal, Dave Taylor, Tony St Clair,
Marty Jones, Danny Collins, Johnny Saint and Brian Maxine.
shows have included appearances by international stars including
Doug Williams, Robbie Brookside, Jonny Storm, John Walters,
Christian Eckstein, Mark Haskins, Heddi Karaoui, Chasyn Rance and
stars to appear in Premier Promotions rings include The American
Dragon, Colt Cabana, Kendo Kashin, Ross Hart, Greg "The
Hammer" Valentine, Kojima Satoshi, Cannonball Grizzly, Tiger
Steele and Chad Collyer.
More recently, Paul Birchall, Nigel McGuinness, Ricky
Marvin, Muhammad Yone, Takeshi Morishima, Go Shiozaki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru,
James Mason, Martin Stone and Chris Hero have all featured on
Premier Promotions shows.
Premier Promotions shows are traditionally British, similar to the
ones shown on TV on Saturday afternoons during the golden era for
Contests are decided by the best of three falls over six or eight five-minute rounds, with championship matches over
Premier Promotions do not stage extreme bouts like hard-core
matches, cage matches, ladder matches or chain matches.
They do, however, often include rumbles and tag team contests and
are followed and enjoyed by a large number of fans.
John Freemantle has been connected with wrestling since the 1960's
when he wrote for the magazine, The Wrestler, interviewing the top
wrestlers of the day and covering the biggest show in British
wrestling history attended by the Duke of Edinburgh at the Royal
Albert Hall in 1963.