A South Tyneside comedian has written a book all about how rubbish he was as a wrestler.
Jarrow funnyman Lee Kyle has penned Spandex Ballet: How I Wasted My Twenties Wrestling...
The dad-of-one’s wrestling career spanned from 2000 to 2009, although he admits he was never actually that good at it.
Lee, 37, said: “Lots of people have written books about their wrestling careers and how good they were, but I was actually quite rubbish at it.
“I look back on it now and sort of regard it as a waste of my time, but people have told me the book is funny so that’s good.
“I sort of wrote it accidentally really. I was doing a stand up show called The Ultimate Worrier that was about my time as a wrestler so I was just writing things down every day and I suddenly realised I was four or five chapters in and thought I might as well keep going.
“I sent it off to a guy who publishes books by comedians and you usually have to pay him to publish stuff, but he liked it and said he wanted to do it, and I didn’t expect that.
“In a way, my wrestling career is a bit of a sad story. I realised when I was writing it that my first ever wrestling match was the biggest crowd I ever played to.
“It was in front of 1,000 people in Blyth and then it just went downhill after that.
“There are so many things that I thought of as normal at the time, but looking back on it I’ve realised how ridiculous and funny it all was. Most wrestlers are basically adults who never stopped being children.
“And the last ever wrestling match I did was as a favour for a friend, who ended up choking me out for real, so it didn’t end very well.”
Lee adopted a number of wrestling alter-egos before finally settling on just being himself in the ring.
He said: “When I first started I was a bit shy to talk into the microphone so I pretended I was foreign so nobody would speak to me and my name was Nuno Gomez, who was actually a Portugese football player around at the time.
“Then I got put into this tag team with a mate and we had to be goths. Our team name was The Grave Diggerz – with a z – and my name was Wasted Youth, which is just quite sad really.
“Then I was in another tag team and someone decided that we should be gay, like that was our ‘thing’, but I only did that for a couple of matches before I decided to just be me.
“When I started getting towards 30, I just felt like it was embarrassing now and I should stop.
“I’d actually always wanted to be a comedian as well but I just sort of put it off for nine years by being a wrestler instead.”
Lee’s book went to the top of the wrestling charts on Amazon, and for a while, also sat above books by Jim Davidson and James Corden in the comedian’s biographies chart.
Lee added: “I didn’t stay there long, but it was cool while it lasted.”
Spandex Ballet is on sale in paperback and on Amazon Kindle for £7.99. To buy a copy, go to www.amazon.co.uk