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Ready for action: Chris in wrestling pose
Ready for action: Chris in wrestling pose
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COMIC Chris Taylor has a new job – but it’s no laughing matter.

He has quit the stage for the wrestling ring and expects to be fighting fit next month for his first bout.

The 24-year-old barman at La Salsa, Halifax, has toured the clubs doing paid gigs for the last three years.

He has organised comedy nights in Halifax – at the Sportsman, Ploughcroft; Bar 15 and the Electric Bowl.

On Wednesday, he makes his final stage appearance at the Electric Bowl then leaves the odd heckler behind to concentrate on much tougher opponents as a professional wrestler.

Chris, of Southowram, is 6ft tall and over 15 stone and trains with the UK Wrestling Experience, Wakefield, which has a weekly show on Sky TV.

Comedy and wrestling have both been his passions and he met his comic idol Russell Brand when he appeared in Halifax several years ago.

But the lure of the ring led him to UK Wrestling three months ago and he is now being prepared for bouts.

“I’ve not looked back and love it,” he said.

“I’ve been struggling to write comedy while concentrating on wrestling and building up my fitness. This is a childhood dream.”

He said wrestling was much faster than it used to be, more technical and high flying.

“You do get hurt and some of the things you can’t fake,” he said.

With results normally pre-decided, Chris can expect to lose his early bouts and make slow progress.

“It’s about developing a character and moves and if you do they will keep booking you.”

He has not ruled out a return to the stage in future.

And his favourite joke? “My uncle inspires me. He lives a dream – he’s in a coma.”

PS: Tell that one in the ring, Chris, and you’ll be flattened!