Maungaturoto primary school teacher Daniel Alcock has an alter ego who is wrestling with the Maniacs United Professional Wrestling team from Auckland.
“As a kid I fell in love with WWF (World Wrestling Federation). What I like about it is you’ve got these massive heros who are real, not like in comic books.”
So in 2014, Daniel figured it was time to give his childhood dream a go.
He trains in Auckland every two weeks and the show in Maungaturoto later this month will be the biggest in the Kaipara yet, with 260 tickets sold so far.
It’s in Maungaturoto because “I told them I’d like to have my first match in my home town.
“I’m very nervous. I’m fighting a woman called ‘Just Plain Evil’ and she’s got a thing for destroying newcomers, I’m wrestling in front a lot of people I know and I’ll be wrestling in my undies, so to speak.”
Daniel says “it’s important to let the kids know you can do it and to believe in yourself. The cooler stuff you want to do is often the harder stuff. In the past I’ve made excuses for why I can’t do things, so when this opportunity came up I’ve made no excuses for myself.”
At school he’s known as ‘Mr A’ by the kids, so it’s also going to be his wrestling name. Also “it easy to chant,” an important factor he says.
The show is at Maungaturoto Centennial Hall, View St, Maungaturoto, Saturday, April 29, 5.45pm–8.00pm.