They were the household names a generation watched each weekend.

Mick McManus. Giant Haystacks. Big Daddy. Jackie Pallo.

The Saturday teatime wrestling shows were a feature in countless Huddersfield homes, with people crowded around the TV sets.

Now there’s a new generation of wrestling fans who pack arenas and stadiums to watch the over-the-top heroes of Total NonStop Action and World Wrestling Entertainment “smackdown”.

Organisers of the latest event due at Huddersfield Leisure Centre are hoping for a big crowd when they bring one of their TNA shows to the town.

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The show is on Sunday, March 6, and it’s the first time wrestling has been a feature at the centre, which opened last summer.

The event is being promoted by Worldwide Wrestling and a spokesman said: “It promises to be an amazing family show”.

The wrestlers lining up are headed by the controversial Bram, who is one of the Total NonStop Action wrestlers.

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Bram is the ring name of Tom Latimer, who was brought up in Derbyshire but now lives in Florida.

He began his career as a referee but began wrestling in 2002. He later signed with the WWE stable and has fought around the world.

His ring nicknames have varied over the years, with “King of Hardcore”, “The Human Hate Machine” and “The Chesterfield Plague” among them.

When he arrives in Huddersfield, he will be joining the likes of Goliath, who is 7 feet tall, Japan’s Tokyo Joe, The Masked Destroyers and The Boston Brawler.

For ticket details contact Huddersfield Leisure Centre.