The party held by Seaham's Conservative Club at Seaham, County Durham, England on the 29th of April was a wild event that was promoted as a kid-friendly affair and indeed, a number of families with children who were pre-teens were in the crowd.
The organizer of the show, James Barrass of Colliery Championship Wrestling said to on the BBC that the bout among two wrestlers Ronnie Thatcher and Blizzard “escalated” and exploded into a full-on bloodbath which included weapons.
Barrass claimed that he did not know that the game would feature weapons, such as an weed eater and glass fluorescent tubes.
It was never promoted as an event that was marketed as a “death match,” but according to Barrass the crowd was enthusiastic about the spectacle.
“I spoke to the two guys afterwards. We had discussions, and obviously that will not be happening again,” Barrass said.
The promoter acknowledged that the game “wasn't everyone's cup of tea,” saying: “We have apologized but how many times will you apologize? How many times will you need to get penalized in your the course of your life?”
Because the performance was in front of children but was never advertised to be an “death match” style event The Durham police were called in to investigate the incident.
“We are working with Durham County Council's licensing team after a number of complaints were received by the local authority in relation to an event at Seaham Conservative Club on 29 April. Inquiries are ongoing,” an official of the police in charge department told the BBC.
However, all this attention has turned out to be an asset to Barrass. Barrass says he's planning more events planned than he has ever since the “death match” events have been made public via social media.