SALISBURY wrestling star Tristian Hayes, aka The Anthrax Kidd, endured mixed fortunes at the weekend's all-star event at Five Rivers Leisure Centre.
Cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd, Hayes won one contest and lost another.
His first bout was against Bristol's Dave Mercy, who triumphed albeit in controversial circumstances.
Hayes explained: "I was knocked silly in my first match after my head bounced off the ring floor like a basketball when Dave hit me with a top rope flying cross body,
"I managed to regain my composure and made a series of hard hitting moves, including a dropkick to Mercy's face which appeared to injure his eye.
"I backed off to allow the ref to tend to Mercy, who it turned out was in fact feigning injury to catch his wind. He then blindsided me with bulldog headlock variation driving my head into the mat and picking up the victory."
Hayes avenged the defeat when winning the Tag Team main event, when linking up with Will Williamson against Mercy and Gideon.
"We won the match, much to the crowd's satisfaction," added the 30-year-old. "With a double team move known as The Hart Attack, made famous by Bret 'The Hitman' Hart and Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart in the 1980s."
Hayes, who is planning a short rest before returning to the ring, said he was delighted to make his return in his home town and had a special message for his supporters.
"The crowd support was fantstic and I wish to thank them for getting behind me and making me try my best. I'm going to rest up over Christmas and start training again in January and hope 2012 will be the year I get a good run of matches and eventually strike championship gold once again."
The Anthrax Kidd with tag team partner Will Williamson.
Photo: Tristan Northover