It really was ‘clobberin time’ for Paul Nicholson on Thursday night, when the bad boy of darts met some of his heroes at TNA Wrestling’s Impact event at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham.

‘The Asset’ is renowned for bringing his passion for wrestling into darts. His CM Punk walk-on antics have caused something of a stir and his attitude as a sports-entertainer has helped bring another dimension to the game.

Nicholson watched on as some of his favourite wrestlers oozed the charisma and bravado that have become synonymous with him.

Top of the bill was wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, who was making his return to the UK after 18 years.

He was joined by some of the sports’ other superstars including Sting, who made his last ever UK appearance, Kurt Angle, AJ Styles and World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode.

Nicholson watched the action from ringside and was over the moon to meet some of his idols backstage.

He said: “The night was amazing. To see so many legends in one ring at one time was spine chilling. Even the wrestlers were humbled. To meet the people and the characters was the best. Meeting Hulk Hogan was a lifetime dream satisfied, and then to meet Sting and Kurt Angle too was absolutely mind blowing.”

The Asset will retake centre stage next week when he represents Australia in the World Cup of Darts in pursuit of his second major title.

Before travelling to Hamburg, Nicholson will be fighting it out in Benidorm this weekend in rounds one and two of the Players Championship.

By Chris Murphy