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Wrestling with safety
By TAMMY MARLOWE - Winnipeg Sun


The provincial government has hired a group of Winnipeggers to investigate how the local sports entertainment sector can be made safer for professional wrestling fans, promoters and performers in the ring. "Wrestling will never be risk-free," said Martin Boroditsky, who was chosen last week to head the five-member consortium. "But what responsibility does everybody have? I think it's good to make sure everybody does their part to make sure the live event goes off without a hitch.

"Nobody wants to see a tragedy at a wrestling show."

There are a few independent outfits that run shows at nightclubs and other venues in and around Winnipeg. The province decided to delve deeper into the local scene after performer Scott Reid, whose ring name is Scotty Styles, was injured during a Top Rope Championship Wrestling show at a nightclub in October 2002.

Reid temporarily lost movement and feeling in his legs after an accident in the ring. He suffered no long-term damage from the injury.

Terry Welsh, executive director of community support programs and sport, said the province wanted experts in the field to work together with those on the front lines to develop guidelines for safety.

"We wanted a study that was going to be done with the industry, not to the industry. This was going to have to be a study that was done from the inside out -- not the outside in," said Welsh. "Anything that the study finds, it will find because the industry has identified it and wants to do something about it."

Welsh likened wrestling to movie stunt work, circus acts or stage fighting and said that -- as with those professions -- there are dangers related to the job.

"All of those activities carry risk and all of them have developed ways to manage that risk. How does pro wrestling measure up?" said Welsh, adding "we're not approaching pro wrestling as a sport."

"It certainly is an under-appreciated performance entertainment form," he said.

Boroditsky plans to hold his first meeting tomorrow night to explain to local promoters the scope of the study.

He and his group will then spend the summer collecting data and investigating regulations set out by other wrestling organizations around North America.

Welsh expects the consortium to have a list of recommendations drawn up by the fall. That list will then be "turned right back to the industry" for implementation.

"Anything that this study finds it will find because the industry itself has identified it and wants to do something about it," he said.