October 24, 2003
Canadian Indy Report: Oct. 24
By VERN MAY - For SLAM! Wrestling
This week's issue discusses ECCW's War Games, Canadian wrestlers appearing abroad, comebacks, retirements, and the poll continues ... Just who is Canada's sexiest female superstar?
THE INSIDE CRADLE
Brought to you by Canadian Wrestle-Media
Volume 1 No. 4
October 24, 2003
This newsletter is distributed freely to wrestlers, promoters, and industry insiders with hopes to generate increased awareness of what is going on in Canadian rings today and to make everyone aware of the opportunities that exist right here in the "Great White North". Your submissions are welcomed at: WrestleMedia@shaw.ca
NEWS AND RUMOURS
ECCW WAR GAMES GOES ON FRIDAY!!
In one of the most highly anticipated matches in recent memory, eight of the top wrestlers in the Pacific Northwest will do battle on Friday inside the confines of a 15-foot high steel cage as ECCW presents "War Games" from the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. Former champion Scotty Mac heads a team which includes his tag team partner Ja Jacobe, Vid Vain, and the returning R.A.G.E. against a unit captained by current champion Vance Nevada featuring Disco Fury, NWA Canadian Junior champion Major Hardway, and Rico Quinones.
Fans that were on hand for last month's bloody and gruelling cage match know what to expect when these eight dominant fixtures lock horns in a battle for survival. Tickets are available at the door.
Current champion: Vance Nevada
NWA Canadian Junior champion: Major Hardway
Pacific Northwest champion: Matt Classic
Tag Team champions: Memphis & Michael Raines
Hardcore champion: Moondog Manson
SARAH SEES SWEET SUCCESS DOWN SOUTH
Just a few weeks ago, we reported that "Sweet" Sarah Griffin, who has dazzled audiences from coast to coast in Canada was on her way to Mexico. We have now learned that after only three weeks, she has captured the LLF women's title and is on one of the most aggressive campaigns in the history of the women's division in that country.
For those of you unfamiliar with this dynamic up and comer, she was first introduced to the sport by fluke just over two years ago when she was working at a campus night club in Winnipeg. By her own admission, she didn't even watch wrestling, but when a promoter dropped of a promotional tape seeking to bring a wrestling show to the club, she saw the tape and thought, "I need to give this a try." She trained for a matter of weeks with Top Rope Championship Wrestling before hitting the road with the Can-Am Wrestling Federation. In the time since, she has trained with the likes of Phil Lafon, Steve Rivers, and Eddie Watts honing her skills. In 2002 and 2003 she has appeared in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Pennsylvania. Expect to see more from this dominant fighting femme.
DRU ONYX TO INVADE THE UNITED KINGDOM
Internet Wrestling Syndicate headliner, Dru Onyx is headed to England next week to appear for NWA (UK) Hammerlock. The former IWS champion will have a unique opportunity to prove why he is considered one of Canada's best heavyweights on the world stage. NWA (UK) Hammerlock is Britain's finest promotion for technical wrestling, and through its ties with the National Wrestling Alliance is part of a proud hundred year tradition of grappling excellence, stretching from current NWA World Champion, A. J. Styles, to the first undisputed World Champion, Karl Gotch, who won in 1908.
The six foot two inch, 325 pound Dru Onyx was trained by Quebec wrestling legend Marc "Le Grizzly" Pilon and made his professional wrestling debut, June 12th, 1999. Dru was born in the Barbados, grew up in Chomedey, Laval, Quebec and presently makes his home in the West Island of Montreal. Here in Canada, the Butcher from Barbados wrestles under his real name Dru Onyx, but while wrestling abroad he will be saluting his heritage by wrestling under his family title SoA, the Spirit of Allah.
-- Credit Llakor
THE AXE CUTS DOWN FINAL OPPONENT ON OCT 29TH
One of the most dominant wrestlers in Central Canadian wrestling rings over the past three years, the 350 pound Axe, has recently decided to hang them up. The charismatic, doube tough heavyweight has engaged in some memorable boust against the likes of Jim Neidhart, Tatanka, Vance Nevada, and Jim Duggan during his short but storied ring career. The Axe, better known to his friends as Steven Hoel was always a fan of the sport before receiving his formal introduction to the ring by Manitoba wrestler/promoter "Beautiful" Bobby Jay in 1999. In the years since, he has risen to the top of a number of promotions in the prairie provinces in some of the most physical matches ever witnessed. As of late, the slef-professed "Mastodon of Love" has experienced severe bouts of post-concussion head trauma which has been lingering despite a break from his active ring schedule. With his family as his primary consideration, he has bid adieu to the ring sport. Wrestling has lost one more Large Green Mammal. You will be missed. But do not fret, The Axe is expected to remain very active in the "message board community".
AARON IDOL RETURNS TO THE RING
After a three and a half month absence, outstanding mat technician Aaron Idol is getting ready to return to the ring. Idol, who engaged in one of the most aggressive mat campaigns of any newcomer in 2002 with dates from coast to coast in Canada was sidelined with a shoulder injury in July and has been recovering and preparing for a ring return since that time. Idol has appeared for Real Action Wrestling in the Maritimes, the Prince George, BC-based Maniac Wrestling Alliance (where he held the Northwestern title), and Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling. He was slated to make his return in Winnipeg rings a few eeks ago, but a vehicle explosion on the Trans-Canada highway halted that endeavour. Idol steps in the ring on Friday night in Vancouver with the highly touted Matt Classic, with him he has had an intense professional rivalry over the past year.
CANADIAN WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWS
This NWA member promotion has been running two weekly cards since mid-September in Winnipeg, with a Wednesday night club show, and a Thursday show emanating from the Northwood community centre. News this week states that due to less than stellar attendances at the Wednesday night events, the weekly schedule will cease at the end of this month in favor of monthly events from that venue. Houses have been between 75 to one hundred people. Their October 16th card at Northwood community club looked dismal at the onset with only four wrestlers in the locker room. A chance visit by T.J. Bratt and Ryan Wood saw them quickly added to the card to bring up the roster number to SIX!!
Two big matches that are a MUST SEE on the immediate horizon, though. Newly crowned NWA British Commonwealth champion, Spyder takes on NWA Canadian champion Rob Stardom in a title vs. title match on October 24th. Just five days later, Stardom meets Canadian wrestling legend Kerry Brown in a barbed wire death match.
Current champion: Rob Stardom
Junior champion: Ryan Wood
Tag Team champions: Brian Jewel & Steve Cox
RIVER CITY WRESTLING DROPS THE ZEN
River City Wrestling had also been running two weekly shows in Winnipeg with two night club shows on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Their Wednesday night shows from Teddy Bob's in the Stock Exchange Hotel have continued to draw well, but after five weeks, the promotion opted to pull out of their commitment with the Zen Cabaret. Our sources indicate that the Zen may itself be facing financial troubles.
Current champion: Cliff Corleone
Tag Team champions: Reggie Gallagher & Justin Tyme
CYBERFIGHTS TAPINGS THIS WEEKEND
The on-line wrestling promotion is back in action with tapings this weekend in Vancouver for upcoming broadcast via the worldwide web. Featuring some of the finest talent in North America, CyberFights has cornered a very unique portion of the wrestling market with their exclusively internet-based product, offering video and pictures of individual matches for sale to the cyber-community. This weekend's tapings are slated to feature former ECCW champion Scotty Mac, Monster Pro ruffian Johnny Handsome, and PCW standout Shane Madison among others. We hope to have results from the three nights of tapings which commence tonight and run through the weekend.
WHO IS THE HOTTEST WOMAN IN THE CANADIAN INDEPENDENTS?
In the last issue, we told you about the upcoming poll to determine who you think is the hottest woman in the Canadian independents. This has been a subject of heated debate whenever Canada's top wrestling insiders get together. With a countless number of beautiful women involved as wrestlers, valets, referees, announcers, and even a promoter or two, just who takes top honors. We want to throw that question out to this field of industry insiders. Just who do you think deserves to be recognized as Canada's hottest female star? We have already received 18 nominations and pictures of the nominees are posted at http://www.geocities.com/canadianwrestlemedia/sexiest.html E-mail your nominations (with pictures if possible) to us here at WrestleMedia@shaw.ca to add your choice to the upcoming poll to decide once and for all just who is the hottest in the land.
UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR: "SUPPORT THE INDIES!!"
FIND MORE INFORMATION BY CHECKING OUT THE OFFICIAL SITES AT:
24 - ECCW; Croatian Cultural Centre; Vancouver, BC
WAR GAMES Cage match: Team Vance Nevada vs. Team Scotty Mac
Ladies Choice vs. Rocky Dellaserra
Madison vs. Avalon
Dropkick Murphy vs. Shawn Morgan
Abbadon vs. MR2
Adam Firestorm vs. Shane Madison
24 - PWA; Edmonton, AB
Harry Smith & T.J. Wilson vs. Duke Durrango & Greg Pawluk
Phoenix Taylor defends the Cruiserweight title vs. Highlander
. . . plus more great action
24 - CWF; Maples Rec Centre; Winnipeg, MB
King of Extreme Battle royal
Rob Stardom vs. Spyder
. . . and many more
24 - CyberFights; Vancouver
25 - NCW; NDR Centre; Montreal, QC
Chase Ironside vs. Franky the Mobster
Manuel Vegas vs. Jayzon Reaper
Sweet Sensations vs. El Diablero & Kazuko Yeroshima
Russian Coalition vs. NCW
Black Eagle vs. Raid
2.0 vs. Jackal & Bishop
Chris Stevens vs. Alex Price vs. Dan Paysan (3-way)
25 - CWA; Bogey's World; Montreal, QC
Carl Ouellet, Crush, Guy Sauriol & Excess vs. Don Callis, Tank Ali, Eric Mastrocola, & Dangerous Dan
Face of Death & Green Phantom vs. Enforcer & Twisted
Freddy vs. Jason
Dru Onyx vs. Sweet Pete
Maxx Fury vs. Sexxy Eddy
Nike Boys vs. Pain Squad
Scream & Dany Dubois vs. Mike Lyons & Jennesy
25 - MWF; Villemaire school; Laval, QC
Flying Hurricanes vs. Angry Aryans
Stevie McFly vs. Beef Wellington
Shane Simmons & Marty Hart vs. Jeff Johnson & Z-Ro
Darren Knife vs. Kid Kamikazee
Excess 69 vs. Tomassino
Rocky Stone, X-Ode, & Dave Rastelli vs. Christopher Wells & The Agents
Remi Fichaud & Maniako vs. Jay Charismo & Trip2Night
Twiggy & Jack Cruise vs. Shayne Hawk & Pornstar Juan
Los Latinos vs. Above Standard vs. Bad Radiation vs. Wonder Pack (4-way)
25 - CyberFights; Vancouver
25 - Neo Spirit; Polish Hall; Niagara Falls, ON
25 - Stampede; Brooks, AB
25 - ICW; 3420 Parthenais; Montreal, QC
26 - CCW; Quebec City, QC
Cambodya vs. Adam & Jeff -- Handicap match
Gimmick vs. Hister
White Trash vs. Mason Taylor
Marty Boston vs. Dave Devil
Mike Bedrich vs. mystery opponent
Anthrax vs. Matt Rude
26 - CyberFights; Vancouver
27 - CyberFights; Vancouver
29 - River City; Stock Exchange Hotel; Winnipeg
29 - CWF; Coyote's Night club; Winnipeg, MB
Rob Stardom vs. Kerry Brown -- Barbed wire death match
29 - EWE; Etomik Night club; St. John's, NF
Larry Angel vs. Nexus in an evening gown match
$DC$ Money vs Jonny Chaos in a Kendo Stick match
Lance Romance vs Wally Garvis vs Freddie Youngblood in a ladder match
KO vs. Kilfoy (special guest referee, eWe owner Mr O'Neil)
30 - Main Stream; Doolittle's Bar & Grill; Dartmouth, NS
Tony Armstrong vs. Pistol Pete -- "I Quit match"
Paco Loco vs. Kyle Kruze vs. Skott Phoenix (3-way)
Lincoln Steen vs. Derek Trahma
Vinny Glyde vs. Cinder -- Casket match
10-man Pumpkin patch match
Scott Savage vs. winner of punpkin patch match
30 - CWF; Peepeekisis school; Belcarres, SK
30 - Main Stream; Doo-Little's Bar and Grill; Dartmouth, NS
30 - Premier; The Stratosphere; Winnipeg, MB
31 - Ring Wars; The 360; Toronto, ON
Action featuring New Jack, Notorious T.I.D., the Hollywood Hunks and many more
31 - CWE; Unison Bar & Grill; Montreal, QC
RECENT MATCH RESULTS
Oct 15, 2003 - River City; Stock Exchange Hotel; Winnipeg, MB: Pepito b. Jerin Rose ... Corey Diamond b. Johnny Patterson ... Vic Savage, Madman Muir & Carver Gleason b. Max Black, Ox Anderson & Laurence Fozworth ... Reggie Gallagher & Justin Tyme b. Bubbles McFly & Ric Matthews to win the RCW tag team titles ... Reggie Gallagher & Justin Tyme co-won a Battle royal
Oct 15, 2003 - CWF; Coyote's Night club; Winnipeg, MB; Steve Cox b. Zack Mercury ... Brian Jewel Dble CO vs. Mike Mountain ... Phoenix Dreamwalker b. Slurpee Makwa ... Ryan Wood b. T.J. Bratt by DQ ... Kerry Brown b. Rob Stardom - non-title match ... Zack Mercury & Ryan Wood b. Steve Cox & T.J. Bratt
Oct 15, 2003 - EWE; Club Etomik; St. John's, NF; Kid Karnage b. J. Hardcore ... Wally Garvis b. Lance Romance ... Lance Romance b. Freddie Youngblood ... Freddie Youngblood b. Wally Garvis ... Kilfoy b. Norman Tharx ... K.O. b. 2 Dam Hyp ... Magnus b. Jonny Chaos ... Kilfoy & KO b. 2 Dam Hyp & Magnus
Oct 16, 2003 - Main Stream; Doolittle's Bar & Grill; Dartmouth, NS: Paco Loco b. Derek Trahma by DQ ... Lincoln Steen b. Vinny Glyde ... Calum Macbeth b. Cinder ... Scott Savage b. Tony Armstrong to win the MSW title
Oct 16, 2003 - CWF; Northwood comm. Club; Winnipeg, MB; Mike Mountain b. Phoenix Dreamwalker ... T.J. Bratt b. Cassa Nova Kid ... Ryan Wood b. Darien Karisma ... Big Kahuna b. Masked Mark ... Phoenix Dreamwalker & Darien Karisma b. T.J. Bratt & Ryan Wood
Oct 17, 2003 - Stampede; Didsbury, AB: Apocalypse b. Rod Rage ... Greg Pawluk b. Dean Durrango ... T.J. Wilson b. Randy Myers ... Nattie Neidhart b. Belle Lovitz ... Karnage b. Kid Nicholls ... Johnny Devine & Duke Durrango b. Marky Starr & Jason Carter ... Harry Smith b. Dave Swift
Oct 18, 2003 - Stampede; Calgary, AB; Randy Myers b. Jason Carter ... Dean Durrango b. Kid Nicholls ... Dave Swift d.w. Greg Pawluk ... Johnny Devine Dble CO vs. T.J. Wilson ... Karnage b. Apocalypse
Oct 18, 2003 - Real Canadian Wrestling; Barrhead, AB; Chance b. Joey Syxx ... Angel Starr b. Tianna Wilson to win the first RCW Women's title ... Dante Priest & Damon Mercury b. Squiigy Magoo & Mr. X ... Steven Hawkes b. Bi-Polar -- Hardcore match, to win the RCW Hardcore title ... Dante Priest won a bunkhouse battle royal to win the RCW Heavyweight title
Oct 18, 2003 - All Star; Fairgrounds; Cloverdale, BC; El Delinquente, Robby Lance, & Dustin Snyder b. TKO, Damon Scythe & Trollberg ... Abbadon b. T. Kasaki ... Wrathchild b. Rage ... Layne Fontaine b. Jason Sterling ... Black Dragon b. Tony Kozina ... Freddie Funk b. Fabulous Fabio
Oct 18, 2003 - IWS; The Skratch; Laval, QC: Arsenal b. Sexxxy Eddy ... Crazy Crusher & Nightmare Manson b. Tomassino & Eric Mastrocola ... Kid Kamikaze b. Beef Wellington ... Pierre Carl Ouellet b. Kevin Steen & El Generico (3-way) ... Excess 69 & Green Phantom b. The Angry Aryans
Oct 18, 2003 - XWF; ??, Quebec: Rage b. Riddick ... Willy Money b. Patriot ... Nasty b. Johnny No Good ... Kickmaster b. Michael Knox ... Hip Hop Traction b. Bad Boys ... Elvis Gaumont b. Justin Payne ... Jacko no contest vs. Mad Max & Billy Sexbomb (3-way)
Oct 19, 2003 - ECCW; Tornado Joe's night club; Chilliwack, BC: El Fuego Fantastico b. Ja Jacobe ... Scotty Mac b. Dropkick Murphy ... Vid Vane & RAGE b. Disco Fury & Rico Quinones ... Vance Nevada b. Shawn Morgan ... MR2 won a Battle royal