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Dangerous Dan has bloody fun
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


Dan Gervais stands about 5-ft.-10 in his wrestling boots, a couple of inches less than that without.

He's 260 pounds, tough as a bull.

In his wrestling ego, he's known as Wild Dangerous Dan, a bloodthirsty villain who patterns himself after another monster of the mat, Abdullah the Butcher.

"I love Abdullah's style," says Gervais. "Chairs ... blood ... I've wrestled with 10,000 thumbtacks in the middle of the ring, with light tubes ... I like to work against Abdullah.

"I've learned a lot of tricks from him. When you go into the ring with him, you never know what he's going to do next."

Gervais likes life as a heel, the guy who gets showered with fan abuse. And as such he has to have little regard for the health of his own body.

"I don't think about my health," he says. "You can't worry about everything. It's a risk. When you go to a place like Puerto Rico, they expect you to perform. If you pulled a guy's arm off, the fans would love it."

Gervais was born and still lives in Vanier. He was always one of the tough guys, scrapping with regularity as a youngster, taking his aggression into the wrestling ring as a 16-year-old.

"When I was younger and people found out I was wrestling, they all wanted to try me," he says. "But nobody's ever put me on the ground. It's OK now. I'm well known in Vanier."

He tried his luck in Montreal and learned under the tutelage of legends Gino Brito and Dino Bravo.

Now 43, Gervais is front and centre in Canadian Professional Wrestling, an organization which calls Gatineau its home, with the CPW Arena at 122 Berri St. the site of shows every two weeks.

But next Saturday, Nov. 1 to be exact, is CPW's big night, its first anniversary show.

None other than Abdullah the Butcher will headline, teaming with Wild Dangerous Dan to face Guy Sauriol and Dave Le Justicier. Other matches: Pierre Carl Ouellet vs. Thunder; Dynamite Tommy Blade vs. Paranoid Jake Matthews; The Black Panthers and Psycho vs. The Drunken Scotsmen and Tray Hugh Mongus; MVP Michael Von Payton and Sweet Cherrie vs. Righteous Rick Sterling and Misty Haven; The Freak Zakk Manson vs. Shane Simmons vs. Mr. Know It All Shawn Demers; Face of Death and Dru Onyx vs. Aftershock; and Casey The Crow Katana vs. Kevin Steen. Tickets are on sale at the Guertin box-office and Ticketmaster (755-1111 or www.ticketmaster.ca).

A press conference (open to the public) will be held Oct. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Les Raftsmen bar at 60 St-Raymond Blvd. in Gatineau.

"We've already sold 1,000 tickets," said Gervais. "We're hoping for 3,000. We'd like to have a big show every four months."

We've got some tickets for the Gatineau extravaganza to give away: Two family packs for two kids and two adults and two other pairs of tickets. Just name one of the wrestlers on the card and e-mail your answer with your phone number to: ottsports@ott.sunpub.com. We'll draw from all the correct answers and notify the winners next week.

- Road Warrior Hawk (Michael Hegstrand) died in his sleep early last Sunday morning at the age of 46. He was preparing to move with his wife to Tampa when he said he was tired and wanted to rest for a bit. That was about 8:30 p.m. last Saturday. When his wife checked on him five hours later, he was dead. A wire service reported that during a tour of Australia in 2001, Hawk found out the ventricle wall of his heart was so stretched out that it had half its normal thickness.

- Here are the No Mercy results: Brock Lesnar beat The Undertaker; Vince McMahon beat Stephanie McMahon (Paul Heyman is the new Smackdown! GM); The Big Show won the U.S. title from Eddie Guerrero; Kurt Angle beat John Cena; Chris Benoit beat A-Train; The Bashams beat the APA (Shaniqua showed off her new boob job); Zach Gowen beat Matt Hardy; and Tajiri beat Rey Mysterio.

- About 1,000 people, including Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Bad News Allen, Dan Kroffat and Jim Neidhart were on hand for Stu Hart's funeral on Thursday in Calgary.

- The huge NWA:TNA pay-per-view scheduled for late next month is off after its headliner Hulk Hogan revealed he needed knee surgery. Jeff Jarrett, who was to face Hogan, went out and won the association's title Wednesday, beating AJ Styles.

- Triple H and Stephanie got married, in real life, yesterday.

- Batista is back, collecting the $100,000 bounty after destroying Goldberg on RAW.