November 5, 2003
CPW celebrates in style
By COREY DAVID LACROIX -- SLAM! Wrestling
"I've done my thing. I've had the glory, the fun, the money and all that. But, I want the young kids to be the ones to draw the money. I can't draw you a dime anymore. I want them to have it now."
The evening also provided a chance to examine the roster and how they performed in front of a large crowd. Brito observed that for some, working in an arena environment can be intimidating. "They've never worked arenas," said Brito, explaining that most of the young wrestlers were only accustomed to performing at the hall used by CPW for their bi-weekly shows in Hull. "I would love to just do buildings like this, but unfortunately right now we can't do it because the finances won't allow us."
One of those workers who had the chance to wrestle on the show was "Mr. Know It All" Shawn Demers. "I've done shows at fairs and stuff like that," said Demers. "As for an arena, in front of this many people, this was the biggest one for me."
Despite this, Demers admitted that being nervous was not something he was particularly concerned with. "I'm always nervous," he said. "You gotta have the butterflies in your stomach to go out there. But once you're out there, the nervousness goes away and it's time to perform."
Demers said he is grateful for being a member of CPW, and having the chance to hone his craft at the regular shows held every two weeks. "I got to work with a lot of different people and expand my repertoire. The more you're in there, the better you are."
In the case of Demers, he was involved in a highly entertaining three way bout for the CPW Cruiserweight Championship. "I thought the match went great," Demers said, momentarily breaking into his hated "Mr. Know It All" character. "I think the people hated me and that's great because I hate them too!"
In addition, fans were treated to a wild strap match where Ouellet defeated his arch nemesis, Thunder. In the main event, Wild Dangerous Dan and Abdullah The Butcher slugged it out with Guy Sauriol and his partner Dave Le Justicier that left many fans aghast at the level of violence reached during the confrontation.
Crucial to making the anniversary show happen was the participation of regional sponsors; lead by Molson Dry. "The sponsors were very important. They all came out and helped out a lot. I remember when you could rent out a building like this for $600 a night. Now, you're talking closer to $5,000 a night," Brito said.
He remained firm in his belief that the promotion will run another event at the Robert Guertin in February 2004. "We will," stated Brito bluntly. "We'll be bringing in some names. We're talking now with Jeff Jarrett and with a lot of other wrestlers. We have to look at expenses and what we can draw."
Corey David Lacroix can be emailed at email@example.com.