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No pain, no gain for Crusher Kline
By TIM BAINES, Ottawa Sun


For a couple of years, Wayne Cryderman felt a burning sensation in his left elbow. But he was Crusher Kline. Surely it was all part of the game.

After all, night after night he exchanged punches and wrestling holds with some of the most dastardly men in the business.

"Turns out it was a broken elbow," says Cryderman, who calls Osgoode home. "I'd broken it three years prior to that, but I just kept wrestling.

"You just think it's another ache and pain. I guess I was thinking if I stopped, there was somebody going to replace me."

But he got the elbow fixed and after two years out of wrestling -- where he was based out of Ohio -- he's returned home, ready to get back into action with Canadian Professional Wrestling, a successful operation in Hull. He's been helping train the association's wrestlers at the St-Joseph Rec Centre (also known as the CPW Arena), chomping at the bit to return.

"I guess it's something you can never get out of your system," says the 35-year-old Cryderman. "I'm really excited about how it's going to feel to return."

Cryderman, who left to train for his wrestling debut in the summer of 1995, got a big break early.

"I got lucky," he says. "For a lot of guys, their first match is in a bingo hall. My first match was in Tokyo, in front of 5,000 people, against Koji Kitao, a grand champion sumo wrestler. I got $2,000 US for one match. When reality kicks in, though, and you get back to the States, you're getting $15 for a 51/2-hour one-way drive in a beat-up Hyundai Pony.

"That's why I love wrestling. You get beat up and you end up with less money than you left with."

Cryderman learned the ropes under WWE's Al Snow.

"Here, we train three days a week," says Cryderman. "But there, we trained every day for two months. I stayed and went through every class for two years."

He faced stars such as King Kong Bundy and Ricky Morton and teamed with Barry Darsow of Demolition fame.

"We became Russians and fought against the Road Warriors," says Cryderman. "We were in the hotel room one night ... I always had the George Foreman grill with me. I heard a rap on the door and it was Animal (of the Road Warriors) and he said: 'What are ya cookin' Kid, chicken?' The next thing you know both Animal and Hawk were there and they stayed for two hours."

As a trainer, Cryderman worked with future stars like Kane (Glen Jacobs) and Stone Cold Steve Austin (Steve Williams), who was about to embark on his short-lived Ringmaster gimmick.

And now he's hoping to get his own career back on track.

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