October 2, 2004
Calgary star Devine hurtDevine recovering after being stabbed in Nashville
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun
Johnny Devine, a TNA wrestling star and longtime grappling regular in Calgary, has been released from hospital after being stabbed during an altercation at a Tennessee nightclub last weekend. The incident took place when Devine and fellow NWA TNA regular Andy Douglas were leaving the Mix Factory, a popular Nashville nightspot, late Sunday night.
As the wrestlers left the bar, they got into a scuffle with a group of unidentified males, one of whom pulled a knife. In the melee, Douglas was stabbed in the leg and Devine was stabbed deep in the abdomen. By the time police arrived on the scene, the assailants had vanished.
Both TNA stars were rushed to hospital. Douglas needed stitches to close the stab wound but was released a few hours later. Devine's internal injuries were more serious, requiring hours of surgery and several days of observation.
According to TNA's talent relations boss, Bob Ryder, Devine will need four to six weeks recovery time. There is no set date for his return to TNA.
Although he was born in B.C. and raised in Manitoba, Devine (real name J.P. Parsonage) is one of the best known faces on the Calgary grappling scene.
He has called Calgary home since the late '90s when he moved here to train with the Hart family in the legendary Dungeon.
Nicknamed Hot Shot, he was one of the key players in the most recent re-incarnation of Stampede Wrestling and was a regular fixture on the Western Canadian indie scene before he landed his big-time shot with TNA.
Devine, 30, only recently relocated to Nashville, to give his full attention to his career with TNA. He has been teaming with Petey Williams, Eric Young and Bobby Roode, forming Team Canada.
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UNDERTAKER TIME: WWE's No Mercy goes down at 6 p.m. tomorrow, live from the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
In the main event, The Undertaker is expected to take the WWE championship from John Layfield, setting up a lengthy title run that will lead to a Wrestlemania encounter with Kurt Angle.
The U.S. title will also be on the line, with Booker T defending the strap against John Cena in the rubber match of their best-of-five series. Booker is getting the win tomorrow, since Cena will be heading back to Australia to continue work on his movie debut.
Other No Mercy clashes include Angle vs. The Big Show, Paul London vs. Billy Kidman and a cruiserweight title tilt between Spike Dudley and Nunzio.
Calgary fans can catch all action on PPV, at select Famous Players and Cineplex Odeon theatres or at Bottoms Up Sports Pub.
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