The woman behind Maddog McFly
Wife backs husband's work as wrestler
NICK PUHJERA - Wetaskiwin Times Advertiser
It's said behind every great man is a great woman and that adage has never been truer than in the rings of Monster Pro Wrestling.
"I was listening to some ladies," Debbie 'Debilicious' Lancaster said after one Wetaskiwin show.
"Mike (Maddog McFly) got cut at the end of his fight," she said, responding to the ladies' accusations.
Debbie vehemently denied enhancing fights with condiments.
"We've never used fake blood or ketchup in my life."
She admitted Maddog was disappointed about the number of people who had shown up to Friday Night Fury. But a young eight-year-old boy in the Movie Gallery reminded Maddog of why he continues to do what he does.
"You're Maddog," the boy said. "I think you're the greatest wrestler in the world."
"That made him feel so good, Mike's going to let him referee one match and make him a belt," Lancaster said.
McFly's been wrestling for 15 years and has been in newspaper clippings from Thunder Bay to Calgary.
"They think you go to camp for two months and that's it. It takes many years. You have to pay your dues, get your mind and body into it."
Lancaster told of a video called Wrestling With Shadows produced circa 2000. The setting was The Dungeon, coach Stu Hart's house in Calgary.
"Hart's known thousands of wrestlers. Stu was stretching Maddog and you can just hear him screaming on the video. It makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck."
McFly also trained 10 months with Bret Hart and Leo Burke.
"You could just see the rope burns," she said.
Burke was a hard-core trainer, well-known for training wrestlers for the WWF.
"He would make the boys fall on their back so their backs would callus and get used to it."
"(As a wrestler's wife) you go through a lot of emotions. It's like a family which has stuck with you from the beginning. You don't lose them."
Lancaster and McFly "knew each other before wrestling" and met each other in the late '80s. Since then, "we've been the best of friends."
She is constantly amazed at the emotions her partner can make an audience feel.
"He can be the meanest person. He knows how to get somebody choked at him. It could be your grandma."
Wrestling for McFly was a true passion.
"I've seen him laugh and cry. I've seen him get hurt."
When McFly was under a strict work-out regimen, "(I remember when) he worked out four times a day. I couldn't bring chocolates or sweets in the house. The grocery bill was $500. I had every one of (the wrestlers) sleep on my couch," Lancaster recalls.
During Western Canadian Extreme Wrestling in Winnipeg, "I got so proud of him. Road trips are hard on families."
She recalls one fight between McFly and Bad Boy Williams.
"Both were in hospital on painkillers, but they put on one of the best shows I've ever seen."
Lancaster described how she became the rock in Maddog McFly's life.
"He needed a stable lifestyle when he came home. He wasn't Maddog when he came home. He was Mike. He was black and blue. There were nights I didn't want to sleep beside him for fear of hurting him."
She noted her partner had to go for an MRI in January.
"He was hurting for days. I massaged him. After the Wetaskiwin show, I massaged him four times a day and ran hot baths."
But being a wrestler's wife means more than just tending to your partner's wounds. It also means dealing with a lot of female attention for your man.
"These women are called ring rats. I would be lying if I said I wasn't jealous."
One ring rat in Edmonton held a sign which read, "I Want to Have Your Puppies."
Despite the healing and hardships, being with Maddog for this long is testimony to Lancaster's strength and perseverance.
"It didn't matter if I was his wife. If you can't keep up, get out and go home."
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story originally appeared in the Wetaskiwin Times Advertiser on July 31, 2006.
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