May 25, 2006
Former Brockville resident living out his dream in ring
By TRACEY TONG - Brockville Recorder and Times
Crime fighter by day, Kingston Police Constable Jason Maschke dons spandex tights at night to become an entirely different kind of hero.
Maschke, a.k.a. the Daytona Beach Badboy Jason Cage, comes head to head with wrestling stars such as Jake the Snake Roberts and the Original Sinn at the Spring Mayhem wrestling event at the Brockville Memorial Centre Saturday.
A one-time Brockville resident, Maschke wrestles for the Independent Scene and has worked on shows with wrestlers such as Kamala, the Ugandan Giant, King Kong Bundy, Mr. U.S.A. Tony Atlas, Raven and has wrestled - and defeated - Abyss.
For Maschke, getting to wrestle with guys like Roberts is like a dream.
"I've always been interested in wrestling, since I was about nine," said Maschke.
The 31-year-old grew up idolizing guys like Roberts, Honky Tonk Man, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Bret the Hitman Hart.
"I've been really lucky," said Maschke of his wrestling career. I've met a whole bunch of them.
"I was Honky Tonk Man's tag team partner last year and had a match with Jim the Anvil Neidhart."
In that particular match, Maschke was a bad guy and tried to attack the Anvil's daughter (with whom the wrestler is known as the new Hart Foundation) and was put into the Hart Attack, the duo's signature move.
Maschke started calling himself the Daytona Beach Badboy after his trainer told him to come up with a character.
"They wanted the name Flex Flanigan or something horrible like that, so I had to come up with something fast," laughed Maschke.
Daytona Beach Badboy fits Maschke, who is 5'10" and a fit and tan 206 pounds.
"(I'm) cool and cocky, kind of a party guy," Maschke said of his character.
The costume followed the name naturally - neon orange tights, bleached hair and sunglasses.
I ask Maschke the question that's on everyone's lips when they find themselves talking to a wrestler. Is wrestling real or fake?
"It's a little bit of both," Maschke said. "You can see the injuries, but you're definitely not trying to cave the guy's head in when you punch him.
"It's real, but for entertainment purposes, they've changed the rules," Maschke said. "Nobody wants to see someone sitting in a hold for 15 minutes. If they were laying on the mat, trying to choke each other out, that would bore people to tears."
On the other hand, "there's no way to fake being thrown 10 feet from the ring to the floor, a broken nose or hyperextending the elbow," Maschke said.
"I've twisted my ankle once pretty bad, and when someone stomped the back of my head on concrete, I bit a piece of tongue off," he said. "There's nothing like spitting blood in a match. I wish now I'd taken a photo of it.
"But you still try to protect each other because you both have to wrestle the next day."
While he has to watch out for Roberts' signature move - the DDT - on Saturday, he's got a few tricks up his own proverbial sleeve.
Maschke's finisher - the Spring-breaker - is a move he created himself that involves pedigree flipping his opponent up onto his shoulder, raising him into a backbreaker and then into a razor's edge and dropping them straight down into a reverse RKO.
"Basically, that's utilizing the signature moves of four wrestlers that I think have great moves," Maschke said. "It takes about five seconds to put on someone."
Roberts - accompanied by his 14-foot python - is the Brockville show's headliner, but the event also features The Hollywood Hunks, Ryan Rush, Dave Titan, The Hickster, Jon Bolen, Flaming Moe and local wrestlers Portia Perez and Zach Storm.
Maschke's two-and-a-half-year wrestling career has exceeded his expectations so far.
This weekend alone, for example, he'll be up against "both a legend and a current superstar, which is an honour," he said. "It's like fulfulling a dream."
His goals for the future are simple.
"To win a gold championship belt," he said. "I vow this is my year. And I want to make the WWE."
And of course, to wind his way into the hearts of wrestling fans.
"You know you've made it when you've got an action figure," Maschke said. "It doesn't matter what it looks like. If I get one, I'm happy."
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