May 10, 2007
Juggernaut ready to take his last stand
By KRISTI PATTON - Cochrane Times
Juggernaut, one of the most established wrestlers in the Canadian scene, is finishing off his career this season and on May 25 in Cochrane, Alberta, it could be one of the final few times he gets in the ring.
The formidable 6-foot-5, 400-pound wrestler, knows what sacrifice is about but has decided to call this year his last in the ring because he has seen too many wrestlers have recurring injuries that follow them out of the ring.
"After this year I will be done for sure. It's not that I have any health problems I just don't want to have any later. It's just not worth it," Juggernaut told the Cochrane Times
With a background in Judo, Juggernaut went from being a bouncer in Edmonton to traveling to Florida earning his way up.
The pro wrestler who has been a staple of Stampede Wrestling over the years and says he sees himself more behind the scenes if anything in the future.
"I won't say I couldn't be pursued for an in-ring role position if the right money was put before me but the WWE could not offer me enough. It is not a company I am interested working for," he said.
Known for his hardcore antics of flying through tables, Juggernaut has worked on his style incorporating a number of different techniques which he will bring to the Bad News Allen Tribute Wrestling Supershow in Cochrane at the Spray Lake Family Recreation Centre on May 25 when he meets TNA's Samoa Joe.
"Well, we have been compared for a long time and I think I have a couple of years on him but coming up I heard the comparisons. I imagine it is going to be hard hitting on every level," said Juggernaut of the upcoming match. "A lot of people think it is a little phoney but this is the one match that will prove it is not. This is two very big guys hitting each other very hard."
Samoa Joe -- "The Samoan Submission Machine" -- went undefeated for the first 18 months in the TNA and was voted MVP in 2006 by the fans.
Size will be on Juggernaut's side as Samoa Joe is not used to meeting such a formidable opponent.
"This just might be a little wake-up call for him but it doesn't mean he isn't going to come out hard. He is a smart guy from what I heard," growled Juggernaut.
Known for his honesty, Juggernaut says his character in the ring is not one at all. Rather, anything he does inside the ring is the same as he would do outside.
And outside the ring he is a huge fan of his sport and is excited to watch some of the matches on the card for the Tribute show.
"Looking at the card this is going to be way better than anything you could see on T.V. Every style is going to be in the ring," he said. "The show in Cochrane will blow anything put on by the WWE in the past 15 years. I absolutely guarantee there is nothing this show won't have."
From the flamboyant match of Goldust and Ravenous Randy to the jaw-dropping antics of Abdullah the Butcher who will meet Devon Nicholson, Juggernaut says he is excited to be a part of such a show to honour a fallen wrestler.
Bad News Allen was a bronze medalist in judo before he became a pro wrestler and with a judo background himself, Juggernaut says the fallen comrade was a mentor to him.
"I knew him pretty well. A wrestling company I worked for would go to Bottoms Up Sports Pub and there would he would be in there. He is one of the toughest human beings I have ever met in my life and there was a lot of respect for him."
Juggernaut is also known for his spewing back at the fans with the saying, "Go blow a goat." If there is one thing that leaves a bitter taste in his mouth is the fan that sits on their hands the whole time.
"That whole goat thing," he said with a laugh. "It literally was for the idiot fans. Have a good time, if you are paying the money you deserve the right to criticize but those who are just trashing guys those are the bad fans and they can still go blow a goat."
So if there is one thing to do to honour Juggernaut as he enters the ring for one of the final few times?
"Cheer and don't think you are going to look like a nerd because there are going to be lots of people cheering. Those who want to analyze the show sit in the back row."
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