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Ottawa wrestler gets shot with TNA
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun

Devon Nicholson's got plenty on the line with tonight's TNA wrestling show at Gatineau's Robert Guertin Arena. First, he's the promoter ... and needs a big crowd so his wallet isn't a lot lighter.

More importantly, he's getting a TNA tryout. As Hannibal, his wrestling alter ego, the 25-year-old Nicholson will face Abyss in a no-DQ match.

"I'm really looking forward to it," said local boy Nicholson, a former amateur wrestling champ while at Cairine Wilson. "I've been paying my dues for seven years now. It's time to move to the next level.I have the look and I think I have the character."

He promises tonight's match will rock the rafters of The Bob.

"(Abyss) made his name for himself in IWA (in Puerto Rico), just before I got there. Our styles are very similar. We're two guys who don't mind bleeding. We're crazy ... our heads aren't all there."

The main event of tonight's card (7:30 start) is Kurt Angle vs. the talented Christian Cage (with Earl Hebner reffing, TNA is teasing the infamous Montreal screwjob). Also on the card: AJ Styles and Tomko vs. LAX; Robert Roode and Johnny Devine vs. Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal; James Storm vs. Samoa Joe; Jimmy Rave vs. Chris Harris vs. Eric Young; Gail Kim vs. Jackie Moore; and Awesome Kong vs. Ms. Brooks.

There are plenty of tickets available, ranging from $15 to $50. Angle will pose for photos in the ring after the show, while some of the TNA stars will be available for autographs at intermission.


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