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Nicholson bringing wrestling back to Cochrane
Samoa Joe, Tatanka and the Honky Tonk Man headline event that will include big revenge match
By REAGEN SULEWSKI - Cochrane Times


Wrestler Hannibal shows off The Claw, the finishing move that may await his opponent at Cochrane Chaos on July 4 at the Spray Lake Rec Centre. Hannibal is out for revenge after last year's event ended with an ambush outside the ring.

There’s a score to be settled at the Spray Lakes Arena.

At the end of last year’s match during the Bad News Allen Tribute Show between Hannibal (aka former Cochranite Devon Nicholson) and Abdullah the Butcher , Hannibal ran into some trouble from legendary wrestler The Great Gama and his son Gama Singh, Jr.

With the match over and Hannibal victorious, the Singhs attacked him outside the ring, surprising him with a blast of fire.

He dodged it and escaped under the ring, where there just happened to be a set of lights tubes that he then broke on the younger Singh’s back.

“We aren’t on the best of terms,” said Nicholson of the Singhs, perhaps understating the point a bit.

“There’s a lot of scores to be settled between me and them.”

The contest between Nicholson and Singh Jr. is just one of seven scheduled contests on Friday, July 4 at Cochrane Chaos, presented by the Prairie Wrestling Alliance.

Also on the bill are TNA Champion Samoa Joe, and former WWE stars The Honky Tonk Man and Tatanka.

The Honky Tonk Man still holds the record as the longest running champion in history of the WWF, holding the Intercontinental Belt for over a year during the 1980s, and still performs about 70 shows a year.

Although he spent much of his career playing the villain, The Honky Tonk Man has found that his stock with the fans has risen in recent years.

"I spent most of my career being the bad guy, but once I started coming to the independent circuit, the fans were just so glad to see me again, someone who had touched their lives as they were growing up, that I turned into the good guy," he said.

"Being the good-guy I can just be myself."

And, he promises a show with his patented Elvis impersonation routine.

"I'm going to come in with the jump suit and the singing, and hopefully someone's going to get to wear a guitar for a necktie," he said, talking about his signature finishing move the Shake, Rattle and Roll.

For Nicholson, the hometown show will be a chance to catch up on old times as well as to get some payback for the events at last year’s show.

“I’m really looking forward to going back and being in the area, and I’m also looking forward to getting some revenge for those guys sticking their nose in my business last year.”

Another big reason that he’s looking forward to getting back to the area is the reception he gets.

“The fans always give me a great reception, which is different than everywhere else,” he said.

“The fans hate me, even in Calgary, which is not that far away.”

“I’m just a violent, vicious wrestler. I got my name because my matches usually involve blood.”

And if things go right for Hannibal, fans might get to see his signature finishing move, The Claw, which involves him placing his massive hands on his opponent’s temple and crushing them into unconsciousness.

“If I had my choice, I’d use that,” Nicholson says.

The card will also feature cruiserweight matches, ones that Nicholson says are faster-paced with more high-flying moves, compared to the bruising heavyweight matches, along with a ladder match, and a ladies’ division match.

“Fans are going to get a good variety,” said Nicholson. “We always try to put in a little bit of everything.”

Tickets to the show range from $10 to $30, and are available at Spray Lakes Arena or through www.ticketweb.ca.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

RELATED LINKS

  • PWA
  • Wrestling Supershow
  • Devon Nicholson / Hannibal story archive