Ontario indies merge for Maximum attention
BOB KAPUR - SLAM! Wrestling
The announcement of a new tag team has captured the attention of the Ontario independent wrestling fans. The recent merger of Windsor-based Border City Wrestling and Mississauga's BSE Pro Wrestling, from which the new entity Maximum Pro Wrestling has been created, could be a game-changer on the local scene. SLAM! Wrestling sat down with the owners of the new entity to discuss their plans.
Former TNA Wrestling producer and on-air personality Scott D'Amore is the name most people associate with Border City Wrestling. With 15 years at the helm of BCW, D'Amore is very excited about waving the Max-Pro flag, and is optimistic that the new company has what it takes to take things to even higher levels.
"We're aiming to instantly make Maximum Pro Wrestling a major force in independent wrestling. Border City is very proud of our long and rich history in Windsor, and the merger will allow us to bring quality wrestling to a much bigger fan base," said D'Amore.
While not all of the duo's plans have yet been revealed, the press release of February 3rd indicates that the new company will be presenting a large number of live shows, DVDs, pay-per-views, and develop a regular TV show. While this may seem quite ambitious for an indy company, the partners see it as a challenge they're up for.
"We're so proud of what we have built over the past five years," said BSE Pro's Jason Brown, who also goes by the moniker Burt the Hurt. "We have toured extensively throughout Ontario, in Western Canada, and even in Nunavut. We've had TV deals with Persona Network and The Fight Network. But to have someone with Scott's leadership and skill, it's like when the Rangers got Gretzky... you don't pass an opportunity like this up."
While neither man would get too specific about what changes will result from the new company -- for example, how the company's roster will be selected, or whether shows that have already been announced under each respective legacy company's name will be changed -- they both want their respective fan bases to know that no sacrifices will be made to the quality of the product.
"The merger will not affect the quality of events that Windsor fans have been accustomed to," promised D'Amore. "Rather, Maximum Pro Wrestling will allow us to bring the best that we have in Windsor, and combine that with the best that BSE has brought to the Toronto area, and deliver a product that is new, exciting, and, literally, the best of both worlds."
Brown echoed D'Amore's sentiment.
"I honestly think that Maximum Pro will be greater than the sum of both parts. Not to take anything away from the success both companies have had -- on the contrary, both Scott and I are so proud of what we've built with BSE Pro and BCW. But we anticipate even bigger news from Maximum Pro Wrestling in 2010 and beyond. We think the fans of both companies will like what they see."
Editor's note: Bob Kapur is the colour commentator for both BSE Pro and Border City Wrestling, and will likely play a similar role in Maximum Pro Wrestling.
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