September 6, 2011
Beefcake match to get hairy in Winnipeg
WINNIPEG -- With the Barber on the fight card, this is one wrestling event for fans to really let their hair down.
U.S. professional wrestling legend Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake plans to put a beatdown on yet another of his thousands of opponents when he brings his act to Winnipeg this week. And the small-venue card will let spectators view the mayhem in a very in-your-face environment.
"I've been in world title matches all across the country for sold-out audiences. All of those were memorable matches," Brutus, a WWF and WCW veteran otherwise known as Ed Leslie, told the Winnipeg Sun from the Boston area where he lives. "I've been working in independents probably now for the last 11 years."
During his years as Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, his rasslin' identity since 1983, Leslie has also worked in movies and television as an actor and a longtime stunt double for wrestling icon Hulk Hogan, with whom he was often a tag-team partner.
The 54-year-old Leslie, or Brutus, will headline the seven-match event Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Cowboys bar at Canad Inn Windsor Park. Tickets are available at the hotel's front desk, and at the door.
Also on the card is Gangrel, another wrestling star from south of the border, who will bring his vampire-like image into a match against Zack Mercury and Rick Matthews -- two opponents simultaneously.
Local promoter Jason Gagne is aiming for the up-close intensity seen in Winnipeg last March, when he arranged a similar kind of card featuring the star Honky Tonk Man for a crowd of about 350.
"Anything can happen," Gagne said. "And it's for 18 and over, so it can get a little crazy. We call it uncensored."
Brutus, whose opponent will be revealed only shortly before his match, said anyone hoping to see his barber skills in the ring won't be disappointed.
"I still do it. You'll be seeing somebody get a haircut in Winnipeg, guaranteed," he said.
"The Hulkster came up with the idea of me cutting someone's hair every time I got into the ring. And it caught on like wildfire. People went crazy over it and loved it. So we just kept on doing it. And the more we kept doing it, the better and more popular it became."