February 18, 2012
Bad Boy Jason Cage swings back through Napanee and Kingston
By JIM BARBER - Napanee Guide

Daytona Beach Bad Boy Jason Cage

He's been gone for about a year, but no one on the local wrestling scene has forgotten Jason Maschke.

And the feeling is mutual for the man who grappled under the name of The Daytona Beach Bad Boy Jason Cage, who will be coming to visit friends and family in the Napanee and Kingston area for a few days later this month.

And he might just be making an appearance at an Ontario Championship Wrestling (OCW) card on Feb. 25, at the Royal Canadian Legion branch on Montreal Street in Kingston.

A veteran of the independent wrestling circuit, and a former Kingston Police officer, Maschke retired from the ring last year, and moved with his wife Jennifer and their four kids to Port Moody, B.C., where he joined the local police service.

A friend's wedding is prompting Maschke's return, and over the 10 days he is in the area, he said he will visit as many people as he possibly can ... including fans and wrestlers with OCW.

"I am going to make the most of it, and see my old friends and family and co-workers, and when I say co-workers, I definitely mean my wrestling friends too. There will be some shows going on, so I plan on attending there and touching base and seeing what's going on," he told The Napanee Guide from the West Coast.


"I haven't received a whole lot of contact from the OCW people," he said. "I know with my old friend Jan Murphy, I made him the OCW assistant general manager, and it sounds like a lot of excitement has been created there. Let's just say the Batphone was ringing with all the stuff that was going on there, and so I may make an appearance and make my presence known."

He said he will also enjoy seeing long-time fans again, and is humbled by the fact that many of them have stayed in touch since he left.

"It's great that I am appreciated," he said. "The fact that people remember me, it's really an amazing feeling. I get Facebook messages all the time. I always talk about the feeling of walking through that curtain and having a thousand people out there, and they're chanting your name and screaming. I get giddy thinking about it."

Cage had a shot early in his career of making it to the top of the business, the WWE. An injury ended those hopes, but he still put in nearly a decade of travelling all over North America, entertainment wrestling fans with his high-energy, high-intensity performances. And he shared the ring with some of the biggest and best names in the business, from Hall of Famers like Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, to Hacksaw Jim Duggan, to guys who have become stars in the business, such as Abyss and Robert Roode in the TNA/Impact promotion.

"I follow both the TNA and WWE, but I am mostly enjoying TNA because I wrestled some of those guys. Bobby Roode is the Impact champion, and it's been really exciting the things that he's being doing. He's been getting praise from Hulk Hogan and even The Rock. So I am really excited for him. We wrestled many shows together and I got to know him a little bit, and he is just a tremendous wrestler and a great guy," he said.

"It's like following home-grown talent. I am cheering these guys on because I want them to be as successful as possible, because in some way that makes me feel like I am successful because I was in the ring with them."

He said he has tried to follow the local indie scene out in B.C., but found it didn't interest him as much as keeping tabs on OCW happenings back in Kingston.

As a police officer, he said there has been some adjustments to life on Canada's West Coast.

"The laws are different and kind of the way the police deal with the public is different too. They are a little more warm and fuzzy here, which is good, but it's a bit of a different style," Maschke said.

"And in Ontario, the police officer lays the charges, whereas here the police officer recommends charges to the Crown attorney. So we don't actually lay charges. It's kind of like you're in school and you see somebody do something wrong and you run to the principal's office.

ESSENTIALS
What: Ontario Championship Wrestling presents Heartbreak.
When: Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 560, 734 Montreal St.
Tickets: $10 in advance or 3 for $25 and $15 at the door. Children 6 and younger who are accompanied by an adult are admitted for free.
Main event: Former WWE superstar The Highlander Robbie MacAllister takes on OCW Television Champion Jesse Jones.
"So we still arrest people, and take them back to the station and recommend charges. The Crown would look at it, and say yes or no. So we have the right to arrest, but not the right to charge people, and that really took some getting used to."

He and Jennifer and the kids have adjusted to life 5,000 kilometres from home, but Maschke says he misses his family and friends in Napanee and Kingston.

"I am really missing home. I will always call Napanee and Kingston home," he said.

You can keep tabs on Maschke at his Facebook page.

OCW Heartbreak, which also features former WWE superstar The Highlander Robbie MacAllister, OCW Heavyweight champion CJ Felony, former champion Harley Davison, Adam Keaton, Catalyst and many others, takes Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit http://ocw.ocwrestling.ca or call 613-929-0303.

PREVIOUS JASON CAGE STORIES

  • May 1, 2010: Bad Boy Jason Cage says goodbye
  • July 20, 2009: Jason Cage DVD honest look at Ontario indy wrestling
  • March 8, 2007: Jason Cage back in ring after near-death experience
  • May 25, 2006: Former Brockville resident living out his dream in ring




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