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New Barrie promotion wrestles for a cause
By IAN MCINROY - Barrie Examiner


Barrie resident Ryan Wood, organizer of Saturday night's Northern League Wrestling event The Beginning, prepares to drop a moonsault on Matt Fairlane. Photo by Shawn Coates

Barrie wrestling fans can catch lots of action in the ring during matches being held this Saturday, and help a great cause at the same time.

Northern League Wrestling and Auto Choice Sales present The Beginning on Saturday at United Central Church.

Organizer Ryan Wood, of Kempenfelt Imaging Systems, has a passion for wrestling and was involved in Canadian Wrestling Elite in Winnipeg where he was known as Red Hot Ryan Wood to his fans.

“Wrestling is popular because it’s a great source of entertainment and it’s fun,” he said.

The Beginning will feature two former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) super stars Gangrel (Dave Heath) and Robbie Macalister, Wood said, adding that his wrestling alter-ego Red Hot will also be in the ring.

“Northern League Wrestling will be a community-based wrestling company that strives to always give back to the community,” he said. “It’s a very family oriented event and is our first one. I plan to run a show every six to eight weeks. I’m looking at doing another event May 11 featuring another former WWE super star.”

The charity on the receiving end of Saturday night’s event is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie and District.

Jody Patfield, also of Kempenfelt Imaging Systems, is a big supporter Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS).

“It’s a great cause and Big Brothers Big Sisters truly has a heart of gold,” he said.

Glenda Barendregt, of BBBS, said support from events like The Beginning are vital to keep the organization going.

“They have supplied eight tickets for our littles and bigs to go watch the event and we will receive part of the proceeds,” she said. “We’re always appreciative of those opportunities for the children in our agency to experience fun things to do and do something entertaining.

“We certainly appreciate the donations as we are an agency which relies solely on the community for funds. It helps us to match our littles to bigs.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show time is 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door ages and for ages 12 and under they are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Tickets are available at Auto Choice Sales, 81A Essa Rd. and Central Baseball Academy, 431 Huronia Rd., Unit 4.

For more information about The Beginning, call 705-345-9977.