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Ex-CFLer Troy Westwood to make his wrestling debut
By DOUG LUNNEY - Winnipeg Sun


Danny Duggan, Troy Westwood and Shane Madison of CWE wrestling.

If Troy Westwood ever finds himself in a 12-man tag team match, he has a list of five former Blue Bomber teammates he'd like in his corner.

"You would want Wade Miller on your team," Westwood said, adding the Bombers president and CEO was an amateur wrestler. "I've had a play fight with him, but he's got no neck, so you've got nothing to grab a hold of.

"He's like a bowling ball coming at you."

The other four teammates Westwood would have are David Black, Brett MacNeil, Stan Mikawos, and Chris Walby.

"With those five guys, we could take over the world, man, and we would fear no one," Westwood said.


Westwood, a former CFL all-star, will make his in-ring professional wrestling debut at Canadian Wrestling's Elite Rumble to Remember on Dec. 13. It follows a CWE event last August when Westwood was a "special enforcer" in a match between (Hotshot) Danny Duggan and (The Mecca) Shane Madison.

"It was fun and they were such a good group of guys that I thought I'd dip my toe a little bit further into it this time," said Westwood. "Like any sports locker room that you're in, all the behind the scenes stuff is sometimes the most memorable.

"I have profound respect for the athleticism and showmanship you see from those guys."

Westwood's fitness training hasn't missed a beat since he was the Bombers kicker. He plays soccer and hockey on weekends and is in the gym every day after his shift on the morning radio show with TSN 1290.

Westwood trains at El1te Performance under the guidance of Jeff Fisher, whom he first met when Fisher was the Bombers athletic trainer.

"I am a devout follower of (Fisher's)," Westwood said. "The guy is an absolute guru."

In the Grey Cup, Westwood thinks the host Saskatchewan Roughriders will "absolutely destroy" the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday.

The Riders are a better cold weather team and will "dominate" Hamilton in the trenches, he said.

As for his old club, Westwood feels "there is no one on this planet better suited to lead the Bombers than Wade Miller, with his combined knowledge of all things football and business related."

Bell time for Rumble to Remember is 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Gymnasium (290 Debuc St.). Tickets are available online at diyobo.com. For more details, go to cwecanada.ca.

RELATED LINKS

  • cwecanada.ca
  • Twitter: @TroyWestwood

    Doug Lunney has been with the Winnipeg Sun since 1995, working as a sports reporter, news reporter, city editor and assistant managing editor before becoming a columnist.