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Fans, wrestlers flip out at Max Pro's Gold Rush in Timmins
By BENJAMIN AUBÉ - Timmins Press


So Cal Val and promoter Mike Patry. Photos by Benjamin Aubé

TIMMINS - It was a night of high-flying activity at École secondaire catholique Thériault on Saturday night, as rivalries were renewed at Max Pro Wrestling's (MPW) Gold Rush 2014.

The atmosphere was electric as fans and wrestlers alike got into the action. Close to 400 people cheered and jeered some of their favourite – and least favourite in-ring pugilists.

Among those in town was Tamara Lynn Sytch — better known to wrestling fans as WWE Hall of Famer, Sunny — who came in as acting manager for the event. Other wrestlers included the ever-affable Cody Deaner, SheNayNay, Tyson Dux, Tiberius King, Big Brian Youngblood and Sudbury's El Tornado.

Receiving loud chants of ‘You suck’ from the interactive crowd at Thériault, the bearded Deaner dropped the night’s main event by disqualification to hometown favourite, the long-haired El Tornado, but not before inflicting a severe – if not illegal – beatdown on his opponent aided by tag-team partner, Big Brian Youngblood.

That prompted an angry El Tornado to challenge Deaner to a Hair vs. Beard match next time MPW is in Timmins.


With battles ongoing in the background Saturday night, Mike Patry, MPW’s Northern promoter, said it shouldn’t be long before fans get to see the match come to life.

“The appetite for wrestling here is crazy,” said Patry over the noise of fans cheering and bodies hitting the mat. “No other wrestling organization in this province has long as run as we have. We’ve been going strong with two or three events per year for the the last nine years. You don’t see that very often.

“I’ve said it before: I run these shows because of my father. He and I used to go to the AWA and International wrestling shows here, and it’s a way for me to give back to the community, because I loved it when I was a kid.”

Patry’s been a busy man lately. Other than running MPW in Timmins, he’s also the incoming president of the district chapter of Crimestoppers. Through draws and ticket sales, Saturday’s Gold Rush event not only gave Northern fans a taste of top-notch wrestling, but also acted as a way to raise funds for Crimsestoppers and Thériault’s high school wrestling squad.

“It’s two-fold this time around, because it’s a fundraiser for Crimestoppers and for Thériault Lutte,” said Patry. “We thought it would be a good match to bring it back as a fundraiser.

“We have a lot of talent from the WWE and TNA. We’ve got Cody Deaner coming in from TNA, Robbie McAllister from the WWE, Hall of Famer Sunny, and SoCal Val is always a blessing at our shows; she’s such a sweetheart.

“And then we have some of the best indy talent in Ontario. We’ve got talent from Toronto, from Niagara Falls, and from Sudbury; Sudbury’s own El Tornado is here. So far, it’s really been a great show.”


"Sunny" Tammy Sytch made her way up to Timmins.
Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, Sunny has spent 24 years in the business as a wrestler, manager and executive.

As Deaner tried to weasel his way out of a re-match with El Tornado Saturday night, Sunny stepped out and used her influence as manager to make the Timmins re-match official next time around.

“Being in Timmins is great,” Sunny told The Daily Press after the show. “It’s been about five years since I’ve been up this way, and I always love coming up here because Canadian fans are awesome. They really are something special.”

Still, all good things must come to and end. After being in the business for nearly a quarter-century, the 41-year-old explained she’s got her eye on the future and pursuing another lifelong goal: Before quitting her studies and hitting the road with the WWE at 17 years of age, Sunny was on her way to becoming a doctor.

“I’m going back to school in the fall, I’m going to finish up my undergrad; I have one semester left,” she explained, adding she then plans on enrolling in a two-year post-graduate physician’s assistant program at New York University.

“I’ll be doing everything that a doctor does – diagnosing, prescribing, I’ll have a prescription pad and everything – everything I wanted to do back in the day, just without having to go through med school. If I wanted to be a doctor now, I’d be 50 by the time I got done with my residency. So that’s what I’m going for.”


Cody Deaner speaks to the audience as Brian Youngblood looms to his right.
With Gold Rush 2014 another big success for MPW, Patry said it’s fully possible that someday soon, a Timmins product may be in the ring battling for a title.

“Amateur wrestling is big here, so why not?” he said, pointing to the success of the Thériault squad.

When asked what he’d remember most from an already memorable night, Patry didn’t hesitate to give his answer.

“I think the highlight of the night is always the fans,” said Patry. “The fans come out, they support the product, and just look: It’s an entire family that comes out here to enjoy the show, and it’s always been a family event. It’s nice to see."

RELATED LINKS

  • Max Pro Wrestling website