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READER ALERT: For all the latest wrestling happenings, check out our News & Rumours section.

Indy promotions in spotlight


By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Sports
 It's a busy weekend across Canada for the independent promotions

The stars of tomorrow will be highlighted at shows in B.C., Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

Steve Buckley started the Renegade Wrestling Alliance four years ago to give some of the students he was training a chance to compete infront of crowds.

Based out of Burlington, Ont., the RWA has run off-and-on in Burlington, Oakville and Brantford. They are expanding towards Niagara Falls in the coming months with shows in Welland and Fort Erie.

While the wrestlers in the RWA are smaller than most promotions, Buckley is quick to point out that that makes them often more exciting.

He brings up "Danger Boy" Derek Wylde, the current RWA Cruiserweight Champion.

Wylde, who is about 165 pounds, and stands 5'9", does "a lot fo the flying stuff ... suicide dives off the top rope, stuff like that," said Buckley.

Derek Wylde will be among the feature performers at the RWA show this Saturday at the Mainway Sports & Game Centre in Burlington. The show has a 7 pm start time. He'll face the winner of the Cruiserweight No. 1 contender match between Gord Rease and Dane Jerris.

Also on the show, Casanova Cliq, the RWA Tag Team Champions, face the Canadian Patriots; Major Punishment faces Stunning Sean.

Call (905) 335-8520 for info or directions.



In Manitoba, the Canadian Wrestling Federation is in the spotlight. The group, which recently joined the National Wrestling Alliance, is presenting a card on Saturday in St. Vital, Manitoba at the Southdale Community Club

The main event is a cage match for the CWF Heavyweight title. It will be a no-holds barred battle to crown the new heavyweight champion. The two wrestlers left after the semi-main event Battle Royal will be in the title match.

The title is vacant because on April 24, then-Heavyweight champion, Brian Jewel separated his left shoulder during a match against the young Darren Dalton. As a result, the championship committee has ordered that the title be held-up until one man steps to the plate to fill the position. A match was ordered on April 30th, between the top two contenders, E.Z. Ryder and Bobby Jay, but ended in a no-contest. Therefore the Battle Royale match.

Favorites include Adam Knight, Darren Dalton, Bobby Jay, Sledge (of Damage Inc) and E.Z. Ryder.

Other matches include "Heatseeker" Vance Nevada vs. Hysteria for the NWA Canadian Light Heavyweight title; Damage Inc. vs. Darren Dalton & Alex Rain for the CWF Tag-Team titles; "Showtime" Robby Royce vs. Wildman Firpo; Adam Knight vs. Jackie Youngblood.

For ticket info, email cwf@mb.sympatico.ca or call (204) 654-1120



Based in British Columbia, Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling considers itself a northern version of ECW.

Matches can get a bit extreme, so parents be warned.

The organization also recently joined the NWA.

ECCW has two shows this weekend.

Tonight (Friday) they are in Port Hardy, B.C. at the Port Hardy Secondary School. It's an 8 pm local start.

Matches include a Bunkhouse Brawl Battle Royale; "Rocket" Randy Tyler vs. Strife; Torch vs. Moondog Manson; "Gorgeous" Michelle Starr vs. "Lumberjack" Bubba; Lorena "The Blonde Bombshell vs. Gruesome Annie

Tickets are $7 - $10, and it is a fundraiser for senior boys basketball and school golf.

On Saturday, ECCW is in Parksville, BC at the Parksville Arena with an 8 pm start time.

There is scheduled to be a Bunkhouse Brawl Battle Royale for the new Vancouver Island Championship; "Rocket" Randy Tyler vs. "Gorgeous" Michelle Starr; Army of Darkness (Luther and Leviathan) vs. Generation X (Torch and Strife); Match Moondog Manson vs. "Lumberjack" Bubba; Lorena "The Blonde Bombshell" vs. Gruesome Annie



Quebec's Northern Championship Wrestling has a show in Joliette on Saturday May 9th at 740 St-Antoine Divertissements Lanaudiere.

Andy Ellison, fresh off his appearance on TSN's Off The Record, goes up against Marz.

Other matches include Steve Rush vs Marec the Grizzly; Blood Bros. vs Dream Warriors; Lucy Fer vs Julie David; Black Eagle vs Psycho Pat Thompson; Daniel Leon vs Alexander the Magnificent; Cosa Nostra vs The Vipers; Mike Lyons & Sweet Boy vs Access/Denied.



The Quebec-based Iberville Wrestling League has a show, also on Saturday, in St-Luc at the Campoil Dome, 1342, rue DesRoches.

The scheduled matches are: Max Le Fou Vs Bob Marley; Dark Angel & Spawn Vs D-X; Damian666 Vs Sabu; Campoil Vs Beautiful Biche; 10 men Tag Anybody for The VACANT World Title.