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Bringing Real Action to the Maritimes


By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling

The connections between carnivals and small-town pro wrestling should be apparent to any fan. Both tour from town to town, try to attract fans on a local basis through store signs and posters, and offer a unique product.

Skot Gallant has been working the Maritime carnivals since he was 14. Now 24, Gallant is a carny vet who has seen the light -- he has started a wrestling federation.

Real Action Wrestling brings its show to a number of Maritime towns starting this week. The comparisons are inevitable to the traditional summer Grand Prix Wrestling tour.

'Arrrgh!' says Kurrgan. 'I want to smash heads again!'
"Every place that Atlantic Grand Prix used to wrestle has ice in it," explained Gallant to SLAM! Wrestling. So he found a few alternate locations -- like lobbies of big rinks, universities and bingo halls -- and is bringing wrestling into town during the late fall.

Gallant hopes that Real Action Wrestling will do "a little better" entertainment-wise than Grand Prix, and will be offering more hardcore action, more developped storylines, and a better light and smoke show.

Peter Smith, who wrestled as The Mighty Hercules on the Grand Prix tour, said he will be known as Kingman on the tour.

"I think it will do well," said Smith, adding that the "wrestlers are better on average" than the Grand Prix tour, and that "a lot more modern ideas" will be used.

Smith will be facing Kurrgan, ex of the WWF, on most of the shows as Goliath.

The tour draws on wrestlers from right across Canada. From Calgary, there's Tod The Bod and Gemini. From Ontario comes Notorious T.I.D., Magnus von Steele, Tommy Twilight, Midnight Mass, Jack Damage, and Slater. Maritimers include the aforementioned Smith, Kurrgan, and Cowboy Mike Hughes and Nature Boy Cliff MacDonald.

Promoter Gallant hopes that the lessons he learned from growing up on the carnival circuit, where his parents owned a cookhouse, will be of value in the promotion of pro wrestling. He credits Mike Hughes for much of what he knows about pro wrestling.

Gallant welcomes inquiries about Real Action Wrestling. Call 902-894-7568.

Schedule


Real Action Wrestling
Montague, PEI
Date: November 17, 1999
Place: Kaylee Hall

Real Action Wrestling
Charlottetown, PEI
Date: November 18, 1999
Place: Charlottetown Civic Centre

Real Action Wrestling
Saint John, New Brunswick
Date: November 19, 1999
Place: UNB Saint John

Real Action Wrestling
Chatam, New Brunswick
Date: November 20, 1999
Place: Chatam Casino

Real Action Wrestling
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Date: November 22, 1999
Place: Halifax Forum

Real Action Wrestling
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Date: November 23, 1999
Place: Centre 200

Real Action Wrestling
Montague, PEI
Date: November 24, 1999
Place: Kaylee Hall

Real Action Wrestling
Charlottetown, PEI
Date: November 25, 1999
Place: Charlottetown Civic Centre

Real Action Wrestling
Chatam, New Brunswick
Date: November 27, 1999
Place: Chatam Casino

Real Action Wrestling
Windsor, Nova Scotia
Date: November 28, 1999
Place: Windsor Community Center

Real Action Wrestling
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Date: November 29, 1999
Place: Halifax Forum

Real Action Wrestling
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Date: November 30, 1999
Place: Centre 200