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Wrestlers slamming Stampede promotion


By BRIAN PEECH -- Calgary Sun

In an industry swollen with infighting, some local wrestlers have broken away from Calgary's Stampede Wrestling, slamming them with accusations of poor business practices.

"I've never, ever before worked for a promoter that had a cheque bounce," said Bad News Allen, a former Stampede Wrestling commentator.

Allen, a veteran wrestler of 23 years and former World Wrestling Federation star, will join the new Western Canadian Extreme Wrestling, along with other former Stampede Wrestlers.

"These guys (wrestlers) were getting bumps and bruises and putting their sweat and tears into it and not getting any money," he continued.

"Slavery went out of style a long time ago."

According to Ross Hart of Stampede Wrestling, there is money owed to some wrestlers, but the amount is negligible compared to the expenses Stampede Wrestling incurred for the wrestler's equipment and promotion.

Although he could not give specifics, Ross said the money will be paid in full.

Bruce Hart, a promotions advisor for Stampede Wrestling, said the accusations of poor promotion are nothing more than "sour grapes."

"I don't put much stock in what disgruntled ex-employees say," said Bruce.

Back at the WCEW press conference yesterday, tempers flared when Ali, the (Beast From the East) power-slammed another WCEW wrestler, McFly, through a table in a promotional stunt.

And WCEW's (The Sledgehammer) Jason Anderson, insisted that, unlike many of today's wrestling leagues, the WCEW will be appropriate for fans of all ages.

"It's not the sex sells type of wrestling," said The Sledgehammer.

"This is real hard-core wrestling. It's extreme. It's about taking risks that other athletes aren't willing to do."