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Wrestlemania!
City's love affair with WWE peaks with wedding in ring

By KATIE CHALMERS -- Winnipeg Sun

 Bernard Chief will have a good story to tell his friends at school come Monday morning.

 Last night, the nine-year-old -- who was severely burned and nearly died after grabbing exposed wires of an unlocked 2,400-volt Winnipeg Hydro transformer near his home -- was exchanging high-fives and laughs with Stone Cold Steve Austin prior to the World Wrestling Entertainment card at the Winnipeg Arena.

 "Kids can meet anyone in the world and they pick me. I feel pretty good about that," said Stone Cold as he sat next to a beaming Bernard.

 "I meet a lot of kids who are in pain, who have had accidents, and they're never scared of what they're going through. Kids amaze me."

 Bernard lost one hand and a portion of the other due to the severe shock. While recovering in hospital from the Nov. 17 accident, Bernard's mom Sarah said he was asking for his idol, Stone Cold.

 WWE promoter Bob Holliday surprised Bernard on Christmas Eve with a bag full of WWE goodies and a promise he could meet Stone Cold next time the show came to town. He fulfilled his promise last night.

 Sarah said her kids, who were carrying their Hilroy scribblers to collect autographs, were counting down the days.

 "He's the best," said Bernard, before taking a front-row seat to the show.

 "I'll be looking for you out there," Stone Cold told Bernard.

 Among the die-hard wrestling fans at last night's show was Crystal Atamanchuck, a day-care worker by day and wannabee wrestler by night.

 "I think they're awesome. I know all the moves. The Suplex, the Twist of Fate," said Atamanchuck, who watched the show with boyfriend John Chisholm.

 "The woman dragged me here," joked Chisholm, who was looking forward to seeing the wrestlers up close instead of on his TV screen.

 WEDDING

 Waiting for the big show, fans got a unique pre-show -- a not-so-intimate wedding.

 Joyce Hiebert and Patrick McKee, winners of the 92-CITI FM's Wedding in the Ring contest, tied the knot last night to cheers from the crowd.

 "Is this a real wedding?" one lady asked a security guard who confirmed it was.

 "You're kidding," she said, before snapping some photos.


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