SLAM! Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame: Larry Destiny
June 13, 1973 in Windsor, ON
6'3", 240 pounds
By JOHN M. MILNER --
For SLAM! Wrestling
When people talk of some of the great talent to come out of Ontario in
terms of wrestlers, one name that has to come up is Larry Destiny, who is
also known as the Canadian Sensation, and with good reason. The nickname
doesn't earn him any heat from American fans though. "It goes over well. I
was given that name by an American," Destiny revealed to SLAM! Wrestling. "Some guys who were
running shows in Michigan early in my career said 'You're the Canadian
Sensation.' and it just stuck ever since."
Destiny, who's real name is Larry Brun and who wrestles at 240 lbs, grew
up watching wrestling in his hometown of Windsor and eventually decided it
was something he wanted to do. "I always knew there was a school in
Windsor," Destiny said, "but I never took it upon myself to join. I
regret that now because I wish I would have started earlier. I was in
University, but I wasn't stupid enough to quit school. I knew school was
important and I had to do that first."
He studied Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor and Massage Therapy
at the Univerisity of Western Ontario, but don't look for Destiny to become
a part-time doctor, part-time wrestler. "That's just something I'm going to
do when I'm not wrestling but I want the wrestling to work out, so I'm
going for that. I needed a career to fall back on."
"I started training my last semester in University and just did it ever
since." Destiny trained with Windsor wrestler, Scott D'Amore
Destiny gives the nod to D'Amore as one of the biggest influences on his
career, noting that D'Amore "oversaw a lot of my training, gets me a lot of
bookings and speaks very highly of me (to promoters). I respect him as a
trainer and as a person. He's a good wrestler and he deserves the chance."
His first match came on August 16, 1996 as Border City Wrestling's 'Mickey
Doyle Retirement Card'. Brun teamed with 'Giant' Pat Ryan against the
Canadian Destroyer (Doug Chevalier) and the Death Dealer. Brun and Ryan lost when the Death
Dealer hit Brun with a kendo stick, allowing the Destroyer to gain the
Prior to the match, Destiny remembers thinking "I'm not nervous. I've been
ready for this my whole life." He also faced no adversity to wrestling in
front of his home town crowd early in his career. "It was incredible. It
was just...invite all your friends there to support you because they knew
it was your dream. Even if they weren't wrestling fans, they came to
support you because it was me."
"I never get nervous wrestling," Destiny said, "Sometimes I get nervous
talking, giving interviews and stuff. I'm more confident with my moves
than I am (talking)."
Destiny has won several titles throughout his career including the ICW
Cruiserweight Championship, the Northern Frontier Wrestling North American
title, and the CWA Championship. He remembers his first title win (for
the Border City Wrestling Television title in La Salle, Ontario on January
26th., 1997), as "just amazing, because I'd come a
long way. It was even more amazing, because I got my best friend into the
business (Sonny Borrelli), he's a ring announcer, and our dream growing up
was that he would announce me as champ, and that's what happened when I won
my first title." Destiny considers the match one of the highlights of his
While Destiny was grateful for the chance to wrestle his early career in
Ontario and Michigan, noting that "it was really good to start up with, to
wrestle different talent" but adds that "you have to get outta there, you
can't stay there all the time. I tried to travel more, I tried to get as
many bookings as I can. I had 52 matches my first year, but I kept getting
lower and lower and less people running, but there's more now in Ontario.
There's good talent in Ontario. I think I'm getting better that way as
well. I've been to Ohio, but sometimes your job and stuff only allows you to
go so far."
In the days since his pro debut, he has wrestled D'Amore on several
occassions, including the Dan Curtis Memorial Card. Destiny says
that wrestling with D'Amore is "very competitive. You have to be very
quick, stay on your toes. It's a thinking man's wrestling match."
D'Amore and Destiny have also teamed on occasion, including a match
against future WWF tag team Champions, the Acolytes, at the RAW is War taping in Toronto in February 1999. "That was pretty good
experience as well, just to see the different talent that's out there."
"And sometimes you get some sense knocked into you." Destiny added with a
Destiny has wrestled on WWF TV tapings on three occassions, also wrestling
Jackyl and the Interrogator in a tag team match in Ottawa and facing
Bradshaw in a singles match in Detroit. "Every time, going down the aisle,
it was like 'Look at this, I'm here'. I wrestled once at Joe Louis Arena,
(the match against Bradshaw) and that's where I grew up watching it. Even
though you lose, you're kinda winning because 'Look, I made it!' and I was
only in the business two years and I was already there. My friends were in
the crowd and this is where I grew up watching wrestling and I got to walk
the aisle and be in that ring, so I'd pick that as one of my best matches
The World Wrestling Federation will be seeing more of Destiny, if he has
his way. "The Fed (the WWF) is number one for me."
Destiny isn't ready to go too far, too fast, though. "I'd really like to
go somewhere, but I'm not ready yet. I'd like to add on a few more
pounds, naturally, of course. I want to become the best, but it's a
process. Hopefully, it's the WWF one day."
Related stories and interviews
July 24, 2001: Ups and downs of Ontario up-and-comers
The show was called MARCH BREAKDOWN and it took place on the Wednesday of
March break in the year 2000. I've been watching wrestling shows live for
a while and I knew that this Border City Wrestling show was going to be in
my personal top 10. Chris Pillon was wrestling a match with Bret Nikita
when I noticed referee AT Huk look down the aisleway and wave his hand as
if calling on somebody to interfere. I turned my head and I saw Rhino
running down to the ring to destroy Nikita and Pillon. I booed until my
throat turned blue when Rhino told the crowd to "SHUT THE F*** UP!!!"
Rhino challenged any Windsor wrestler to fight him and the "Canadian
Sensation" Larry Destiny answered the call. It was the BEST match I have
ever seen live and I've been to a lot of WWF and WCW shows (no ECW
unfortunately). Everytime I watch a BCW show I am constantly reminded of
the time that Larry Destiny had the crowd on the edge of their seats in the
infamous Ciociaro Club. Thank you Larry Destiny for the great match, I
hope that you'll be a World champion someday. LONG LIVE BORDER CITY
I saw Larry at a R.A.W show. It was great. He was using fans feet as
weapons by putting them an the grand rail and bashing the Natural's head into them.