SLAM! Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame: Chad Ripley
: Patrick Chad Calder
: October 24, 1972, Mayo, Yukon
5'11", 187 pounds
: Oct 26, 1995 - Winnipeg (River City Wrestling)
: Chad Ripley; Angel McEwan
Chad Ripley started off on the right foot in Winnipeg's River City Wrestling
where there was an exceptional roster of independent talent, mostly young
ambitious wrestlers with a desire to exceed expectations. However, after
only months, RCW closed and Ripley was left in limbo.
Luckily, only months later, the Canadian Wrestling Federation picked
up its own schedule and commenced promoting cards from RCW's home, Chalmers
community club. Ripley quickly entered where he became a regular thorn in
the side of all "good guys".
The year he spent with the CWF did wonders for his career as he rose
from an inexperienced rookie to a solid mid-card talent, adding a list of
titles to his credit on the way. He also toured the Saskatchewan territory
with Hardcore wrestling, where he made three successful title defences of
the Canadian Unified junior heavyweight title.
Near the end of 1997, Chad was forced to retire prematurely as he
was piledriven from the second rope by Robby Royce, causing soft tissue and
cartilidge damge in his neck, and compressing two vertebrae. This was a
loss to the wrestling world as well as to Ripley. In addition to his
involvement with the professional wrestling industry, he was also involved
with stunt work, which too was no longer available to him due to his injury.
He will be remembered by his peers as a fearless competitor who
never saw any risk as too great in order to deliver your best performance to
This bio was written by central Canada's leading wrestling expert, Vern May of Canadian Wrestle-Media. To learn more about wrestlers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Vern encourages you to email him.
I was there the night Chad had his vertabre damaged by Robbie Royce.
He was then known as Angel McEwan and was teaming with Adam Knight. It
was the most memorable match of the night, near the end he was rocked
with a suplex that landed him right on his neck, then right afterwards
he recieved a tombstone piledriver from the second rope delivered by
You could tell right away that he was hurt, and Adam was yelling for
help as the Chad tried to leave the ring. Robbie was fired from PPW
because of what happened, made for an interesting night of wrestling.
I was the in-ring ref the night Chad hurt himself. It was I who transported Chad to the Concordia hospital. Knowing now that Chad is o.k. I can honestly say that it was a terrible bump, and most enjoyable for the boys who were watching. Hey, that's the business, right?
Dave Levinsky, Wpg. Mb.
I had the opportunity to wrestle Chad Ripley on a number of occasions
and I will always remember that he was a man who would take any risk to
entertain the fans. His tragedy was truely a lose to the Wrestling
It's a great, great pity Ripley's not wrestling any more. Young men like him
are exactly what Sports Entertainment needs - daring, risk-taking,
good-looking athletes who can combine stunt work with wrestling and who've
trained their bodies to endure the gruelling nightly punishment their job
entails. Too bad it didn't work put for Chad. Let's hope there are more heroes
like him are on the way.