CANOE Network SLAM!Sports

 
SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
  Apr. 9, 2001



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

SHIMMER taping


The Ultimate Warrior


Raw in New Orleans


WrestleMania XXX Main Events


WrestleMania XXX Opening Half


WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony
WWE Hall of Fame Red Carpet


Make-A-Wish party







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT




READER ALERT: For all the latest wrestling happenings, check out our News & Rumours section.

Top Rope's Myers set for homecoming
By KEITH BORKOWSKY -- Portage la Prairie Daily Graphic

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE -- When former Elie resident Mike Davidson told his classmates at St. Paul's Collegiate that he wanted to be a professional wrestler, everyone laughed.

Mike Davidson, aka Top Rope's Mike Myers. -- courtesy Top Rope Championship Wrestling
Now, the 22-year-old gets the last laugh as he steps into the ring at the William Glesby Centre for the Top Rope Championship Wrestling card on Monday.

"I was really into wrestling in high school and I was always saying I was going to be a professional wrestler," said Davidson. "The kids all laughed and said, 'Yeah right, whatever.'"

With his success as a professional wrestler, it seems as though the training he's done -- starting when he was 16 -- has finally paid off.

Davidson spent about 100 hours in the ring, learning how to properly execute wrestling manoeuvres.

He learned the ropes the hard way, through his punishing days taking and giving hits -- but questions from others eventually convinced him to find a 'regular' job as a sportscaster on the CKX Brandon evening news broadcast. He stayed with the Brandon station for one year before returning to wrestling.

In the end, Davidson doesn't feel his time in front of the cameras hurt him. While a part of a newscast, he learned a skill that is vital to wrestlers -- timing.

That sense of timing helped Davidson develop into his character, and fit into the storylines written for him. It's that aspect of wrestling which can take some people years to master.

"You learn how to manipulate fans to like you or hate you," said Davidson. "I've never stopped learning."

The long training hours spent in the ring can end up prolonging a wrestler's career. While wrestling has a staged storyline, it can also be dangerous if moves are not performed at exactly the right moment.

"There does have to be some co-ordination with the other guy in the ring," said Top Rope Championship Wrestling promoter Bob St. Laurent. "I recently broke a knee cap because I did a move incorrectly. If you don't make the right moves at the right time, someone can get really hurt."

Unfortunately, identities can also get changed on the fly. Davidson's unimaginative wrestling moniker -- Mike Myers -- was born after the ring announcer forgot Davidson's original wrestling name during the introductions and made up another one on the spot.

"We tried to change it a couple of times, but there's one regular wrestling venue we go to and the new name never took off with the fans," said Davidson.

That won't happen to Davidson again. Aside from wrestling in matches, Davidson has moved into scheduling cards, writing storylines and deciding who wins and who loses.

It can create some conflicts of interest, but Davidson said the best way around that is to look to the greater good of the organization before choosing the winners -- and who will draw the biggest crowds.

Davidson said this can take some creativity and can be a lot of fun, but it's also important to match up wrestlers who work well together.

Neither Davidson nor St. Laurent make any bones about professional wrestling being sports entertainment.

"It's sport because you need to be athletic to do this, but it's entertainment because you aren't competing to win. You are trying to get a reaction from the crowd," said St. Laurent.

It's that ability to entertain which separates the great from the mediocre.

St. Laurent said people can try out for open spots at their Winnipeg training centre, but not everyone has the knack to combine athletic ability with stage presence.

For some, the dream of making big money and being on the World Wrestling Federation circuit drives them to work hard at making a name for themselves.

So having former WWF star Jim (The Anvil) Neidhart take to the ring in Portage la Prairie serves a dual purpose -- selling more tickets and scouting new talent for the big show.

Neidhart is now a talent scout for the WWF and can direct local wrestlers to the people who can make them big-time stars -- if they have the right stuff.

Neidhart is scheduled to be involved in a tag-team match with up-and-coming wrestler Shane Madison. They will take on Brian (Bad Boy) Jewel and Vance Nevada.


Know someone who might be interested in this page? Just type in their e-mail address to send them the URL.

Destination email address:


Your email address: