Storm hits local wrestling circuit
By TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun
Although wrestler Lance Storm wasn't born in Calgary, the WCW superstar still sees tonight as a homecoming of sorts, in more ways than one.
"I do consider Calgary my home town," said Storm, who actually hails from North Bay, Ont. "I've tried to leave it but I can't. I love it too much."
Eleven years ago, Storm, whose real name is Lance Evers, came to Calgary to train with the Hart family in the famous Dungeon. At that time, Stampede Wrestling was a mecca in the business.
Storm always figured his first real foray into the wrestling business would come on the Stampede Wrestling circuit but when his training was done, Hart patriarch Stu had already retired and with him, for all intents and purposes, Stampede Wrestling.
But Storm will get his chance tonight when he takes to the ring against former WWF wrestler Chris Daniels, the Fallen Angel, as part of the A Mid-Summer's Nightmare card at the Stampede Wrestling Arena at the Ogden Legion. Bell time is 7:30 p.m.
"I always figured (Stampede Wrestling) would be my first step," said the 32-year-old Storm, who's become one of the biggest names in North American pro wrestling after many stints overseas. "It was one of those boats you miss."
However, when the mighty McMahon family, owners of the WWF, bought the rival WCW and decided to shut it down while they re-structured it, Storm was given the option of wrestling on some smaller circuits to "keep sharp and keep in shape," he said.
"The door opened for awhile and I jumped right through," he explained.
Storm's quick tour of duty in Stampede Wrestling -- four shows total, including Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Drumheller -- is a real boon for the local circuit, which is looking to return to the glory days of old.
"He's one of the benchmark Canadian wrestlers, like (Chris) Benoit and (Chris) Jericho who have a huge following," said Stampede VP and matchmaker Ross Hart. "It's quite a coup for us to have him in the show."
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