Tuesday, September 4, 2001
Wedding bells for mat fans
Coming to grips with marriage
Lesley Smith stepped into a wrestling ring yesterday and got to keep the rock.
The 23-year-old's boyfriend, Ken Pauze, 25, proposed in Nathan Phillips Square after promising yesterday morning to ask Smith to marry him if Toronto was chosen the host city for WrestleMania next March.
"I'm a little overwhelmed," said Smith, who had talked marriage with Pauze, but believed their wedding was a couple of years away after buying a house together in Pickering this summer.
"I had no clue. I had no idea it was coming."
Pauze, a wrestling fan since age six, planned the engagement for two weeks -- as confident in the WWF's choice of Toronto as the host city as he is in his own choice for a bride.
"It just seemed like the right thing to do," said Pauze, who picked up the ring from the jeweller on Saturday.
'JUST GO NUTS'
"The love he has for wrestling -- he and his friends get together and pretend they're wrestlers. They just go nuts," Smith said with a laugh.
"It can get a bit embarrassing, but it's fun ... He's made me the fan I am today."
Just hours after the proposal, the couple of 2 1/2 years tentatively set their wedding date -- next March 16, the day before Wrestlemania at the SkyDome.
"That better not be my whole honeymoon," quipped Smith.
"We'll have to wait and see what happens," Smith said.