BY KALISHA MENDONSA
Central Albertans will be treated to not one, but two pro-wrestling events this weekend, both being held at the Abbey Centre in Blackfalds.
The two hosting groups, Canadian Wrestling Coalition (CWC) and Real Canadian Wrestling (RCW) are not affiliated in any way. However, they both will be taking to the field house this weekend to show their stuff.
CWC kicks off the weekend with their show on Saturday night, May 13th, when doors open at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 through pre-sales, and $20 at the door. Tickets for the ‘Clash for the Cup: Tables, Ladders and Chairs’ (TLC) are available at cwcwrestling.com.
“Our main event is going to have Johnny Kickass and Jude ‘that Cheetah-Bear’ Dawkins face off for the CWC Championship ‘tables, ladders and chairs’ match. The only way to win this match is to climb the ladder and grab the championship title,” said organizer Dylon Featherstone.
“This is our Canada Cup finals. We’ve got top Pro-Wrestling Illustrated wrestler Chris Perish going up against our old favourite, Jack Pride, and they’re going to go for that Canada Cup. Chris Perish is one of the top 500 wrestlers in the world, and Jack Pride wants to prove himself to be part of that upper echelon as well. The winner of the cup gets a chance to face the champion at any time or date they choose.”
Featherstone said it’s been really great to see their support growing in the community.
“The crowds are getting bigger and we’re really entrenching ourselves within the community. We’re working with the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the MS Society, and have started to do some work with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Alberta – we’re really trying to bring family entertainment to Central Alberta, but to support families in our community as well.”
During the TLC event, a special announcement will be made for CWC’s support and planned events with the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s ‘SummerClash Against Cancer’ event that is taking place on Aug. 12th at the NexSource Centre in Sylvan Lake.
RCW will take to the Abbey Centre on Sunday, May 14th, with doors opening at 4 p.m.
Their ‘Inception’ show will cost $15 for advance tickets, $20 at the door and $25 for a VIP ringside package with a meet-and-greet at 4 p.m.
Steve Ewaschuk, organizer with RCW, says he’s looking forward to bringing their first show to Blackfalds.
“We’re on our 14th anniversary tour right now, but this will be our first show in Blackfalds. We’re looking to bring some real, traditional, professional wrestling to the town. We’re bringing ‘Impact’ star Abyss, and we’re thinking it’s going to be a good show for our first time out,” he said.
Ewaschuk said they’re looking forward to showing the people of Blackfalds what their show is like, and they are hoping to bring monthly events.
“Our headliner is going to be ‘Abyss’ from Impact Wrestling, who is going to be facing our heavyweight champion Heavy Metal. Tony Kazina is our second big guest who’s going to be joining us and he’s an international star. He actually just won the Canadian Unified Junior Heavyweight Title and he’ll be making his first Alberta defense of his title during Inception.”
RCW is bringing seven rounds to the Abbey Centre and is looking forward to putting on their show.
Tickets for the RCW show are on sale at Piccalo’s Pizza in Blackfalds, Ink Gunz in Red Deer and Full Spectrum Kustoms in Red Deer as well.
Mothers will be able to get in for $10 with their family for Mother’s Day pricing.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the town of Blackfalds come out to support professional wrestling.”