While only one Albertan promotion hosted an event this week, that doesn’t mean the past seven days were devoid of news from the professional wrestling scene in the province. Title changes, match announcements, and yet another internet-breaking moment from the PWA headline today’s edition of Last Week in Alberta Wrestling!
Hart Defeats Blais in Night of Champions Main Event
— Mike “The Ref” Malowany (@miketheref) June 23, 2020
Saturday night saw the Prairie Wrestling Alliance host its flagship event, Night of Champions, and the evening’s main event saw “God’s Gift to Wrestling” Michael Richard Blais taking on Teddy Hart in one of the most highly-anticipated matches in recent memory for many Albertan wrestling fans. To paraphrase an oft-used phrase from Blais himself, the two didn’t disappoint in their first-time-ever matchup, with the pair leaving the 700+ fans in attendance absolutely stunned with a series of high-risk manoeuvres including a ridiculous Canadian Destroyer from the top of a ladder that led to a victory for Hart.
“It was crazy, it was insane, it hurt, It made memories and that’s all I set out to do. I don’t care whether I won or I lost this one, which isn’t the usual wrestling mindset, but I earned the approval I was seeking. I cemented the fact that I will and can do anything to be the best, to be “God’s Gift to Wrestling”. When you stand in the ring across from a “name” on a show and a Hart in Alberta but the people take your side over theirs - that’s special. I legit felt every person who erupted in cheers when I locked him in the Sharpshooter during the match in my heart and soul. That’s what makes it worth doing. So thank you everyone for the support, please keep coming, because I’m never stopping and you keep us all going.”
Following the tilt, a match was set between the Western Lions and the New Hart Foundation for a future to-be-determined PWA show in what can only be described as a dream matchup.
“The Vixen” Jade Returns to Alberta
Real Canadian Wrestling’s women’s division is about to get some West Coast flavour. Last week, the promotion announced that Thrash Wrestling standout “The Vixen” Jade will be making an appearance in Edmonton on Saturday night to take on former RCW Women’s Champion Kayla Jaye. It will be the first time the pair have met in-ring since Jaye’s acclaimed debut for Thrash just over a month ago. This time, however, Jaye holds home-promotion advantage, with their rematch sure to be a highlight of next weekend’s RCW Boiling Point. Tune in to the WCSN later this week for an exclusive interview with Jade.
Championship Changes Aplenty at PWA’s N.O.C
This year’s edition of PWA Night of Champions certainly lived up to its moniker, as the Prairie Wrestling Alliance saw multiple championships change hands and the crowning of the first women’s champion since 2012. The evening’s opening match saw the Above Average Joes defeat the League in a submission match to become two-time PWA Tag Team Champions. In back-to-back matches before the intermission, both Zoë Sager and recently signed AEW star Shawn Spears claimed their first PWA gold, with Sager earning the vacant PWA Women’s Championship and Spears defeating Shaun Moore for the Commonwealth title. Finally, The PWA Original Marky earned his first championship since returning at January’s Resolution Rumble, defeating both Sheik Akbar Shabaz and then-titleholder Michael Allen Richard Clark to win the PWA Championship for the second time in his career. A full recap of the event will be available on the WCSN later this week.
“The Omen” Gabriel Lestat to make CWE Debut
This weekend is set to see a major debut for the Canadian Wrestling Elite, as the promotion announced this morning that “The Omen” Gabriel Lestat would make his inaugural appearance for the CWE this weekend. Additionally, it was confirmed that Lestat would team with “The Glitch In The System” Jay Walker to take on former WWF star “The Genius” Lanny Poffo and “Cyber” Sam Davidson this Saturday evening in Morden, Manitoba. Tickets are available on the CWE’s official website.
Adams, Sebastian Square Off in PPW’s Cranbrook Debut
Two of the best in Alberta’s independent scene will make their way to British Columbia next weekend, as Kyle Sebastian takes on PWA Tag Team Champion Aiden Adams at PPW’s fundraiser for Avalanche Athletics this Saturday in Cranbrook. Adams recently became a two-time tag team titleholder in the PWA, winning the championships with Kenny Stryker at the promotion’s Night of Champions event. Sebastian, too, comes with a decorated resume, holding the Thrash Tag Team Championships earlier this year and most recently challenging for the PPW Heavyweight Championship. Tickets for the event are available online at purepowerwrestling.ca.
Prairie Wrestling Alliance Results
Prairie Wrestling Alliance • Night of Champions • Edmonton, Alberta • June 22
- PWA Tag Team Championship Match: The Above Average Joes (Kenny Stryker/Aiden Adams) def. The League(C) (Davey O’Doyle/Brayden Parsons)
- PWA Mayhem Championship Match (Tables Stipulation): “The Thickness” Reid Matthews(C) def. Colton Kelly/Maxton Flexwell/Bobby Sharp/Kenneth Anthony/”Skyflyer” Jeff Tyler
- “The Omen” Gabriel/Mephisto def. Space Mountain (“Spaceman” Beri Grayson/The Titan)
- PWA Women’s Championship Match: Zoë Sager def. Kat Von Heez/Kylie Morgan/Ally Zwicker
- PWA Commonwealth Championship Match: Shawn Spears def. Shaun Moore (C)
- PWA Championship Match: The PWA Original Marky def. Michael Allen Richard Clark(C)/Sheik Akbar Shabaz
- Teddy Hart def. “God’s Gift to Wrestling” Michael Richard Blais
- The Above Average Joes become the new PWA Tag Team Champions
- Zoë Sager wins the vacant PWA Women’s Championship
- Shawn Spears wins the PWA Commonwealth Championship
- The PWA Original Marky becomes the new PWA Champion
Real Canadian Wrestling • Summer Stampede • Calgary, Alberta • June 28
Pure Power Wrestling • Live in Fort Macleod • Fort Macleod, Alberta • June 28
Real Canadian Wrestling • Boiling Point • Edmonton, Alberta • June 29
Pure Power Wrestling • Avalanche Athletics Fundraiser • Cranbrook, British Columbia • June 29
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