Is this a weekly article? Is it monthly? Do we even really know how long it’s been any more?
The COVID-19 pandemic has left the Albertan wrestling scene at a standstill, with no new live events having taken place in just under a month at the time of this article’s release. Time, by this point, is meaningless, with only the consistency of the wrestling schedule giving this writer a weekly idea of what day of the week it so happens to be.
However, even though the lack of live shows or relevance of time in the greater scheme of life has slowed the news stream enough to change this from a weekly to a monthly article, the province’s wrestling scene was still able to procure a few choice bits of news in the month that was. The Giant Orion picked up a trio of impressive victories en route to winning the Northern Alberta Invitational Tournament. Canadian Wrestling’s Elite announced a 24-date fall tour that will see both the promotion and “The Franchise” Shane Douglas make five appearances in Alberta. Real Canadian Wrestling also took it’s first steps back into promoting shows, announcing their return to Radway, Alberta for their annual Headlock of Horrors event on October 30th. Lastly, Ravenous Randy Myers made an appearance on the Conversations With Love podcast to discuss the Western Canadian professional wrestling scene.
It’s the Alberta Wrestling Wrap-Up: COVID-19 Edition, your source for the latest up-to-date information from the Albertan professional wrestling scene!
Giant Orion Wins Northern Alberta Invitational Tournament
On Saturday, the Giant Orion was crowned as the inaugural winner of the Northern Alberta Invitational Tournament. The event, which consisted of previously-recorded footage compiled in a bracket-style tournament, took place over the past two weekends, with the semi-finals, finals, and a featured matchup between Zoë Sager and Taryn from Accounting take place.
Impressively, the tournament saw the Giant Orion plough through Sheik Shabaz, Jack Pride and Michael Richard Blais to earn his victory.
Canadian Wrestling’s Elite Announces Fall Tour
Though the coronavirus forced the first-ever tour cancellation in the promotion’s history late last month, Canadian Wrestling’s Elite is already on the rebound following the announcement of the Extreme Consequences Tour, scheduled to run through five provinces from October 17th to November 9th.
The CWE also announced that previously-confirmed headliner “The Franchise” Shane Douglas will join the promotion for each of it’s 24 scheduled dates. In addition to Douglas, the tour is set to see appearances from Persephone Vice, “The Masterpiece of the East” Alix Zwicker, Robin Lemke, “The Canadian Crusher” AJ Sanchez and more. HIW Grand Champion Shaun Martens is also scheduled to appear at each of the tour’s 24 shows.
The tour’s current schedule will see it make five Albertan stops, including Calgary (October 22nd), Red Deer (23rd), Edmonton (24th), Whitecourt (25th), Grande Prairie (26th), and Medicine Hat (31st).
Tickets for the Extreme Consequences tour will be available through the CWE’s official website, as well as the promotion’s official Diyobo page.
Stay tuned to the WCSN for more details.
Real Canadian Wrestling Announces Headlock of Horrors Event
Earlier this week, Real Canadian Wrestling announced their first event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, confirming that they’ll return to Radway, Alberta on October 30th for their annual Headlock of Horrors event.
No match card can be confirmed at this time.
Tickets are currently available in advance for $15/ticket and can be purchased through the Radway Agricultural Society at either (780) 938-6345 or (587) 938-6750. Advance tickets are also available through [email protected].
Michael Richard Blais Announces Upcoming Surgery
Alberta is set to see what life looks like without Michael Richard Blais, at least for the foreseeable future.
As announced on a recent edition of CWL LIVE, God’s Gift to Wrestling will be undergoing surgery in the near future to repair a torn pectoral muscle. The surgery is expected to keep him out for up to 10 months.
Thus far, a surgery date has yet to be confirmed.
Randy Myers Discusses the Hart Dungeon, Matrats, Stampede Wrestling
Recently, former Stampede Wrestling star and Hart Dungeon graduate Ravenous Randy Myers joined us on the Conversations With Love podcast to discuss his time wrestling in Canada, including his early days training at the Hart Dungeon and being a part of the short-lived Matrats promotion.
Latest Wrestling Content:
- Northern Alberta Invitational Tournament Recap & Reactions: Night Two
- Mance Warner on Wrestling for MLW, Fighting MJF, Why he Stands Out
- Conversations With Love 73: A Conversation With Mance Warner
- Mance Warner on Authenticity, Comparisons to Major Names, His Success
- Conversations With Love 72: A Conversation With Steve Rivers