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This week, I had the privilege of speaking with the DEFY World Champion and the last-ever Stampede Wrestling Champion, “The Weirdo Hero” Randy Myers! Not only do we discuss the Ravenous One’s career in pro wrestling, but touch on a number of important subjects outside of the business, including:

  • Why he hasn’t wrestled in Alberta in years
  • His love of DEFY Wrestling
  • Representing DEFY as the promotion’s champion
  • Using his platform in a positive way
  • How professional wrestling has impacted his journey with mental health
  • Entering to “At Last”
  • Starting out at BJ’s Gym
  • Earning his invitation to the Hart Dungeon
  • The short-lived Matrats under-25 promotion
  • Working with Davey Boy Smith Jr, TJ Wilson, Natalya and more
  • If he would ever do a Matrats reunion
  • The theatre aspect of professional wrestling
  • His love of over-the-top characters
  • His relationship with Mick Foley
  • Missing out on an opportunity with WWE
  • How wrestling is his coping mechanism
  • Why the Weirdo Hero nickname resonates with him
  • The unique position of being the last-ever Stampede Wrestling Champion
  • The origins of Manny the Mailman

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Conversations With Love 71: A Conversation With Randy Myers

His love of DEFY Wrestling:

“When I got involved with DEFY, it was at a point where I was taking my first-ever break from professional wrestling. I’ve been doing wrestling for the last twenty years, so I’ve been going, like, every weekend, (a) couple shows for quite a while. And then, it was a time where I developed some mental health issues that I’d kind of needed to focus on, so I’d taken a step away from wrestling. But, then, there was a big show at DEFY down in Seattle, and they had Davey Boy Smith versus…who was he wrestling that night? It was a stacked card, and I needed to go down and I needed to witness this live. So, I went down. I had heard good things, I went down, had some friends down there, and I was blown away when I saw the product. The fans were incredible, the actual in-ring was awesome, and just the vibe was phenomenal. So, I just went down there as a fan and was blown away.”

“Then, Matt Farmer, who’s one of the promotors of it, we’ve known each other for quite a while. We toured a couple years, probably ten years ago, eight years ago now. So, we knew each other, and then we kind of got to talking. He sent me a message asking me if I wanted to be on their next show. Like I said, I was taking some time away, but I was so blown away and this kind of rejuvenated me and it got my heart pumping again. It got those juices flowing. So I was like “of course, I’d love to take part in your show.’ I thought I was going to maybe only go down for one, but then the crowd was so loving and embraced me so much that I was like ‘well, I can’t leave. They pulled me back in. It’s like the mafia, right? You try and get out but they pull you back in, but happily.”

The short-lived Matrats promotion:

“Basically what Matrats was, was it was a promotion for people under the age of 25. The idea was it was going to be a kids’ wrestling promotion. Basically, more athletic, kind of more the style you’re seeing in PWG today or any of the independents, even DEFY in the States or across the world. Kind of like a higher-impact, faster style, more athleticism, (and a) heavy emphasis on creativity within the moveset. There was just these incredible talents, so there was like TJ Wilson, Teddy Hart, Jack Evans was there, Rene Dupree was there at the time. Even like there (were) two boys by the name of Nick Nogg and Pete Wilson who were incredible (at) inventing moves, like three or four moves a day that you see now popping up and people are like ‘oh my god, I can’t believe that happened,’ and I’ve seen them forever ago. I was there the day the 630 was invented. Here we were, just like a bunch of rag-tag kids that Teddy had put together.”

“There was a person named Graham Owens who had invested, because he had seen Teddy Hart at Stampede Wrestling, and was a cameraman I believe. He saw that the kids’ matches were just this different level and different style that could maybe really be harnessed and sold. So, he propositioned this show, and it was called Matrats. It was short-lived, but it was very almost like Wrestling Society X ended up being on MTV. It was like that youth, high-energy, MTV-kind-of-audience style wrestling show. It was really fun.”

Being the last-ever Stampede Wrestling Champion:

“It’s pretty wild that I watched that promotion go through - and it’s gone through so many incarnations over the years - but I’ve watched it even myself go through two or three different bookers or stuff like that over the years. Being the Champion when it closed down means a lot, but it also means that I was the Champion when the promotion closed, which isn’t necessarily the greatest thing either!”

“I had a realization when I won the DEFY belt, and I had been so excited about that. Then, this whole where we’re at right now came down, and I’m like ‘so, I become the Stampede Wrestling Champion and it closes down, and then I become the DEFY Worldwide Champion and the world closes down. Like, what is going on?!’”

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