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posted Dec 3, 2018, 10:24 AM by Kathy Carr
Carberry will be bracing for an invasion of the body slammers on Wed­nesday, December 12th with Canadian Wrest­ling’s Elite rolls into town for a pro wrestling showdown at the Carberry Memorial Hall.
Canadian Wrestling’s Elite is a Winnipeg-based touring professional wrestling troupe that is approaching its 10th anniversary in 2019. To date, they have presented more than 450 events across the five western Provinces, most recently completing a 32-consecutive night tour, which included cities from Kelowna, BC to Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Their relationship with rural Manitoba has included a multi-year relationship with towns including Virden, Souris, Morden and Dauphin to date, among others.
“We selected Car­berry for the upcoming event because of the active recreation schedule that the community presents,” says CWE Champion Danny Dug­gan. “While we have been building our audience in larger cities like Regina, Cal­gary and Kelowna, we have found that the mid-sized communities like Carberry create a great opportunity for us to build a relationship with the town and the audience. Wrestling at this level can be very ‘up close and in your face’ and the smaller venues give us a greater platform to create an experience that is very individual and engaging for the audience.”
The 31 year old Dug­gan, is one of the most prolific wrestlers of his generation, and 2018 has been a banner year for this ambitious Winni­pegger. Not only has he just returned from wrestling and travelling on that record-breaking 32 consecutive night tour across five Provinces, he was also the featured star of a CBC documentary “Ring Warriors” which was released regionally earlier this year and has now been selected for a national screening in the coming months.
Among the other wrestlers scheduled to appear in Carberry include “Mr. Beefy Good­­ness” Vance Nevada. A 25 year veteran of the mat game, Nevada was born in Souris and launched his career in Winnipeg in 1993 before going on to appear in more than 1,500 matches from coast to coast in Canada and select dates in the U.S. In addition to his body of work as a wrestler, he has also penned an acclaimed historical text about the sport in the Western Provinces “Wrestling in the Canadian West” (2009, Crowbar Press) and has mentored a number of stars on their path to wrestling stardom. Three of his former students are on television weekly for World Wrestling Enter­tain­ment – Kyle O’Reilly (NXT) and Sunil and Samir Singh (RAW).
“You’d think after all of those years and all of those matches that I would have laced up my boots in Carberry by now,” says Nevada. “I’ve competed in Neepawa, Glenboro, Brandon and Portage – but this will be my first appearance in Carberry in this capacity. I’m very excited to compete there. The CWE has been doing great things for communities across the country and I’m very proud to be a part of the roster when they are bringing this type of family-friendly entertainment to communities. It was a match just like this in Souris in 1986 that sparked my interest in the sport and it has been a great career for me.”
Advance tickets for the event will be available at Hometown Fit­ness and the Westman Reptile Gardens as well as at the door. Organizers are suggesting that if the turn out for the debut event in Carberry is encouraging that they will look to add the community as a more regular touring stop in the coming months. Further details about the event can be found on the league’s Facebook page @CWEcanada