A Spanish giant, a Belgian Bull, a Mexican daredevil, an Austrian leg breaker and more are in store for local fans of professional wrestling when the body slammers from Canadian Wrestling’s Elite (CWE) make their first-ever Lower mainland appearance on April 10 in Richmond.
While there certainly has been no shortage of pro wrestling action in recent years, the Richmond stop at the Ukrainian Community Hall (5311, Francis Road), is part of the Canadian Wrestling’s Elite 10thanniversary tour and rings in an era of pro wrestling that harkens back to the barnstorming days of Gene Kiniski, Don Leo Jonathan and the television stars of the All Star Wrestling circuit.
“Wrestling has historically been regional,” explained Canadian wrestling historian Vance Nevada, himself an inductee in the All Star Wrestling Hall of Fame – class of 2015. “But what we’ve seen in recent years is that the regional circuits have been reduced to monthly standing engagements in a single city and there aren’t many opportunities for a wrestler to make a living or really hone their craft under the present model. The CWE tour, taking the show on the road is like the golden era of Canadian wrestling where talent is hitting the road to test their mettle.”
Wrestling fans will see some of the best talent from across the country, including the women’s division, which is producing some of the most in-demand stars globally at the present time.
They are joined by an international line-up of talent, many of which are making their first visit to Canada as part of the tour.
Those at ringside will get their first look at a roster from multiple European nations. Germany’s Norman Harras, Austria’s Martin Pain, Belgium’s Robin Lekime, and seven-foot giant Alex Ace of Spain are billed to appear.
The tour is headlined by 30-year veteran of the mat wars, “Psicosis” who fans may recognize from television with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
The doors open 6:30 p.m. followed by bell time at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance or $21 at the door. They can be purchased at Popeye’s Supplements (11666 Steveston Hwy) or online