While Real Canadian Wrestling was the only Albertan promotion hosting shows last week, there wasn’t a lack of news coming out of the province’s independent scene. Yes, RCW dominated the headlines with a run of terrific events featuring “The Genius” Lanny Poffo, but it was also a week that saw Monster Pro Wrestling confirm a series of matches for Saturday’s return to Alberta Avenue, as well as Shawn Spears’ next challenger for the PWA Commonwealth Championship.
It’s the latest edition of Last Week in Alberta Wrestling, your source for the most up-to-date information in the Albertan independent scene!
Chris Perish Leaves RCW
The WCSN can confirm that former PPW Heavyweight Champion Chris Perish has left Real Canadian Wrestling. The departure marks the end of a run that began in early February following his departure from Monster Pro Wrestling.
Said Perish on the decision:
“A man needs to understand the difference (between) passion and integrity. When someone tries to tarnish either, a real man knows the right time to fight and the right time to walk away.”
“I chose to walk away before I hurt others in combat. RCW gave me (over) 6 months of work and I am thankful for that, but life has given me 33 years and in this match life always has a better pay out.”
While there’s been no confirmation on Perish’s future, there’s no lack of options in the city for the tagSTRUGGLE star. Perish recently made his debut for Canadian Wrestling’s Elite in Edmonton, facing off with “The Original” Marky and “Honey Badger” Johnny Devine in the evening’s main event.
Stay tuned for any further developments.
Sharp, Rivers Make 2019 PWI 500
August 29th saw the release of Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s annual PWI 500, a list compiled by the writers of the magazine ranking the top 500 professional wrestlers in the world. This year, two Albertan talents cracked the ranks, with the PWA’s Bobby Sharp coming in at #474, with RCW’s Steve Rivers registering at #498.
Tag Team Title Turmoil in Real Canadian Wrestling
Well, that was a doozy.
If you were beginning to wonder when RCW had introduced a 24/7 championship, fear not, dear reader: you haven’t missed any breaking news. Over the course of three days, the RCW Tag Team Championships changed hands three times, with seven different individuals holding the titles through the promotion’s three shows.
Thursday evening’s Back to School Bash in Edmonton saw #1 contenders Barricade and Dean Richtor defeat the then-champion Malicious Militia, earning the duo their first tag team titles in the process. However, their championship reign would not be a long one, as the Militia executed the rematch clause in their contracts to win their titles back the very next night in Calgary.
However, while many expected the team of Chimera and Jack to embark on yet another extended reign with the titles, their interference in the next night’s triple threat matchup between Jack Pride, Travis Cole and Alberta Champion Dylon Stone resulted in the Militia defending their titles in the evening’s main event against all three men. An outstanding matchup saw the Neon Knights defeat the Malicious Militia for the titles, resulting in the third title change in three nights. The Knights, ostensibly, will defend the championships under Freebird rules.
MPW Rounds Out Card for Alberta Avenue Return
Saturday will see Monster Pro Wrestling return to Alberta Avenue, and the promotion spent much of last week rounding out the card for their first show in Edmonton since the Renegade Memorial Tag Team Tournament. Two matches were announced over the past seven days, while the co-main event received a stipulation befitting its competitors.
First, the announcements: In addition to a previously-confirmed matchup pitting “Danger Zone” Mitch Clarke against “Beautiful” Blake Kannon for the latter’s MPW Provincial Championship, two more matches were announced for Saturday’s show. The first, a match for the MPW Women’s Championship, will see Phoenix defend her title against the popular Taryn from Accounting, while the second will see “Nasty” Nate Nixon of the Cat’s Meow take on the newly-rechristened KB6.
In the case of the Heavyweight Championship match, however, we already knew that the bout would feature “Headline” Shaun Martens defending his championship against Lumberjack Larry Woods. However, due to the continued interference of Martens’ fellow Annihilation members, last week Commissioner Jimmi Zero made the tilt – and you’ve got to love the irony – a lumberjack match. According to the announcement on Facebook, every member of the MPW roster will be at ringside for the championship bout.
Tickets for MPW’s return to Alberta Avenue are available in advance for $15 from any Monster Pro Wrestling roster member.
Spears, Moore to Face Off in Night of Champions Rematch
AEW star Shawn Spears’ first challenger for the PWA Commonwealth Championship will be a familiar one, as the promotion announced yesterday that former titleholder Shaun Moore will receive his rematch against Spears on September 28th in Edmonton.
The appearance will mark the Chairman’s first appearance for the Prairie Wrestling Alliance since claiming the title at June’s Night of Champions. In the process, Spears ended Moore’s 364-day title reign, a fact that’s incensed him ever since.
Spears is coming off of a successful appearance at AEW’s All Out event, where despite losing to Cody Rhodes, looked solid in his first match for the promotion.
Tickets for PWA’s Fall Fever event can be purchased at Variant Edition Comics (10132 151 St) or PAWS the Cat Cafe (10588 109 St)
Real Canadian Wrestling Results
Back to School Bash • Edmonton, Alberta • August 29
- Big Jesse Youngblood def. Brice “The Slammer” Sova
- Wavell Starr w/ Lucious Giddeon Bane def. Jack Pride
- KOTA vs. Giant Orion – No Contest
- Viking Rage (Vince Austin/Dante) def. Dylon Stone/Jordan Aries
- RCW Tag Team Championship Match: Barricade/Dean Richtor def. The Malicious Militia (Cody Chimera/Maverick Jack)©
- “The Genius” Lanny Poffo def. Heavy Metal
- “The Zombie Hunter” Mentallo def. Raj Singh
- Last Man Standing Match: “The Morning Star Mercenary” Nite def. Son of Irish
Dog Days of Summer • Calgary, Alberta • August 30
- Raj Singh def. Mentallo
- “Cowboy” Bryn Watts def. Tyson Hiller
- RCW Tag Team Championship Match: The Malicious Militia (Cody Chimera/Maverick Jack) def. Jack Pride/Travis Cole, Barricade/Dean Richtor©
- Keiji Matsunaka/Wavell Starr def. Hard 2 Kill (Matt Hart/D.Dwight Davis)
- KOTA/Jordan Aries def. Viking Rage (Vince Austin/Dante)
- Brice “The Slammer” Sova/The Aussie Legend/”The Genius” Lany Poffo def. Top Talent (Heavy Metal/Big Jesse Youngblood/Christian Strife)
- Smith Hart Memorial Battle Royal: Matt Hart
Back 2 School Bash • Red Deer, Alberta • August 31
- Brice “The Slammer” Sova def. Giant Orion
- Raj Singh def. Son of Irish
- RCW Commonwealth Championship Match: Vince Austin© def. Dean Richtor
- Alberta Championship Match: Dylon Stone© vs. Travis Cole vs. Jack Pride – No Contest
- KOTA def. Mentallo
- “The Genius” Lanny Poffo/”The Omen” Gabriel def. Top Talent (Heavy Metal/Big Jesse Youngblood)
- Zoë Sager def. “God’s Gift to Wrestling” Michael Richard Blais
- RCW Tag Team Championship Match: Neon Knights (Jack Pride/Travis Cole/Dylon Stone)def. The Malicious Militia (Cody Chimera/Maverick Jack)©
Prairie Wrestling Alliance • Legacy • Calgary, Alberta • September 7
Monster Pro Wrestling • MPW Alberta Avenue • Edmonton, Alberta • September 7
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