Summerslam weekend has come and gone, and so has an eventful week across the Alberta wrestling scene. The PWA crowned a brand-new champion, an Albertan wrestling institution announced its closure, and for the second straight year, Natalya Neidhart challenged for a women’s championship at the biggest show of the Summer.
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!
Albertan Talents Receive Tryouts, TV Time During SummerSlam Weekend
WWE held a tryout in Toronto over SummerSlam week, with more than 40 of Canada’s top athletes invited to the tryout rad by WWE Performance Center Head Coach Matt Bloom.
In addition to well-known Canadian names like KC Spinelli, Jody Threat, and the Vörös Twins, the tryout was attended by a trio of notable Albertan talents. Former PWA Champions Michael Richard Blais and Michael Allen Richard Clark, both currently wrestling for the Prairie Wrestling Alliance, were invited to the tryout. Blais, a TJ Wilson trainee, has appeared a number of times on WWE television, wrestling the likes of Braun Strowman and the now-KENTA. Clark, a seven-year veteran of the independent scene, has earned his reputation as one of the top talents not only in Alberta but Western Canada altogether. In January, Clark was selected by Tommy Dreamer for a future match on the famed House of Hardcore promotion, kicking off a year which would see him capture his first PWA title.
Additionally, ex-IMPACT Wrestling star and former PWA Commonwealth Champion Gursinder Singh – fka Tony Cage – was invited to the tryout after recently receiving his requested release from Impact. A graduate of the Storm Wrestling Academy, Singh quickly rose to be one of the top talents in the Prairie Wrestling Alliance before moving on to Ontario to continue his training.
In addition to the WWE tryouts, a number of talents made appearances on TV during SummerSlam weekend in Toronto. Both Blais and Sheik Akbar Shabaz made appearances during the Matt Riddle/Killian Dain segment during NXT TakeOver: Toronto, while Singh and “Kid Chocolate” Mo Jabari could be seen escorting Goldberg to the ring for his first encounter with Dolph Ziggler.
Kenneth Anthony Wins PWA Championship
Saturday night saw the Prairie Wrestling Alliance host their first show since June 22nd’s Night of Champions, and the promotion kicked off the second half of their 2019 schedule with a bang.
With now-former champion “The Original” Marky ostensibly unable to fulfil his duties as champion, it was announced at the onset of Saturday’s show that the promotion would host a four-man tournament, with the winner crowned the new PWA Champion. After two opening-round matches that saw Aiden Adams defeat Shaun Moore and Kenneth Anthony defeat fellow Millennial Rebel Colton Kelly, the pair faced off in the finals for the vacant title. However, at the end of the day, it was Anthony who claimed both victory and his first PWA Championship.
Storm Wrestling Academy Announces Closure
In a Twitter post last Friday, former WWE/WCW star Lance Storm announced that the famed Storm Wrestling Academy in Calgary, Alberta will close following the completion of their September 2019 class.
Since opening the school in 2005, Storm has trained a veritable who’s who in the wrestling industry, including Oney Lorcan, Tyler Breeze, Chelsea Green, Rachael Ellering and Taya Valkyrie among others.
Close, but No Cigar for Natalya
Sunday’s Summerslam kicked off with a bang, opening up with current RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch taking on Calgary’s own Natalya Neidhart in a submission’s match. As expected, the two ladies delivered one of the highlights of a stacked card for the Biggest Show of the Summer.
While Becky Lynch may be the most popular woman in WWE at the moment – and rightfully so – Natalya still received a massive ovation from her home country crowd. Through the entirety of the match, the sellout crowd at the Scotiabank Arena were on the edges of their seats at the prospect of the Canadian walking away from SummerSlam with one of the top prizes in WWE. Unfortunately, despite a valiant effort, Natalya eventually submitted to Lynch’s Dis-Arm-Her for the loss.
In an interesting piece of history, this is now the second straight year that Natalya’s challenged for one of the women’s top prizes at SummerSlam. Last year, the Queen of Harts defeated Naomi to capture the Smackdown Women’s Championship.
Monster Pro Wrestling Results
Monster Pro Wrestling • MPW Lloydminster • Lloydminster, Alberta • August 8
- “Lumberjack” Larry Woods & Phoenix def. “Beautiful” Blake Kannon & Sexy Samantha
- Ajax def. King B
- Massive Damage def. Sultan Singh, “Dangerous” Danny Evans
- MPW Heavyweight Championship Match: “The Cheetahbear” Jude Dawkins def. “Headline” Shaun Martens via DQ
- “Danger Zone” Mitch Clarke def. Wrath
- MPW Renegade Memorial Tag Team Championship Match: Rich King/Kid Cyrus def. the Cat’s Meow (“Nasty” Nate Nixon/Kato
Real Canadian Wrestling Results
Real Canadian Wrestling • Deadly Games • Calgary, Alberta • August 9
- Brice “The Slammer” Sova def. Big Jesse Youngblood
- Kota def. Tyson Hill
- Travis Cole/Jack Pride def. Hard 2 Kill (Matt Hart/D. Dwight Davis)
- RCW Canadian Heavyweight Championship Match: Heavy Metal def. Chris Perish, Raj Singh
- “The Aussie Legend” def. Christian Strife
Prairie Wrestling Alliance Results
Prairie Wrestling Alliance • Summer Heat • Calgary, Alberta • August 10
- Aiden Adams def. Shaun Moore
- Alix Zwicker def. Kat Von Heez
- Bobby Sharp def. “The Omen” Gabriel
- Kenneth Anthony def. Colton Kelly
- Mephisto def Titan, Davey O’Doyle
- PWA Championship Match: Kenneth Anthony def. Aiden Adams
Canadian Wrestling’s Elite • Cruel Summer Tour • Grande Prairie, Alberta • August 14
Canadian Wrestling’s Elite • Cruel Summer Tour • Edmonton, Alberta • August 15
Canadian Wrestling’s Elite • Cruel Summer Tour • Cochrane, Alberta • August 16
Canadian Wrestling’s Elite • Cruel Summer Tour • Medicine Hat, Alberta • August 17
- Storm Wrestling Academy to Close Its Doors
- BREAKING: Kenneth Anthony Wins PWA Championship
- The Gridiron to the Squared Circle: Successful CFL-to-WWE Transitions
- Last Week in Alberta Wrestling: July 31 – August 6, 2019
- MPW Recap: Renegade Memorial Tag Team Tournament, Edmonton, August 3