While the pro wrestling scene around Alberta has begun to slow down for the summer, there was no lack of big news through the final week of June 2019. Both Real Canadian Wrestling and Pure Power Wrestling hosted two shows this weekend, with the latter making the trek west to British Columbia for a pair of shows in Fort MacLeod and Cranbrook. RCW, meanwhile, both experienced a major return and crowned a new champion within seconds of one another. Monster Pro Wrestling, meanwhile, is in the midst of gearing up for its return to Alberta Avenue this weekend, making announcements on a trio of championships over the past seven days.
It’s the latest edition of Last Week in Alberta Wrestling, your weekly source for the past seven days in the province’s pro wrestling!
Christian Strife Returns, Joins Top Talent
For 18 months, we killed each other. My blood, sweat and tears stained the mat after every fight. So why did I join Top Talent? Simple: When Heavy Metal held that Championship, I made more money. @rcw_wrestle pic.twitter.com/NtujPAtqhV
— Christian Strife (@Strifezard) June 30, 2019
Friday night’s RCW event in Calgary is one that won’t soon be forgotten by the fans in attendance, as the promotion not only crowned a new champion but saw the shocking return of one of it’s most beloved stars. In one of the most surprising moments in recent memory for many Albertan pro wrestling fans, former Canadian Heavyweight Champion Christian Strife made his unannounced return from injury, making his entrance during the evening’s Heavyweight Championship match between champion “The Aussie Legend” and long-time rival Heavy Metal. However, while it looked as though Strife had entered with his sights set on both Metal and his associate Scotley Crüe, he had only set the stage for perhaps the most shocking turn in Real Canadian Wrestling history. As Strife kept both Heavy Metal and Scotley Crüe at bay, he attempted to revive the fallen Aussie Legend, who’d been victimized at the hands of Top Talent earlier. As the Legend rose, both he and Strife looked poised to take it to the duo of Crüe and Metal. However, in a moment that took the breath away from everyone in attendance, Strife laid an absolutely massive kick to the skull of the Aussie Legend, stripping away his shirt to reveal a Top Talent uniform, confirming that the bitter rivals had now become allies.
As the man himself said:
“Simple: When Heavy Metal held that Championship, I made more money.”
However, that wasn’t the only surprise to come out of Friday night’s show.
Heavy Metal Wins RCW Canadian Heavyweight Championship
While many in attendance during Friday RCW event in Calgary sat aghast at the actions of Christian Strife, Heavy Metal was quick to capitalize on his newfound stablemate’s shocking turn. With many in attendance still processing the events of seconds before, Heavy Metal was quick to utilize the confusion to hit a massive superkick to a downed Aussie Legend. As Scotley Crüe proceeded to awaken downed referee Charles Spencer, Metal made the cover to the RCW Champion. Mere seconds later, a new champion had been crowned.
“545 days. I made all the towns. Headlined all the shows. I defended the RCW Heavyweight Championship more times and more consistently than anyone that has ever held this title. Now, I’m ready to do it all over again. Big Match Metal is back where he belongs, and Top Talent is stronger than it has ever been before!
And for those asking… Why Strife, why? Well, it ain’t called “Show Friends”, it’s called “Show Business”. And this is just business!
Heavy Metal is back on top. Head to the WCSN for a full recap of Heavy Metal’s championship victory.
Titles on the Line for MPW’s Return to Alberta Avenue
After a successful debut on the south side of Edmonton last month, Monster Pro Wrestling will make its return to Alberta Avenue on Saturday night with a number of the promotion’s championships on the line. Firstly, in a match confirmed at last month’s southside show, the first-time-ever team of Rich King and Kid Cyrus would team up to face the reigning MPW Renegade Tag Team Champions, the OG Cat’s Meow of “Nasty” Nate Nixon and “the Asian Adonais” Kato. Additionally, fresh off of an impressive appearance at a seminar featuring the legendary Konnan, “The Cheetahbear” Jude Dawkins will face off with MPW Provincial Champion “Beautiful” Blake Kannon just over a month after losing his MPW Ripper Hardcore Championship to Massive Damage. Lastly, Lumberjack Larry Woods will receive his first opportunity at the MPW Heavyweight Championship when he faces off with Headline Shaun Martens for the title. Thus far, there’s been no word on a match for the Women’s Championship nor the MPW Ripper Championship.
Roy “Flash” Gordon Headed to Mexico
The Canadian Wrestling’s Elite announced on Tuesday that CWE Tag Team Champion and last year’s Elite 8 Winner Roy “Flash” Gordon has been selected by lucha legend Konnan for a future match in Mexico.
Said the promotion in a Facebook post on Tuesday morning:
“Over a dozen talented wrestlers male and female culminated in Winnipeg, Manitoba this past Saturday for a seminar and tryout for a future match opportunity in Mexico with one of Konnan’s affiliations with AAA and other organizations in the country working with them.”
Other confirmed finalists for the spot were “The Omen” Gabriel Lestat, “The Cheetabear” Jude Dawkins, and “The Masterpiece Of The East” Alix Zwicker.
Gordon has quickly become one of the most popular stars of the CWE since debuting just under three years ago. Last August, Gordon solidified his spot as one of the top talents of the promotion, putting on a star-making performance across three matches in a single night to win the prestigious Elite 8 tournament. Recently, Gordon captured his first CWE gold with rival-turned-partner MENTALLO.
Real Canadian Wrestling Results
Real Canadian Wrestling • Summer Stampede • Calgary, Alberta • June 28
- Brice “The Slammer” Sova def. Dante
- Kayla Jaye def. Cherry Dahl
- Scotley Crüe def. T.S Cutler
- Steven Styles def. Big Bruce
- Matt Hart def. Jordon Aries
- Chris Perish/Dean Richtor/Travis Cole def. Alonso Antonio/Dirty Inc.
- RCW Canadian Heavyweight Championship Match: Heavy Metal def. Aussie Legend©
- RCW Commonwealth Championship Match (Viking Rules): Vince Austin© def. “The Universe” Zack Mercury
- With his victory, Heavy Metal becomes new RCW Canadian Heavyweight Champion
Real Canadian Wrestling • Boiling Point • Edmonton, Alberta • June 29
- Chris Perish def. Alonso Antonio
- Dean Richtor/Barricade def. Viking Rage
- Big Bruce def. Matt Styles
- Steven Styles def. Big Bruce (CO)
- “The Vixen” Jade def. Kayla Jaye
- Big Jesse Youngblood def. Slave
- RCW Commonwealth Championship Match (Glove on a Pole): Vince Austin© def. “The Universe” Zack Mercury
- Nite def. Son of Irish
- Dylon Stone©/Travis Cole def. Maverick Jack©/Pride
- Jailhouse Rules Match: Heavy Metal© vs. Brice “The Slammer” Sova – No Contest
Pure Power Wrestling Results
PPW Fort MacLeod • Fort MacLeod, Alberta • June 28
- Kyle Sebastian def. Dewey Robson
- Jumpin’ Josh def. Angelica
- Cyanide vs Bulldog MacBain – No Contest
- Cowboy Bryn Watts def. Aiden Adams
- Fans Bring the Weapons Match: Travis “The Heat” Copeland def. Sydney Steele
PPW Cranbrook • Cranbrook, British Columbia • June 29
- Dewey Robson def. Sydney Steele
- Aiden Adams def. Kyle Sebastian (DQ)
- Poppy Powers def. Angelica
- Cowboy Bryn Watts def. Cody Chimera
- Dewey Robson/Aiden Adams def. The Super Ultra Mega Powers (Sydney Steele/Kyle Sebastian)
Real Canadian Wrestling • Mexifest • Calgary, Alberta • July 5/6/7 (Select Talent)
Monster Pro Wrestling • MPW Alberta Avenue • Edmonton, Alberta • July 6
Prairie Wrestling Alliance • Stampede BBQ Lunch • Calgary, Alberta • July 6
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