Steel cage match draws record crowd in Windsor

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By Kirk Starratt

It was the most anticipated professional wrestling event ever staged in Windsor and the first time MainStream Wrestling Entertainment (MSW) sold out the War Memorial Community Centre.

The largest crowd to ever see a live MSW event in Windsor and the largest paying crowd to see a live pro wrestling show in the town in the last 25 years - nearly 250 people – jammed the venue to witness the first-ever steel cage match ever in the town. The card, held as part of MSW’s 2008 spring tour of Atlantic Canada, featured the most star-studded line-up in MSW history.

It was the second sell-out in a row for MSW, as the opening show of the tour held the night before in Dartmouth sold out as well. Although the third show of the tour didn’t sell out, it was the largest crowd ever for a MSW show at the Digby Arena, in excess of 300 people, and all the floor seating sold out.

MSW owner and promoter Devin Chittick, a.k.a. “X-Ray” Kyle Kruze, and his partner “Kowboy” Mike Hughes, a long-time Maritime main eventer, a national TV star on The Fight Network’s Wrestling Reality and a former WWE performer, took on the team of “Lumber” Jack Johnson and Sidewalk Sam, accompanied by Papi, inside the cage in Windsor.

Able to crawl over the top

Earlier in the evening, Kruze had invited John Frenette of Windsor, a long-time volunteer who helps promote wrestling shows in the town, into the ring to recognize him for all his efforts and to present him with a T-shirt to thank him. Johnson and Sam took the opportunity to rush the ring and attack Kruze from behind. While ring announcer “Captain” Kirk and a thoughtful fan helped Frenette out of the ring, Hughes ran in to save his tag-team partner and put the run to Johnson and Sam.

In the end, it was Hughes and Kruze who were victorious in the steel cage match. Both were able to crawl out over the top to the floor, escaping the structure before either of the opposing teammates was able to do so. The bout was physically exhausting for all four participants, who each left the cage wearing a crimson mask of his own blood.

In other action, former ECW star and two-time former WWE World Women’s Champion Jazz defeated “The International Superstar” Portia Perez.

The seven-foot-tall, 328-pound MSW Champion Giant Grimez defended his title successfully against the number-one contender, former WWE performer Quinson Valentino.

Professional wrestling legend Doink the Clown defeated Diablo Cybernetico and Transformer Shockwave the Robot defeated “Dirty” Darryl Duncan. • It should be noted that the video that accompanies this story is of a graphic and violent nature. All wrestlers appearing have years of highly specialized training and are performing in the spirit of entertaining fans, not in the spirit of violence or irresponsibility. Nothing shown here should be mimicked or re-enacted by anyone who is not a trained professional wrestler. Viewer discretion is advised.

Organizations: MSW Champion Giant Grimez

Geographic location: Windsor, Atlantic Canada, Dartmouth

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