Canadian Wrestling Elite (CWE) kept the audience entertained and involved while making its first stop in Neepawa in over three years.
And, unlike the name of the tour, it was all its own fault.
The pro wrestling company based out of Winnipeg made a stop in Neepawa last Thursday evening as the first show on the “It's Not My Fault Tour” featuring former WWE superstar Gene Snitsky.
Held at the Yellowhead Centre in the convention room, fans were treated to six matches – including one tag team and one title match – featuring 14 wrestlers with nicknames ranging from Hotshot to The Rebel to Pimp Daddy.
Right from the first bell, the audience of just over 60 people was entertained by the wrestling skills on display, the wrestler's persona's and the interactive bantering, cheering and jeering the CWE has become famous for.
And, as the fans clearly enjoyed the event, the CWE was left excited about the potential for continued growth and shows in Neepawa.
“It was definitely a fun, exciting first event back here and we definitely look forward to coming back and getting bigger and better,” CWE GM Danny Warren said, after announcing the wrestling company will return to Neepawa Thursday, Dec. 12 with former WWE superstar Rhyno headlining that event.
“I think the people who came to this event are going home happy tonight, so hopefully they go out and tell a friend and bring out some more next time.”
Adding to the excitement of the evening was some local talent on display.
Plumas' own “The Rebel” Bobby Collins wrestled in the main event for the TV Title championship belt. Clearly a crowd favourite, Collins would eventually lose the match after “A-List” Anderson Tyson Moore illegally used the ropes to pin “The Rebel”.
But revenge is sweet. And Collins, much to the delight of his Neepawa area fans, responded to the loss by dumping a bucket-full of pig feed onto his unsuspecting opponent following the match.
“That was a great fight,” Warren said afterward, noting Collins has been with CWE for about two years now. “He's a veteran of the ring – I think he's been wrestling over 20 years – and he's come on board and he goes in there and leaves it all in the ring. He's smaller than a lot of the guys but he works a heck of a lot harder, I can guarantee ya that.”
And while Collins was the smallest guy in the ring on the night, there was no question as to who the largest was.
Former WWE superstar Gene Snitsky, standing 6-foot-8, 320 lbs.
“He's a big boy,” Warren noted with a chuckle. “If he gets his hands on you, that could be the end of it.”
The CWE has been operating now for about five years, features a roster core based out of Winnipeg and regularly has former WWE stars as headliners for events.
Aside from its live shows, the CWE has a regular television show on Neepawa's own NACTV.
But, as was evidenced by the crowd reaction Thursday night, watching on TV is never the same as the live experience, and Warren hopes to have an even larger crowd when the CWE comes to Neepawa in December.
“People in Neepawa who may be a little skeptical of professional wrestling, come on down and give us a chance and it will definitely be something you'll enjoy and want to be involved with in the future,” Warren concluded.