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Another Ontario promoter fined
The Ontario Athletic Commission has successfully prosecuted another promoter who didn't file his show properly.

  This time, Nick (Nitro) Wyman of Six Nations was fined $2,000 by Justice of the peace Dan MacDonald for an event held Sept. 6, 2000, in Jarvis, Ont., about 40 kilometres southwest of Hamilton.

  Wyman, a self-described promoter-wrestler-actor, was also fined for failing to pay provincial tax on the proceeds and for falsely referring to a wrestler on the card -- Brutus (The Barber) Beefcake -- as a member of the World Wrestling Federation.

  Wyman argued that the event didn't have to be registered because wrestling is choreographed entertainment and not sport.

  MacDonald ruled that Wyman -- his native Indian status notwithstanding -- must get a licence before staging a wrestling card.

  Following the pronouncement, Wyman, wearing a muscle shirt with a snarling bulldog on the front, glared across the courtroom at OAC commissioner Ken Hayashi and defiantly announced he would hold another unsanctioned wrestling card on the Six Nations Reserve that very night.

  A ruling in Wyman's favour would have called into question the OAC's authority to regulate professional wrestling. Such a ruling would cost the OAC about $100,000 a year in fees.

  During the last year, the OAC has fined Fred 'Bruiser' Leeks of Ottawa and London's Kevin Oakley for various offences.

  Ontario and several municipalities in Alberta, most notably Edmonton, and Nanaimo, BC are the only jurisdictions in Canada where professional wrestling is regulated. Wrestlers in Ontario also must register with the Commission.

  Manitoba and Quebec used to regulate it but stopped once the professional wrestling establishment admitted that all matches are choreographed.

  -- SLAM! Wrestling with files from our wire services

Related links

  • July 23, 2001: London promoter ordered to pay up
  • Nov. 2, 2000: Ottawa's Bruiser taken down for licensing offences
  • Ontario Ministry of Consumer and Business Services web site

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