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MatRats get rave review
DON 'THE JACKYL' CALLIS
By DON 'Cyrus' CALLIS
Special to SLAM! Sports

Appearing weekly
on SLAM! Wrestling
and in the Winnipeg Sun
and Thunder Bay Chronicle Herald

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- Cyrus email
- SLAM! Cyrus bio


By DON 'Cyrus' CALLIS -- For SLAM! Wrestling
  As I mentioned on the NHB radio show, I spent all of last Sunday in Calgary as part of the Matrats Rave in the Ring show.

  It was unlike anything I have seen before from an athletic standpoint, with incredible highspots and athleticism, all from competitors aged 14-21.

  The show took place in a cool looking night club with full lighting and special effects.

  The ring is the standard wrestling variety, but with a couple of twists. The ring posts have a neat industrial look to them and about two feet above the top turnbuckles are circular launch pads which allows the competitors to get even more height on various moves.

  RAVE-LIKE ATMOSPHERE

  The group includes several members of the famous Hart family including Ted Hart and Harry Smith, the son of Davey Boy Smith. Jim Neidhart's daughter is the host of the show. Between matches there is a rave-like atmosphere with dancing and music videos on a giant screen.

  The matches are incredibly fast paced and the product is very clean, with little or no punching, and no profanity or sexual innuendo.

  Basically, you are dazzled by the wrestling and the production. Which brings me to why I was there.

  Matrats has a pay-per-view on Oct. 28 from Calgary and Joey Styles and I are going to be part of the broadcast team for the event. I am looking forward to it, as this is a product I am very excited about.

  I was quite thrilled to get to do an angle with Eric Bischoff where we engaged in a war of words and a little shoving match. I also had an opportunity to speak with Bischoff for the first time face to face, and was very impressed with his vision for the product.

  The whole thing was a total rush for me, and I encourage everyone to check out the pay-per-view in October as it will be different than anything you have ever seen before.

  FORMER ECW STARS INVADE WINNIPEG

  It was a crazy weekend of wrestling in Winnipeg as well, with the big IWA Ultimate 8 television taping at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, where the maniacal Dr. Luther was crowned the first IWA champion in a tournament win over former ECW world champion Mikey Whipwreck.

  Friday was the autograph session at Jabroni's with myself, Sandman and Mikey. There was a wonderful turnout and lots of the fans got to chat with Sandman, who seemed in a talkative mood. Unfortunately Tommy Dreamer could not make it, but most fans were more concerned with meeting Sandman or trying to buy one of his famous canes.

  Saturday was the show, and overall I was very pleased with the improvement in production with the new video wall, and with the talent, having added Whipwreck, Sandman and Michael Shane to the roster.

  Dr. Luther, who would wrestle three times en route to the title win, worked on a leg that was literally purple and black from his knee to his heel, having sustained a serious knee injury earlier in the week. Luther ended up in the emergency room for half the night.

  Stands With Thunder made it to the finals of the tournament, but was unable to continue after Gerry Morrow and Luther destroyed him with suplexes and cane shots. SWT hopes to be first in line for a shot at Luther's belt when the IWA returns to Winnipeg in the fall.

  By the way, my training centre in its new location is open once again, and we are accepting students for our fall session. Contact me at Cyrusofecw@aol.com for details on how you can get trained in the wrestling industry.

Send email to CyrusofECW@aol.com.

Listen to Cyrus every Sunday from 6-7 p.m. on 92 CITI-FM on the NHB wrestling call in show with his co-host Joe Aiello.

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