The Stars Of Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling
December 9, 2006 by Danny Carson
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Grand Prix wrestling is run by Emile Dupre (father of WWE Superstar Rene Dupre). During the 70's and 80's it was at its peak. It had great wrestlers such as Lou Thesz and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, as well as great sports entertainers like Hulk Hogan and Andrč The Giant. It was one of the many promotions that Vince McMahon bought out in the 80's. This summer, Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling had a great tour over Atlantic Canada. Here are some of the stars of Atlantic Grand Prix that were a part of the tour.
Chad Dick -
Yes, this is the same Chad Dick that was recently in WWE. When I heard he was on tour with them I didn't think much of it because I was never a fan of the Dick Brothers. However I was very surprised with his performance. He played a great heel and his matches were very impressive. I was fairly surprised. He worked the crowd well. He was so good at being the bad guy I wanted to cheer for him. After the shows he was always willing to talk to people. He was just very laid back and a nice guy. He has a lot more talent than I previously gave him credit for.
Iron Mike -
Some of you may know him as Titus from IHW (Innovated Hybrid Wrestling), but he was on tour for the first half of AGW as Iron Mike. He was the first guy I saw and he was impressive. A fairly big guy, about 6'5", 235-240 lbs. with long dreads which help his look. They make him seem bigger than he is. He is very mobile for his size, showing it by executing picture perfect Lion-saults and C-4's. He also has a big boot that would make Test jealous. I saw more of him in IHW and I was even more impressed. Good enough mic skills, great size, and great wrestling ability. I can see him making it big.
Ryan Storm -
Another guy I have seen in IHW as well. He is just an outstanding wrestler. He would consistently wrestle twice a night, possibly three times. He went under the name Ryan Storm, as well as the crowd favorite Spider-Man. He's very good in the ring, not making any mistakes or doing any sloppy moves. He is a good high-flyer. He has a nice looking Moonsault, springboard Hurricanrana, and a very good flying cross-body. I've seen a video of him executing a Corkscrew 450 in IHW so he can fly. And he's not just a high flyer, he can put on great wrestling matches. I've been told he may be getting a shot in ROH which would be great. He's always in the ring before the show so he's very committed. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he got his shot in ROH.
Rock Evans -
This guy is a baby Kurt Angle; A suplex machine. He's down in OVW training now. He's a fantastic wrestler. He has an amateur background so that helps out. He's probably the most athletic wrestler on tour and may have the most potential. He uses a great Angle Slam as a finisher. He had a series of matches against Chad Dick, so working with the guy with the best experience probably helped him out. Those two put on fantastic matches. I'd bet money on this guy being called up to WWE within a few years.
Tommy Osbourne -
People say he may be the best wrestler in Atlantic Canada (aside from Julien Young, he's in a league of his own), and I wouldn't doubt it. He wasn't on tour for the first half, but I saw him on the second half and he was great. A good technical wrestler and also executes tough moves such as the Back-cracker . He also has a very nice looking German Suplex. He is very good with playing to the crowd and making sure that they don't cheer for him even though he's looking great in the ring.
The Women -
They had two women with them for the entire tour; Krista Kiniski and She Nay Nay. Both worked very well together. In my opinion, She Nay Nay is the better entertainer but Krista is the better wrestler. She Nay Nay plays the character of a loud mouth girl who thinks she's hotter than anything. But in reality that isn't further from the truth. She's very quiet and one of the nicest people I've ever talked to. I was very surprised with the difference between her gimmick and her real life personality. She's fairly good in the ring and someone recently told me she was assigned to OVW to train and possibly get signed. I'm not sure if it's true but I wouldn't doubt it. Krista started training in January of this year (I think) and just keeps getting better with every match. Anyone that has attended more than one show would tell you the same. Every time she wrestles she consistently makes less mistakes. She uses a very nice looking TKO as her finisher. Not only is she a good wrestler with enormous potential, she always took the time to talk to me and my friends before and after the shows. She's a great person with a bright looking future.
The Referees -
AGW used two wrestlers-in-training for their referees on tour, Brian McCabe and Cody. I feel bad because I can't remember Cody's last name. Brian is a Jack Evans in the making. Maybe not quite as high flying, but he shows good promise with already being able to do standing 450's and standing Shooting Star Presses. Cody reminds me more of a Matt Hardy. Will fly sometimes but will stay more on the ground. Both only wrestled in the Battle Royal on the final PEI show (as far as I know) and didn't really get a chance to do anything it the match. They are also always in the ring before the show working on their moves and both seem very committed. These two also always took the time to talk to me and my friends before and after the show.
When I went to attend Grand Prix this summer, I wasn't expecting much.
However that quickly changed and these guys put on a few very solid shows.
I'm really looking forward to their next tour and I'm hoping some of the wrestlers come back and continue to put on a great event.
by Danny Carson ..
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