Courtesy of Alan J. Wojcik and http://alanwojcik.com
In May 2003 IPW Hardcore promoters created the JEFF PETERSON MEMORIAL CUP in tribute to the fallen cruiserweight star who passed in 2001 after a long battle with cancer. Since then the event has garnered a list of international stars who supported the event and honored Jeff’s memory by putting on five star caliber bouts. The previous winners were “Reckless Youth” Tom Carter, Justice, Chris Sabin, Milano Collection AT, Chris Hero & Erick Stevens. On November 20-21 sixteen men will come to Brooksville & Crystal River, Florida to try and join those names. Could this year’s winner be:
“the Megastar” Marion Fontaine
Height: 6Ft 1 In
Weight: 170 Lbs.
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada (Myspace lists Lorain, Ohio)
Pro Debut: January, 2005
Tournament history: Winner 2008 Hybrid Pro Pink Bracelet tournament, 2007 American Luchacore “Luchacup” (lost in 1st round to Josh “Abercrombie” Raymond
Where you have seen him: Hybrid Pro, Mega Championship Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Ohio, Absolute Intense Wrestling, CWE (member of Bromance)
Championships held: 2x MCW Light-Heavyweight champion, MCW US Heavyweight champion
Alan Wojcik: What was your initial reaction to being named to Team Hybrid and the 2009 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup?
Marion Fontaine: Grateful, because its honor to be apart of this tournament with so many other outstanding names on the scene. I remember reading results of previous tournaments was I was younger, like The Jeff Peterson Cup, Best of the Best, and The Super 8 so it’s a very surreal moment, to be involved and participate.
Alan Wojcik: For fans like me who have never been to a Hybrid Pro show, tell us about the promotion.
Marion Fontaine: First and foremost, the best place to start is passion. The lockeroom is very passionate about putting on an excellent show, the fans are really passionate as well as supportive, which is sometimes refreshing at this level. So with that much emotion involved, you’re mostly likely going to walk away with the intentions of coming back. Nothing is holding you back there, so a lot of guys really showcase their athleticism and talent. Expect hoopla, mass hysteria, misogynists, baddest of the bad boys and the color purple.
Alan Wojcik: Some people would say you have an interesting persona. Where did Marion Fontaine come from and how do you friends/family react to him?
Marion Fontaine: I always hear that the best characters are simply extensions of yourself and that’s very true in the case of Marion Fontaine, he’s me set to 11. A very vocal, full of himself, groove-lovin, sweet set of eyes. My family’s come to terms with him. haha. I still do some ridiculous things that’ll make my parents shake their heads, but they know this is something I enjoy doing. My close friends and I have been hooked on wrestling for a long time, so they’re all for Fontaine.
Alan Wojcik: Your Myspace page shows an interesting array of photographs apparently taken by you. When did you get into the hobby and when did it transition into something more?
Marion Fontaine: Music is another passion of mine and while I can’t play it, I use my creativity to stay close to the scene. One of those outlets is photography, which is one media I studied in college. While in school photography continued to gain my interest and that only grew after I graduated, so I put my skills to use. Now I work with bands on photography, video, web, design, etc.
Alan Wojcik: According to your bio on Pro Wrestling Ohio’s website (www.pwowrestling.com) you are usually seconded by Macho Grosh. Who is this individual and will he/she be following you to Florida?
Marion Fontaine: Well Macho Grosh is an interesting story. Some say he’s a lost soul who ate one too many Slim Jim’s. But regardless, he was a companion of mine that I’ll always have fond memories of. As mysterious as his entrance, so was his exit. So there are chances he’s in Florida right now, working his glutes and pecks in preparation.
Alan Wojcik: You also have a group the website calls “the Freaks” and labeled you the “Friend of the Friendless.” What do you consider freaky enough to be part of your unit?
Marion Fontaine: Well to date the freaks have included a beautiful on the outside, terror inside the ring woman, a South African savage, an unstable Samoan, a lonely lover looking for love. So if there’s anyone that comes close to anything as freaky as that, there’s an application process we’ll have you fill out.
Alan Wojcik: If things go your way you might be coming to Florida the Insanity Pro Jr. Heavywight champion. Hybrid Pro teammate Flip Kendrick is also in the tournament (www.insanityprowrestling.com). Scout out him & Dave Cole (whom you face on December 5th for the Heavyweight championship) for fans who have never seen them.
Marion Fontaine: Those are my intentions. Get that IPW Jr. Heavyweight Belt and bring to Florida, I’d be a fool not to believe that. Not only is Flip Kendrick in the tournament, but Louis Lyndon as well. Now I’ve wrestled both men multiple times, but it’s always hard to scout for the high flying arsenal of Flip, and the kung-fu action of Louis. But I’ve bested each of them before and the same thing will happen if I face either man. Regardless of the state. Dave Cole’s another story. Never been in the ring with him one-on-one but he’s a technician in the wrestling ring. Precise and effective, yet explosive and a risk taker when its necessary. But I’ve been watching him with a close eye, and waiting to take something from him that I should have had in the first place. The Hybrid Championship.
Alan Wojcik: In Championship Wrestling Experience you, Nicky Valentino & Shawn Blaze exist as Bromance. Tell the fans how this unit came to be and how do they compare other tag team partners in your career like Team Pink Mustache’s Pinkie Sanchez?
Marion Fontaine: I’m assuming you want a PG rated version? Well Shawn Blaze and I have been teaming for a few years and found Nicky who we wanted to mold and show him what it means to be a real man’s man. While it seems lately Nicky and Shawn have taken the reigns of Bromance, I’m looking forward to getting back in the saddle and directing team Bromance across a sea of success. Well Pinkie and I have yet to team together. We were scheduled to, but it wasn’t in the cards that night, hopefully in the future cause it would make for some interesting tag matches. As far as comparisons go, Shawn Blaze and I have had the most success, but be on the look out for Dino Marx, baby.
Alan Wojcik: Is there anyone in the tournament you’ve been wanting to face in your career and is there someone you see as a potential roadblock?
Marion Fontaine: I’ve been in the ring with only 4 members of the tournament, so really any other participants would be an interesting matchup for me. I’m not familiar with everyone, but I know they’re all greatly qualified to be in this tournament. Sure there may be some roadblocks, but I ain’t sweating it. When your this slick, nobody can touch you.
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