MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY - About 400 wrestling fans of all ages attended the professional Can-Am Wrestling Resurrection outdoor event at the Elkton Valley Campground on Saturday evening, July 3.
“It was awesome and amazing,” said campground owner Kathy Blain. “We had a little rain come through and everybody just sat there and the wrestlers just kept wrestling. It couldn’t have been more awesome.”
A wrestling ring was set up in the middle of campground’s ball diamond, with fans sitting in chairs on all sides.
Saturday’s three-hour event featured numerous matches, with those taking part including Sweet Daddy Soul, Danny Duggan, Tyrone Ironside, Steve Wilde, Cheetah Bear Jude Dawkins, All American Steve Rivers and Canadian Crusher A.J. Sanchez.
Steve Wilde says wrestling is gaining in popularity across Alberta and elsewhere.
“Live-event wrestling is really coming back,” said Wilde.
CanAm Wrestling Promotion worked in conjunction with Alberta Wrestling Association Wrestling Academy on the event.
“Everyone’s happy and there a real positive attitude out here,” said CanAm co-owner Ed Andersen, who wrestled under the name Renegade Kid.
Co-owner Otto Gentile – who wrestled under the name Vinnie Fever – said he was very pleased with the turnout and the support of Elkton Valley Campground.
He also said wrestling is becoming more and more popular.
Saturdays' wrestling extravaganza was a fundraiser for the family of late former wrestler and longtime Sundre resident Don McCullough and late fellow wrestler Steve Gillespie. Members of McCullough's family were among those in attendance.
The amount raised will be known once expenses have been deducted, said Blain.