Wrestling coming to Winkler

Interest in wrestling continues to grow in rural communities and for the first time, Canadian WrestlingÕs Elite will come to the City of Winkler.

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Interest in wrestling continues to grow in rural communities and for the first time, Canadian Wrestling’s Elite will come to the City of Winkler.
CWE wrestling makes frequent appearances in Morden but founder and wrestler Danny Warren said they’re seeing more interest.
“The last 12 months has seen the launch of the CWE Rural Wrestling Initiative,” he said. “We are actively entering smaller populated rural locations across the province for the first time ever with weekly Wednesday and Thursday night events.”
The upcoming tour includes 32 events in 32 days across five Canadian provinces. They include dates in Altona (Oct. 3), Winkler (Oct. 11 at the Winkler Arena), Portage (Oct. 21 and Morden (Nov. 15).
Warren said both the Altona and Winkler events were produced to give Manitobans more live wrestling events.
“The large Canadian tours hosts the top independent wrestling stars from across Canada, the United States, Europe, Japan and even Taiwan,” he said. “However we still have an incredible amount of wrestlers under our banner right here in Manitoba that are accessible to us year round so we are taking advantage of it and producing more events in Manitoba.”
Warren said the added shows also help their young talent get experience.
“You only become a great wrestler by getting in the ring as much as possible so these rural events are providing a platform for our next big stars to get the much needed time in front of an audience as possible,” he said.
Wrestling in Canada is growing in popularity.
Warren said when they started nearly 10 years ago, they did one Winnipeg event monthly.
“Closing in on our 10th anniversary we are hosting over 100 events a year and have performed in well over 100 Canadian cities and towns,” he said. “What we have created isn’t self hype, it truly is the largest independent wrestling company not just in Canada, but in the world right now based on the amount of events we are hosting and the quantity of wrestlers stepping foot in our ring every year.”
Warren said wrestling is “cool again”.
“It has finally shaken that stigma that was put on our industry two decades ago when national TV wrestling products were producing very inappropriate television content for children,” he said. “Wrestling became a bad word with parents and schools for a long time.”
That’s changing, and Warren said that means more people are coming to their shows.
“It’s a great opportunity for parents to share what once was or still is a passion with their children and build a new history and memories of wrestling with their children or buddies getting together for a night out and good times,” he said. “Wrestling is what gets them in the door. The CWE brand of wrestling keeps them coming back as our unique product is the perfect blend for children and families but still just as fun for teenagers or adults attending with your friends and that is what keeps us growing in these markets.”
CWE debuts in Winkler, Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Royal Hall in the Winkler Centennial Arena.
VIP/Meet & Greet takes place at 6 p.m., doors open 6:30 p.m. and bell time is at 7 p.m.
VIP/Meet & Greet tickets cost $16, general admission are $11 in advance and $13 at the door.
Advance tickets are available online at cwetickets.com.