Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Chaotic scene ends Grand Prix event in Berwick

Wrestling stars to return June 28
by Kirk Starratt/The Advertiser
Article online since June 17th 2008, 13:51
go here for great video of the show, including some great spots in Rene's main event!

An old fashioned donnybrook ended the first Grand Prix Wrestling show of the 2008 season at the historic Berwick Arena.

The June 7 spectacular held plenty of surprises for fans, including the scene that ended the show.

Former World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar Rene Dupre, the youngest titleholder in WWE history, took on former Total Non-Stop Action (TNA) star “Nature Boy” Buddy Austin in the main event. The upper hand went back and forth until guest referee The Rebel disqualified Austin for the blatant use of a steel chair.

Some of the more unsavory characters in the locker room - including the Cuban Assassin, “The Pirate of the Caribbean” Phil Atlas and the legendary “Wildman” Butcher Vachon - ran to ringside and joined Austin in his attack on Dupre.

Luckily for Dupre, the Wrestling Spider-Man, the French Mystique and his brother, Grand Prix Wrestling heavyweight champion Jeff Dupre, ran to Rene’s assistance as the brawl spilled over into the historic wrestling venue.

Only after legendary promoter Emile Dupre restored order - coming from out of nowhere swinging the steel chair and running Assassin, Vachon and Atlas back to the dressing room. For many fans, the sight of the 70-year-old Emile bringing things in line brought back a lot of memories - and left them wondering what would be in store when Grand Prix Wrestling returns to the Berwick Arena June 28.

In other action June 7, Jeff Dupre successfully defended the GPW Championship against Vachon after referee Kenny Flint disqualified Vachon. Before the match-up, Dupre said there’s an open contract on his championship.

“I’m issuing an open challenge to defend the title against anyone in the dressing room,” he said backstage.

In singles action, the Wrestling Spider-Man took on the Cuban Assassin. Assassin, who took his wrestling name from his legendary father, showed he has picked up a few of his dad’s old tricks as well, continuously going into his army fatigues for a foreign object to gain the upper hand - while managing to conceal the indiscretion from referee Flint.

Mystique took on Atlas and, later in the card, Mystique and Spider-Man gained a measure of revenge on their crafty opponents, squaring off against Assassin and Atlas in a tag-team match.

In perhaps one of the most intriguing match-ups, “The Fabulous” She-Nay-Nay competed against an opponent Rene helped recruit from Manchester, England: Erin Angel. It was Angel who ended up with her arm raised.

The doors open at 7 p.m. for the June 28 show in Berwick, with the opening bell sounding around 7:30 p.m. All the stars are expected to return, and Emile says negotiations continue to bring the 7’1,” 350-pound Robert “Kurrgan” Maillet (a.k.a. The Acadian Giant), a former WWE Superstar and silver screen performer in last year’s controversial Hollywood hit 300, to Berwick before the end of the 2008 season.

Hailing from Parlee Beach, champ Jeff (Goguen) Dupre says he’s proud to be coming back to Berwick to defend his title.

Long-time Grand Prix fans probably recognized another familiar face in Berwick: legendary referee Ron Goguen who, along with Bernie Richard, always refereed on ATV during the 1970s and ‘80s. Goguen now lends his expertise to the ring crew and greets fans at the merchandise table.

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