(Posted Dec. 20, 2018)
makes triumphant return to Navan Memorial Arena
By Fred Sherwin
year after staging its first professional wrestling card,
the Orléans Wrestling Alliance, or OWA, returned to the
Navan Memorial Arena on December 17 to crown its inaugural
Over 150 wrestling fans packed the
second floor of the arena for a card that included eight
action-packed matches. Among the featured wrestlers were
hometown heroes Magic Mario Bryant and Lance Law, who
both hail from Orléans.
Law has his arm raised by special guest announcer
Matt Luloff as his opponent, MVP, lies prone
on a broken door panel. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Mario, whose real name is Rich Leron, made it to the championship
match where he fought The Immaculate Ray St. Jean for
the championship belt.
being the runaway crowd favourite, Mario was the victim
of shenanigans and skullduggery perpetrated by the immaculate
one who ultimately won the match and left the ring with
the belt around his waist.
co-main event pitted hometown hero Lance Law against his
arch rival Michael “MVP” Van Payton in a street fight
match. The no-holds-barred donnybrook spilled out of the
ring and into the audience soon after they rang the opening
outside the confines of the squared circle, the antagonists
used whatever items they had at their disposal, including
garbage cans, tables, condiments and a few chairs, as
members of the audience cheered them on.
match was an entertaining exhibition provided by a pair
of pro-wrestling veterans. In the end it was Law who emerged
as the top cop after power-bombing MVP through a door
panel laid across a pair of chairs and pinning him for
the 1-2-3 count as the audience went wild.
the match, Law – whose real name is Denis Racine – spent
close to 30 minutes signing autographs and posing for
photos with his fans.
appearing on the card, Leron and Racine are partners in
crime as the co-promoters of the OWA.
day, Racine is a mild-mannered special constable with
OC Transpo. He first started wrestling when he just 20.
After taking a break to focus on his family and work,
he got into the sport entertainment business again last
year and teamed up with Leron to promote their first show.
are character-based entertainment,” says Racine, “and
through our characters we want to bring old school fun,
family friendly character-based professional wrestling
who was at the show on Sunday night left the Navan Arena
with a smile on their face and a deep desire to see the
next card including 10-year-old Mikael Lampron who happens
to be a huge Lance Law fan.
really liked it a lot. The street fight was my favourite,”
says the organization plans to stage a number of events
want to move around and get into some festivals. I want
to do a show in Blackburn Hamlet. I want to do a show
near Centrum. I want to even maybe do a show at Ribfest.
Why not enjoy some ribs have a beer and watch the Orléans
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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