By Cal Braid
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Sunny South News
Pure Power Wrestling brought the action and intensity back to southern Alberta this past weekend with live pro wrestling. The first of two consecutive nights ran at the Nobleford Community centre on Friday, March 25 followed by a second show on Saturday at the Fritz Sick Memorial Centre in Lethbridge.
Pure Power Wrestling will celebrate 11 years of producing all-ages pro wrestling events throughout Southern Alberta and BC in April 2022. Kevin Farrell is the president of PPW and has been promoting shows for ten years. He has wrestled for fifteen years and performs under the moniker Sydney Steele.
“We would like for PPW to resume a regular touring schedule throughout southern Alberta and into B.C. as we had done prior to the pandemic,” Farrell said.
When asked about choosing to run an event in both Lethbridge and a smaller centre like Nobleford, Farrell replied, “PPW has run two previous events in Nobleford. We’ve found the town to be a great place to run pro wrestling shows with a loud and incredibly interactive audience.”
“Our event attendance varies depending on where we are running events,” he continued. “We have performed for 1,500 people at Spitz Stadium and 75 in Fort Macleod. But regardless of attendance, our wrestlers give their all to win the match and put on the absolute best live entertainment possible for the fans.” He added, “our wrestlers come from all over, and we have several stars from right here in southern Alberta, including Taber’s Dewey Robson and Medicine Hat’s Tyler “Hard” Knox. We also have wrestlers such as Highclass, originally from Ghana now residing in Alberta.”
“PPW events (also) feature world-travelled talent who regularly compete with top stars from throughout the industry. Kyle Sebastian has been wrestling coast-to-coast in Canada for 15 years and has competed in the United States. He has also travelled to Japan where he competed for WWE Legend Tajiri’s SMASH promotion and Pro Wrestling NOAH,” Farrell explained.
Farrell’s wrestling alter ego Sydney Steele has also competed across the country for 15 years and has travelled to Mexico where he trained under some of Lucha libre’s all-time legends. Lucha libre refers to freestyle or free fight wrestling. In addition, he’s competed for Promociones Dinastía Moreno (Dynasty Promotions) and on the International Wrestling Revolution Group.
As a spokesman for the event, Farrell welcomes the opportunity to promote PPW. When asked about how the athletic and performance aspects of the sport blend together, he said, “wrestling is an athletic competition to me. It’s high flying, hard-hitting, and exciting. You’ll have fun and be excited like no other form of entertainment. But when I get into the ring my goal is to win.”
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