Wrestling card promises entertainment May 24 at the Sportsplex
LANTZ: For the first time in almost a decade, Lincoln Steen will get to ply his trade before his hometown fans and friends when an independent Professional Wrestling card hits Lantz.
Steen, which is the wrestling persona for Enfield’s Ryan Mader, will be one of the stars on the May 24 card at the East Hants Sportsplex. The bell time is 7 p.m. Mader is the promoter.
“There will be wrestlers of all shapes, sizes and sexes in at least five matches,” said Mader in an interview on May 6.
Among other notable wrestlers scheduled to be on the card, which is subject to change, include: Red Rock Wrestling and well known world wrestling star Kowboy Mike Hughes; Covey Christ; women’s wrestling maven Chantal; and Titus.
Mader has tried for a few years now to bring a wrestling card to the Sportsplex. Each time he had a date in mind, the Sportsplex had other things booked in.
“I got sick of tap dancing around the question, “When are you bringing a wrestling event out home?”, every time I ran into someone from East Hants,” he said on why he was motivated to make it happen. “I’ve been hosting events in Pictou as fundraising efforts for the Pictou Lobster Carnival since 2014, and in that period have been toying with the idea of doing something similar in East Hants.
“This was the first year that the stars aligned to finally make it happen.”
When asked what it would mean to be able to wrestle before his friends and fans just minutes from where he grew up in Enfield, Mader said he’s getting pumped. He says anyone that thinks he’s not the fan favourite in East Hants will find out why he is exactly that on May 24.
“The best part of any wrestling event is the fans,” said Mader. “The fans get the ultimate choice whether to cheer or boo whichever wrestler they want.
“Wrestling fans in Nova Scotia are known to be some of the loudest in Canada, so I expect East Hants to be no different.”
No matches have been signed just yet, but the card does see the N.B. and P.E.I. heavyweight champions—Kowboy Mike Hughes and Titus—who have been doing whatever they can to get their hands on each other. Whether that rivalry will erupt in East Hants is unclear.
He said the support from the businesses who stepped up to be sponsors of the show was overwhelming.
“From the sponsors who came on board, to the retail spaces that made room for a poster in the establishment, the support has been fantastic,” he said. “It’s great to have a business community that gets behind events like this when they happen.”
Advance tickets for the show can only be purchased at Leno’s Stop Shop in Elmsdale. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Doors for the event will open at 6 p.m.
Mader is also putting on a card at the Hector Arena in Pictou on May 25 with many of the same wrestlers taking part.