National "Wrestling Reality" TV taping set to explode in Kentville Arena
By Kirk Starratt
It’s being called the biggest news in Maritime wrestling history, and it all begins in Kentville. “Wrestling Reality” (WR) is set to explode onto the national and international TV scene.
The first in a series of six national TV tapings of WR for The Fight Network (TFN) will take place at the Kentville Arena Monday evening, April 30. The six tapings, to occur across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, will comprise the first season of WR. There are international distribution deals in the works and several major corporate sponsors have been lined up.
The show concept was launched in Kentville in May 2005 with the first pilot taping. The live show was a huge success, drawing more than 800 fans, and co-stars and co-producers Rick Doyle of Kentville (a.k.a. Trash Canyon) and Peter Smith of Dieppe, New Brunswick (a.k.a. Brody Steele, Kingman) say they think the April 30 show will be even better.
The live show in Kentville will feature some of the top names on the Canadian independent pro wrestling scene, selected personally by Smith, including “Wildman” Gary Williams, Sidewinder, Marisa, Titus, Krysta Lynn Scott, “Kowboy” Mike Hughes and many more. Current British Heavyweight Champion James Mason, regarded by industry peers as one of the best pro wrestlers in the world today, is also expected to be there.
Doyle said the best wrestling fans in the Maritimes are in Kentville and he’s honoured to wrestle in front of his hometown fans once again. He said the producer was adamant that they conduct the first taping in Kentville because of the intensity of the fan support. In fact, fan interaction with the wrestlers will be a major element of the show.
Doyle said he knew nothing about the TV industry when they started and many people told him they were crazy. They had several doors slammed in their faces.
However, he said the fans here always believed it could happen and TFN thoroughly believes it will be one of their top-rated shows. He has been working at getting the show off the ground seven days a week for the past two years.
A total of 12 hours of TV will be produced in the first season, a split between actual wrestling matches and a reality documentary series.
Goal is to go global “Our goal is to go global,” Doyle said, pointing out that the second season of the series will be taped in locations throughout Ireland and England this fall. “I’m so excited.”
Smith said he’s looking forward to returning to Kentville and they picked the town for the first taping because they’re confident there will be a great crowd, both in terms of numbers and reaction. He said he has wrestled most of his career in Europe, but of all the matches he has had in North America, the one he wrestled in Kentville in May 2005 was a career highlight. “It was an unbelievable response,” he said. “That’s rare for a Canadian crowd in relation to other countries.”
Smith said the five-year commitment from TFN is a huge pat on the back and the show presents an opportunity for both WR and the network to grow.
WR is being produced by Greg Hemmings of Hemmings House Pictures, in partnership with Film New Brunswick, licensed by TFN. Hemmings has already enjoyed several successes as a TV producer, including a new CTV Travel/Discovery series called “Planet Luxury”.
Tickets for the Kentville show are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For more information, visit www.wrestlingreality.com, www.thefightnetwork.com and www.greghemmings.com.