Canadian Wrestling's Elite made its way to Brandon on Wednesday, January 10. Hundreds of fans packed the Great Western Roadhouse for the Pick Your Poison Tour featuring WWE legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
“It was the best turnout in years,” said Ring Announcer RJ Lilley. “The building seemed to fill up before the doors were open to the ‘general admission’. There were more VIP tickets sold than any other tour.”
CWE tour consists of 21 stops in 21 days, running from December 26, 2017, until January 15, 2018; making a stop in Brandon on day 16.
“They were filming the CBC documentary throughout this entire tour, which started in Winnipeg on December 26, went out west to Golden, BC, before making their way back to Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Blind River,” said Lilley.
The Brandon audience had the opportunity to see a legend from the 80s perform live! Although he is a past legend, he still holds a big fan base in the wrestling world.
“Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts is definitely a huge draw for fans,” said Lilley. “Like Hulk Hogan, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, and Andre the Giant, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts was one of those people who was a household name. After the documentary ‘The Resurrection of Jake the Snake’, people have become very invested in his story. It’s inspirational.”
WWE Hall Of Fame Inductee and pro wrestling and pop culture icon, helped bring a record crowd to the Roadhouse of over 350 fans; making this one of the most successful tours in CWE history.
“There was a lot of excitement in the crowd, many people were taking in their first wrestling show and didn’t know what to expect,” added Lilley. “Those who were familiar with the product were waiting to see their favourites.”
Now, in the ninth year of the CWE, each tour continues to grow bigger and brings the fans the best stars of professional wrestling past and present.
Lilley explains the highlight of the show in his eyes, “CWE Championship was defended in a highly contested match-up, which featured Winnipeg’s ‘Canadian Hercules’ Tyler Colton (who is the champ). After the event, he did a speech declaring the Canadian wrestling was coming back, and he was happy to see Brandon was supporting what they were looking to do.”