Steve Arsenault puts his TV title on the line tonight when he faces Chris Cooke in the squared circle at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition. Admission to the wrestling is free with admission to the Ex. Jason Malloy Truro Daily News
BIBLE HILL - Five years ago Steve Arsenault had a "pipe dream" of wrestling at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition.
Tonight New Breed Wrestling will showcase its talent for the third straight year at one of the largest spectacles in Colchester County.
"It's unbelievable. You couldn't ask for better publicity," Arsenault said yesterday during a kick-off news conference at the exhibition grounds. "To be a part of it, it's great for all the guys."
Five matches are on the card for tonight including a No. 1 contenders match between Wildman Gary Williams and Riddick Stone. The winner will face champion Sexton Phoenix on Aug. 31 at the West Colchester United Arena in Debert. Arsenault, who wrestles under the tag XXL, will be putting his TV title on the line when he faces Chris Cooke.
"This is the culmination of the (three-year) rivalry," said Arsenault.
The winner will face JP Simms, the middleweight champion of UCW, in Debert next Monday.
"I'm not looking past him. He's a big guy," Arsenault said of the six-foot-five Cooke who tips the scales at 315 pounds. "I go 185 pounds on a good day," said six-foot Arsenault.
Also on the card next week in Debert will be WWF/WWE stars Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Bushwhacker Luke. Duggan was missing his customary two-by-four that he always carries to the ring with him during his stop yesterday in Bible Hill.
"It's back there resting up," he said. "It's got a big night coming up."
Duggan is looking forward to sharing the ring with the young wrestlers next week.
"I have been wrestling for 30 years. This is where I came from," he said. "These are the stars of tomorrow."
Duggan is slated to face Lumberjack Johnson in Debert next week.
"Duggan is going to put that two-by-four where the sun doesn't shine," Luke said.
Tonight's show starts at 7 p.m. and is expected to last two hours. It is free with admission to the exhibition.