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'Slapshots and suplexes': Edmonton Oil Kings companion with Love Professional Wrestling for tandem present

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It’s not each night time followers can see a flying elbow drop off the highest rope between bouts of breakaway targets and stellar saves.

However that’s exactly what Edmontonians can stay up for subsequent 12 months because the Edmonton Oil Kings introduced Thursday they’ve partnered with native unbiased professional wrestling promotion Love Professional Wrestling (LPW) for a cross-branded present at Rogers Place, dubbed LPW x EOK: The Oil Rumble.

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“They (Oil Kings) approached us a few months in the past and kicked across the concept of working a wrestling present at Rogers Place, and I don’t assume I’ve ever mentioned ‘sure’ sooner in my life,” mentioned LPW founder Spencer Love, who doubles because the advertising and media director for the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). “There’s a variety of transferring elements relating to them organizing their whole season of calendar occasions and we’re simply fortunate to be part of it.”

The Oil Kings season schedule is jam-packed with promotional and themed nights, together with the well-known Teddy Bear Toss sport (Dec. 1), Star Wars Night time (Dec. 9) and Superhero Night time (Feb. 17), to call a number of.

“The Edmonton Oil Kings take nice satisfaction within the unmatched leisure worth our followers obtain at Rogers Place,” mentioned Oil Kings director of enterprise operations, Kevin Radomski, in a Thursday information launch. “By partnering with LPW we’re including much more leisure to our already thrilling product.

“It’s going to be a day stuffed with slapshots and suplexes — one of the best worth in household leisure has simply bought higher.”

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The Jan. 21, 2024 Oil Rumble present would be the first-ever unbiased professional wrestling occasion at Rogers Place, which is a feat not misplaced on Love.

“It’s fairly surreal. I hold saying it’s unbelievable in essentially the most literal interpretation of the phrase,” Love mentioned. “I believe any wrestling fan or anyone in any type of leisure or promotional trade needs to go larger and higher, and get the most important venue you may, but it surely all the time appeared so out of attain. Even now, it’s nonetheless sinking in.”

The Oil Kings boasts the very best common fan attendance within the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Love is happy about the potential for setting a possible file.

“Our aim is to be the highest-attended unbiased wrestling present in Canada subsequent 12 months, and I’m pretty assured we will do it.”

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Spencer Love speaks to a crowd of professional wrestling followers at Love Professional Wrestling (LPW) 3 occasion on the Rec Room in south Edmonton on April 29, 2022. Picture by Provided picture /Goal Pictures

For Oil Kings video games, seating at one finish of the rink is pulled again to make room for a stage, which frequently hosts musical acts throughout interval intermissions.

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Love says the plan is to host matches previous to the sport, previous to warm-ups, and through the first and second intermissions for a complete of 4 or 5 matches on the night time. The primary occasion, itself, shall be held through the second intermission.

When requested whether or not the it will be an precise over-the-top-rope battle royale-style “Oil Rumble” match, Love responded like several good wrestling promoter would, saying “keep tuned for extra thrilling bulletins on that.”

Tickets for the occasion could be bought on-line at Go to for extra info.

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