Mod­ern Fam­ily

Step­ping into the wrestling ring.

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“Wrestlers were my he­roes grow­ing up and I al­ways looked up to the ones that weren’t sleaze­balls, you know what I mean? I want to be a role model for kids. That’s what fu­els me and keeps me go­ing.”— Randy “Your Weirdo Hero” My­ers

“Orig­i­nally I had two dreams: one was to be a pro­fes­sional wrestler and one was to help my re­serve. There are thou­sands of peo­ple stuck on re­serves, and they don’t have any op­por­tu­ni­ties. I was for­tu­nate enough to get out and ac­com­plish things. Now I have a duty to help others.”— Andy “The Dread­ful” Bird

“Some peo­ple ask, ‘Is it fake?’ Well, you know, come to a show and find out. Is a movie fake? Is theatre fake? Ev­ery­thing’s fake. We’re prob­a­bly ina multi di­men­sional re­al­ity right now in some­one’s fake com­puter.”— ElPhan­tasmo

“In­jury is al­ways a risk when we go in there. I was do­ing [a move called a] swan­ton dive o  of the top rope and the girl moved. I broke my col­lar­bone. It was the most painful in­jury I’ve ever, ever had.”— Christina Von Eerie

“When you’re a vil­lain, you can’t fail. If you trip get­ting into the ring and fall flat on your face, the crowd’s go­ing to love it, be­cause they al­ready want to dis­like you. You just gave them more ammo.”— Karl “The Catch” Cunningham

“Wrestling has be­come some­thing Van­cou­ver can be proud of. We’ve built up our own wrestlers, told our own sto­ries and not re­lied on any­thing else to build our fan base. We’ve gone from a hun­dred peo­ple in Sur­rey to a thou­sand peo­ple at the Com­modore. Find me a lo­cal band that sells out the Com­modore ev­ery six months and does it faster ev­ery time.”— Scotty Mac

“I’d been wrestling with my brother in the house and break­ing ev­ery­thing around: break­ing couches, beds, all that stu . My mom was pissed. She did not like wrestling at all. She loves it now.”— Air Ado­nis

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