Darth Vader versus Elmo? You won't see that at Wrestlemania.
Steve Russell - Staff Photographer
I have to confess, in high school and in the first few years of university I was a HUGE wrestling fan.
I could argue for hours which of the British Bull Dogs was better, Davy Boy!
And, secretly I've always wanted to shoot a Wrestlemania.
That urge lay dormant until I saw the Wrestler, it brought back the urge to shoot some wrestling.
When picture editor Canice Leung suggested we check out a small wrestling event on a slow Sunday, I was in, no questions.
Well, there were some questions, could we get in? What time? Where?It wasn't Wrestlemania, but like the Wrestler movie it was in a small venue with character.
The hairiest wrestler wasn't George "The Animal" Steele, it was Elmo "The Mumpet"
Princess Peach was the hero's love interest, not Marisa Tomei.
The Performance enhancing substances were fruit that would turn ghosts blue and mushrooms that gave Super Mario a boost.
The heels were an assortment of video game and comic book villains led by Darth Vader.Wrestlemania no, WrestleCrisis Deluxe: A Tribute to Video games, yes.
WrestleCrisis is a local wrestling group that refers to their shows as a Combat Opera because they put particular emphasis on the dramatic aspect of the sport.
There was a twist at the end but I'm not giving it away!
Mortal Kombat's Johnny Cage flies through the air as he is clothslined by one of the villians, or heel in wrestling. as his tag team partner Scorpion looks on at WrestleCrisis Deluxe: A Tribute to Videogames.
Darth Vader enters the ring only to unmask himself and declare that the whole evening is an insult to wrestling. Unmasked, RJ City took the microphone and declared, "I’m a professional athlete. Pretending to be Darth Vader is way beneath me.” He then squared off against his opponent, Elmo.