Wrestling championship belt first buckled in Strathroy

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The first-ever Hammerlock Pure Wrestling Championship match was held in Strathroy July 16.

Local boy Mick “Brickhouse” McGuire could not pull off the upset versus Tyson Dux, but got a rousing ovation from the diverse crowd of kids, teens, young couples, parents and grandparents in the Portuguese Canadian Club.

Owner/promotor Adam Daviau said the belt was ready to be awarded earlier, but he wanted to see it awarded in Strathroy where Hammerlock’s first match was ever held. Local watering hole The Rusty Wrench also sponsored the creation of the new championship belt after a conversation between owner/brewer Chris Traczuk and Daviau.

“We’re starting to do enough shows that it’s time we bring in a belt and we can build it up and give meaning to the belt. And he turned around and said look, if you need a belt I’ll gladly be your sponsor for your belt,” explained Daviau.

The Rusty Wrench logo now adorns the side of the belt.

Dux himself played the heel during the match — the bad guy in wrestling — but in truth played a big role in not only training McGuire, but creating Hammerlock itself.

The idea for a Southwestern Ontario wrestling organization in the family-friendlier style of the “golden age” of professional wrestling from 40-plus years ago was born just before Covid hit. Daviau and Dux were ready to hit the mat when the pandemic hit, but came back last September.

Then things hit a pandemic wall again in the winter. Dux, who has 25 years of experience in the industry, decided to switch his focus on the action in the ring and is starting to offer training in London to anyone who signs up on the Hammerlock Pure Wrestling website.

Daviau stayed on the promotion side of things (his wife wrestles as Becky Nyxx on tag team Dark n Deadly), organizing bouts across the region including a Hallowe’en special in Strathroy Oct. 30. He said the special event will be a lot of fun for wrestlers and fans alike, with costume contests for kids and adults.

Hammerlock plans on being a force in the region, complementing established wrestling groups with its own focus on that old-style wrestling that draws in generations of families.

“Next year is going to be a busy year. We’re looking at booking approximately 30 show over the course of the year,” said Daviau.

Chris Gareau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner

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