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Kevin Steen Faces His Greatest Challenge

Kevin Steen may be the only Canadian in history to hate a six-pack. Of course, for most Canadians, a six-pack is a half dozen frosty refreshing beverages, but for Kevin Steen, the International Wrestling Syndicate champion, a six-pack means that at Born To Bleed, Saturday, November 20th, he will have to face and defeat five other opponents to keep his precious gold, and he is not happy about it. Steen’s only consolation is that one of his five opponents is his ally Franky the Mobster. But the other four men in the six man elimination match have no reason to like Kevin Steen and every reason to pin him for the IWS title: EXesS, El Generico, Pierre Carl Ouellet and the Career Killer, Kurt Lauderdale.

The most dominant tag team in Quebec, Viking and Damian, are scheduled to wrestle at Born to Bleed, but many questions surround this team beginning with how they will be announced. After Damian turned on Fred la Merveille, will they continue to use the name Syndicat de Lutte International? Or will they return to their old name, Angry Aryans? Most importantly, how will Viking react to Damian’s decision to attack Fred? Backstage rumours indicate that Viking is trying to act as a peacemaker, papering over the differences between the two men, telling Fred that he will always be Viking’s “chef”, but that Damian is his best friend. One thing is certain is that their opponents, the Sultans of Smirk, Jagged and Shane Matthews, better known as 2.0, are hoping to use any hint of dissension to secure another cheap victory.

While the old tag team champions, Viking and Damian, struggle to prove that they deserve another chance at their gold, the new champions, the Flying Hurricanes, Takao & Kenny the Bastard, will defend their titles against Dan Paysan and his hulking consigliere, Tomassino. Apparently, Dan has decided that he needs a new wardrobe and that the perfect accessory would be the IWS tag team gold. As IWS fans know, Dan tends to expect to get whatever he wants, but the ‘Canes will not hand over their belts without a fight.

Last month, Kid Kamikaze battled EXesS in yet another attempt to curry favour with Commissioner Joseph FitzMorris, only to be kicked in the head by the Commissioner’s new “assassin” Evil Ninja, when the Ninja and the Commissioner stormed the ring to attack EXesS. Double K is determined to prove to the Commissioner that he is making a mistake choosing the Evil Ninja over him and at Born to Bleed, the IWS self-proclaimed “Technical Wizard” will have a chance to prove it when he faces the Evil Ninja one on one.

Also scheduled to wrestle at Born to Bleed are Hell Storm and Nightmare Manson. Not scheduled to appear is the Triple X “Sex XXXpress” Sexxxy Eddy who will not be at Born to Bleed because he will be in Europe wrestling for wXw in Germany, Friday, November 19th and Saturday, November 20th and for IPW:UK in England on Sunday, November 21st. Oddly, Beef Wellington is also presently scheduled not to wrestle, apparently having asked IWS management for the night off so that he can make in his words, “a major announcement that will change the IWS forever! Or not.”

The International Wrestling Syndicate presents Born to Bleed, November 20th at Unison Bar et Billiard, 3500 Boulevard Cote Vertu, Montreal, Québec. Doors open at 7:00 PM, IWS Bloodstream begins at 7:30 PM, show starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are fifteen dollars. For information about the show e-mail or visit the Internet Wresting Syndicate at their web-site: For information about IWS merchandise & DVDs, our wholesale prices or our customer referral program e-mail or order from or from Smart Mark Video:

(To reach Unison on foot, go to metro Cote Vertu and take either the 121 or 177 bus and get off on the corner of Cote Vertu and Beaulac. For those coming to Montreal from outside of town, take Autoroute 13, turn off on the 40 service road to Cote Vertu and take Cote Vertu to Beaulac.)

IPW:UK presents “Show 2” November 21st, at Orpington Halls, Orpington High Street, Orpington, Kent, England. Doors open at 5:00, Bell rings at 5:30. Tickets are twenty pounds for ringside, ten pounds for general admission. For information about IPW:UK, click here: or e-mail Daniel Edler:

wXw presents “Fan Appreciation Night” November 19th, at Musik-Palette, Essen, Germany, Bell rings at 6:00, tickets are 15 euros in advance, 18 euros at the door. wXw also presents “Fight Club 2” November 20th, at Musik-Palette, Essen, Germany, Bell rings at 6:00, tickets are 15 euros in advance, 18 euros at the door. For information about wXw, click here: or e-mail

PWG presents “Free Admission!! Just Kidding” November 13th, at the Hollywood-Los Feliz JCC, 1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, California. Featuring Kevin Steen and El Generico. Show starts at 7:00. Tickets are $15 (US) at the door. For information about PWG, click here: or e-mail

On a personal note, this is National Novel Writing Month and your humble correspondant for some inexplicable reason has decided to write a 50,000 word novel about wrestling in a month. You can read the novel as it progresses here: (Follow the links for more chapters.)

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