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Curtis J. Phillips’ Catch You on The Rebound

Dreams Do Come True

Cameron Brake has always loved the world of professional wrestling.

“When I was small my favourite wrestlers were Edge and Kofi Kingston. I was a pretty big nerd,” admits Brake, 21.

“As I got older, Brett Hart and Dusty Rhodes became big inspirations for me.”

Such was his interest, that at age 17 he decided to chase the dream of becoming a pro wrestler.

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“I was with a friend of mine and we started joking about dropping out of school (Keyano College) and becoming professional wrestlers,” said Brake, who from the ages of 10-to-17 trained in Ju-jitsu at Bowman’s Martial Arts.

“Right after our talk, I looked at Facebook and we saw a message about Monster Pro Wrestling (MPW) and how to become a wrestler. We thought this was the wrestling Gods talking to us.”

Faster than you can say Hulk Hogan, Brake was at Edmonton’s  MPW training facility with a quick introduction to the sport.

“It was one of the most wonderful weekends of my life. I was so overjoyed to be there. Everything felt correct and I never felt more at home.”

He was hooked and after several months of extensive training, under the guidance of Shawn Dunster, would make his debut in August 2020 in a Battle Royal.

Since then he has managed to suit up for  – when not working as a process operator at Syncrude Canada Ltd – more than 70 matches with MPW.

Standing 6 feet and tipping the scales at 205 pounds, Brake is usually in the role of heel, stepping into the ring with the moniker Buckshot Bobby Brake.

“I have a natural talent for talking…particulate in mocking my opponents,“ surmised Brake, a graduate of Holy Trinity High School. “I use my arrogance to get the crowd going. In a way, it’s like how I used to entertain my friends but just amplified a lot.

“I like the entertainment aspect but also the technical side. I try to balance both. I specialize in technical wrestling. It is my passion. I spend hours and hours combing over old footage, looking for new holds and submission holds.”

Brake added that his flashy wardrobe is inspired by the likes of, ”Jerry “The King” Lawler and Dusty Rhodes.”

Brake is pursuing his dream despite the physical challenges it poses.

To date, he has had two concussions along with the many bumps and bruises… “But nothing too serious.”

The body does not lie.

The majority of MPW cards are held in Edmonton but they also travel outside the city; performing in front of crowds of up to 800 as was the case in Slave Lake.

The one card that stands out the most for Brake though, was held September 3, 2023, when MPW made its Fort McMurray debut in ”MPW: Full Throttle!” at the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre.

It had been 22 years since pro wrestling was showcased locally.

His opponent was Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee (2016) Vance Nevada.

“I had known lots about him and had lots of respect for him,” said Brake of the 48-year-old Nevada. “He gave me advice about things I had never thought of before. Like making sure that you and your opponent’s ring gear does not match up.”

It is also noteworthy that Brake does not accept payment for his wrestling gigs as he wants to support his company while pursuing his passion.

“It’s not because it was not offered. It’s because I have a good job where I make good money. This helps out the company.”

Of his own debut in front of family, friends and fans, Brake concluded.

“It was something I had imagined happening since I was a kid. I was happy to be recognized as a good enough (professional) wrestler to headline a show in my own hometown.

“It was definitely something I had seen in my dreams.”

 

Catch you on the rebound!

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Curtis J. Phillips

Honoured with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal in 2022, Phillips has been a Founding Father of various sports events and organizations, including the high school Challenge Cup (1984) and Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame (2000). He has been inducted into three Sports Halls of Fame to date and was the inaugural recipient of two national tributes recognizing community involvement.

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