Local wrestler highlights tour in Brockville

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It has been five years since Jen Grattan wrestled in front of her hometown fans, and the 23 year-old Shimmer and Anarchy Championship Wrestling veteran is looking forward to seeing familiar faces in the crowd when the Great North Wrestling show hits the Youth Arena on June 23rd. 

“I’m very excited to be wrestling at home”, said Grattan, who goes by the name of Portia Perez in the ring.  “I haven’t had a show at home since I was 18 and just getting started.  A lot has happened since then”. 

Grattan fell in love with wrestling at a very young age, going to shows at the Memorial Centre, where her mother Lee Ann used to work.  “It was like an obsession for me since I was very little”, said Grattan.  “I always knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life”. 

Grattan started officially training at the age of 16 in Ottawa, taking the train to the school and later being driven home by her father Alan.  She is now entering her fifth year of touring and has been all over the world.  Germany, Bulgaria, and Romania as well as several stops in North America have highlighted her time in wrestling. 

Grattan is currently in business school and hopes to start her own business organizing shows and schools in the future. 

The show on June 23rd will be headlined by WWE legend Brutus ‘the Barber’ Beefcake with other up and comers including; Hannibal, Soa Amin, Jeremy Prophet, Genesis, and Chaz Lovely as well as Grattan’s match against Montreal native Thirsty Domino.  “We are very excited about extending our grand into an area that we feel has been under-served by this kind of family entertainment”, said promoter Max Moskal.  “Eastern Ontario has been a great market for professional wrestling.  If all goes well, we plan to come back on an annual basis”. 

Advance tickets for the show are available through www.ticketweb.ca or at the Brockville Tourism Office at 10 Market St. W. Ticket prices are as follows: Stands- $10, General Ringside- $15 and VIP Gold Ringside- $20. Prices increase by $5 at the door.

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