Legends Wrestle in Support of Breast Cancer

Published: February 19th 2010

Magen brothers with Iron Sheik and Hulk Hogan
Pic: TWE
Rethink Rumble
Pic: TWE

“We’re the wrestling company of Canada. It’s no different than hiring a wedding band. If you like wrestling, we can get you wrestlers and have a party just for you.”


It is not every day that professional wrestling and breast cancer can be mentioned in the same sentence. However, that is exactly what the Magen brothers are doing, using their wrestling know-how to raise money for breast cancer. The entire proceeds from the Rethink Rumble, taking place March 25 in Vaughan, will go to Toronto’s Rethink Breast Cancer (www.rethinkbreastcancer.com). Wrestlers featured include the Iron Sheik, the Bushwackers, Kamala, Honky Tonk Man and Virgil.


According to Jian, wrestling legends never hangs up their boots. They simply keep on fighting. It must be in their DNA.


“They’ll never ever retire,” he said in all seriousness. “There’s really nothing else for them to do.”


What’s more, the brothers are not only wrestling promoters. From day one, they have also jumped in the ring themselves, Jian as “bad guy” Celine Jian and Page as “good guy” King Page.


But first, they had to go to wrestling school, where Jian remembers, “I got my butt kicked.”


“I was pretty cool. They took a lot of liberties on me. It was something that I think I’ll never forget,” he said.


Celine Jian is billed as “One of the top Jewish wrestlers to ever lace up the boots.” The 30-year old has wrestled many of the leading stars of his childhood, including the Iron Sheik, Honky Tonk Man, Greg Valentine and the Missing Link.


Other Jewish TWE wrestlers include Bill Goldberg, Barry Horowitz and newcomer Scotty Goldman.


“It’s unbelievable,” he said, adding that these old wrestlers may have lost a step or two but they can still hold their own in the ring.


“Wrestling has been and always will be the purest form of entertainment. It triggers an emotion in everybody. It makes you laugh, it makes you angry, it makes you scared.”


Perhaps TWE's biggest draw is the Iron Sheik – a “true legend”. They have put the Sheik and Sgt. Slaughter back in the ring together, in a replay of their infamous 1984 run-ins that concluded with their infamous “boot camp” match at Madison Square Garden.


“The wrestlers back then really hooked you. People have a real connection with those stars. That’s when wrestling blew up,” said Jian. “Back then it was a global phenomenon. Nostalgia is the way to go these days. Just to see them together. It’s hilarious.”


He hopes to one day produce a children’s wrestling TV show where he could recreate all the great memories he has of watching wrestling as a kid.


“It’s really a thrill to be able to work with your childhood heroes and provide them with an opportunity to do what they do best and what you grew up watching and idolizing,” he said. “I’ve had so many outrageous situations being involved in wrestling. There’s not one that stands out more than the next.”


The Rethink Rumble in support of breast cancer is taking place on March 25 at the Factory (34 Futurity Gate, Vaughan). Doors open at 7:30 p.m.  For more information, go to: http://twinwrestling.com


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