The biggest wrestling company in the world stopped in Winnipeg on Friday night for an edition of their show Smackdown, and a Portage la Prairie pro wrestler found himself getting some international TV time.
Sammy Peppers was brought on to be security that night, and while hanging out backstage, he heard some commotion between WWE Smackdown Women's Champion Liv Morgan and former UFC/WWE champion Ronda Rousey.
"All of a sudden, we get a shout from someone in Gorilla Position, which is in the back end, saying, 'We got something going on out there, guys! You need to go, go, go!' And, all of a sudden, we drop what we have, and we sprint out to the ring," says Peppers. "Of course, the two of them, they have an Extreme Rules Match which can get pretty violent, with weapons, and things of that nature, so we had to watch out. Ronda was holding a baseball bat by the time we got out there. Luckily, she dropped it before anything happened."
Peppers didn't know he was going to make it onto TV, but that's not what he was worried about. He says he was hired to do a job and he was going to do his best.
"All of a sudden, Liv just came up from behind and started jumping on (Ronda). So, we had to get in-between and make sure that they save it for their big fight coming up in the next couple of weeks," says Peppers. "As much as the Winnipeg audience wanted to see them go at it, I think we had to make sure that everyone is safe, first and foremost. We had to break those two up. Running out there in front of 8,000 people, you kind of have to block it out to make sure you can get the job done."
The big match is scheduled for WWE's next pay-per-view Extreme Rules, this Saturday in Philadelphia. WWE SmackDown currently airs in more than 180 countries worldwide. While Peppers says he is excited to hopefully work again for WWE in the future, he is focused more on winning more gold in his home country. The former Canadian Wrestling's Elite tag team champion hopes to wrestle in his hometown before the end of 2022, noting it would be huge to show his former neighbours just how far along he has come.
Peppers wrestles out of Winnipeg and has appeared for many organizations throughout western Canada.