By KIP DOYLE
Pro wrestler Cody Deaner refuses to be ignored in 2016. The Ontario native and former TNA Impact talent says he has yet to be given the opportunity to display his in ring capability on the big stage. According to Deaner, the time has arrived to take the next step in his career.
Deaner recently released a YouTube video, "Cody Deaner Wants A Shot at Global Force Wrestling" on his YouTube channel, OfficialCodyDeaner, looking to get the attention of Jeff Jarrett's upstart promotion. The tactic worked.
"I received overwhelming support from my fans on social media and Jeff Jarrett was forced to take notice. He definitely noticed, and GFW booked me on their first live event of 2016 in Poughkeepsie (NY) on Jan. 22. I'm going to show the world that I'm one of the best professional wrestlers in the world," Deaner said.
Fans in Western New York can catch Deaner on his path to GFW at Empire State Wrestling's Retaliation set for Jan. 16 in North Tonawanda. Deaner is scheduled to take on Vince Valor, who is making waves out of the Buffalo wrestling scene.
Deaner, for one, isn't impressed by Valor's early success.
"I've been wrestling for 15 years, and I've busted my ass to get to where I am today. I don't take anything for granted and I don't expect people to just hand me opportunities," Deaner said. "Vince Valor has been handed every opportunity he's ever got in wrestling in his very short career. He hasn't earned a thing. I'll give him the chance to earn my respect at Retaliation. But I doubt he's gonna get it. But, I'll be damned sure he's gonna respect me by the end of the night."
Deaner's career has taken some twists and turns in those 15 years. Fans in Western New York and Canada will recall his early incarnation, Cody Steele. Later, the "Cody Deaner" character came to life, feeding off of his rural roots to create an outrageous trailer park hellraiser persona.
The comedic Deaner shined on TNA Impact television for most of 2009 in a romance with ODB that would culminate in a feud. Deaner returned to the independent scene in 2010 and has remained a fixture in Canada since.
Deaner is determined to make his mark again internationally, with Retaliation being just one step on his path to pro wrestling glory.
"I'm going to continue to show people just how good I am on every show I do in 2016. The ESW fans are going to walk away from my match in North Tonawanda and say, 'Man, that guy should be on TV. That guy should have a contract. That guy is good.'
I'm going to do that throughout 2016. And I'm starting in ESW," Deaner said.
Deaner will also host a training for pro wrestling prospects before the Retaliation event. A Facebook event page with more details is available here. Deaner says he has rubbed shoulders with some of the best performers in the history of the business and learned from some of the best trainers in pro wrestling.
"I've acquired a lot of knowledge over the last 15 years. I'll pass as much knowledge as possible onto the students on Saturday afternoon. I love wrestling. I'm looking forward to sharing that love with the students on Saturday."
Jan. 16, St. Johnsburg Fire Hall
North Tonawanda, NY
Doors Open: 5 pm
Bell Time: 6 pm