Winterruption Performance Details
The Rec Room South Edmonton
Despite the lack of childhood nostalgia, the up-and-coming Edmonton promotion was nonetheless born out of a love for pro wrestling, it just came later in life for Love, who doubles as marketing and media director for the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) since 2016.
His appreciation and fascination for wrestling came while in his 20s after he went to his first live Prairie Wrestling Alliance (PWA) show at the Century Casino in Edmonton. It was the live experience among fans and interaction with the wrestlers themselves that got him instantly hooked.
“I think when you get an experience like that as your first experience, and it’s a positive one, you’re going to be sucked in a little bit more,” Love said.
“You can’t go out to an Oilers game and scream at the Calgary Flames and most of the time have them stop what they’re doing just to come back and scream at you — you get that seven times at every professional wrestling show. So it’s that interactivity and that live experience.”
From there, and with a mind towards writing, Love began recapping monthly World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) shows in 2017 for the WIN Column Sports Network. In 2020, he launched Love Wrestling as an online content website, where he and a team of six people publish interviews, podcasts and stories covering local wrestling and wrestling abroad.
“Quite literally from there it’s expanded from writing once a month to running a wrestling promotion,” laughed Love, who launched his first LPW show last October.
“I think every professional wrestling fan has had that inkling at some point that, ‘Maybe if I was to run a show I’d want to do this and put things there’ and all the ‘Xs’ and ‘Ys’ that go into it, and I was just very lucky that last year we had that opportunity come to us.”
Spencer Love speaks to a crowd of pro wrestling fans at Love Pro Wrestling (LPW) 2 event at the Rec Room in south Edmonton on March 25, 2022. (Photo by Target Photography)
After the success and rush of hosting his inaugural event, Love put on a second show this past March and a third in April. All three shows were held at the Edmonton Rec Room, which Love says offers a unique venue with smaller attendance but optimal audio and visual capabilities, including the ability to play pre-prepared video packages on a large screen.
“I really like getting into the nitty-gritty of things, and I like going out to the Union Halls and your smaller venues … where you’re not only getting to see the experience but you get to really feel like you’re a part of it, that really drew me to professional wrestling,” said Love.
Like the name suggests, Love’s overarching goal for LPW, beyond putting on high-calibre shows, is to focus and foster a positive wrestling experience for fans.
“More than just a convenient last name, it’s our view on pro wrestling,” Love said. “Whether you’re coming out as a first-time fan … what we try and foster is a very positive, loving, everybody-is-pulling-the-rope-the-same-way, kind of environment. I find myself very often having to catch myself because I say “I love pro wrestling” so often in an interview that it probably gets grating by the end of it but what can you do.”