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Travis Jestin set for first pro wrestling match in his home town

Travis (The Heat) Copeland shows his Pure Power Wrestling Cruiserweight title to the crowd during a Lethbridge event in January last year.

Fort Macleod’s own Pure Power Wrestling star Travis (The Heat) Copeland takes a dive off a 12-foot ladder during a TLC match in Lethbridge in 2017. Photo by JW Schnarr

A professional wrestler climbs into the ring for the first time in his home town Friday night, with a championship belt on the line.
Travis (The Heat) Copeland, better known in Fort Macleod as Travis Jestin, battles Cowboy Bryn Watts in a title match hosted by Pure Power Wrestling.
“Fort Macleod was a town of a lot of firsts for me,” Jestin said. “This is the first time I get to wrestle out there so it’s pretty cool.”
The stars of Lethbridge-based Pure Power Wrestling will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall.
Jestin grew up in Fort Macleod, playing sports such as baseball, volleyball and basketball.
As a teenager, Jestin was also a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment, watching the stars on television and then carrying out their moves on the trampoline.
After watching a professional wrestling card in Lethbridge, where he now lives, Jestin at the age of 24 approached the promoter about getting involved.
“I always thought it would be fun,” Jestin said of being a wrestler.
Jestin began training with professionals, learning the moves through repetition and being taught to fall — and land — properly.
After six training sessions, the promoter offered Jestin a match.
“I just picked it up really quick,” Jestin said.
Jestin was christened with the ring name Travis Copeland, later incorporating his own long-time nickname, The Heat.
Jestin wrestles an average of one or two matches a month, never going outside the Pure Power Wrestling territory.
Married with three children, Jestin considers professional wrestling a hobby, and although he has shared the ring with people who went on to wrestle with the WWE never had designs on moving on to the big show.
Jestin said he wasn’t interested in risking his career as an journeyman Red Seal electrician, which earlier this year saw him named one of the city’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce. He’s a partner in the city company Neu-Lite Electric.
Now 36, the five foot 10, 180-pound Jestin enjoys pulling on his dirt bike pants and motorcycle boots and climbing into the ring with Pure Power Wrestling.
“It’s great stress relief,” Jestin said with a laugh. “You get to throw other people around. And I still think it’s really cool putting together a good match.”
There’s also the rush that comes with slipping into the “good guy” persona of The Heat, and climbing into the ring as the crowd chants “THC!” “THC!”
Jestin enters the match blowing smoke, and has become known for a finishing move called the “420 Splash.”
Jestin enjoys wrestling so much, he even convinced his brother Curtis to join Pure Power Wrestling as a referee. Curtis will don the stripes Friday in Fort Macleod.
The cruiserweight championship belt is on the line when The Heat and Watts renew hostilities in Fort Macleod. The two had a great feud about a decade ago and have renewed their battle for the past year and a half.
“We have very similar styles,” Jestin said of his opponent Watts.
Jestin held the Cruiserweight title for 449 days — the longest stretch in Pure Power Wrestling history — and will try to reclaim the belt on Friday.
Advance tickets are available at RX Pharmacy. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Jestin is hopeful Fort Macleod will pack the community hall to support a home town wrestler, and enjoy the Pure Power Wrestling show.
“We’re going to have a lot of great talent out there — guys who have wrestled all over the world,” Jestin said.

Travis Jestin, who grew up in Fort Macleod, returns to his home town Friday, March 15 as part of the Pure Power Wrestling card at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall.

Travis (The Heat) Copeland shows his Pure Power Wrestling Cruiserweight title to the crowd during a Lethbridge event in January last year.

Fort Macleod’s own Pure Power Wrestling star Travis (The Heat) Copeland takes a dive off a 12-foot ladder during a TLC match in Lethbridge in 2017.

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