One year ago, Ethan couldn't walk on his own and could barely communicate. On May 27th, in Bracebridge, Ontario, he was walking around the wrestling ring and giving Cody Deaner a special personal message.
Read Cody Deaner's story below (from his official FACEBOOK PAGE):
"Last night ended up being a VERY special night.
Awhile back, Rock Solid Wrestling learned about a young boy named Ethan who was born with a condition that left him unable to walk on his own. His parents reached out to their community to try to raise $120,000 for a special surgery, out of the country, to try to make it possible for Ethan to take his first unassisted step in his young life.
Rock Solid Wrestling decided to join the amazing community that surrounded Ethan, and we were all able to help them reach their goal and get Ethan his surgery. I learned from his mother that only 7 days after the surgery, Ethan took his very first step all on his own.
Last night was a VERY special night, because I had the honor and privilege to tell the audience in Bracebridge about Ethan's courageous journey, and then get in the ring and walk around the ring with him as the crowd chanted, "Ethan, Ethan, Ethan!"
As the Canadian Heavyweight Champion, I made Ethan the honorary champion for the evening, and the crowd unanimously agreed that Ethan was indeed the TRUE champion.
I fought back tears as I watched Ethan walk across the ring on his own and jump up and down while shaking the ropes.
Knowing I had to defend my title that night, I was then blessed with a message from Ethan himself (which you can see the video of at Cody Deaner's FACEBOOK PAGE or INSTAGRAM PAGE):
"Cody Deaner ... I got your back!"
To all my fellow men and women in the wrestling business ... keep your eyes open for moments like this. Every time we perform, we have moments and opportunities of INFLUENCE. When we recognize and act on these opportunities, there's no telling what unique effect we might have on those around us.
And to Ethan's family, you are a brave, patient, and lovely group of people. Thanks for allowing me to have that moment with Ethan last night, I'll never forget it.
And to Ethan, I hope that one day you'll be able to understand the immense influence you have on people and how many people you have inspired by being such an amazing young boy.
Oh ... and I got your back too buddy. I ALWAYS got your back.
On May 12th and 13th, in Hanover and Collingwood, Ontario, Cody Deaner successfully defended his Canadian Heavyweight Championship at Rock Solid Wrestling events.
The weekend was made extra special as Cody Deaner had WWE Hall of Famer and wrestling legend Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat in his corner.
Cody took to his Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to reflect on the amazing weekend, and had the following to say:
"Wow. What a weekend.For 2 straight nights I defended my Canadian Heavyweight Championship in the main event for jammed packed Rock Solid Wrestling events.
And in my corner as my manager each night was a man I grew up idolizing - Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.
They say you should never meet your idols. Not only did I get to meet one of mine, I got to work alongside him, and learn from him.
I think I learned more in the past two days from Ricky Steamboat than I have in the last year. And I know for a fact, the rest of the Rock Solid crew can say the same thing. Especially after the impromptu hour long wrestling clinic Ricky did for the boys before the show. His love and passion for the business is so clearly evident and is truly inspirational.
To top it all off, Steamboat praised my work and my matches. Talk about a confidence booster. When arguably one of the best professional wrestlers ever on the planet praises you and tells you how great you are, man ... that feeling can't be beat.
You can see in this video, The Dragon is in my corner to help me overcome the odds in my match versus Tornado. 30 seconds after this video was taken, I gave Ricky a big sweaty hug in the middle of the ring and said, "I can't thank you enough for the last two days, Ricky."
And do you know what one of the best wrestlers in history responded with? "No, thank you Cody. Thanks for just letting me be a part of your match."
Ricky Steamboat's humility is mind blowing to me. I am so inspired by his passion for this artform and the way he conducts himself in the locker room and those around him.
Ricky taught me so much this weekend. He taught me so much wrestling psychology and in ring work it's insane ... BUT ... I think I learned just as much (or more) by just watching how he conducts himself, treats people, and attacks life from a position of class and humility.
Thank you Ricky Steamboat for everything you taught myself and the Rock Solid Wrestling crew this weekend. And thanks for doing it all as just "one of the boys."
On Saturday March 25th, at St. Clair College in WIndsor, Ontario, Cody Deaner will defend his Border City Wrestling Can-Am Championship in a triple threat match against former WWE Superstar Billy Gunn and current Impact Wrestling star Kongo Kong, with Scott D'Amore in his corner.
"This isn't the ideal situation," Cody said. "But I'm crazy enough to accept it. And hey, I won my title in a triple threat match over a year ago against Kongo Kong and Bobby Roode. I won then. I can win now. This just means I have to crank up the giv'er meter past 10 to overload!"
For more information on the event, and how to get tickets, visit the Border City Wrestling Facebook Page HERE - BCW Facebook Page.
Other stars to appear are Colt Cabana, Hornswoggle, Moose, Shane Douglas, and many more!
Cody Deaner will be making his return to London, Ontario to main event the Smash Wrestling event "Show Us What You Got!" on Sunday March 26th
The main event will be for the Smash Wrestling Heavyweight Title and include Cody Deaner vs. Tyler Tirva vs. the champion Tyson Dux.
See what Cody Deaner has to say about the match:
The show is at the London Music Hall at 185 Queens Ave.
Doors open at 5pm and belltime is 6pm
Tickets can be purchased at the door, or from Cody Deaner himself HERE
Cody Deaner and CodyDeaner.com would like to wish everyone in Canada a Happy Family Day!
"I hope everyone got to spend the day with family, friends, and the ones they love," Cody said.
The above photo was taken at a local YMCA Kids Club event, where Cody appeared as a guest speaker. He spoke about the power of influence, and following your dreams.
To book Cody for a speaking engagement, click HERE.
In 2016, Rock Solid Wrestling joined up with a local family to help support Ethan's Journey to walk.
At the time, Cody Deaner took to social media to help bring awareness to the cause. He wrote the following on his Facebook Page: "Ethan was born at the 25 week point of his mother's pregnancy and he only weighed 500g. He suffered bilateral grade 3 brain bleeds which in turn caused brain dam age. At 18 months he was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy.... which means that the muscles in his lower extremities are very tight, in turn making it very difficult to walk. ... Any interaction I've had with him always involves a giant smile and him rippin' around on his walker! Right after this picture was taken he was standing in the ring, holding the ropes and jumping up and down with joy. It is IMPOSSIBLE not to smile when you're in Ethan's presence."
After so much support from Ethan's parents and community, they reached their goal of $120,000 for a special surgery so Ethan can walk on his own!
Ethan has had the successful surgery, and he and his parents are determined to have him walk to the ring on an upcoming Rock Solid Wrestling show in mid-2017!
"I sincerely can't wait for that moment," Cody Deaner said.
Stay tuned to CodyDeaner.com and Cody's social media for updates on Ethan's Journey to walk.
Cody Deaner recently wrote the following on his Facebook Page ...
"The other day, my wife was picking up our daughter from school and she heard some boys playing on the playground. As they played, she heard one of them yell, "I'm Cody Deaner!"
After she shared this with me, it really got me thinking. And the more I thought about it, the more it kind of blew me away.
When I was a kid on the playground, I remember using my imagination to be Hulk Hogan or Superman. I remember really thinking I was them. That's how much of an INFLUENCE those larger than life characters had on me.
Today, after over 16 years in wrestling, I'm now witnessing MY influence on young kids. That influence is so strong that they are pretending to be ME on the playground. When I stop to think about it ... it's mind-blowing.
As independent wrestlers, I don't think we give ourselves enough credit for the influence we have on the people we perform for. We always need to keep this in mind.
Because you never know who just might be emulating you on the playground.
Cody Deaner recently ran a wrestling seminar at the CWF Studios in St. Catharine's, ON. He went over proper technique, promo skills, character development, ring psychology, and even had the students do matches for him to personally critique.
To book Cody Deaner for a wrestling seminar at your wrestling school or show, please contact him via his personal email address at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday, Nov 19th, 2016, Cody Deaner was a surprise guest on CBC Radio's hit show "Sleepover" with Sook-Yin Lee.
"Sleepover takes us inside an unusual social encounter, where three complete strangers agree to meet in a hotel room for an evening, night, and morning together.
In each episode, with Sook-Yin's guidance, one stranger takes the spotlight and presents a problem from their life. The other two offer advice and bring up related experiences from their own unique perspectives." (from cbc.ca/sleepover)
Cody had the following to say on his facebook page about his experience on CBC:
"Awhile back, the producers of CBC's hit radio show and podcast SleepoverCBC contacted me about being a guest on Sook-Yin Lee's special "Power Nap" edition of the live version of their podcast that would be staged at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival in Toronto. I was somewhat hesitant at first ... but am very glad I said yes. Here's why ...
The concept of the show is unique and such a fantastic idea. On the show, three strangers from different walks of life stay in a hotel room together overnight. During the sleepover, each guest comes with a problem and your fellow strangers try to help you solve it. This process is usually intimate, funny, deep, and quite frankly ... LONG. They spend 24 hours together!
But, this past Saturday ... we did the "power nap" version. We did it LIVE ... and we only had 90 minutes to help each other. What followed was definitely funny, and to my surprise, was also deep and at times intimate.
I will not go into details about my problem, the other guests' problems, or how it all unfolded. The live audience got to experience that ... and you will too ... eventually. You'll just have to listen in when it airs on CBC radio to find out all the funny and intimate details!
I'll be sure to keep you all posted when it be airing on CBC radio and available for download. In the meantime, you can head on over to cbc.ca/sleepover to learn more about the show and listen to previous episodes.
Thank you Sook-Yin, thank you CBC, thank you Hotdocs Theatre, and thank you Toronto.
Stay tuned Deaner fans! In the meantime, keep givin'er!
Stay tuned to CodyDeaner.com for the air date of the show featuring Cody Deaner and his very unique problem.
On Saturday Nov 26th, 2016, Cody Deaner surprised a young girl in Oshawa who was celebrating her 11th birthday at a Pro Wrestling Eclipse event.
Cody discussed the surprise on his facebook page and had the following to say about it ...
"This is Cassandra. And today was her birthday.
Awhile back, Cassandra's mother Michelle approached me at a Pro Wrestling Eclipse show in Oshawa and told me that I was Cassandra's favourite wrestler. And she said she wanted to do something special for her daughter for her birthday. She had mentioned bringing a cake of some sort. I thought it was a great idea and honestly thought nothing of it ... until today.
Michelle showed up with a custom birthday cake with me and Cassandra on it! Cassandra had no idea this was happening and her mom thought we could maybe surprise her at the merch table at the back of the venue during intermission. I told her, "If we're gonna do this ... we're gonna do this right!"
So during my in-ring promo today, we lit the candles and surprised Cassandra by bringing her and the cake right into the ring to sing happy birthday to her. As you can see from her smile in the picture ... we achieved our goal ... to give Cassandra an unforgettable birthday.
I've had the unique opportunity to do things like this many time over the years for kids at wrestling shows. This actually wasn't the only happy birthday song I sang to a child this weekend in a promo. Yesterday the crowd and I sang happy birthday to Gavin, who was celebrating his birthday at the Victory Baptist Church #SuperSlam2 event in Newmarket.
Unfortunately, I think many people look down their noses at professional wrestling. They see it as a childish and barbaric form of silly entertainment. It isn't. It's a unique COMMUNITY of people who want to have fun and escape the often tough world and just enjoy themselves for a few hours. I'm proud to be a part of this community.
And I'm proud to say I'm part of a community that likes to see the smiles on these kids' faces.
I'm proud to be a professional wrestler.
Happy birthday Cassandra! And happy birthday Gavin!
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