Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has been flirting with the idea of banning combat sports, after the 2017 death of fighter Tim Hague, until new regulations can be passed. According to this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Edmonton has determined that Professional Wrestling should be exempt from any ban or regulations, as it is not technically a combative sport. There are currently a handful of Edmonton promotions, who’s promoters pay $700/year to run in the city.
Tim Hague died in a boxing match on June 18th, 2017. Many experts suggested that Hague never should’ve been cleared for the fight, leading to Edmonton officials to call for stricter regulations. Hague was 34 at the time of his death.