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Shane Sewell (born September 5, 1972) is a Canadianmarker professional wrestler and referee. He is perhaps best known his stint in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as both a referee and wrestler.

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Council

After debuting in 1989 at the age of 16, Sewell travelled to Puerto Rico and joined the World Wrestling Council in 1995 with Sean Morley as a tag team called the Canadian Glamour Boys. Together, the Boys feuded with Jesus Castillo and Invader #1, Ray Gonzalez and Bronco #1 over the Tag Team Championship. Sewell left the company to return to his native Canada but returned to the company and feuded with Gonzalez over the Universal Heavyweight Championship briefly before becoming a fan favorite after Dutch Mantell and Rico Suave turned on him. Sewell left WWC in February 2000 for the International Wrestling Association after losing both the Puerto Rico Heavyweight and Television Championships to Rex King.

International Wrestling Association

Sewell debuted in the IWA days after leaving WWC in a run-in to help Savio Vega as he was being double-teamed by Miguel Perez and Jesus Castillo in Carolina, Puerto Ricomarker. He became the company's first World Heavyweight Champion on October 28, 2000 in Bayamon, Puerto Ricomarker. He started a notable feud in December 2001 when Vega returned and unified with Starr Corporation and attacked both Sewell and Ricky Banderas forming Los Hermanos en Dolor (Brothers in Pain). In December 2004, Sewell turned heel with Vega after he won the Heavyweight title from Ray Gonzalez at Christmas in Puerto Rico. He lost the title to Chicano at Juicio Final on April 2, 2005 in Caguas, Puerto Ricomarker and after that teamed with Jean-Pierre Lafitte part-time.

Time split between WWC and IWA

Sewell wrestled part time in then-new Puerto Rican federation New Wrestling Stars. During his time in the company, he made history, when as part of a talent exchange with the WWC, he won the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship title from "La Amenaza" Bryan in Mayagüez, Puerto Ricomarker on November 5, 2005, which made Sewell the first wrestler to win both the top titles in both IWA and WWC in a calendar year. He lost the Universal title to Bryan on February 12, 2006 and split his time with both companies. Sewell later feuded with Tim Arson over the NWS Heavyweight title until June 3, 2006 when he lost a Title vs. Leave The Company match.

When the New Wrestling Stars promotion folded, he made his IWA return on Impacto Total on August 19, 2006 in an angle with Miguel Perez Jr. in his office saying the Glamour Boy is ready to return. Later that night in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Sewell, under the masked gimmick Mr. GPR ran in and helped Perez Jr., Ray Gonzalez, Thunder and Lightning clear of the ring of Savio Vega's La Compania before Sewell unmasked himself. Sewell won the Heavyweight title in a three-way match from Gonzalez and Lightning at IWA Christmas in Puerto Rico on December 9, 2006 for a record ninth time. He has been making part-time appearances for WWC since 2008.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Sewell began working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling to help develop and train upcoming wrestlers while (at the time) also appearing as a referee on Impact!. He first made a mark in TNA by defending himself after Sheik Abdul Bashir took exception to being defeated after a re-start in a match against Consequences Creed. Sewell quickly clotheslined Bashir over the top rope to the floor and had to be calmed down by referee Earl Hebner. Since the altercation, he had a number of brawls with wrestlers who shoved him while he was working as a referee.

On the November 13 episode of Impact! during a X Division Championship match between Eric Young and champion Sheik Abdul Bashir, Sewell stopped a three-count in noticing an illegal action on the part of Bashir, then asking the audience if Bashir had done so. Bashir then shoved Sewell to the mat, causing him to remove his referee shirt and begin attacking Bashir. As a result, Young hit a Death Valley Driver on Bashir and won the match, becoming the new X Division Champion. However, the decision was reversed one week later by Jim Cornette due to Sewell's interference. A similar incident occurred at Final Resoultion, where Bashir shoved Sewell and he retaliated by kicking Bashir's feet off the top rope, thus causing him to be pinned by Young. Bashir then attacked Sewell and busted him open in the process.

On January 8, 2009, Sewell was (kayfabe) fired as an official after another confrontation with Bashir. However, as part of the confrontation, Cornette announced that Sewell would be hired as a wrestler and face Bashir at TNA's pay-per-view event Genesis, which Sewell won. Sewell apparently was allowed to officiate matches again, as on the Impact! following Genesis, he officiated Hernandez's disqualification win over Sting. After having a number of confrontations with Booker T, Cornette announced that at Against All Odds, Booker would defend his Legends Championship against Sewell. At the pay-per-view, Sewell was defeated in his first and only championship match in TNA. On the March 26 episode of Impact!, Sewell took part in a Captain's Gauntlet match, but was quickly eliminated by Kurt Angle. On May 22, 2009, it was confirmed that Sewell had been released from the company.

Return to WWC

After being released from TNA, Sewell worked the June 25 tapings of Florida Championship Wrestling, before returning to WWC. Soon after returning, Sewell competed in several matches for the Puerto Rico Heavyweight and Universal Heavyweight Championships, but was unable to win either title. On August 8, Sewell defeated Idol Stevens for the Puerto Rico Title. After two successful title defenses, Sewell lost the title to Orlando Colón on September 29. On September 27, Sewell defeated Noriega, BJ and Orlando Colón to win the Unified Universal Title for the third time. Sewell continued his feud with Colón by defeating him in a match for the Universal Title on October 17.

Personal life

Sewell owns and operates a wrestling school in Caguas, Puerto Ricomarker.

In wrestling

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