“You can’t hold back true talent.”
That’s what professional wrestling icon Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart told Burnaby brothers and aspiring wrestlers Harv and Gurv Sihra in 2008, when they ran into the Canadian legend at wrestling event in Las Vegas. “Over the last 10 years, whether we’re wrestling in front of 50 people in Winnipeg or 1,000 people in Vegas, we never forget that advice,” said Harv Sihra. The Sihra brothers are better known by their in-ring alter egos, The Bollywood Boyz. They’re one of the highlights of the B.C.-based Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling promotion. Once a month, you can find them sporting tights and tassels at the Russian Community Centre in Kitsilano, eliciting cheers, dancing and chants of “Butter Chicken!” from the crowd. And after a decade of bruises, body slams, and Bollywood dances, the Boyz are bringing their “butter chicken beat-down” to World Wrestling Entertainment.
The big leagues
Last week, the Sihra brothers travelled to Orlando to compete in the WWE’s first ever Cruiserweight Classic — a 32-man tournament that showcases up-and-coming talent from across the globe. The event gave Harv Sihra, 28, and Gurv Sihra, 31, the opportunity to each showcase their skills in front of 1,000 fans — and a handful high-ranking WWE execs. “I can just remember, both of us being so nervous the night before,” said Gurv Sihra. “We could have the greatest match in Vancouver, or the greatest match in Las Vegas or anywhere in the states, but this was the one that counted the most.”