Senior accountant Alban “Al” Leung as the MC voice of Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling

Alban “Al” Leung. (Photo by Ray Urner)

Features | From Pivot Magazine

Calling the shots

By day, Alban “Al” Leung is a senior accountant at Starline Windows in Surrey, B.C. But on Saturdays, he’s the voice of Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling.

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Did you have a lot of experience in this field before taking on the commentator role?
AL:  I’d done voice-over commentary, but the first time I called a live match I wasn’t prepared at all. They just threw me in there. Luckily, I was working with a colour commentator, so the audience wasn’t listening just to me.

What happens at the match?
AL: When the show starts, the room goes dark and people start cheering. A hype video comes on, setting up the feud, telling the story behind the fight. By the middle of the match, the room smells like a locker room—like sweat, and sometimes like blood.

How does this role differ from your day job?
AL: In accounting, anyone at the company could ask a question at any time and you have to think quickly. In wrestling, if something happens in the ring you have to call it right away. If you wait more than a second, you’re already too late.

Have you always wanted to be an accountant?
AL: I got my designation in 2008 but I thought, “I have plenty of time to be an accountant.” So I went to Hong Kong to pursue acting. My first gig was a commercial for a cold herbal tea, about how refreshing it was. It was filmed outside during the winter, I was in a tank top, and for one of the shots they threw water at my face.

Why wrestling?
AL: I started watching wrestling when I was seven. Everyone liked Hulk Hogan and so did I. If you were Canadian, you also loved Bret Hart. They both turned bad eventually, but back then they were the good guys.

Do you have any tricks of the trade you can share?
AL: I change my voice, giving it more bass, and when exciting things happen, I amp it up.

Do you have a catchphrase?
AL: Some commentators have catchphrases. I haven’t really figured out mine yet, but it might be, “Oh my goodness!”

Is this something you do just for fun?
AL: During on-camera interviews, I’m getting abused by the wrestlers, so I better take it seriously. If I mess up, they have to do another take, and I don’t want to get slapped four or five times. Once is enough.

What are the dynamics of the job like?
AL: There’s usually a good-guy commentator and a bad-guy commentator. Being an accountant, I’m the good one.