October 20, 2003
Canadian Indy Report: Oct. 17
By VERN MAY -- For SLAM! Wrestling
SLAM! Wrestling is pleased to be able to share with you The Inside Cradle, Vern May's weekly rundown of the Canadian Independent wrestling scene. This week, read about Stu Hart, the first ever Maritime Cup, a wrestling-themed advertisement and a list of upcoming shows and results.
THE INSIDE CRADLE
NEWS AND RUMOURS
CANADIAN WRESTLING PIONEER, STU HART PASSES
Stu Hart was born on May 3, 1915 in rural Saskatchewan. He was an outstanding football player and amateur wrestler before turning to the pro ranks after a chance meeting with famed American promoter Joseph "Toots" Mondt in the 1940's. Wrestling his earliest matches in New Jersey in 1946, Stu returned home to set up shop with his own promotion, originally dubbed "Wildcat Wrestling" with notable Canadian naturalist Al Oeming. Soon he took over the reigns in Calgary and moved his family to Cowtown.
Over the years, his contributions to the sport as a promoter have been well documented, but in some cases his role as a trainer has been somewhat overlooked. Teaching aspiring stars their first lessons on a mat in the basement of his own home -- which has become known as "The dungeon", Stu was responsible for the development of greats such as "Superstar" Billy Graham, Archie Gouldie, Dick "Bulldog" Brower, and countless others. In more recent years, this instruction has been taken over by his sons and the school has produced the likes of Brian Pillman, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, and Lance Storm.
Over his lifetime, all eight of Stu's sons would get involved with wrestling at various levels and all of his daughters would marry wrestlers. Most recently, the third generation of Hart wrestlers has been turning heads with their exploits on the mats as Harry Smith, Teddy Hart (Annis), and Natalie Neidhart hone their skills.
Stu is predeceased by his wife Helen, sons Owen and Dean, and grandson Matthew Annis. His passing creates a great void in the wrestling world. He was truly one of a kind and will be missed. Our condolences go out to all surviving members of the Hart clan during this time.
BOBBY RUDE WINS THE FIRST ANNUAL MARITIME CUP
In what had been described as one of the biggest wrestling events in Atlantic Canada, newscott.com presented the first annual Maritime Cup tournament on Saturday, October 12th. Dubbed "A night of respect" the event featured some of the biggest names to appear in the Maritimes in recent years, as well as a crop of the most promising talents on that coast at the present time. One of the biggest upsets of the event was that of the popular Scott Savage, who scored a semi-final win over Mike Hughes to earn a berth in the finals. Though outweighed by more than 70 pounds, Savage fought valiantly to earn his main event match.
Hughes was so incensed at having been defeated in a tournament that he was certain to win, he brutalized Scott Savage after the match to the point where he had no choice but to forfeit his spot in the finals, Hughes was given the main event spot. The Hughes-Rude match was a classic which ended with the WWE-scouted Rude taking the honors.
The Maritime Cup Video is already available. For $20.00, you get the complete Cup tournament on home video. Plus for no extra charge 4 hours of bonus matches, featuring the best matches of the boys from the Maritime Cup Tournament. The Maritime Cup featured such stars at Future WWE Star Bobby Rude, The Kowboy Mike Hughes, Lincoln Steen, Scott Savage, Wildman Gary Williams, Duke MacIsaac, Sonny Roselli and "The Future" Tony Armstrong. Contact email@example.com for more details.
MANITOBA PROMOTERS WAIT ANXIOUSLY
The recent study into the safety and standards of independent wrestling in Winnipeg has now drawn to a close and local wrestling promoters and wrestlers await the outcome of the project led by former wrestler/producer/mat afficionado, Marty Goldstein. The study was commissioned by the Provincial government after what has been perceived as a dangerous working environment fostered by years of government de-regulation. At latest report, the findings of the study were due to be turned over to the government agency responsible at the end of September, but as of yet there has been no word about the ramifications of the endeavour.
One promoter recently stated that the study was a worthwhile pursuit, however the enforcement of any rules or recommendations that are developed as a result will be difficult to enforce. The nature of the industry is such that there are too many intangibles which could make an environment for a wrestler safe or unsafe.
One of the folks involved with the study is optimistic that the results of this project may have far-reaching effects on other parts of the country, as the report submitted by Goldstein (at least as reported to this writer in July) were slated to support the argument for self-regulation and the devices that would need to be in place for that to be achievable. If this is the case, then governing bodies such as the Ontario Athletic Commission and the civic bodies of the same nature in centres such as Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Nanaimo may be put to the test.
It will certainly be interesting to see what emerges as the government reviews the report.
UPCOMING SIZZLER COMMERCIAL IS SLAM-TASTIC
Recently an industry-wide casting call took place in Vancouver for an upcoming ad for the American-based Sizzler steak house. The creative minds behind the new campaign were looking for a wrestling theme for the upcoming ads which will soon start appearing on TV. A number of west coast wrestlers were looked at before the casting folks chose ECCW's Ladies Choice and All Star Pro Wrestling's Fabulous Fabio for the roles. Taping took place recently, and the ads should soon start airing on American television.
INDEPENDENT WRESTLERS SOUGHT FOR ON-LINE INTERVIEWS
Staff at the Inside Cradle have been approached by the webmaster of a brand new Florida-based website devoted to independent wrestling. In particular, the new site is looking for interview subjects for a brand new feature that the site has posted. Already, interviews are on-line for west coast stars ADAM FIRESTORM and VANCE NEVADA. For more information about the opportunity that exists, contact Armand at firstname.lastname@example.org The site can be viewed at: http://www.angelfire.com/wrestling3/indy1
WHO IS THE HOTTEST WOMAN IN THE CANADIAN INDEPENDENTS? This has been a subject of heated debate whenever Canada's top wrestling insiders get together. With a countless number of beautiful women involved as wrestlers, valets, referees, announcers, and even a promoter or two, just who takes top honors. We want to throw that question out to this field of industry insiders. Just who do you think deserves to be recognized as Canada's hottest female star? E-mail your nominations (with pictures if possible) to us here at WrestleMedia@shaw.ca to add your choice to the upcoming poll to decide once and for all just who is the hottest in the land.
UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR: "SUPPORT THE INDIES!!"
FIND MORE INFORMATION BY CHECKING OUT THE OFFICIAL SITES AT: http://www.geocities.com/canadianwrestlemedia/links.html
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RECENT MATCH RESULTS
Oct 10, 2003 - Stampede Wrestling; Bowness Sportsplex; Calgary, AB: Randy Myers b. Kirk Melnyk ... Kid Nicholls b. Jason Carter ... Nattie Neidhart b. Belle Lovitz & Danny Myers - Handicap match ... T.J. Wilson b. Duke Durrango & Johnny Devine by DQ (3-way) ... Harry Smith & Apocalypse b. Dave Swift & Karnage by DQ
Oct 11, 2003 - Northern Chapionship Wrestling; NDR Centre; Montreal, QC: Chase Ironside & Jayzon Reaper b. Manuel Vegas & Mobster ... Binovich Fouranov & Gorgeous Mike b. Jagged & Shane Matthews ... Dan Paysan b. Chris Stevens, Alex Price, Steven the Sweet Boy, & Nick Blade (5-way) to win the NCW Cruiserweight title ... Dennis Sensation b. El Diablero ... Blaze b. Kazuko Yeroshima ... Raid b. Black Eagle ... Nova Cain b. Stalker by DQ ... Julie the Red Fuxxx b. Flat Face Jeremy - Inter-gender match ... Jackal & Bishop b. Kenny the Bastard & Takao
Oct 12, 2003 - New Scott.com; Halifax Forum; Halifax, NS: Mike Hughes b. Duke MacIsaac ... Scott Savage b. Sonny Roselli ... Gary Williams b. Tony Armstrong ... Bobby Rude b. Lincoln Steen ... Bobby Rude b. Gary Williams ... Scott Savage b. Mike Hughes ... Bobby Rude b. Mike Hughes to win the first annual Maritime Cup tournament ... Non-tournament match: Legion Cage b. Skott Phoenix
Oct 12, 2003 - Monster Pro Wrestling; Alberta Avenue Hall; Edmonton, AB:Kris Knight b. Bobby Sharp ... Brady Roberts n.c. vs. Tommy Striker ... Chris Raine & Matt Richards b. Kenny Omega & Evan Inferno ... Johnny Handsome b. Winston Flynn ... J.D. Michaels n.c. vs. Shawn Houston ... Massive Damage, Big Jess & Johnny Wiseguy b. King Lau, Chi Chi Cruz, & Boris Von Fit