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End of glorious era at Winnipeg Arena
By KEN WIEBE - Winnipeg Sun




They came out in full force, they saw their favourite WWE superstars and they nearly brought the house down. Manitoba's hard-core wrestling fans, who took in the first televised shows since 1995 during the past two night's at Winnipeg Arena, got rave reviews from Carl De Marco.

"The last two days were incredible, we loved it," said De Marco, president of WWE Canada.

"Both the premier (Gary Doer) and the mayor (Sam Katz) really rolled out the red carpet for Chris Jericho and the WWE.

"And the crowds were passionate and electrifying. They showed the world why there is such a history and heritage of wrestling in this city."

Yesterday marked the end of more than five decades of wrestling at the old barn on Maroons Road, but the future looks brighter than ever.

De Marco confided that he took a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of the downtown MTS Centre yesterday in preparation for future events.

He liked what he saw and said it would not likely be another 10 years before WWE brought a televised show back to River City.

When asked about a rumour WWE was looking to bring a pay-per-view event to Winnipeg this winter to christen the new building, De Marco kept his cards close to his vest.

"That's way too premature to determine what type of events we might bring," he said. "It looks like a great building and a first-class facility for future WWE events."

Fans on the concourse were raving about the action.

"To have two shows back-to-back was amazing," said Tyler Crayston, 20, a long-time fan who was wearing a green mask.

"You can watch it on TV but to see it live is unbelievable and so worth it, whether you paid 50 bucks or 100 bucks."

Robin Leslie said Winnipeg wrestling fans are a breed of their own.

"They're hard-core and they're really knowledgeable," said Leslie, 24. "I went to a Raw show in Calgary and the amount of fans that came here last night compared to the one's there was unbelievable."

Being at both televised shows was a big thrill for many in the crowd, including a pair of 12-year-olds showing off their new Rey Mysterio T-shirts.

"It's really cool," said Leah Pankratz.

"I love the adrenaline in the Arena," added Kyla Posthumus.