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The LAW goes West
Popular wrestling radio program can now be heard on Calgary airwaves
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun


These days, thanks to the advent of the Internet, every chat room geek and their dog has a wrestling radio show. The in-thing seems to be to gather some friends in your basement, chat aimlessly about wrestling for a couple of hours and broadcast the resulting dreck on the Internet for all (or no one) to hear.

It can be hard to find quality grappling chat amidst all the amateur-hour wannabes but longtime mat fans know the real heavyweight of wrestling radio is Live Audio Wrestling, better known as the LAW.

The two-hour weekly grappling show has been a staple of Toronto sports radio for the past eight years and, last Sunday night, Canada's longest running wrestling audio show went national, debuting on the FAN 960 in Calgary.

The show's longtime producer and co-host, Jason Agnew, said it's a good fit.

"It's a natural for Live Audio Wrestling to expand into the Calgary market," he explained. "When you think of Canada and you think of wrestling, you always think of Calgary. Stampede Wrestling is legendary and the Hart family is legendary, so for us to expand and become part of that market, it's phenomenal."

LAW debuted in Calgary last weekend with a special edition of the show broadcast from Toronto but seasoned with a distinctly Western flavour. Along with the usual news and interviews, the show featured a look back at the legacy of Stampede Wrestling, punctuated with sound clips of the legendary Ed Whalen announcing "It's a ring-a-ding-dong-dandy."

LAW's expansion continues westward this weekend, as the show begins syndication on MOJO Sports Radio in Vancouver. Tomorrow's show, hosted by Agnew and Dan (The Mouth) Lovranski, will feature interviews with Maven and AJ Styles, and can be heard at 9 p.m. on the FAN 960.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER: Nattie Neidhart, the daughter of former wrestling star Jim (The Anvil) Neidhart, is headed to the Far East to hone her mat skills. Neidhart will train for two months with the All Japan Women group in Tokyo and will be also be getting ring time at events run by the Wrestle Aid Project.

Neidhart will debut at the Wrestle Aid Challenge event, March 14 at Shimokitazawa Hall in Tokyo. She has been a Stampede Wrestling regular for the past three years, after starting out as an announcer for Eric Bischoff's short-lived Mat Rats promotion.

Neidhart isn't the only Hart family member headed across the Pacific. Harry (Bulldog) Smith will be returning to Japan in May. Smith's previous Japanese tour was cut short after he suffered a hand injury.

LINEUP TAKING SHAPE: With just four weeks to go until Wrestlemania 21, the lineup for WWE's Super Bowl is staring to take shape. Batista vs. Triple H and John Cena vs. John Layfield will top the bill, with Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels confirmed for the undercard.

Also announced: Chris Jericho will face five other Raw stars in a ladder match, Randy Orton will take on the Undertaker, and Rowdy Roddy Piper will interview Steve Austin in a Piper's Pit segment.

Other matches under consideration include Paul London vs. Chavo Guerrero, Mark Jindrak vs. Luther Reigns, Big Show vs. sumo legend Akebono and a babyface match between Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio.

One person who may not be at the show is WWE boss Vince McMahon. McMahon blew out both his quad muscles at the end of January's Royal Rumble and will be unable to get around for months. He is currently wheelchair-bound and running the company from home, while Stephanie McMahon, Triple H and TV producer Kevin Dunn keep things running on the road.


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