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Racing & fighting partnership continues
By "Bloodthirsty" BOB KAPUR - SLAM! Wrestling


Charlie Johnstone, President of the Grand Prix of Toronto, left, Bret Hart, centre, and Mike Garrow, President of The Fight Network.
-Photo by Bob Kapur

TORONTO -- The Grand Prix of Toronto and The Fight Network have joined forces to offer fans an unique experience during the race weekend July 7-9th.

The announcement, made Wednesday in Toronto at the TD Centre Courtyard, was a multi-year partnership between the Metro Grand Prix of Toronto and The Fight Network.

As described by Charlie Johnstone, President of the Grand Prix of Toronto, the two are joining forces to present an interactive "Rumble at the Race" experience during the race weekend. Featured events will include a variety of combative sports featured on TFN's specialty network, including Muay Thai boxing exhibitions, bikini boxing matches, and mixed martial arts demonstrations.

"In addition," said Mike Garrow, President of The Fight Network,"stars from the mixed martial arts world and pro wrestling (including Bret Hart, who was also on hand today for an autograph session after the press conference) will be there for the entire weekend for autograph sessions and to meet the fans."

The Grand Prix of Toronto (formerly known as the Molson Indy) has had a long association with pro wrestling at its event, usually with WWE stars. In 2001, for example, Edge and Christian came to town early to promote the event, and were given the chance to drive the pace car around the track. [See Edge & Christian mock break up rumours.] Then, SLAM! Wrestling spoke with Molly Holly & Spike Holly at the actual indy weekend. [See Molly & Spike: Lovin' their 'love'.]

The event Wednesday was hosted by Live Audio Wrestling's Dan "The Mouth" Lovranski. For the first half hour or so, the crowd was entertained by a Sumo Wrestling challenge, featuring fans in the novelty suits battling for sumo supremacy. There were some fun matches, including one pitting father against son.

Hitman Hart finished off the conference, echoing Johnstone and Garrow's view that this will be a weekend like no other for racing fans. "I think," he concluded, "that everybody who will be there will have a lot of fun."

RELATED LINKS

  • Jan. 11, 2006: The Fight Network bridging MMA/wrestling gap
  • Oct. 22, 2005: Fight Network starts swinging
  • The Fight Network website
  • The Grand Prix of Toronto

    "Bloodthirsty" Bob Kapur last interviewed Bret Hart at The Fight Network launch party: Bret Hart happy again.