July 13, 2006
Readers choose their inductions
Just a few short days ago, the SLAM! Wrestling staff made their choices for a first class of inductees into a Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame. Now our readers have their say. Let's see who you would vote into the Hall.
There was also one of my personal fav's growing up, that has to be the loveable loser, Iron Mike Sharpe! He was "Canada's greatest athlete" and who could ever forget that even if he was standing still, he managed to entertain the fans with the sound effects!
We have had lots of amazing talent through the years. Mr. McMahon WWE owes a lot of his "billions" to our country as we send him our best talent, and twice filled the Skydone for a pay per view event - as well as sell out all the places that they perform.
Archie started around 1961 and had his last match around 1995 I think. That's a hell of a record. He was always in excellent shape and always tore down the house. His oppenents included Gene Kiniski, Waldo Von Erich, Ox Baker, Dory Funk Jr., Harley Race, Bad News Allen, Bret Hart and many more. After he left Stampede he was a star in the southern U.S. (as the "Mongolian Stomper") for many years. I have a tape of him destroying a young Hulk Hogan in Memphis.
-- compiled by Jon Waldman