March 28, 2007
Demolition top Windsor legends reunion
By JASON CLEVETT - SLAM! Wrestling
Fans of the history of professional wrestling are in for a treat on April 1st. The first "Meet the Legends" convention will take place at the Ciociaro Club in Windsor, Ontario and features many names from the past, including the reuniting of three-time WWF tag team champions Demolition.
The event's promoter is Jim Turow, and he explained to SLAM! Wrestling how the reunion came about.
"We actually spoke with a few promoters, one got us in touch with Bill Eadie (Ax) and one with Barry Darsow (Smash)," said Turow. "I am really not sure why nobody has done this before. They haven't spoken in a long time but both of them have been great for us. Saturday night when we pick them up we are having the wrestlers together for some food and beer and they are really looking forward to that. Right now Bill is an educator and Barry is a real estate agent and has a printing company. They are both very good stand up guys with a great history in the business."
The team -- which will also be reuniting at a April 28th convention in Carteret, NJ -- will be bringing memorabilia from their run including one of their trademark masks and an original tag team championship.
"Demolition are popular because put the fear of God into people, they scared the hell out of people in the 1980s with the Jason masks and the leather," said Turow.
"It is funny, when we booked all of this we thought Jimmy Snuka and Tito Santana were going to be the bigger draw, but Demolition has been the big buzz," said Turow. "The emails we have gotten have all been about Demolition. That is very exciting for us."
Doors open for the event at 9:30 a.m. with a 90-minute Q&A session scheduled at 10:30. Autographs and photos will be available from noon onward. From 1-3 p.m. Great Canadian Wrestling and Sin City Wrestling present the Next Legend Tournament featuring up-and-coming Ontario talent. For fans and wrestlers the day is about interacting with each other.
"Brother, being a legend and going to these conventions, you meet the greatest people in the world, the ones that made you," Snuka told SLAM! Wrestling. "I always look forward to that. Whenever I go to these conventions, to me, it sounds like love, you know? It is a love that you feel from each other. When I go to wrestling shows I let the fans know that I love them, and when they can respond like that it is a great feeling that I can give them that and they give it back to me too. Most fans don't really get the chance to shake your hand and talk to you normally and I always like to give my time to them. Being with Tito and Sheik, these are great people and that is always cool. We are bound to meet again at a situation like this and it is a great opportunity to meet these beautiful guys."
This is new territory for Turow, who has promoted autograph sessions with hockey stars in the past. As a wrestling fan, he is excited to provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans to meet and speak to their idols.
"We are excited and a little nervous. We aren't sure what to expect. We've kept the event fairly small because there is going to be so much going on. Ten to three o'clock is going to go by very fast."
Jason Clevett recalls fondly as a child pretending to be Ax and beating up his younger brother. Other times his brother was Smash and they just beat up toys. His parents always referred to him as a "walking disaster" so he felt a kinship with the team.