Al Snow sees TNA making an impact
TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
|Al Snow at the TNA Final Resolution pay per view. Photo courtesy TNAwrestling.com
Al Snow's re-introduction to wrestling's mainstream was more than just a paycheque for him.
And it was probably a bit painful for Snow's old buddy, Mick Foley.
Snow appeared at TNA's Final Resolution pay-per-view last Sunday, distracting and slapping Foley, the guest enforcer in the match between Kurt Angle and Rhino.
"It was kind of like old-home week for me," says Snow, who is in the Ottawa area (doing a five-hour seminar for wrestlers Saturday in Rockland at the Knights of Columbus, 854 Giroux St.) for a couple of days. "It was exciting to be around the product again.
"I hope it evolves into something more or I wouldn't waste my time by going there. TNA is right on the cusp of making an impact."
Snow, now 45, was released earlier this year by WWE when it severed its relationship with OVW, where Snow was a trainer.
He isn't worried that his TNA appearance will ruffle feathers with his former boss, Vince McMahon.
"Vince is a businessman," says Snow. "If you're not doing business with him, you look for work. It's not like I'm being disloyal to Vince -- holding him up for more money or jumping ship in the middle of an angle."
So what kind of wrestlers seek Snow's help?
"Anybody can put on a pair of trunks and wrestling boots. That's evident if you watch Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Wrestling," says Snow. "You don't want to be a professional wrestler, you want to be a professional worker. That takes a lot more effort and understanding."
With time on his hands, Snow has become an actor, with a couple of movies and a possible TV series on his plate.
"I'd been contacted over the years about acting, but I didn't pursue it," he says. "When I was with OVW, I was working seven days a week already.
"Now that I'm doing it, I take the same approach as I did with wrestling: Experience is the best teacher. Acting is completely different. Professional actors are not actors, they're reacters."
Snow is true old school. He understands the mechanisms that make wrestling work, some of which go against the flow of the product we see today.
"It's really not about beating each other up," says Snow. "It's all about beating the other person. It's supposed to be the same as mixed martial arts or boxing. Wrestlers are supposed to be prizefighters.
"You win a boxing match by knockout or decision. You win an MMA match by knockout, submission (or decision). With wrestling, it's pinfall or submission. You see a guy knock another guy down, then pick him up and throw him into the ropes. You've just told the fans you're not trying to beat the other guy. It's like an onion. You have to peel off one layer at a time."
Snow says wrestlers have to play off the crowd, no matter the size.
"It's not the number of people in the audience, it's the atmosphere. Your mind starts telling you about all the different opportunities ... the stories you can tell."
UPCOMING OTTAWA SHOWS
Rage Wrestling Entertainment's Karnage Tour is rolling through the Ottawa area this weekend. After a show in Carleton Place last night, there's a show Saturday (8 p.m.) at the Rockland Knights of Columbus Hall (954 Giroux St.) and Sunday (4 p.m.) at the Kemptville Rec Centre. Segments will be filmed for the Wrestling Reality series which appears on The Fight Network. Al Snow, who showed up on TNA this past week, along with Wrestling Reality stars Cowboy Mike Hughes, Trash Canyon, Gary Wildman Williams and Brody Steele. It's also possible a box set will be released from the tour.
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Tim Baines is the Ottawa Sun Sports Editor and writes a weekly wrestling column for Sun Media. He can be emailed at email@example.com.