September 20, 2010
Ocal shows his stuff behind the mike
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun

Farmer Pete, Greg Oliver and Arda Ocal at the Titans in Toronto IV dinner on Saturday night in Vaughan, Ontario. Photo by Roger Baker

Arda Ocal has loved wrestling for almost as long as he can remember.

So the producer of Hardcore Sports Radio’s The Fight Show, with Mauro Ranallo, and host of The Score’s Right After Wrestling couldn’t be happier that his career has taken him behind a microphone, interviewing some of the stars he idolized as a kid.

“I’ve interviewed Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Jesse The Body Ventura, Roddy Piper, Howard Finkel ... a lot of the guys I really looked up to,” says the 29-year-old Ocal.

Others who he’d like to talk to?

“I’m the biggest Mr. Perfect mark. (As the co-owner of Maximum Pro Wrestling) I would literally have paid him out of my own pocket to book him if he was still alive.”

Ocal pitched the post-show wrestling roundtable to The Score’s Greg Sansone and soon after, the idea got the green light.


“I couldn’t be happier,” says Ocal. “This is exactly where I want to be in my career.”

After kicking around on local cable television in the Toronto area, including work on Brampton Battalion OHL games, for six or seven years, Ocal pitched himself as an intern. He was in the door and then became the producer of The Fight Show.

Along the way, there have been some surprises as Ocal continues to develop his interviewing skills. Right After Wrestling is entertaining, to say the least.

Jim Duggan said something interesting, that the only way to get into the WWE Hall of Fame is to die,” says Ocal. “And we had Lanny Poffo on ... he was one of the best interviews, talking about whether (his brother) Randy Savage should be in the Hall of Fame.”

Poffo also talked about using steroids before stepping into his role as The Genius to make himself look better against Hulk Hogan, and then stopping after due to testicular atrophy after taking a close look at himself in the shower.

Right After Wrestling airs on The Score Tuesday immediately following the RAW replay (about 6 p.m. ET) and right after Friday Night Smackdown!

It airs on Sirius Satellite Radio 98, from 11:05-midnight Mondays after RAW. It’s also available online at thescore.com/radio.

Makhan Singh dead

The man who fans loved to hate in Calgary’s Stampede Wrestling — Karachi Vice’s Makhan Singh (real name, Mike Shaw) — died of a heart attack at the age of 53 last Saturday. He also gained notoriety as Bastion Booger (in WWE) and Norman the Lunatic.

Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.baines@sunmedia.ca.


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