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Countdown on for Hulk's return to Brantford
By BRIAN SMILEY - Brantford Expositor


Hulk Hogan. Photo courtesy TNAwrestling.com



Whatcha gonna do when the Hulkster runs wild on you?

In a little more than 72 hours, local wrestling fans are going to find out as the legendary Hulk Hogan returns to the Brantford Civic Centre to take part in Saturday's Brawl at the Bush II, which is being staged by Championship Wrestling International.

Twitter, Facebook and the Internet in general have been buzzing since the announcement that the iconic wrestler would be returning to Brantford after an almost two-decade absence.

The main question on everyone's mind seems to be the same: Is this for real?

"There has been some doubt that Hogan is going to be here but he's going to be here," CWI president and founder Nick Wyman said this week.

"It's like Hogan said to me, 'I would have denied it a long time ago if I wasn't coming.'"

No question there still will be doubters. But Wyman is the one in the know. He has put in place what will be the biggest wrestling event in Brantford since the mid-1980s.

For his part, Hogan discussed his return to Canada on the Monday Night Mayhem radio show.

"The last time I was in Brantford I can't even remember who I wrestled, but I'm sure the fans can tell you. The building is electric. The fans are electric. It's a dream come true to come back," he said, according to the Lords of Pain website.

"The fans in Canada are so loyal, and nobody tells them what to do, and who to love, and who to hate, and that's why I'm digging coming back."

Aside from Hogan, the card on Saturday will feature several matchups of big-name stars.

While all matches are subject to change, the main event will feature CWI champion Scott "Big Poppa Pump" Steiner defending his title against "Big Sexy" Kevin Nash.

Other bouts will include undefeated Tatanka taking on Steve Corino and former CWI tag team champions The Highlanders facing The Texas Hellrazors in a no disqualification retribution match.

The Hellrazors include Brantford's own Outlaw Scott Chase.

The winner of that match will face current CWI tag champs, The Flatliners.

One other featured match will be a Legends Survivor Match as the Million Dollar Team, headed by The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase and including The Nasty Boys, Virgil and Ontario's Big Daddy Hammer takes on a team featuring Brutus The Barker Beefcake, CK Sexy and Bushwhacker Luke.

Beefcake is also promising to have a special team member join his group, a 'game changer' who will be making his CWI debut.

In total, nine matches are scheduled, with a couple available only to VIP ticket holders.

The event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Aside from the matches on Saturday, Wyman and his company have planned several other events including Beefcake at Port Dover for Friday the 13th, a weigh in at Pro-Fit Health Club on Six Nations on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and a family brunch on Saturday morning at Club Sagittarius at 60 Market St.

Wyman is hoping to make a lot of money for charity, too. CWI has set a goal of raising $10,000 for charities such as Miles to Go, Big Hair for Little Kids, Arena Restoration Fund and the Brantford Community Resource Service Food Bank.

"I've been very busy," said Wyman, who has had a tremendous response to the event so far. "It's definitely been what we wanted. I always wanted Brawl at the Bush II to be like what (WWF's) Vince (McMahon) does for Wrestlemania, which is an entire weekend."

With the event only a few days away, Wyman said tickets are going to be hard to get.

"Ticket sales slowed down for about a three-week span since the first week after we announced the show but ringside is sold out," he said.

"I'd say there's less than 1,000 tickets left out of the 4,400 we printed.

"A lot of people think they can just walk up to the doors but people who do that and put off buying tickets may be disappointed."

RELATED LINKS

  • CWIwrestling.com