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Hogan's still the main event
By DARRYL G. SMART - Brantford Expositor


Hulk Hogan plays it up for the crowd at the Brantford Civic Centre Saturday night. Photo by Darryl G. Smart, Brantford Expositor



BRANTFORD - Despite a stacked Championship Wrestling International card Saturday, the main event was Hulk Hogan.

And brother, the wrestling icon did not disappoint.

Wrestling fans were lined up from the Civic Centre box office all the way to Market Street, waiting for a piece of Hulkimania.

"I'm definitely here for Hogan," Michael Sheehan, of Hamilton said. "I'm passionate for wrestling and seeing Hulk and the other guys here is a great way to bring the sport back to what it was and should be.

You can see by the huge line out there, that I'm not alone. We're all excited about this."

Sheehan brought his uncle and brother to the show for that walk down memory lane.

"It's crazy," Sheehan's cousin Jimmy said. "I used to be a huge fan. It's weird because it makes me feel old but this is still pretty amazing.

"This atmosphere is so electric. It's like it was when we were kids," he said.

Hogan's last appearance at the Civic Centre was in 1985, and many, including the Hulkster, had fond memories of that event, which wasl rekindled Saturday night.

"The fans in Brantford are awesome," Hogan said to the media prior to the bout. "We had some special nights here. The Canadian Hulkimaniacs are amazing. They're the ones that have kept it alive and it's amazing to see this kind of a response."

And that's what CWI promoter Nick "Nitro" Wyman was hoping for.

"We're trying to bring the sport back to what it used to be," Wyman said. "With a roster like this, that's what we're trying to do. Ya, Hulk has really added to tonight but the lineup we have is great and we want to take over Ontario with a real good brand of wrestling."

But on Saturday, Hogan's appearance gave Wyman's promotion a huge shot in the arm.

"What Nick is doing here is amazing," Hogan said. "Brother, this is the way wrestling should be. The guys sitting here with me recognize Nick is doing a great thing here and we want to be apart of it."

While wrestling was the main theme of the evening, Battle in the Bush II was held in support of the Miles to Go cancer support group and Brantford Community Resource Service food bank, two causes close to Wyman's heart.

"What inspired me to do this was because of my mom," Wyman said. "Battle in the Bush is a tribute to her and in turn we hope to raise money for such a great cause."

RELATED LINKS

  • CWI Brawl in the Bush 2 Photo Gallery
  • Hulk Hogan bio and story archive
  • CWIwrestling.com