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Get ready for a Smackdown
First WWE show in 'Peg since 1995
By Don Callis
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Smackdown is headed to Winnipeg in July for a big television taping, the first time in forever that WWE has done any kind of TV in Winnipeg (the last would have been a 1995 In Your House show, where, incidentally, NHB and NWA TNA star Shane Douglas won the WWF Intercontinental title from Shawn Michaels.

Followers of the industry have been wanting an event of this magnitude for several years, since TV has now become much more exciting and not the five-hour bore-fest it was in the 1980s and early '90s, where fans would be subjected to endless enhancement matches and bad Brother Love skits.

All of that changed with the Monday Night Wars, when Vince McMahon was forced to move to a more upbeat style with more competitive matches. Before that, the conventional thinking had always been that you didn't give away good matches on TV, rather, you would make fans pay for them at the arena shows. Of course, that was a different era, when business was largely built around house show profits, and not on TV ratings.

For fans in Winnipeg and surrounding areas, the TV gig is a huge deal, as the area has a long history of supporting televised sports entertainment, dating back to the AWA days of old when fans would pack the various grungy smoke-filled halls to watch Nick Bockwinkel, et al, deliver their more traditional style of entertainment, featuring a much younger Bob Holliday, looking like an extra from That 70s Show, doing the ring announcing.

As they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Holliday, who is one of the WWE's most valuable employees, is still involved, though sadly, gone are his polyester red AWA jacket and bad sideburns. The fans in Winnipeg have Bob to thank for the television coming here, so if you see him be nice, even if he is a bit of an old curmudgeon.

Bob wants to also remind fans to pop down to Hometown Heroes on the second floor of the arena, Friday April 16th at 1:30 p.m. for the big news conference featuring John Cena and Torrie Wilson. Tickets for the event go on sale Saturday April 17th at all Select-A-Seat locations for Smackdown Tuesday, July 6.

K-5 NEWS

Raven is coming to Winnipeg for a huge TCW show appropriately titled: The Raven Effect. Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster, or Tony Condello directly at 229-9173. ... The Rock was very candid in a recent interview when he described how some people backstage have altered their attitude to him, indicating some petty jealousy. He mentioned that interestingly enough, it was people in a top spot that had the problem, not the majority of the guys. Let's see, Rock is friends with Jericho, Mick Foley, Austin and Angle. I wonder about whom he was speaking? ... Speaking of Rock, his match along with the Goldberg match are being given credit by some for the large buy rate for Wrestlemania XX.


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