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Condello always an innovator
By CYRUS
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From left: Tony Condello, SLAM! Wrestling Producer Greg Oliver and Kerry Brown in August at a book signing for The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Canadians in Winnipeg. - Photo by Meredith Renwick

In Tony Condello's long career promoting professional wrestling in Manitoba, he has been responsible for a lot of firsts:

  • First promoter to bring in the old AWA
  • First promoter to bring in WWF (yes, you read that right).
  • First promoter to bring in the NWA.
  • First promoter to feature Ultimo Dragon on a Canadian show.

Now Tony will be the first promoter to feature an exciting new brand of sports entertainment, Ultimate Cage Wars, which takes place this coming Friday, Oct. 29 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

For most of Tony's life he has been a fearless person. At a good six inches under six feet tall, Tony frequently found himself on the "short end" of physical situations. That never stopped him. From the time he was old enough to walk, Tony was beating the odds.

Tony immigrated to Canada from Calabria, Italy as a small boy, and quickly began working hard in his new country. He got work in a barber shop on Main Street at only 12 years of age, sweeping up after the owner. It wasn't long before Tony was the youngest barber, at the age of 14, in the history of Manitoba. Always independently minded, Condello would go on to open up six hair salons in both Winnipeg and Penticton, B.C.

Tony started amateur wrestling at a young age as well, impressing some of the old-timers down at the YMCA with both his grappling skills and his powerful bench press. It wasn't long before Condello was down at the famed Madison Club, where the pros went to work, and, to torture young up-and-comers who thought they wanted a career. After years of fighting it out in that environment, Condello would go on to wrestle all over the province including stints in the AWA as a wrestler and referee. Condello would be offered a break to become one half of a German tag team, but turned it down because he wanted to stay in Winnipeg, where he had built up a business.

It has been as a promoter, however, that Tony has made his greatest mark.

Promoting for years, all over Manitoba, Saskatchewan and parts of Ontario, Condello has likely seen more remote parts of the province than anyone alive, mostly during his world famous Northern Tours, which take place every February.

Many famous wrestlers currently gracing WWE television have passed through Condello's territory, including Chris Jericho, Edge, Christian, Lance Storm, Ultimo Dragon, Rhyno and Bad News Brown, to name just a few.

Tony has always been a ground-breaker and an innovator.

Condello will now break new ground with Ultimate Cage Wars, in what is sure to be a red hot, sold-out event. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

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