October 31, 2004
Thanks, NHB fans, for the memories
Today an era has comes to an end and a new one begins. After more than five years on the air, the No Holds Barred wrestling radio show will be replaced on 92 CITI FM with the Sunday Night Sports Show broadcast live from Garbonzo's Restaurant at the CanadInns Fort Garry Express, featuring Joe Aiello and me. The show will still feature a wrestling segment of course. But it will also focus on more mainstream sports such as hockey, football, basketball, golf and boxing to name just a few.
Joe and I began doing the show in 1999 at the end of March. I was by then a regular in ECW and Joe was, as he is today, one of the most recognizable radio personalities in the province. We started off with a bang and it has continued ever since. During the course of the show, we either interviewed or had on as guests such luminaries as Chris Jericho, Eric Bischoff, Paul Heyman, Raven, Shane Douglas, Lance Storm, John Cena, Dave Meltzer, Bad News Brown, Tony Condello, Bob Holliday, Jim Brunzell and Bret Hart.
Joe and I have done the show in many different venues and I have often done the show (during my ECW days) live from worldwide pay-per-view events. It became a common thing in those days on a busy pay-per-view Sunday for me to be passing the phone around the locker-room, saying "here, talk to Joe" and Raven or Tommy Dreamer or whomever would just talk to Joe for as long as they could, then pass the phone to the next guy. I once locked myself and Paul Heyman in a rental car at a live event to get him to do the interview with Joe, one of our best ever.
The show also became a great forum for the fans in Winnipeg to voice their opinions or just get the latest news. Over the years we met many of the fans and got to know them on a first-name basis. The show also became a place where we would get to see the wrestling clique, guys like Condello and Holliday, Curtis Breslaw, Buffy, Sombra, Ivan, Ozz, Jarrett, Tracey and so many more. It became a Sunday night ritual for so many of us and friendships grew because of it.
Now we move on to what we believe will be a bigger and better format for the show, broadening our perspective to include the very real controversies of mainstream sports while not forgetting about our great fans who have been so loyal to us over the years. Please check out the show today at 6 p.m. and call us and let us know what you think. And oh yeah, to the wrestling fans and all of the folks who have been around the show for the past several years: thanks for the memories.
Vince McMahon had a disagreement with daughter Steph this past week regarding the Tough Enough contestants taking bodyslams from Big Show. Steph (rightly) thought it exposed the business, that if students could absorb that punishment, then what would it mean when wrestlers took the move (nothing!). This actually sounds more like a Hunter rationale, which is yet another of those examples of my agreeing with Triple H. Vince definitely is adamant about any idea of his and it is tough to derail him. Most don't try, but Steph has a lot more leeway than others. Paul Heyman reportedly got heat a couple of years ago for arguing strongly with Vince about an idea ... Chris Jericho's Fozzy band is still going strong, playing shows after WWE events ... the real WWF (World Wildlife Fund), who pinned Vince McMahon in court a few years ago, leading to Vince changing the name of the show to WWE, is now suing Vince again. This time insisting that the name change still amounts to brand confusion and that WWE should have to go by their full name in future. This is more than just a corporate name switch. As with the last situation, WWE was forced to digitize out the WWF logo on all old footage used in DVD and TV production (now a larger part of their business). This is time-consuming, costly, and affects the quality of the DVD as it is distracting seeing the blurred area.