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   November 25, 2014



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WrestleMania Rewind: Wrestling sure packs a punch
By JIM HUNT - Toronto Sun

Ol' Hunt doesn't know whether to laugh or cry after sitting through WrestleMania VI, the most frantic 3 1/2 hours I've ever spent.

The tears won't go for Hulk Hogan, who did the unthinkable and lost his WWF title to The Ultimate Warrior.

It's been a bad year for champions. First there was Mike Tyson and now The Hulkster. What can a fellow believe in these days when the mightiest athletes on this planet start to fall like drunks in the neighborhood bar on a Saturday night.

My tears go to the Blue Jays, Leafs, Argos and anyone else who's trying to run a `legitimate' sport in this town.

How are we going to keep sports fans happy now that they've seen WrestleMania, where they had more action in an afternoon than the Blue Jays can come up with an entire season.

I'd hate to think that this is the future of the world of fun and games. I'm beginning to think it is.

I wasn't exactly dragged kicking and screaming to the SkyDome yesterday afternoon. There were 67,678 paying customers, the biggest crowd in the history of the 'Dome, who anted up close to $5 million for the privilege of saying they were there at the biggest happening of the year in Toronto.

So eat your heart out Paul Beeston, you too Harry Ornest. WrestleMania knows the way to the wallets of the Toronto sports fans a lot better than you do.

Ol' Hunt admits he was here because the boss felt it was a good idea. I came with the idea of trashing the event, which I've been known to do in the past with other sports that claim to be legitimate.

It was all of the things I figured it would be. No one over the age of 12 could possibly think this was a real athletic event. It was so frantic that after sitting through nearly four hours of wrestling, plus the rock music that accompanied it, I was close to being shell shocked.

Having said all this, I have to admit it was great entertainment. Sure it's more theatre than sport, but who cares? Certainly not the big crowd who stood and cheered as The Hulkster took off his championship belt and gave it to the new champ.

Tyson was never this gracious when he lost his title to Buster Douglas. Then, one would expect nothing less from Hogan, who retired to the Blue Jay dressing room, which he had to himself. There he made like George Bell, refusing to talk to the media, as is his custom after bouts, win or lose.

It was nice to find out that Ted DiBiase, the Million Dollar Man, always picks up the check. Which makes him different than most of the baseball millionaires, who usually have short arms and deep pockets.

When Jake (The Snake) Roberts beat the Million Dollar Man, he handed out $100 US bills to the fans at ringside. Mary Tyler Moore, one of the celebrities in the audience, got one and flashed that famous smile for the cameras.

The whole cast was there. Miss Elizabeth, who would have been right at home at last week's Oscars in her low-cut blue sequined dress, made an entrance to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance, which I last heard at my son's graduation from college.

This is a made-for-TV event, but as long as they can get a studio audience to cough up $150 for a seat, the promoters will take it.

I've finally figured out why wrestling is such a popular sport. It's the one game in town that can guarantee a good show every time out.



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