Montreal turns out en mass for Debra
By JASON SCOUFARAS -- For SLAM! Wrestling
On a sunny Friday afternoon in downtown
Montreal, the box office opening for tickets to the May 29th WWF show.
Close to two thousand fans lined up at The Molson
Center on de La Gauchetière street hours before the tickets went on
Debra and Joanne Rougeau, promoter for the WWF show in Montreal. -- photo by Jason Scoufaras
Besides the fans' needfulness for good seats, they was another
reason for the immense turn out. Debra McMichael was present at the
box office for autographs. Less than 24 hours after a pre-taped
segment with her on 'Off The Record' aired on TSN, and hours after
she was on the Mix 96 morning news, Debra was utterly fresh on many
Montreal people's minds.
I was fortunate enough to chat with Debra before the autograph
session began. Not many questions were left unasked to Debra after a
days of dialogue with the media.
In essence, it did not bother her
than Michael Landsburg called her 'Sable' by accident a couple of
"It's alright, she's been (Sable) in the WWF since 1996, and
at the time I was in the WCW, and they were not broadcasting in
Canada, it was virtually unknown here." said Debra.
She was very pleasant to chat with, in a sincere way, and she seem to be quite
happy with everything. With all going well, we should not expect any
major changes soon with her character.
The morning was not for the analogy of women's
roles in wrestling or about how sex sells in the media. Rather, it
was a illustration of how the WWF has taken good care of their loyal
fans in Montreal. A mutual loyalty clearly exists, with hundreds of
other cities in North America to chose from, the fans appreciate the
WWF's consistent involment in Montreal for their shows.
As the clock reached 12pm, Debra finally stepped out to the
roars of the near 2,000 fans lined up for show tickets and
autographs. Luckily, a big barricade and a complete security team was
on duty and in full force.
Apr. 23, 1999: Debra McMichael, standing proud