Raw power set to ignite 'Dome
By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
It is one of most hyped events in Toronto wrestling history.
And more than 40,000 are expected to jam the SkyDome Monday night for Raw, the top-rated televised wrestling show in Canada and the United States.
Be forewarned, this card will be different from the normal house shows and nothing like that dreadful Friday night Raw taping a couple of years ago. Parental guidance is advised.
There will be more noise, fireworks, smoke and mirrors and the WWF will be bringing its full artillery for the show to be televised live across Canada on TSN.
While there will be some tinkering during the weekend, the WWF confirmed yesterday that the closing match will feature Mankind against Stone Cold Steve Austin, a bout in which Rocky Maivia and Vince McMahon will wear out the combatants and further develop WWF plot lines. Mankind is due to defend his WWF title against The Rock in the St. Valentine's Massacre pay-per-view a week from tomorrow, while Austin is scheduled to pound on McMahon in a cage match.
Canadian stars Edge, Val Venis and Owen Hart also are expected to be on the card.
Action gets under way at 7:45 p.m., 75 minutes before Raw signs on the air. The first hour of show will be spent taping matches for the WWF's weekend programming.
WCW ARRIVES: Bret Hart and Mean Gene Okerlund are scheduled to be in town Feb. 11, as World Championship Wrestling hypes its card set for the Air Canada Centre March 29. Tickets for the show will go on sale late next week. The WCW, which has a Nitro show in Buffalo this Monday, will follow the Toronto show with a card in Kitchener on March 30.
LUNCH TIME: The Apocalypse Wrestling Federation will be holding a luncheon featuring Jim (The Anvil) Neidhardt, Missy Hyatt, Sherri Martel and Demolition's Ax on Valentine's Day prior to a card at Cactus Pete's, 462 Birchmount in Scarborough.
The luncheon gets under way at noon, followed by a card at 4 p.m. featuring Ax vs. Neidhardt and a steel cage match between Abdul Mustafa and Pretty Boy Simms. The Squeegee Kid will defend his AWF as well.
Tickets are $20 for the luncheon and card, and just $12 for the wrestling only.
NEW KIDS: Another new independent federation is making its way into the Toronto market.
Northern Frontier Wrestling will stage its first show on Feb. 27 at 2 p..m. at the Thunder Nightclub, 2714 Danforth Ave. Heavyweight champion Joe E. Legend defends his title against Rhino Richards while Scott d'Amore, who has worked for the Motor City promotion in the past, will tackle (Beef Stew) Lou Marconi.
Tickets can be purchased by phone at (416) 993-4902. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
HERE AND THERE: Rick Martel is working WCW French-language television ... Killer Joe Christie, who was a star villain in the 1950s and 1960s, wrestling the likes of Sweet Daddy Siki, Billy Red Lyons and Whipper Billy Watson, passed away last month after suffering a heart attack while shovelling snow. He was 82.