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The night Sabu invaded Calgary


By JASON CLEVETT -- For SLAM! Wrestling

Sabu It's rare that you get the opportunity to see one of your favorite wrestlers in a really small setting. When an opportunity like seeing Sabu comes around, you grab it. That's what I did.

I've always said indies are important, and the show tonight was amazing. All the workers seemed to turn it up a notch tonight, leading to a phenomenal main event between Mr. Homicidal, Genocidal and Suicidal himself, Sabu, and 'Hot Shot' Johnny Devine. It was everything I expected and more, with both men truly giving us our money's worth. Although many of the fans at first seemed unsure of exactly who this Sabu was that we kept chanting the name of, by the end of the night, both men were receiving a standing ovation, and Sabu's name echoed through the Ogden Legion Hall.

First off, let me say that Devine was completely worthy of wrestling Sabu, and put on a Main Event calibre match. He took Sabu's big moves: The throwing chair, the triple-jump moonsault, the lepdrop off the chair through a table in the corner, and even did a flip off the top through a table himself. He got a huge round of applause tonight as well. They worked really well together. By the end of the match, I felt like I had wrestled the thing, it was that intense, and the crowd was the hottest I had ever seen at a Stampede Show, even after nearly four hours. This match is going to apparently be broadcast on the Stampede show in a few weeks, and I highly recommend checking it out.

On the under card, the tag match pitting Ted Hart and Harry Smith against TJ Wilson and Dwight Davis nearly stole the show away from the main event, while Greg Pawluk and Tiger Khan proved once again why they are two of Stampede's best workers. Overall, a phenomenal show, and if you find out that Sabu is putting in an indy appearance near you, check it out, you won't regret it.

Match Results

'Dirty' Dick Raines d. Rowdy Radcliffe
Abdul Shikat d. Irish Red O'Riordan
Hercules Ayala d. Bad Boy Gary Gallant
Scott D'Amore (Of TSN Off The Record Fame) d. Vic Viper
Wavell Star d. Red Thunder by reverse decision when the ref discovered Thunder had blinded Star with powder Star brought into the ring
Ted Hart & Harry Smith d. TJ Wilson and Dwight Davis
Principal Pound, William Yeats & Ralph Silverstien d. Rick Titan, Black Ninja and Cuban Assassin
Greg Pawluk & Tiger Khan went to a double count-out
Sabu d Johnny Devine via submission

NOTE: Sabu was scheduled and advertised for a Stampede Wrestling show Thursday night in Medicine Hat, Alberta. SLAM! Wrestling reader Andrew Wall of Lethbridge sent in this mini report: "I drove two hours to Medicine Hat to see Stampede Wrestling. They advertised that Sabu would be wrestling there last night. When we got to the arena, there was a notice on the window telling us that Sabu was a no show. They cited airflight troubles as the reason. My friend and I were so mad that we just turned around and went home."

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