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Bring WWF back to Winnipeg, say fans


By DOUG LUNNEY -- Winnipeg Sun

  There's something about seeing pro wrestlers choke-slammed and DDT'd live that just can't be captured by pay-per-view events.

 Maybe it's the anticipatory rush fans get when the lights are dimmed and the announcer gets a cheap pop from the crowd by saying how great it is to come back to their city.

 Or perhaps it's the aroma of stale popcorn and warm beer. Regardless, Winnipegger Jill Penner hopes she has the "write stuff" to bring the World Wrestling Federation back to River City on a more regular basis.

 MORE THAN A YEAR

 Penner is compiling signatures for a petition that she'll send to WWF kingpin Vince McMahon in New York. She wants him to know fans here are not happy the WWF hasn't come this way in more than a year.

 "I don't know if it'll work, but it's worth a shot," said Penner, 25, who attended the last WWF show at Winnipeg Arena on Aug. 21, 1999.

 "They used to come here three or four times a year a while back. It's been coming less and less over the years and this past year it didn't come at all.

 "They keep saying Winnipeg is a standalone town, but then they keep booking in Toronto, so why can't they come here?"

 Penner believes she can easily compile more than 1,000 names. Joe Aiello, host of 92 CITI FM's No Holds Barred wrestling radio show, will have the petition at his Jabroni's wrestling kiosk in Pictures-Frames & More on St. Matthews Avenue.

 Supporters can also add their names on-line (www.PetitionOnline.com /wwfinwpg/petition.html).

 It hasn't been announ-ced, but a Winnipeg Arena card for May 26 is tentatively booked, Bob Holliday, the WWF's area representative, said yesterday.

  The WWF had reserved dates for the Arena in December and January, but cancelled them in order to fulfil TV commitments, he said.

 The WWF opted to do more TV events and fewer house shows after the dates were booked, he said.

 "Also, you're not just talking about coming to Winnipeg. You need a place to come from and a place to go to, so those buildings also have to be free. It's all scheduling," Holliday said.

 Holliday believes Winnipeg will attract more shows after February, when a new 17,000-seat arena at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks opens.

 "I wouldn't say (we'd book shows) a couple times a year, but on a regular basis, yes," Holliday said. "It's a natural with (Winnipeg's Chris) Jericho being so hot that we would come here."

 The WWF realizes Winnipeg has a huge wrestling following and the organization has a "fabulous rapport" with the Arena's landlord, Winnipeg Enterprises Corporation, Holliday said.