CANOE Network SLAM!Sports

 
SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
  Jan 30, 2002



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

SHIMMER tapings


Alexia Nicole


Ox Baker


BCW Excellence


WWE in Montreal


ROH Unauthorized


Smackdown in Philadelphia







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT




READER ALERT: For all the latest wrestling happenings, check out our News & Rumours section.

Mad Dog tribute fills wrestling void
By DOUG LUNNEY -- Winnipeg Sun

 The way Joe Aiello sees it, Winnipeg has more than its share of wrestling fans, but their options to attend big-name live events are limited.

 The World Wrestling Federation hosts shows in Winnipeg infrequently and the "market is saturated with bar and community club shows," Aiello said yesterday.

 The middle ground is where Aiello plans to fill a void, using wrestlers who've built reputations in the WWF or other companies that no longer exist.

 "At the very most, you're going to see the WWF twice in a year," Aiello said. "That kills maybe three or four months of time people are spending their entertainment dollars on.

 "But is there a pocket to fill with time for wrestling fans? Sure. Maybe you can run two or three independent shows a year at a different level than what others are doing."

 Aiello and partner Don (Cyrus) Callis have held many smaller-calibre shows with No Holds Barred Wrestling, but tonight (7:30 Franco Manitobain Culturel Centre) is their first venture with several reputable wrestlers, whom they refer to as "high-end independents."

 The duo has brought in legend Maurice (Mad Dog) Vachon for a tribute card, which features former WWF stars Kurrgan and Terry Taylor as well as independent veterans Swinger and Dr. Luther. Cyrus, another former WWFer, is also making a rare ring appearance.

 About 500 of 600 tickets available were sold as of yesterday at $22 each.

 "We're already passed breaking even," Aiello said. "We're going to give away a ton of prizes. I want people to walk away and say, 'At the very least these guys tried and tried hard.' "

 Since the WWF is the only big company operating, there are more quality wrestlers available for work than ever before, but the costs of flying them in remain high, Condello said.

 And the risk of losing your shirt is always there.

 "I've already seen locally where a guy brought in a big name and there were only 50 people there to watch it," he said.

More on the Vachons




Know someone who might be interested in this page? Just type in their e-mail address to send them the URL.

Destination email address:


Your email address: