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Calgary fans go to the mat for WWF stars
By TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

If there's one thing that's certain around these parts, it's that Calgarians love their WWF wrestling.

There was pandemonium and piledrivers a-plenty last night as fans packed the Dome for the city's first ever televised WWF card -- Raw Is War!

So what is it about this wrasslin' thing that appeals to so many people?

"The fighting and loudness," 17-year-old Jason Nadon said from his front-row seat behind the boards.

"The excitement is unreal.

"I love this."

Nadon, who was attending his fourth live WWF event, and three friends shelled out $85 for their seats, saying it was money well spent.

"The action just goes on and on," said Kiel Camponi, 18.

"The intensity and action is great."

Eighteen-year-old Sara Peters, the lone girl in the group, cut straight to the chase when asked why she likes WWF wrestling.

"Sex sells," she said.

"They show half-naked men and women."
WWF champ Stone Cold Steve Austin screams in pain as Alberta's Chris Benoit applies a submission hold on him at Raw is War last night. Some high jinks from WWF boss Vince McMahon allowed Austin to retain his belt. -- Carlos Amat, Calgary Sun


The boisterous Dome crowd seemed made up of equal parts young and old, men and women.

And everyone seemed hyped.

"It's just awesome," giggled Stacey Atwell, 13.

"It's fun to yell and just go crazy."

Atwell added the crowd is often just as entertaining as the wrestlers' antics.

"People can be really crazy, that's a lot of fun to watch too."

"It makes me laugh," echoed 27-year-old Marco Iervella.

"It's entertaining, what more can I say."

Last night's event featured such big-name WWF superstars as Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Dudley Boyz, The Hardy Boyz and Big Show.

The lineup was highlighted by a handful of Canadian talent, including Edge and Trish Stratus.

Also in the ring were Winnipeg's Chris Jericho and Edmonton's Chris Benoit, who both lived and trained in Calgary under the tutelage of the legendary Stu Hart in the Hart Family Dungeon.

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