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Lack of legends hurts Real Action event
By DEREK CORKUM -- For SLAM! Wrestling

 Saturday night in Halifax was supposed to be the return of the Legends to the Maritimes and Real Action Wrestling, with the promised legends being The Beast, Stompin' Paul Peller, Big Stephen Pettipas and Hubert Gallant. Pettipas was the only non -regular of the Real Action promotion to show up; Buddy Lane and 'No Class' Bobby Bass were also in attendance, but are both part of the Real Action team.

  During the Fan Fest, I had a chance to speak to Stephen Pettipas briefly while getting his autograph. He told me the last time he laced up his boots was seven years ago in Bombay, India. He looked a little out of shape but was still looking forward to getting back in the ring later that night.

  While working the crowd and checking out the exhibits, I spoke to many wrestling fans. Some who remembered the Maritime legends and some who were too young to remember. The first group of fans I talked to was Chris Thomas, Mark Comeau and Chris Andrews. They just started following the RAW promotion this year but prefer the Kardinal Sinners who are the heels of the promotion but also mentioned liking Custom Made Man. When asked what style of match they preferred action or technical, it was definitely the action. Though to a certain degree it depended on the wrestlers involved but overall they agreed that technical matches don't sell. The one thing they all seemed to agree on was the level of fan interaction is much higher at the convention.

  The next two people I spoke to were real hardcore Maritime wrestling fans, both of past promotions and the present Real Action show. Steve MacEachern and Adam Mullen would drive anywhere at anytime to see a wrestling show and have been Real Action fans from the beginning, and have not missed any of the Halifax events. They were nostalgic when it came to the legends but prefer the modern athletic style including tables, ladders and chairs. They agree fan input counts but find the internet chat today seems to influence the storyline too much. During the show I also had the opportunity to talk to three fans with some impressive knowledge of wrestling, Ernest Oakley, Christian Herridge and Glen Chamberlain. While fans of RAW they also remembered the days when NWA wrestling sent champions here like Harley Race and Ric Flair.

  To the matches:

  In the first match El Fuego met Flesh Gordon. Lots of seesaw action in this match but ended when Flesh caught El Fuego of the top rope and finished with a power bomb.

  The second match put Kingman up against The Original Sinn. Starting with a rant from Kingman but he dominates throughout most of the match. The end comes when Bobby Bass distracts Sinn allowing Kingman to powerbomb him for the three count.

  Next was the Scottish hardcore match featuring Duke MacIssac and Custom Made Man. This match made it to every corner of the arena and was all you would expect from a hardcore match. The end came after interference from manager Otto Bahn allowing Duke to pin the bleeding Custom Made Man.

  A legend match followed, with Buddy Lane and Big Stephen Pettipas vs. Corporal Chaos and UFO. This match was dominated by Chaos and UFO until a frustrated Pettipas hit the ring. He landed a few haymakers and an impressive standing drop kick that I haven't seen for a long time for the win.

  Finally the title match pitting Bobby Rude and Kowboy Mike Hughes. There was the usual back and forth. Lots of interference here from Double D and Kingman against the former Sinner. Still Rude manages to roll up Hughes for the win. Due to Hughes foot on the ropes the belt is held up for the next televised taping on Nov 24 to take place in a cage match.

Oct. 17: Legends to come out in Halifax




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