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Carl De Marco Q & A: January 28, 1998



SLAM! Wrestling is proud that WWF Canada President Carl De Marco will be fielding questions from our readers, hopefully every week.
Below are the questions and answers for this week.

Q: What is the mailing address to the CANADIAN offices of the WWF? E-Mail, phone numbers and the snail mail address would all be appreciated... but I'm hoping for the snail mail address above all. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Neil O'Brien (Vancouver, BC)


A: Fax. FAX: 416-497-9845


Q: Hi my name is Craig , my friends and myself were wondering if TitanSports Canada has any Co-op positions available for September of 1998 ?

A: "Yes, there is the possibility of us taking a look at some co-op students. They need to fax us a resume or email it to us."

Q: Why don't you try and get Rob Van Dam? he was awesome and really the only reason I used to watch WWF..other than Brian Christopher, the WWF needs new faces! Maybe Bill Goldberg?
Jodie Jenkins, Kingston, Ontario

A: "There's a whole bunch of new WWF superstars on the way. In particular to Canada, there's three of them that I think have real good potential. I think they'll become big stars. One is Glenn Kulka from the CFL, who is being groomed and he's wrestling in a lot of the Canadian cities, like Toronto. He just wrestled Hamilton. He'll be wrestling in Vancouver, and he'll probably be wrestling in Winnipeg.
The other one is Rodney Blackbeard, who lives in Toronto and was orginally from the U.K. I think he's a great potential talent.
Another one who everyone in the whole company is excited about, and we're looking to have a debut with him after WrestleMania, is Adam Copeland. Adam Copeland looks like a taller version of Chris Jericho. A bigger version. But has the abilities of a future Shawn Michaels. I look at Adam Copeland as Shawn Michaels was -- and I'm talking ability-wise -- nine, ten years ago. Adam is 23-years-old and has been wrestling since he was 17. He's incredibly good in the ring. And he's Canadian. Everyone thinks he was great potential to be a huge, huge star. Keep an eye on him. Mark my words. He's going to be a big star."

Q: Will Jesse "the Body" Ventura ever be inducted into the WWF H.O.F.? He should be.
Brian, Montreal

A: "That's a good question. Right now, to my knowledge, I haven't heard anything about him being in the Hall of Fame."

Q: Do you guys ( the wwf) plan to be as agressive as you were in the past in the canadian market since the departure of bret hart and when can we expect a wwf in quebec city
christian berube

A: "The answer is yes. We haven't changed anything since Bret left. We've been aggressive in Canada. We'll do anywhere from thirty to fifty live events across Canada. Just because Bret Hart's left doesn't mean business has stopped for the WWF. We are committed to the Canadian market. We have an office in Canada, and we're really proud about that. Canada has never been better. As a matter of fact, since Bret left our business has actually increased. I don't know why that may be, I just think that right now the WWF is so hot -- and this is not to take away from Bret Hart -- but the WWF live events are going through the roof. I'll give you an example. Vancouver's half-way sold-out and it looks like it's going to be sold-out on February 27. That just shows that business is doing well. Our pay-per-view numbers are up. Royal Rumble did better than Survivor Series in Canada. And our TV ratings have been going up and are still going up. Bret's on WCW but the fact of the matter is we're generating more rating in Canada with the WWF than WCW is. On TSN alone -- and every week's different -- we double what they do in ratings. ... WWF is stronger than ever. And SkyDome has an unbelievable advance ticket sales. Winnipeg is doing extremely well and Montreal is doing extremely well. I think in the past years, and we've seen this when Hulk Hogan left and when Randy Savage left we thought it was the end of the world. But the fact is we just keep on going. I think a lot of people are buying tickets not just on a particular wrestler's name but tickets on the WWF's name because they know we go in there and put on a good show. We didn't announce a card in Toronto SkyDome for example, and we have six-seven thousand tickets sold without a card. What does that say to you? Everyone knows Bret Hart's not with us. So, I don't think it's based on one person. And that's not to take away from Bret Hart.
"We will try to book Quebec City. It's part of the routing. We're not trying to burn out our talent and have them work too many days straight. But it is something we're look at. Watch the WWF programs and stay tuned for more."

Q: With the exeption of Owen Hart there really isn't a big Canadian star in the WWF, does that concern you or the WWF at all?
A BIG FAN

A: "That question's not accurate. The Quebecers are now back and they're huge stars in Quebec. So I think that all the Quebec fans out there that love the Quebecers are going to be happy that they're back. Plus Owen Hart is here. Then there's The Jackal -- he's Canadian. The Interrogator -- the big tall guy -- he's Canadian. And there's all those new Canadian stars being developped. Canada has a very strong influence on the wrestling world and continues to have a strong influence in the WWF. The WWF is committed to the Canadian market and that's why we're taking potential stars like Adam Copeland, Rodney Blackbeard and Glenn Kulka and taking the time to develop these guys properly. And that's going to be a real, tremendous boost for Canada. We recognize that Canada likes to have Canadian representation. I've got to tell you, those three guys I've mentioned are going to be huge, huge stars. And we're really proud of that. That's one thing we're good at compared to maybe any other wrestling organization in the world. We know how to make somebody into a star. We know how to take somebody's raw abilities, fine tune and polish them and make them a huge, household name around the world. Nobody does that better than Vince McMahon and the WWF. Nobody."

Q:Here is my question... one you have probably heard a thousand times... although I realize you work for the WWF, how, representing Canada, do you personally feel about what the WWF did to Bret "the Hitman" Hart? I realize he left on his own accord, but the title was basically stolen from him at the Surviver Series... we all know he did not submit, and the WWF has still not addressed this issue... how can they justify allowing Shawn Michaels to carry the title he never really won?
Jason Gibson, Maryville, Tennessee USA

A: "First of all, I want to make something clear. My position in this whole situation is I've taken a step back and I want to thank Bret Hart and I want to thank Vince McMahon for being very accommodating to me, very understanding to me on the situation that I got put into in this. They both went out of their way to make sure that our friendship wasn't jeopardized and to make sure my work relationship with the company wasn't jeopardized. They both went out of their way to make sure that I was protected. I really want to thank them both -- Vince McMahon and Bret -- for being very curtious to me on that. That meant a lot of me. Shane McMahon, Vince McMahon's son, went out of his way to make sure I was okay with the situation. Knowing that I got put in a very tough situation in the middle. I don't want to take sides with anybody on this. I do want to thank both of the for being very concerned. They both went out of their way to make sure I didn't get caught up in this. And appreciate both Vince and Bret for that. I've got nothing but all the world of respect for both sides.
Now regarding the WWF not addressing this, that's not true. Vince McMahon did address this. ... There's a whole side to this story Vince, I think unfortunately, has not been heard in Canada. I know that he wants to. There's plans for Vince to come up to Canada and address the issue straight-on. Vince is not scared to talk to anybody of this. He's been very vocal about this. Sometimes when you're in a position like Vince McMahon you have to make tough decisions. You have to think about the 300 employees the company has, all the wrestlers the company has, the future of the company. If I'm an employee of the company and I have a family and kids and I have to make sure that there's food on the table for my family, I want a boss who is able to make those tough decisions. In business it can be very tough, and you don't have a boss who can make those tough decisions in the best interest of the company, then your company will not be around. But I think the current plans for Vince McMahon is that he's planning to appear on TSN on Off The Record. We're trying to finalize a date, and he'll addressing any of these the issues the Canadian fans have."
"I will tell you one thing. Vince cares about Canada. He does. He's committed to Canada. By him having this office here, and myself here, and my staff here, and for him to develop new talent from Canada and putting all of these live events in Canada, unlike other wrestling organizations who have not and made promises over the years that they were going to come here and they never did. Vince has always been here for the fans in Canada. You name me one other wrestling organization that's put on pay-per-views or live television events in Canada. Nobody's done that but Vince McMahon over the years. You know it cost Vince McMahon more money to do it in Canada versus doing it in the U.S. But he does it. The reason that he does it is because he's committed to the Canadian fans. He considers the Canadian fans among the best in the wrestling world. He realizes the loyalty fans here have to the WWF. I think more people need to give him credit for what he's done here in Canada and what he's going to be doing here in Canada in the future. "

Q: Is there any possibility for a RAW is WAR in Vancouver before the end of this year?
Chris Ciolfitto
When will RAW is WAR returns in Canada?
Vincent Rousseau

A: "There's definitely plans to bring not only RAW is WAR into Canada, but another pay-per-view. We are looking at several major markets to have live telecasts out of there. We've had some in the past like Halifax, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. Pay-per-view of live RAW. We are definitely working to have more of those up in Canada. But it will happen. That shows the commitment of the WWF to Canada."

Q: The WWF has events every few months in Toronto, what about here in Vancouver? There was one last year on July 4 and this year on Feb 27. Back around 1990 we used to have them every 4 to 6 months?
Stone Cold d486133@hotmail.com

A: "We do have plans to go back to Vancouver more often. Vancouver is a hot city for the WWF. A great city, and the fans are great there. Our date on February 27 is unbelievably hot and there's a good chance it's going to sell-out. Just seeing that kind of support from our fans in Vancouver tells us that we want to come back more often. As a matter of fact, I think we have a tentative date there booked for the beginning of summer. Yes, we are looking to come back to Vancouver more often and I want to thank the fans there for the great support with the WWF. I think they're going to have a helluva show in Vancouver. They're going to be very happy there. We really appreciate the great fan support in Vancouver. And I tell you, we're looking RAW to Vancouver eventually. We had a pay-per-view there, which was In Your House, which did really well. We're looking at bringing RAW back there one day in Vancouver. That will happen, don't hold me to it, a year, year and a half, we'll go back there. It think the demand is there, and if the fans keep supporting us, we'll come back as many times as the market warrants it. "

Part two of the January 28, 1998 interview

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