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John Molinaro


Online Editor, CANOE
Ht / Wt 6'2", 215 lbs.
Born: Burlington, Ontario, January 29th, 1974.
EMAIL: jmolinaro@canoe.ca

My start here at CANOE was interesting to say the least. On my second day as an overnight intern, Greg Oliver called me over the phone asking me if I wanted to interview Vampiro. I naturally jumped at the chance even though I had no warning or questions prepared. Somehow, I think Greg was testing me.

Fortunately, I pulled the interview off, wrote up the story and I've been a major contributor to SLAM! Wrestling ever since.
John Molinaro interviews Chris Benoit backstage at Toronto's SkyDome. -- Greg Oliver, CANOE


I'm the resident expert on international wrestling for SLAM!, having followed Japanese and Mexican wrestling religiously for the past 12 years. From 1997-1999, I published Huricanrana, a monthly newsletter covering Lucha Libre and the Mexican wrestling scene, and I used to write a Mexican news column for Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

My love for wrestling dates back to 1980 when my older brother Anthony used to regale me with tales and stories from the biweekly NWA shows at Maple Leaf Gardens. Thanks to my big brother, I fell in love with Mid Atlantic Wrestling, Ric Flair and became a life-long wrestling junkie. If not for Anthony, I might be writing about politics instead of wrestling today.

While covering pro wrestling may seem like a lot of fun, there's a lot of hard work involved. Getting a hold of wrestlers on the phone is a task in itself. Dealing with the P.R. departments from the wrestling companies can be a nightmare. And sifting through the irate, mean-spirited e-mails you get responding to one of your editorials is a task I never look forward to.

But, the upside is obvious. Since joining CANOE a year ago, I've interviewed people such as Bret Hart, Vampiro, Chris Benoit, Mike Tenay, Eddie Guerrero, Dave Meltzer and Justin Credible, just to name a few. And the overwhelming support I've received from Greg and John Powell make all the hardships worthwhile.

Position : JAM! Online editor, SLAM Wrestling Reporter/Online Editor.

Works published in:
  • CANOE (Canadian On-Line Explorer - www.canoe.ca).
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
  • Cinescape BodySlam.
  • Huricanrana! (monthly Lucha Libre newsletter).
  • The Sheridan Sun.
Memorable moments:
1) Interviewing 2 Cold Scorpio backstage at a Toronto Indy show who appeared to be high at the time.
2) Cashing a $400 (U.S.) cheque for a story I wrote on Bret Hart for BodySlam magazine. Boy that was sweet!
3) Sitting front row for November to Remember and have Mike Awesome nearly powerbomb Masato Tanaka on top of me.
4) All the great debates and arguements I've engaged in with John and Greg.

Article I'm most proud of: My feature article on the life and times of Art Barr.

Story I got the most heat for: My review of Dynamite Kid's autobiography. Dynamite started a war of words with us on his web site and is still bitter over my review. He bailed from a scheduled interview with SLAM! Wrestling because of the review.

Favorite wrestlers: Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, "Love Machine" Art Barr, Rey Misterio Jr, Harley Race, Eddie Guerrero, Psicosis, Bruiser Brody, Mitsuhara Misawa.

Favorite tag-teams: Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson, "Love Machine" Art Barr & Eddie Guerrero, Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood, Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernoodle, Kenta Kobashi & Mitsuhara Misawa

Favorite match: Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat, May 7th, 1989 (NWA Wrestle War '89 PPV - Flair regains the NWA World title for the seventh time).

Why I think Mexican and Japanese wrestling is better than the current product in WCW and the WWF: Because in Japan and Mexico, it's still about athleticism and actual wrestling, not stripper matches, evil owners who push themselves at the expense of the talent and the matches are ten times better.

Favorite promotion:
Jim Crockett Promotions - "By far, the best territory in the NWA. The birthplace of Ric Flair."
AAA - "From 1993-96, AAA was not only the hottest promotion in Mexico, but in the world."
New Japan Pro Wrestling- "The prototype for successful wrestling promotions in the 90s."
All Japan Pro Wrestling- "Offered the best heavyweight main event matches of the 90s of any promotion in the world."