Sabu to miss Canadian shows
By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling
If you are expecting to see Sabu at the CWF show tonight in St. Boniface, Manitoba, we've got some bad news for you -- he won't be there. Just as he wasn't at his scheduled booking in Oldcastle, Ontario outside Windsor on Wednesday for Border City Wrestling.
It seems that the 'Homicidal! Suicidal! Genocidal!' Sabu won't be appearing on his Canadian bookings.
At the Border City Wrestling show, Commissioner Scott D'Amore stripped Sabu of the Can-Am title and they bad-mouthed him in the ring before a three-way dance for the vacated title between Rhino, D'Amore and a mystery wrestler, who turned out to be Tommy Dreamer.
"Nobody's heard from him. His cell phone is just going right through to the machine, so it isn't on," D'Amore told SLAM! Wrestling today. "My best bet is that he's still in Mexico."
D'Amore talked to Sabu the day before his show, and gave him the flight information from San Diego to Detroit.
As for the show tonight, Sabu won't be in Manitoba, and he won't be at the other show that he was booked at in Garden City, Michigan with World of Hardcore Wrestling that was a fund-raiser for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Rhino has arranged with the WWF to step in to replace Sabu on the fund-raiser.
"Sabu will not be appearing, he decided to work Mexico and not tell anyone," explained the World of Hardcore Wrestling web site.
D'Amore has worked with Sabu for over seven years now, and considers him a friend. He is looking forward to hearing his side of the story and theorizes that there has to be more to the story.
"I've travelled with him quite a bit, and seen when he's no-showed people, but it's usually because of something that they've done to him," said D'Amore. "I've seen the man go through hell to make a show. I've seen him crash a car on the road and try and hitch-hike or take a car to get a rental to continue the drive, leaving a rental car wrecked on the side of the road so he can make the show."
CWF promoter Ernie Todd had more than a few choice words for Sabu in his weekly 'Straight Shooting' column in the CWF newsletter.
"I booked him in December, sent his ticket, retainer, work permit fee and all necessary paperwork February 5th, someone at his house received it February 6th, he cashed the $500.00 US cheque February 15th, and we were told his words were on Wednesday 'screw everyone, I am going to Mexico for two weeks.' I am out of pocket over $2000.00 from this dickhead!," wrote Todd.
"So Mr. Sabu will be receiving an e-mail and phone call from me, and if does not return my $500.00 US money, my plane ticket that I purchased for him and my $150.00 work permit, I will plaster his real name, phone number, cellular number, e-mail address and home address all over the internet. I am also considering driving down to Michigan and opening up both a civil suit for fraud as a result of him cashing my cheque and having no intention of showing up. I am sure if he is convicted, he wouldn't be able to travel out of the United States to work.
I would also suggest that the fans of wrestling take a good look at this hero of hardcore, as he is
nothing more than a rip off artist who burns legitimate promoters, wrestling fans and gives the
independents a bad reputation. He disappointed hundreds of fans here in Winnipeg, who were big
Sabu marks, hundreds of fans in his home state of Michigan, and I am sure he will continue to
disappoint thousands of fans in the future."
The irony of the situation is that Sabu, whose real name is Terry Brunt, got his start in southern Ontario working alongside his uncle, The Original Sheik, on 'Bearman' Dave McKigney's Big Time Promotions shows and other Ontario indies.
For the full text of Todd's column, see the CWF web site