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  1. The Thread Killer

    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    Not to disagree with @sek69 but to the best of my understanding, Jim Cornette is the person who brought the concept of a three person match into the 1990's and actually named it the Triple Threat Match in Smoky Mountain Wrestling in December of 1993 when he booked Dirty White Boy vs. Tracy Smothers vs. Brian Lee at Christmas Chaos 1993. Those three men fought each other three times in three days, and that was pretty much meant to be it for that gimmick. Cornette actually thought he had invented the idea but he says later on he found an old program from the 60's which listed a three way match on an NWA show in Texas. According to Cornette, Heyman has since admitted that he "borrowed" the idea from Smoky Mountain and started doing those matches in ECW starting in February 1994, when he ran Shane Douglas vs. Terry Funk vs. Sabu. I haven't gone back and looked this up, and I might be wrong but I think I remember Cornette saying that since Terry Funk was actually working in SMW and ECW around the same time, it might have been Funk who told Heyman about the idea. Cornette says that he didn't care that ECW started doing the matches because he only intended to use the idea of Triple Threat Matches once or twice a year at most, and that the idea of using the concept regularly is "fucking stupid." Cornette claims that Jim Ross called him from the WWF and asked him to explain the concept and how to book the matches. Cornette says that he gave JR and the WWF his blessing to steal the idea, but they ended up bastardizing the concept and using it as a way to protect Shawn Michaels from having to do jobs. Cornette is especially critical of the idea that a champion can lose his title without even being pinned...once again he claims that idea is "fucking stupid." Much like his opinion of other facets of modern Pro Wrestling, Cornette feels the Triple Threat Match has been grossly overdone to the point where you never see a WWE show now where there isn't at least some sort of multi-person match and the whole concept has been "prostituted, done, overdone, redone, rules changed, homogenized, pasteurized and sanitized to the point where it looks fucking stupid and it is stupid. What the fuck."
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    Comparing Numbers of Shows Per Era

    Basically, whoever controlled Maple Leaf Gardens controlled the Toronto territory and from around 1940 onward, that was the Tunney family. Frank Tunney had the exclusive right to book the Gardens. Whipper Billy Watson was pretty much the main star in Toronto and from what I understand he and Tunney were handling the booking. There were big matches here in Toronto featuring Watson and Lou Thesz and the like. Starting in the late 60's/early 70's, Tunney reached an agreement with The Sheik. From what I understand, he pretty much let The Sheik book his own angles. When I was a little kid, The Sheik used to wrestle at The Gardens around once a month and I think the shows drew pretty well. The problem is, they eventually became extremely formulaic. Some babyface would get hot, he would challenge The Sheik for his U.S. Title, and The Sheik would always escape with the title by getting disqualified for stabbing his opponent with a pencil or throwing a fireball or something like that. From what my Uncle told me (this was before my time, I was only a little kid at this point) the fans started to get tired of The Sheik never getting his comeuppance and the general attitude among fans was that there was no point in going to Maple Leaf Gardens to see The Sheik because you knew he was never going to lose. I guess one of the straws that broke the camel's back was when The Sheik fought Andre The Giant in the mid 70's. From what I have heard, Andre was really starting to get famous in Canada based on his time in Montreal, and everybody figured when he came to Toronto he would be the one who would finally put an end to The Sheik's reign of terror. My Uncle told me (and this might just be his memory, who knows) that Maple Leaf Gardens was actually sold out for The Sheik vs. Andre The Giant but once again...The Sheik lost by DQ only. After that, I think business went into the dumper. From what I recall, The Sheik ended up bringing in some of his own guys and eventually even did a pinfall job to Bobo Brazil, but by that point it was too little, too late. Thanks to his repetitive booking and refusal to lose to anybody, The Sheik pretty much killed Toronto dead as a territory. At that point, The Sheik and Frank Tunney ended up falling out and parted ways, and The Sheik actually ended up going to work for "Wildman" Dave McKigney and his "outlaw" Big Bear Sports promotion. They used to run shows in all the little towns around the Toronto area during the summer months when I was a kid, and they would draw a few hundred fans. Those shows usually only featured 5 matches or so...and would always have The Sheik fighting somebody like Whipper Watson Jr. and then Dave McKigney as "The Bearman" wrestling a bear. Dave McKigney is kind of infamous in the Toronto territory because the bear he used to keep ended up going nuts and mauling his wife to death. McKigney was killed in the same accident that killed Adrian Adonis and Pat Kelly of The Kelly Twins. After The Sheik, Toronto was still closely associated with the NWA. In February 1977, Harley Race beat Terry Funk for the NWA World's Heavyweight Championship in Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens, but from what I understand there was a period between when The Sheik went cold and before Crockett started working with Frank Tunney that Toronto was pretty much dead. According to Jim Crockett, Frank Tunney ended up reaching out to him and making a deal to bring the guys from Mid Atlantic up to Toronto in an effort to revive the territory. George Scott started booking for Tunney and in the late 70's/early 80's Toronto got really hot again, after a few years of the territory being pretty much dead thanks to The Sheik. One of my earliest Pro Wrestling memories as a kid was how hot the whole angle was between Hossein The Arab (The Iron Sheik) and King Kong Mosca when they feuded over the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship. For a while there, Toronto was getting all the best Mid Atlantic talent, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Greg Valentine, Sgt. Slaughter, John Studd, etc. I know from around 1980 - 1982, Toronto got really hot again. If you back and watch one of those old episodes of Maple Leaf Wrestling on YouTube it's pretty amazing the amount of talent they had. Tunney and Crockett ended up having some sort of falling out. I think Tunney was pretty notoriously cheap, for one. Jim Crockett talked about Tunney in the Shoot Interview he did with Conrad Thompson right before he died. Crockett didn't have a lot of respect for Frank Tunney, he claimed he was "stuck in the 1930's." Whatever the reason, Crockett stopped sending his best talent to Toronto. Then in 1983, Frank Tunney died and his nephew Jack Tunney took over. As soon as Vince McMahon started his national expansion, he made a deal with Jack Tunney to make the Toronto territory part of the WWF. This happened right around the time he bought rights to promote in Alberta from Stu Hart and Stu ended up shutting down Stampede. As soon as Vince started working with Jack Tunney, they started doing one of their weekly TV tapings up here at the Brantford Civic Center (which had been the same place they had filmed TV for years.) Also, as I'm sure everybody remembers, Jack Tunney started portraying the on screen "President" of the World Wrestling Federation on Television. In reality of course, he just worked for Vince as his promoter in Ontario. They kept running shows at Maple Leaf Gardens every 3-4 weeks but now with WWF talent. By this time I was in my teens and I never missed a show. I even went to a bunch of the smaller "C Shows" in the surrounding towns. I ended up getting a job selling posters and programs at the smaller shows, and even met Jack Tunney once. (He was an asshole.) Jack Tunney's biggest accomplishment was probably that massive house show he ran in Toronto at the Canadian National Exhibition, which featured Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff and Jake Roberts vs. Ricky Steamboat, that drew 74,000 fans and set an attendance record for that time. (That ended up being promoted on video as "The Big Event" as was available on the WWE Network at some point.) According to Kevin Nash, Jack Tunney was (much like his Uncle) a notorious cheapskate and the payoffs for working in Toronto were supposedly terrible. When Bret Hart ended up winning the WWF Championship, he supposedly convinced Vince McMahon to sever ties with Jack Tunney. Rumor has it Bret did not like how cheap Jack Tunney was, and I also remember hearing that there had been some sort of bad blood between the Tunney family and the Hart family. At one point when George Scott was booking Toronto and the Mid Atlantic stars were appearing in Toronto, Stampede Wrestling was also sending it's top stars to work in Toronto as well. Leo Burke actually appeared in Toronto regularly while he was the Stampede North American Champion, and Toronto actually recognized the title. I heard somewhere that Frank Tunney screwed Stu Hart somehow on that talent exchange deal and Bret never forgot or forgave that. Funny side note: infamous preliminary wrestler Barry Horowitz wrestled in the Toronto territory under the name "Brett Hart." So when Bret Hart came and worked in Toronto during the early 80's, he had to wrestle under the name "Buddy Hart." If you look on YouTube, you can find matches where Barry Horowitz is wrestling as Bret Hart and other matches with Bret wrestling as Buddy Hart. Anyhow...I am not sure the reason for the animosity, but as soon as Bret had Vince McMahon's ear, he convinced Vince to stop working with Jack Tunney. That's why as of the mid 90's, we stopped hearing about President Jack Tunney on WWF TV. The problem is, the Tunney family still had exclusive rights to promote at Maple Leaf Gardens, so after 1995 the WWF never promoted another show at Maple Leaf Gardens again. Jack Tunney retained those rights until he died. The WWF ended up running the SkyDome and CNE Coliseum, which is the venue that WWE runs in Toronto to this day...although they do run The Scotiabank Arena at times as well. Maple Leaf Gardens ended up being sold and turned into a distribution center for a major grocery retailer here in the Toronto Area. However, they kept the interior arena part of The Gardens intact, and it is now affiliated with Ryerson University. What used to be Maple Leaf Gardens is now the Mattamy Athletic Center. Pro Wrestling finally returned there a few years back when Ring of Honor ran a couple of shows there (which apparently didn't draw shit.) WWE decided to return to the venue and booked an NXT show at the Mattamy Athletic Center in 2016. It was promoted as WWE returning to Maple Leaf Gardens after 20 years. There was so much history in that building and I was so stoked at the prospect of Pro Wrestling returning to what used to be Maple Leaf Gardens, I bought tickets. I was especially excited because the Main Event was supposed to be Samoa Joe vs. Nakamura for the NXT Championship. Unfortunately, the response to the announcement was so overwhelming that WWE decided to move the show to the Air Canada Center. (That ended up being the show with The Revival vs. DIY in a classic Best out of 3 Falls match.) I decided not to go, because half the appeal of attending that show to me was being in the arena again...but I still have the unused tickets for the NXT show at Maple Leaf Gardens that never happened. I wanted to see Pro Wrestling at Maple Leaf Gardens one last time, but I guess that will never happen now.
  3. The Thread Killer

    The Thread Killer Talks Too Much: The Recaps

    I know a lot of people were less than enthused about the idea of a Jeff Jarrett podcast, and to a degree I get that. But a lot of people just have the automatic reaction of "Jeff Jarrett LOLTNA" and I think that might be a mistake. Like you said, there are things in his background which could be quite interesting. If you look at it... Jeff Jarrett literally grew up in the Pro Wrestling business. His Grandmother and then Father ran one of the most notorious territories in the entire territory system. Think of the things he probably saw just growing up. He actually worked in the dying days of the territories (I remember first seeing him in one of the Apter mags when I was around 15 years old) He has a run in the WWF at the tail end of their boom period He walks out on them after a contract dispute in 1996 He goes to WCW and becomes a member of the Four Horsemen He goes back to the WWF during the height of the Attitude Era He gets involved in a backstage conflict with the WWF's #1 star including that infamous "shoot" promo where he accuses Austin of being blasphemous so Austin refuses to work with him He walks out on Vince and actually holds him up for the money he is owed before he agrees to drop the IC title to Chyna He walks back into WCW into a Main Event spot due to his friendship with Vince Russo He's present for the death of WCW He gets told on live television that he's fired by Vince McMahon He starts TNA...including all the drama that involved in the early days due to the financial problems and conflict between his Father and Vince Russo He has a falling out with his Father and doesn't talk to him for years He gets involved with Panda Energy...there's probably a year's worth of podcasts right there He has a falling out with Vince Russo He gets run out of his own company for having an affair with the wife of one of TNA's top stars...right after his own wife dies of Cancer He starts Global Force He makes up with TNA He develops major league substance abuse problems and gets into all sorts of drama at independent shows and in Mexico He gets fired from TNA (again) He sues Impact Wrestling Then out of nowhere...he makes up with the WWF and gets inducted into the Hall of Fame and gets a producing job out of the deal There is a hell of a lot of potential material there...and it could be fascinating stuff. The only things standing in the way are, how forthcoming will Jarrett be with information,(especially since he works for Vince again) how good of a storyteller is he, and most importantly...is Conrad Thompson willing to actually delve into the interesting topics on that bullet point list, or is he going to make us relive the damn Attitude Era again, like he has with Prichard, Bischoff, JR and now Kurt Angle? I swear, I think Conrad has covered the final episode of Nitro with literally all of his co-hosts. I don't want to hear about that again. But if Jarrett is given the right topics, if he is willing to get into details, and is even remotely interesting...I think this could be one hell of a podcast. Apparently the topic for the debut episode is going to be the night he walked out on the WWF and held up Vince before he did the job for Chyna...so we'll see. I may take a crack at that, if I can get my hands on it.
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    The Thread Killer Talks Too Much: The Recaps

    I wanted to say thanks to everybody for their well wishes. It really means a lot, you have no idea. As far as my laptop goes...one night about a month ago before I went to bed, a message popped up saying I needed to install the latest round of Windows Updates, and the message also said that it was going to uninstall Adobe Flash because that program is no longer supported. I pressed the install button and went to bed. When I got up in the morning, my computer was frozen and I couldn't get it to boot. I tried a few different things, and eventually gave up and took it to a repair guy. He told me this was actually not an uncommon problem and the same thing had happened to several other people when they uninstalled Flash. Apparently the problem was that if you installed Flash yourself manually, Windows couldn't do the uninstall and it would screw up your operating system. The guy tried a factory reset and reinstalling the operating system, but it still wouldn't work. The guy figured that in the process of removing Flash, the Windows update had fried my Video Card, and which had in turn fried my motherboard. The guy told me that repair could cost as much as $350.00 and my laptop honestly wasn't worth a repair of that much. I asked him to rescue as much of my data as he could. I bought a used, reconditioned portable hard drive and the repair guy moved as much of my data as he could onto the portable hard drive. I learned my lesson, and I'm never letting that happen again. From now on, I'm backing everything up onto my new (used) portable hard drive. Here's the problem... I have saved all my podcasts and all my recaps in a folder directly on my desktop. It wasn't a shortcut it was actually a folder on my desktop. The dude I hired was able to salvage all my data that was saved in the file libraries of my fried laptop, and he transferred them onto my new (used) portable hard drive...but for whatever reason, all the stuff I had saved directly on my desktop was lost. That includes the recaps I had already written. I was well into recapping the episode of "Conversations with Conrad" featuring Jim Crockett Jr., and both the interview and the recaps were lost. Plus I had let my membership to Ad Free Shows lapse, so I had no way of getting the interview back...besides the idea of starting that recap all over again did not exactly fill me with happiness. I was actually leasing the laptop from one of those "Rent To Own" places, so when the repair guy I hired couldn't fix it, I just sent it back. The Rent To Own place had their repair guy look at it, and he told me the exact same thing the guy I hired told me. Trust me, if they could have fixed it they would have...because as it turns out, as a condition of my lease...if the laptop breaks while I am renting it, and it isn't my fault...then they have to replace it with no cost to me. So they begrudgingly gave me a brand new laptop, which is actually significantly better than the one that died. So when it comes to getting a new laptop, I'm in okay shape. The lease on this new one runs until November and then I own it...but as I said, this is actually a decent laptop compared to my old one. And I have a lot of my old files and stuff (music, movies, pictures, etc.) on my new portable hard drive...but the two main casualties were a folder with my work files, and my recaps. I have since discovered after doing some research that you should never save files directly on your desktop, because file backup and file recovery programs will not save files from your desktop. Who knew? I was in the process of trying to figure out what I wanted to do about that, when my condition took a turn for the worse and I ended up in and out of the hospital a couple of times. I have been off work for a couple of years dealing with this ongoing illness, and during that whole time my only real companion has been my dog. It wasn't unusual for me to have a day where I didn't interact with another person, or even talk to anybody...especially since the pandemic hit. But he was always with me, all the time like a family member. (Hell, I'd have taken him over a few members of my actual family.) As I posted here at PWO or listened to podcast and typed up recaps, he'd be laying across my feet. If I watched TV he'd sleeping across my lap. And no sooner did my laptop croak and I end up in and out of the hospital...and then he got very sick and passed away. By that point, I pretty much threw in the towel. I lost my enthusiasm for pretty much everything. As I said...I really do greatly appreciate everybody's kind words either in this thread, or by PM. It really does mean a great deal. I also appreciate the advice regarding the computer problems, and the very generous offers to assist me in getting a new one. But I am okay, in that department. I know from experience that after a while, (if my health allows) my interest in listening to podcasts will probably return, and I am sure my compulsive need to write needlessly long posts here at PWO will reassert itself, and it won't be long before I start posting recaps again. I am actually quite intrigued by the new podcast Jeff Jarrett is going to be doing with Conrad Thompson, and I am seriously considering resubscribing to Ad Free Shows in order to check that out. And if I do, then I will get access back to all the content that I lost in the great laptop disaster of 2021. Even the interminably long interview with cranky old Jim Crockett, during which he uttered the phrase "I don't remember" approximately 527,000 times. But in the meantime, I really did want to thank everybody for their kindness.
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    The Thread Killer Talks Too Much: The Recaps

    I am sorry I ended up kind of dropping this project. I am struggling with what to say here, and how much detail to give. Suffice it to say, I have shared in a couple of threads here at PWO that I am having some serious health problems. Without coming across as needlessly melodramatic or attention seeking, I will simply say my condition has taken a significant turn for the worse. While all this has been going on my laptop died, which had all my saved podcasts and recaps. I don’t know much about computers, but during this process I have learned two things. Firstly I don’t know what a motherboard is, but whatever it is, if it dies...you’re screwed. Secondly I really should have backed up everything on an external hard drive...which I did not. So I found myself having lost all my shows and recaps, and I was really sick on top of that. And then, just to add an extra kick in the teeth from life...my dog died just this week. I’ve had him for 12 years and during this illness he has been my constant companion 24/7. The heart has pretty much gone out of me at this point. I have managed to keep myself distracted during this whole process by farting around in the fantasy booking forum here at PWO. It has been a great distraction to keep me occupied as I have been bedridden and dealing with all this other crap. But doing recaps is actually a bit of work and I just have not felt up to it. I actually let my subscription to Ad Free Shows lapse. Being in and out of the hospital and dealing with all this other stuff, I haven’t listened to any podcasts in quite a while. I do appreciate the fact that people enjoyed the recaps I was doing, and who knows. Maybe at some point in the future I will pick it up again if I am able. I feel really stupid even mentioning any of this here. Reading this back, it comes across as if I am looking for sympathy or attention, and neither is the case. I always hated when people used message board posts as a cry for attention. As much as it sounds like that from me now, it really isn’t true. Let’s just say life is kicking my ass right now, and if it stops and I am capable of doing it, I will be more than happy to pick up this project again.
  6. One time I was at an amusement park and Austin Aries was there but he was too short to go on any of the grown up rides. He just ended up sitting on the kiddie train going around in circles with a really sad expression on his face and eating a banana. I know for sure it was him, because he wasn't wearing a mask.
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    Maple Leaf Wrestling

    Maple Leaf Wrestling House Show - Barrie Arena Muskoka Region Tour Night #1 - Barrie, Ontario April 15, 1981 Paid Attendance: 700 The Kelly Twins defeated The Marcus Brothers when Mike Kelly pinned Joe Marcus after a double flapjack Huge Tom Lintz defeated Cowboy Frankie Laine by submission with a bearhug The Executioner defeated Nick DeCarlo with a swinging neckbreaker Sweet Daddy Siki pinned No Class Bobby Bass Danny Bullwhip Johnson and Duke Myers went to a bloody Double Countout in a wild brawl * * * * * Maple Leaf Wrestling House Show - Bracebridge Community Centre Muskoka Region Tour Night #2 - Bracebridge, Ontario April 16, 1981 Paid Attendance: 550 The Marcus Brothers went to a 20 Minute Draw with Tim Gerrard & Scrap Iron Sheppard Huge Tom Lintz submitted Brian Mackney with a bearhug Vinnie Valentino pinned The Executioner with a Sunset Flip The Kelly Twins defeated Bullwhip Johnson & Cowboy Frankie Laine when Mike Kelly pinned Laine after an elbow drop from the second rope Sweet Daddy Siki defeated Duke Myers by DQ when "No Class" Bobby Bass interfered
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    Maple Leaf Wrestling

    Maple Leaf Wrestling Arena Show - North Wentworth Community Arena Hamilton, Ontario April 11, 1981 Paid Attendance: 4,500 (Sold Out) * * * * * Maple Leaf Wrestling returned to Hamilton on Sunday April 11, with a packed card featuring three big title matches. The Main Event of this show of course featured hometown favourite Dewey Robertson finally getting his shot at the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Champion, Big John Studd. In anticipation of this huge match and featuring several other highly anticipated bouts, the event was a complete Sell Out with standing room only by bell time. 1) Scott McGhee & George Wells vs. Scrap Iron Sheppard & Tim Gerrard Scott McGhee is a recently addition to the roster of Maple Leaf Wrestling and has been flying under the radar since his arrival. McGhee has not yet appeared on Maple Leaf Wrestling Television, nor has he appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens. What he has been doing though...is winning matches. Since showing up in Maple Leaf Wrestling, McGhee is undefeated and holds impressive victories already over Duke Myers, Bobby Bass and Moose Morowski. On top of that, McGhee has teamed with George Wells on a couple of occasions and the duo has already managed to secure a win over The Kelly Twins, which is no small accomplishment. McGhee is an Englishman who has made some waves in Florida and several appearances in Calgary as well. Whether it is as a singles performer or teaming with Big George, it seems like it will only be a matter of time until Scott McGhee makes a major impact in Maple Leaf Wrestling. This match was a fun opener and a dominant performance by McGhee and Wells. Scrap Iron Sheppard managed to give Wells a bit of trouble with some questionable tactics like an eye rake and attempted low blow, but the combination of the power of George Wells and the speed an athleticism of Scott McGhee was too much for Sheppard and Gerrard. The end came when George Wells flattened Tim Gerrard with his patented shoulder tackle to the midsection, followed by a breathtaking flying elbow smash from the top rope from Scott McGhee. Official Result: Scott McGhee & George Wells defeated Scrap Iron Sheppard & Tim Gerrard at 6:27 when McGhee pinned Gerrard following a top rope elbow drop. 2) The Assassins Alliance vs. Vinnie Valentino, Nick DeCarlo & Salvatore Bellomo The Assassins Alliance was represented during this match by the combination of The Grapplers and The Destroyer. The Assassin was at ringside acting as Manager, and The Executioner was also in the corner of his new teammates. By now of course, most Maple Leaf Wrestling fans have seen the shocking events of the most recent episode of Maple Leaf Wrestling Television on Channel 11. The Executioner was having a match with Vinnie Valentino when The Grapplers, The Destroyer and The Assassin surrounded the ring and attacked Vinnie Valentino with no provocation whatsoever. This Six Man Tag Match took place on the heels of that attack, so tensions were high during this match. The fans in Hamilton had obviously seen the attack by The Assassins Alliance because the reaction to the masked men was quite hostile. This was a very exciting Six Man Tag Match. Vinnie Valentino is quite a flamboyant high flyer and he had the fans coming out of their seats with a series of stunning dropkicks and even a theatrical back flip. The Grapplers and The Destroyer are all accomplished mat wrestlers and skilled technicians who did an excellent job of slowing the pace down and grounding the high flyer. The masked men managed to isolate the charismatic Nick DeCarlo at one point and cut him off from his teammates. After torturing DeCarlo with a long series of leg holds and twists and submission attempts, DeCarlo was finally able to scramble to his corner thanks to Vinnie Valentino breaking up an attempted cover. DeCarlo tagged in Salvatore Bellomo, who did his best but ended up falling to The Grappler after a big boot to the face. It appeared that The Assassin may have discreetly slid some sort of object into the ring and The Grappler loaded his boot up prior, but the referee did not see it. Official Result: The Grapplers & The Destroyer defeated Vinnie Valentino, Nick DeCarlo & Salvatore Bellomo at 9:13 when The Grappler pinned Bellomo following a boot to the face. After the match, The Assassin and The Executioner slid into the ring and joined The Grapplers and The Destroyer in a 5 on 3 beating on Valentino, DeCarlo and Bellomo. The situation may have gotten out of hand and become much worse, but fortunately Bruno Sammartino Jr. and Tony "Cannonball" Parisi. When the odds were even, The Assassins Alliance beat a hasty retreat and the five fan favourites took the centre of the ring and held their arms high, to the cheers of the crowd. 3) Iron Mike Sharpe vs. Kelly Kiniski (with Whipper Watson Jr.) A show in Hamilton just wouldn't be complete without an appearance from "Canada's Greatest Athlete" himself...the bombastic Hamilton native, Iron Mike Sharpe. As always, even though he is clearly considered a villain everywhere else he goes, Iron Mike returned to Hamilton to a hero's welcome. And as always, Iron Mike Sharpe seemed a bit puzzled and taken aback by the fact the fans were loudly cheering him when he was conducting himself in a manner which normally results in him being roundly booed. As per usual, Iron Mike Sharpe commandeered the house microphone and insisted he be announced as "Canada's Greatest Athlete" which resulted in the first of many cheers from the sold out crowd. Poor Kelly Kiniski is not used to sharing the adulation of the crowd with his opponent, but he managed to be a good sport about it...for the most part. Kiniski is one of the smoothest, most underrated technical wrestlers in Maple Leaf Wrestling. Since he has been wrestling mostly Tag Team matches with his partner Whipper Watson Jr. and embroiled in the ongoing rivalry with Moose Morowski and The Kelly Twins, the fans may not have noticed how highly skilled Kiniski is...but this was a rare singles performance for him and he managed to make the most of it. Kiniski expertly took Sharpe down with a hip toss into a side headlock which of course brought the legendary verbal skills of Iron Mike Sharpe into full display. Kiniski pretty much exerted his will on Sharpe on the mat, while Sharpe bellowed in frustration. Eventually Sharpe battled his way to his feet, and as good as Kiniski is, he was not going to win a slugfest with Iron Mike Sharpe. The tide really turned in the favour of Iron Mike Sharpe when Kelly Kiniski missed a flying body press from the top rope. After that, Sharpe maintained his advantage with a series of stomps and forearm smashes and Iron Mike Sharpe definitely had Kiniski on the defensive. It was then Iron Mike Sharpe began to subtly adjust his infamous black leather forearm brace...and it became clear that he was "loading it up" for his patented forearm shot. At this point, Kiniski's partner Whipper Watson Jr. became highly agitated on the outside of the ring. It was clear Kiniski and Watson had closely studied Sharpe and knew what was coming. Whipper Watson Jr. jumped on the ring apron and began to remonstrate the referee, ordering him to check Sharpe's brace. Unfortunately, Iron Mike Sharpe used this distraction to his advantage. While the referee was arguing with Watson, Iron Mike Sharpe levelled Kelly Kiniski with a loaded forearm shot to the top of the head, and as Kiniski stumbled around stunned from the blow....Iron Mike Sharpe climbed to the second turnbuckle, measured Kelly Kiniski off and smashed him over the head a second time with the loaded forearm shot. Watson jumped back down to the floor but by that point it was too late. Official Result: Iron Mike Sharpe defeated Kelly Kiniski via pinfall at 7:17 with a forearm smash to the head from the second rope. The fans gave Iron Mike a rousing cheer after his victory which left him looking slightly baffled. Although Sharpe is a solid professional, this victory could be viewed as an upset. Maybe it's just me and I might be reading too much into it, but it seemed that once he had regained his senses Kelly Kiniski looked somewhat annoyed with Whipper Watson Jr. for distracting the referee and possibly even costing him the match. Regardless, the two Second Generation Superstars made their way back to the dressing room together, so all appears to be well. 4) The Della Serra Brothers (with Pretty Boy Floyd Creatchman) vs. Tony "Cannonball" Parisi & Bruno Sammartino Jr. This match was a non-title affair and the NWA International Tag Team Championships were not on the line during this contest. This is one of the first times Tony Parisi and Bruno Jr. have teamed up, and the theme of this match was not championships, it was revenge...plain and simple. As you doubtless remember, last month The Della Serra Brothers seriously injured Tony "Cannonball" Parisi when they defeated Parisi and Dominic DeNucci in the Quarterfinals of the NWA International Tag Team Championship Tournament. That attack was deliberate and brutal, and continued after the match was already over. The repeated blows to the head and neck of Tony Parisi from The Della Serra Brothers put Parisi out of action for over a month...so tonight he was out for revenge and he had the son of Bruno Sammartino with him for backup. It is well known that Tony Parisi is an old friend of the legendary Bruno Sammartino, so it made perfect sense for Bruno's son to provide backup to his father's old friend. This match got off to a hot start, with Tony Parisi obviously in the mood for revenge. Parisi took a run at both brothers and landed a couple of nice dropkicks, following up with a series of punches and kicks. With Bruno Jr.'s help, Parisi actually managed to clear the ring. Once the referee restored order and the match settled down, the clear advantage went to The Della Serra Brothers. This is one of the first times Tony Parisi and Bruno Jr. have worked as a team, and they are not brothers...so The Della Serra Brothers obviously had the upper hand when it came to teamwork. Bob and Rocky also had the upper hand when it came to bending and breaking the rules, as these two men have perfected the art of distracting the referee to gain an unfair advantage. There were several times during this match that one brother would enter the ring illegally, and while the referee was ordering the man back to his corner, the legal man would resort to an unfair tactic like a choke hold. At one point, The Della Serra Brothers got the upper hand on Bruno Jr. and moved in and out using quick tags, stunning the youngster with a series of knee drops and a double atomic drop. Eventually, Bruno managed to duck a double clothesline attempt from The Della Serra Brothers, and made the diving tag. Tony "Cannonball" Parisi came in like the proverbial house on fire, and sent Bob Della Serra over the top rope with a clothesline. Parisi planted Rocky into the mat with three successive body slams, and then climbed to the top rope, setting him up for his famous "Cannonball" manoeuvre...at which point, Pretty Boy Floyd Creatchman leapt to the apron and pushed Parisi to the mat, right in front of the referee. There was no choice but to call for the disqualification. As you can imagine, the fans were not pleased. Parisi rolled out of the ring and grabbed a chair, chasing Creatchman and both Della Serra Brothers up the aisle...but Cannonball was denied his revenge tonight. Official Result: Bruno Sammartino Jr. & Tony "Cannonball" Parisi defeated The Della Serra Brothers by Disqualification at 14:22 when Floyd Creatchman interfered in the match. Considering the fact that Sammartino Jr. and Parisi appeared earlier in the evening to provide backup to Vinnie Valentino, Nick DeCarlo and Sal Bellomo, and that they now hold a DQ victory over the Tag Team Champions...you have to wonder what future Bruno Sammartino Jr. has with The Second Generation Superstars...and if a Tag Team Title match might be in the future for Sammartino Jr. and Parisi. 5) King Kong Mosca vs. Moose Morowski As loud as the ovation was for Hamilton's own Iron Mike Sharpe earlier in this show, you can double it and then some when the fans saw the man they call "King Kong." Angelo Mosca's hometown crowd did not let him down, and the Pro Football Legend turned Pro Wrestler received a thunderous ovation when he squared off with Moose Morowski. There was nothing fancy about this match, this was just a good old fashioned brawl between two big 300 pound men trying to exert their will on one another. Normally Mosca has the size, strength and aggression advantage but that was not the case here. Moose was able to pretty much match King Kong in all categories. Proof of that can be seen in the fact that Mosca tried to slap on his Sleeper Hold, but Moose Morowski gamely fought it off. Mosca then went for his Full Nelson, but he was unable to hold Morowski in place long enough to clamp that on, as well. The end finally came when Morowski gained a temporary advantage with a series of rapid fire punches to the breadbasket of Mosca, but then he went too far and tried to climb to the second turnbuckle and come off with a double axehandle smash across the back of Mosca. Angelo Mosca recovered too quickly for Moose Morowski to execute his plan, and managed to grab Moose as he was coming off the ropes, using the momentum for perfect swinging powerslam. That knocked enough wind out of Moose Morowski temporarily to give King Kong the advantage long enough to score the win. Official Result: Angelo "King Kong" Mosca defeated Moose Morowski at 5:17 with a powerslam 6) NWA Canadian Television Championship Match: The Great Hossein Arab (c) (with Pretty Boy Floyd Creatchman) vs. Johnny Weaver The Great Hossein was definitely in tough for his first defense of his newly won Canadian TV Title. Promoter Frank Tunney selected the wily veteran Johnny "Buzzsaw" Weaver as Hossein's first opponent. Weaver is no stranger to high profile matches and he is no stranger to winning championships, either. As is now standard practice, The Great Hossein started this contest by taking the house microphone from Norm Kimber and berating the crowd, reminded them that Iran was number one, and Canada was...not. This went over with the fans in Hamilton about as well as you would expect. This match was somewhat of a polar opposite of the match which came before it...where Mosca vs. Morowski was a back and forth brawl, this match was a tightly contested scientific Pro Wrestling chess match. Due to his nefarious tactics and bombastic personality, it is easy to forget that The Great Hossein is actually a former medallist in amateur Greco-Roman wrestling. This match started off slowly, with both men trying to take the other to the mat. There were a series of impressive throws and recoveries, and a series of brilliant suplexes on Johnny Weaver by The Great Hossein. Weaver eventually decided to abandon his mat based strategy...perhaps feeling he had found his equal in that department...and instead focused on trying to slap on his famous Sleeper Hold. After an extended sequences of go behind waist locks and reversals, Johnny Weaver actually had The Great Hossein bent over, near the ropes and in a position to have the Sleeper slapped on...and that is when Pretty Boy Floyd Creatchman made his presence felt. Creatchman surreptitiously rolled up Hossein's Iranian flag and quickly jabbed it through the ropes into Weaver's midsection. Weaver doubled over, which gave The Great Hossein a perfect chance to execute a belly-to-back suplex, and put the helpless Johnny Weaver in position for the Camel Clutch...from which there seems to be no escape. Official Result: The Great Hossein Arab successfully defended his NWA Canadian Television Championship by submitted Johnny Weaver with the Camel Clutch at 12:52 This was the second time tonight that Pretty Boy Floyd Creatchman had interfered in a match. First he pushed Tony "Cannonball" Parisi from the top rope during the Tag Team Match with The Della Serra Brothers...and now he had poked Johnny Weaver in the throat with the flagpole. The fans were irate, booing, jeering and even throwing trash as Creatchman tried to lead Hossein up the aisle. However, the fans soon changed their tune as King Kong Mosca stormed down the aisle and laid waste to both Hossein and Creatchman. To the deafening cheers of the fans, Mosca clotheslined both Creatchman and Hossein on the floor...and then as the people continued to go crazy, Mosca snapped the Iranian flag in half and proceeded to choke Hossein with it. Eventually a herd of security personnel and referees managed to break up the melee, as Creatchman and Hossein fled the scene. THE MAIN EVENT For the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship Big John Studd (c) vs. Dewey Robertson Studd is managed by Pretty Boy Floyd Creatchman, of course...but due to the beating Creatchman had just taken at the hands of King Kong Mosca during the fallout of the previous match, Big John Studd came to the ring alone. Dewey Robertson came to the ring to one of the loudest ovations I have ever heard. The fans in Hamilton love their hometown boy, and this unassuming strongman loves them back. Norm Kimber made the introductions, the lights went down and the two powerhouses locked up. The atmosphere was electric. This match was somewhat similar to many other Big John Studd title defenses. Studd's matches are generally not long, and they are usually not technical exhibitions like the match we just saw between Weaver and Hossein. The general strategy during a Big John Studd title defense is that the opponent spends the entire match trying unsuccessfully to knock the Canadian Champion off his feet...and it is very rare that ever happens. Sweet Daddy Siki was able to knock the giant down a couple of months ago in Ottawa thanks to his famous headbutts and a beautiful dropkick...but usually the Canadian Champion stays firmly on his feet. Of course...Big John Studd usually has the power advantage and that may not have been the case here...which is a very rare occurrence. Dewey took a run at Studd and hit him with everything he had. Robertson rebounded off the ropes and hit a shoulderblock right into Studd's chest...but he could not knock him down. Studd actually mocked Robertson, and dared him to try again...which Dewey did, with then same results. Robertson tried clotheslines, and Studd was rocked a bit...but he would not go down. After trying several times to knock Big John Studd off his feet, Dewey Robertson bounced off the ropes and was set to try again, when Studd stopped Robertson short and locked the big man up in a punishing bearhug right in the middle of the ring. Big John Studd kept Dewey Robertson locked up in the middle of the ring for several long minutes, as the fans stomped their feet and clapped their hands in unison, trying to encourage their hometown hero to victory. The referee held Robertson's arm up and it dropped once, twice...and just before it fell the third time Dewey Robertson managed to keep his arm aloft, and broke the bearhug with a desperate punch to the face. However, Studd stayed on the offensive and draped Robertson throat first across the top rope. Studd then used his own massive leg to drive Robertson's throat across the rope...and just held him there. It was only when the referee made the five count and threatened Studd with disqualification that the Champion let Robertson up. Big John Studd grabbed Dewey Robertson by the arm and flung him into the ropes, and attempted to nail Robertson with a big boot to the face...but Dewey ducked. Robertson rebounded, leapt into the air and hit Studd right in the chest with a flying shoulder tackle. Studd did not go down...but he was rocked. As the fans went crazy, Dewey Robertson went to work on Big John Studd, battering him with a series of double axehandle smashes to the torso and midsection. Big John Studd actually doubled over, and then Dewey Robertson did something very few men have ever done...he reached down, scooped Big John Studd up...and slammed him, right in the middle of the ring. The roof blew off the North Wentworth Arena as Dewey Robertson bodyslammed Big John Studd. Robertson dropped an elbow smash across the Champion's chest for good measure and then made the cover. The referee went down to make the count...and suddenly out of nowhere Pretty Boy Floyd Creatchman sprinted down the aisle (looking the worse for wear after being clotheslined by King Kong Mosca earlier) and slid into the ring. Just as the referee's hand was coming down for the count of three as the fans counted along, Floyd Creatchman jumped into the air and dropped an elbow across the back of the referee, breaking the count. The bell immediately rang, and there was mass confusion. Some fans thought referee Terry Yorkston had completed the three count before Floyd Creatchman attacked him...but Yorkston crawled to the ropes and shouted at Norm Kimber, who announced that Big John Studd had been disqualified due to outside interference. Dewey Robertson was declared the winner as a result of the disqualification, but as we all know (and as Norm Kimber reminded the fans) the Championship can not change hands as a result of a disqualification. Official Result: Dewey Robertson defeated Big John Studd via Disqualification at 5:07 due to the interference of Pretty Boy Floyd Creatchman. The fans had seen enough. First Creatchman had pushed Tony "Cannonball" Parisi from the top rope, costing him the victory against The Della Serra Brothers. Then he had jabbed Johnny Weaver in the throat, causing him to lose to The Great Hossein. And now...he had broken up the count and cost their hometown hero his chance to become the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Champion, after Dewey Robertson had managed to actually bodyslam Big John Studd in the middle of the ring. The boos and jeers were overwhelming, and trash was thrown from all sides...pelting the ring, Studd and Creatchman. Norm Kimber got on the house microphone and made a desperate plea for calm, begging the fans to return to their seats and stop throwing garbage at the ring. And then the fans started to come over the barricades, trying to get their hands on Pretty Boy Floyd Creatchman. The bell was rung repeatedly, and a crowd of referees, security personnel and backstage officials all charged down to the ringside area to try and maintain order. But the fans kept coming. Finally, several police officers ended up rushing to the ring and cuffing a few of the more hostile fans. Studd and Creatchman were escorted back up the aisle by a crowd of officials, as the fans continued to hurl abuse and debris at them. The house lights went up to end the show, but it remains to be seen what the fallout will be from this historic event.
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    Maple Leaf Wrestling

    I still remember when I was around 14 years old, I was watching the WWF show on Saturday morning and they showed a local promo interview with The Iron Sheik and Mean Gene (or "Gene Mean" as Iron Sheik called him.) The Iron Sheik started listing off all the WWF talent he was going to beat and started challenging everybody. I remember it vividly. He started with: - The Superman Snuka - The JVD (I can only assume he was referring to JYD but with The Iron Sheik you never know) -Greg "ahamma" Valentine And my personal all time favorite...Brutus Briefcase. I died laughing. From that date forward, Brutus Beefcake permanently became "Brutus Briefcase" to me and all my friends who watched wrestling. To this day, if we are talking about Pro Wrestling and Beefcake comes up, we still refer to him as The Brutus Briefcase.
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    MACW 1981

    I agree. @LowBlowPodcast is doing a great job at balancing what is probably the most talented and stacked roster in this whole project. Those are some really fun looking shows. You are getting so much more out of Rocky than I did...I am really glad you got him!
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    AWA 1981

    The East-West Connection vs The Wild Samoans is a definite dream match...that would be one hell of a Main Event for sure. I never was a Greg Gagne fan, so I have to admit I was very happy to see Buddy "Budro" Landell beat him as well! Great stuff!
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    CWA Memphis 1981

    I really wanted to compliment you @GeneJackson95, reading the great stuff that you and @LowBlowPodcast have been doing with your weekly TV has given me a great example of how to do it myself and really helped me up my game. You do some great work, I love the use of graphics and dialogue. I always try and keep my own stuff as close to as real as possible...anything I do in Maple Leaf Wrestling I want to seem like something that could have happened there back in 1981. I haven't seen much Memphis but I absolutely love what you're doing with Lawler and Funk. Plus the great stuff with the real original Midnight Express too...plus Koko Ware and Wayne Ferris...this is just outstanding stuff. Hats off.
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    Maple Leaf Wrestling

    Maple Leaf Wrestling TV April 10, 1981 (Taped from the Brampton Civic Center in Brampton, Ontario on 04/05/81) We open to Mike McMan and Billy Red Lyons in front of the Maple Leaf Wrestling backdrop. They welcome us to another exciting edition of Maple Leaf Wrestling on CHCH TV 11. Mike McMan: “Fans before we get to the action, we want to show you a recap of what happened at the big show this past weekend at Maple Leaf Gardens.” Billy Red Lyons: “That’s right Mike. We saw The Della Serra Brothers win the tournament to be crowned as the new NWA International Tag Team Champions, but that was only half the story. The way Bob and Rocky Della Serra won those titles was controversial to say the least.” As Mike McMan and Billy Red Lyons discuss the events of last Sunday at Maple Leaf Gardens, the fans are shown still pictures of “Pretty Boy” Floyd Creatchman helping The Della Serra Brothers win the Tag Team Championships, and then joining NWA Canadian Heavyweight Champion Big John Studd and the NWA Canadian Television Champion The Great Hossein Arab in the ring. Mike McMan: “We now take you to these prerecorded comments that were filmed backstage at Maple Leaf Gardens this past Sunday night.” We are taken to a video promo. We see Big John Studd standing on the far left, with the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship over his shoulder. In the middle, we see the Della Serra Brothers, proudly wearing their newly won NWA International Tag Team Championships around their waists. On the far right, we see The Great Hossein Arab, wearing his newly won NWA Canadian Television Championship title around his waist. Hossein is proudly waving the flag of Iran. In the center and standing in the forefront is a grinning Pretty Boy Floyd Creatchman. He is resplendent in his powder blue slacks and sequined pink blazer and he looks absolutely ecstatic. Creatchman is holding a microphone and he begins to speak... Pretty Boy Floyd Creatchman: “From the moment I came to Toronto from Montreal...a real city by the way...I have been telling you ignorant fans that Pretty Boy Floyd Creatchman was going to be running Maple Leaf Wrestling. I told you it was only a matter of time. Well that time has come. The time is now. Look at the talent standing in front of you. Every single champion in Maple Leaf Wrestling is managed by Pretty Boy Floyd Creatchman. For months and months, I have been managing the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Champion, Big John Studd. He has been absolutely destroying every man who has been put in front of him. And that isn’t going to change.” Big John Studd: “That’s right. I’ve beat them all, and next week in Hamilton...in front of your hometown fans, you’re next on the list Dewey Robertson. You thought you pulled a fast one on me by earning this shot...when you didn’t even beat me to earn it. But that’s fine with me. These people love you so much. They think you’re such a big hero. But that’s not going to help you. Next Sunday, you go down...just another man slammed into the mat and destroyed by Big John Studd.” Pretty Boy: “When they announced this Tag Team Tournament, did I think I was just going to sit back and watch as those titles went to somebody who wasn’t managed by me? Of course I wasn’t. So I got on the phone, to two of my dearest, oldest friends. I called Vancouver, and I spoke to my good friend Rocky Della Serra. And I asked him to come to Toronto. And then I called down to Puerto Rico, and I spoke to my old friend Bob Della Serra. And I asked him to come to Toronto. You see, I’ve know these two men from years and years, during our days in Montreal. And I told them if they listened to me, that in no time, they would be wearing those Tag Team Championship Titles. And they did listen to me. And look at them now.” Rocky Della Serra: “Let me tell you something...I was happy to come and see my very close personal friend Floyd Creatchman, who has been a dear friend to my family all these years. And I was happy for a chance to work with my brother Bob again. And I knew we would win those Tag Team Titles. But you know what made me extra happy? You know what made this even better? The chance to beat up on that big, stupid dope Dino Bravo.” Bob Della Serra: “Ha Ha Ha...that’s right! Hey Dino, how’s your back? Hey Dino, see what happens to people who don’t mind their own business? Now you know. Nobody asked you to stick your stupid nose in when my brother and I were beating up Parisi and old man DeNucci. But you did. And nobody asked to hear what you thought about me and my brother representing Italy, or Canada, or Quebec or whatever...but you had to flap your big mouth...and look at you now. You’re crippled and you lost your Canadian TV Title to The Great Hossein.” The Great Hossein Arab: “That’s right. Exactly. Mr. Floyd Creepman, he come to me and he say Hossein, if you work for me I help you win the TV Champion. All you have to do is break the back of the Dino Brago. And I do it. All intelligent Canadian wrestling fan, they all see The Great Hossein put that no good Italian Canadian in the Camel Clutch and I break your back, and now Hossein is the champion! Iran, number one! Canada? Patooey! Camera man! Camera man! Zoom...zoom on Hossein!” The camera shot lingers for a moment on Floyd Creatchman grinning as all four of his clients show off their respective championship belts, as the picture fades. We return to Mike McMan and Billy Red Lyons standing in front of the Maple Leaf Wrestling logo. Mike McMan: “Strong words from Floyd Creatchman and Pretty Boy International, but you can just bet that isn’t going to sit well with quite a few people here in Maple Leaf Wrestling.” Billy Red Lyons: “That’s exactly right, Mike. And we’ll be seeing a couple of those people in action this week here on Maple Leaf Wrestling. We’ve got the number one contender to the Canadian Heavyweight Championship in action, plus we’ll be seeing King Kong Mosca. And in our Main Event this week, the young newcomer Vinnie Valentino goes up against The Executioner. Let’s go to the ring!” VS. We switch to the ring where we see Scrap Iron Sheppard in the far corner, removing his black leather vest and peculiar looking biker helmet. Norm Kimber announces Sheppard to the crowd at the Brantford Civic Centre, who give “Scrap Iron” a lukewarm reception at best. However, the crowd reaction changes when we see Dewey Robertson emerge from behind the curtain and make his way down the aisle to the ring. Dewey Robertson exchanges high fives and hand shakes with many of the people who reach out to him, and receives a rousing ovation as he is introduced by Norm Kimber. As soon as the bell rings, Dewey Robertson charges at Scrap Iron Sheppard and flattens him with a shoulder block. Robertson pulls Sheppard to his feet and then plants him back into the mat with a massive powerslam. As Robertson pulls Sheppard to his feet again, Sheppard rakes Robertson’s eyes. As Robertson backs away temporarily, Sheppard goes on the offensive. Sheppard peppers Robertson’s midsection with a barrage of punches, and as Robertson stoops over slightly, Sheppard bashes Robertson across the back of the neck with a series of sharp elbows. Dewey Robertson looks slightly staggered, so Sheppard grabs him around the wrist and tries to whip Robertson into the ropes...but Dewey Robertson is far too powerful. Robertson angrily yanks his arm back and in the process almost takes Scrap Iron Sheppard right out of his boots with a clothesline. Dewey Robertson pulls the stunned Scrap Iron Sheppard to his feet, and easily hoists Sheppard across his shoulders. With a thumbs up to the fans who are loudly cheering him on, Dewey Robertson propels himself backward with all his strength, almost crushing Scrap Iron Sheppard with a massive Samoan Drop. Robertson makes the cover and it’s an easy one, two and three! Norm Kimber: “Here is your winner: DEWEY ROBERTSON!” The fans continue to cheer as Dewey Robertson rolls out of the ring and joins Lord Athol Layton who is standing at ringside with a microphone... Lord Athol Layton: “Dewey Robertson, a very impressive win over Scrap Iron Sheppard. Dewey, you must be very excited for this Sunday night in your home town of Hamilton, where you finally get your shot at Big John Studd and the Canadian Heavyweight Championship.” Dewey Robertson: “That’s right, Lord Athol Layton. It’s finally here. It’s finally time. No more waiting. Big John Studd has been ducking me, and trying to avoid facing me like a man, one on one. Everybody saw how he distracted me and helped cost me and King Kong Mosca those Tag Team Championship belts last week in Maple Leaf Gardens. And you know why he did that? Because he’s scared. Because he knows I can beat him. That’s the same reason he hides behind that wimp Pretty Boy Creatchman. Because Big John Studd doesn’t have the courage to face me, man to man. He talks a big game and his manager talks a big game...but when it comes down to it, they both know the same thing that all these great fans know. They know what all the fans of Maple Leaf Wrestling know...that when it is finally just Dewey Robertson against Big John Studd, then I am going to take that Canadian Heavyweight Championship!” Dewey Robertson points into the camera with a deadly serious expression on his face as we go to commercial... ~COMMERCIAL BREAK~ We return to commercial to the sight of Angelo Mosca and Tim Gerrard standing in opposite corners of the ring. Norm Kimber is making the introductions and as expected, the response to Tim Gerrard is somewhat tepid at best, but the ovation for King Kong Mosca is almost deafening. It should be noted that Mosca looks exceptionally intense and almost angry...even for him. VS. Mike McMan: “We’re getting ready for our next match here, Billy and it has to be said that Angelo Mosca does not look happy this week.” Billy Red Lyons: “He sure doesn’t, Mike. Although you have to think King Kong Mosca would be overwhelmed by the amount of fan support he is getting from these people. Just a few short months ago he was one of the most hated men in Maple Leaf Wrestling, but thanks to his rescue of Dewey Robertson from the attack by The Great Hossein Arab and Mr. Fuji, the fans of Maple Leaf Wresting have really adopted Angelo Mosca as one of their own.” Mike McMan: “Speaking of The Great Hossein Billy, I think it’s a pretty safe bet to assume that it is Hossein who is responsible for that angry expression on the face of King Kong Mosca this week, considering what went down at Maple Leaf Gardens last Sunday.” As soon as the bell rings to start the match, Angelo Mosca growls in anger and barrels across the ring toward the hapless Tim Gerrard. Mosca bowls Gerrard right over and flattens him with his famous “chop block” which he made famous during his playing days in the CFL. Gerrard is rolling around on the mat holding his leg and knee in agony, but Mosca stays on the attack! Mosca starts mercilessly stomping Tim Gerrard into the mat, and then reaches down and hauls him to his feet. Mosca derisively slaps Tim Gerrard across the face, and then whips him into the ropes at full speed. As soon as Gerrard rebounds off the ropes, Mosca is right there and grabs Tim Gerrard, locking him in a Full Nelson! King Kong Mosca starts to crank the submission hold with his all his strength, as Tim Gerrard thrashing around like a helpless rag doll. You can hear Tim Gerrard screaming as the referee immediately calls for the bell. Angelo Mosca tosses Tim Gerrard aside and rolls out of the ring with a crazed expression on his face, as Norm Kimber makes it official... Norm Kimber: “Here is your winner...ANGELO “KING KONG” MOSCA!” Lord Athol Layton looks a little tentative as he approaches Angelo Mosca. Lord Athol Layton: “Quite a convincing win for you this week Mr. Mosca...” King Kong Mosca: “HOSSEIN! HOSSEIN! Did you see that?” Mosca points at the ring, where the referee is trying to revive the barely conscious Tim Gerrard. King Kong Mosca: “That’s your future, Hossein The Arab! That’s going to be you! Just a couple of months ago, I sat in the back and watched you and Mr. Fuji attack Dewey Robertson for no good reason. And even though at that time Dewey Robertson was no real friend of mine...he’s a fellow Hamilton native and an honorable man, so I decided to even the odds and help him out. And what did you do? You and Fuji attacked me and threw salt in my eyes and hit me with your flag of Iran while I was down. But we came back at you, and in Maple Leaf Gardens we beat you like dogs...so you cheated again. You threw salt at us again. But we were patient. We knew your time would come. And then in Hamilton last month, me and Dewey we finally got you where we wanted you...and we beat you right in the middle of that ring, in front of our people. One, two, three. And that must have really gotten under your skin, eh Hossein? First you hide behind those two goons The Della Serra Brothers...and don’t think for a moment I’m finished with them, by the way...and then you cheat Dino Bravo out of his Television Championship. And you brag about it, and act like you won it fair and square, when all these people saw what you all did, and they know the truth. You stole that belt. And now you hire that scrawny little loudmouth geek, Pretty Boy Floyd Creatchman. And you decide to get your revenge. Every fan of Maple Leaf Wrestling saw you come out there in Maple Leaf Gardens last Sunday. You hit me over the head with that flag of Iran...and you robbed me and Dewey of the chance to become the new Tag Team Champions. Well guess what, Hossein? You just made the biggest mistake you could ever make in your life. Nobody, and I mean nobody does that to King Kong Mosca. I won’t stand for it. The people won’t stand for it. You think you’re going to be the Canadian Television Champion? I don’t think so. You’re on notice, Hossein. You, and that skinny little loudmouth manager of yours. And if that big goon John Studd gets in my way, or if those lousy, no good Della Serra Brothers try and get in my way? I’ll smash them, just like I’m going to smash you. I’m coming for you. I’m gonna break your neck. I’m going to take that Canadian Television Championship. And then as an added bonus, for all these people...for every time you’ve insulted this country, and spat at us? I’m going to take that precious flag you love so much, and I’m going to roll it up and I’m on going to stick it...you know where!” King Mosca glares at the commercial for one last moment and walks away, leaving Lord Athol Layton stunned and speechless, as we go to commercial... ~COMMERCIAL BREAK~ We come back to the ring to see the handsome young newcomer Vinnie Valentino in the ring, standing across from the masked Executioner. Norm Kimber makes the introductions, and it’s no surprise that Vinnie Valentino gets a rousing reception, especially from the ladies in attendance. VS. Mike McMan: “It’s time for our Main Event for this week, Billy.” Billy Red Lyons: “That’s right Mike, we’re going to be getting one of our first looks at the popular and handsome young newcomer Mr. Vinnie Valentino. Before we check out this match though, I want to mention that next week we’ll be hearing from Dino Bravo and seeing him in action, if he’s recovered enough from that attack last week.” Mike McMan: “We all saw what The Della Serra Brothers did to Dino Bravo right here on Maple Leaf Wrestling last week, and then of course they followed it up with another cowardly attack this past Sunday at Maple Leaf Gardens, and basically cost Dino the Canadian Television Championship by attacking him before his defense against The Great Hossein.” Billy Red Lyons: “We hope Dino Bravo will have sufficiently recovered from his injuries by next week, but in the meantime it will be great to get a look at this exciting rookie we’ve been hearing so much about, Vinnie Valentino! Vinnie made his debut here in Maple Leaf Wrestling late last month, and he’s been making waves. He has already endeared himself to the fans, especially our great Italian-Canadian fans, and maybe even more to the young ladies.” Mike McMan: “Of course, Vinnie is in for a tough one here today...he’s facing the masked Executioner. We don’t know too much about this man, but we know he has scored some impressive wins over the past couple of weeks at our exciting shows across Ontario.” Vinnie Valentino starts the match off by locking up with The Executioner, but the muscular young man easily wins the power struggle and shoves the masked man back to the mat. As soon as The Executioner starts to stand up, Valentino sends him reeling with a beautiful high dropkick, which brings the fans out of their seats. Valentino follows up with not one but two deep arm drags...and The Executioner is reeling and not happy at all. Suddenly, we see the fans looking towards the dressing room area. The camera angle switches, and we see none other than The Destroyer walking down the aisle. The Destroyer is wearing his famous mask of course, but is otherwise resplendent in an expensive looking suit. The Destroyer calmly strolls to the ring, and stands near the apron, casually watching the match. Mike McMan: “What on earth is The Destroyer doing out here? He’s not scheduled to be here!” Billy Red Lyons: “I’m not sure, Mike. He certainly seems interested in this match...although I’m not sure if he’s here for The Executioner, or Vinnie Valentino, or for some other reason.” Vinnie Valentino stops his assault on The Executioner for a brief moment, and looks out at The Destroyer with a wary expression on his face. Valentino waves his arm at The Destroyer, as if he is telling him to go away. The Executioner struggles to his feet, but Valentino stays on him and locks him in a front face lock while he keeps his eyes on The Destroyer. Suddenly, the camera switches back to curtain again. Now, we see two more masked men emerge from the dressing room and start to make their way down the aisle. It is none other than The Grappler...and his partner Grappler #2. We have seen Grappler #2 recently in Maple Leaf Wrestling, but this is the first time we have seen his partner in person. The masked Tag Team are decked out in identical ring gear, all black with gold masks. The Grappler is slightly taller, and is walking with a cane...although it does not appear he needs it due to any injury. The fans are becoming eerily silent as The Grapplers slowly make their way to the ring. The Grappler takes up a position on another side of the ring, opposite The Destroyer. Grappler #2 takes up position on the far side...so now the ring is surrounded on three sides by The Destroyer, The Grappler and Grappler #2. Mike McMan: “Billy Red Lyons...what on earth is going on here? We’ve got a masked man in the ring, as Vinnie Valentino is trying to have a wrestling match with The Executioner...but now the ring is surrounded on three sides by three other masked men...The Destroyer and now The Grapplers!” Billy Red Lyons: “I have no idea what is happening here, Mike. But I get the feeling that it is not good for Vinnie Valentino.” Vinnie Valentino still has The Executioner locked up in a front face lock...but now he is looking very concerned as he surrounded on three sides by The Destroyer and The Grapplers. As Valentino tries to keep his focus split between the man he is wrestling and the three men outside the ring, the camera goes to the aisle yet again! The curtains part, and now we see yet another masked figure appear. This man is wearing a black three-piece suit, and a familiar yellow mask. He slowly ambles to the ringside area, and takes up position on the one remaining side of the ring that was not occupied by a masked wrestler. Vinnie Valentino is now wrestling The Executioner, but the ring is surrounded on all four sides by masked men. And we know who this latest man is... Mike McMan: “That’s The Assassin! The Assassin is here!” Billy Red Lyons: “We’ve seen The Assassin before here in Maple Leaf Wrestling...but for the life of me I can’t figure out what is going on here! There are no less than five masked men here, and poor Vinnie Valentino is surrounded on all sides by masked men!” There are some scattered boos and jeers from the fans in attendance, but it is actually strangely quiet...it is as if nobody knows what to make of the strange sight they are seeing. Vinnie Valentino releases The Executioner from the front face lock. He stands up and starts to nervously look around himself. Valentino knows he is trapped and does not know what to do. The referee starts to point at The Destroyer, The Grapplers and now The Assassin...the ref shouts at them to leave the ringside area but they totally ignore him. The Destroyer and The Grapplers have been looking at The Assassin ever since he showed up...as if they are waiting for some sort of signal. The Assassin slowly nods...and suddenly The Destroyer and The Grapplers roll in the ring...and attack Vinnie Valentino! The referee is roughly shoved aside, as The Executioner comes to his feet and together with The Destroyer and The Grapplers, all four men knock Vinnie Valentino to the mat and began stomping him in a gang style beating. The fans come out of their daze and start booing and jeering loudly. The referee flees the ring and shouts at the timekeeper, who starts to ring the bell repeatedly. The Assassin starts to pace around outside the ring, pointing and shouting orders as The Executioner, The Destroyer and The Grapplers mercilessly stomp on the helpless Vinnie Valentino. Mike McMan: “This is chaos! Total anarchy has broken out here this week on Maple Leaf Wrestling! The Executioner, The Destroyer and The Grapplers are basically mugging poor Vinnie Valentino while The Assassin looks on and gives directions!” Billy Red Lyons: “The timekeeper is ringing the bell, but the referees or even security aren’t going to want to go in there and try and break this up...not with that many men attacking! Wait Mike...here comes some help!” The fans cheer as Salvatore Bellomo and Nick DeCarlo charge down the aisle and slide into the ring. Unfortunately, The Grapplers are warned by a shout from The Assassin, and they are ready as soon as DeCarlo and Bellomo hit the ring. The minute Vinnie Valentino’s friends slide under the rope, The Grapplers start stomping away on them too...while The Destroyer and The Executioner continue to stomp on Valentino. The Assassin slowly climbs into the ring. The Grappler hands The Assassin his cane, and The Assassin starts to methodically drive the butt of the cane into the throats of Vinnie Valentino, Nick DeCarlo and Sal Bellomo. The Executioner and The Destroyer haul each man to their feet and hold him in place, as The Assassin takes turn smashing each man over the head with the cane. Finally, all three men are laying in a heap in the middle of the ring...motionless. Mike McMan: “Billy Red Lyons...this is a vicious assault. I don’t ever remember seeing anything like this before in Maple Leaf Wrestling.” Billy Red Lyons: “Neither do I, and I don’t know why these men are doing this or what...wait...wait a minute...The Assassin has Norm Kimber’s microphone.” The Executioner, The Destroyer, The Grapplers and The Assassin have all formed a line in the ring, and they are standing over the prone and lifeless bodies of Valentino, DeCarlo and Bellomo. The Assassin does indeed have the microphone, and he slowly raises it and begins to speak in a calm, clear voice. Once again, the fans fall mostly silent. The Assassin: “Any supposedly intelligent Pro Wrestling fan already knows who I am. I am The Assassin. And of course...you already know the sensational, intelligent Destroyer. You are familiar with our colleague The Executioner...and these of course are The Grapplers...the greatest masked...or unmasked...Tag Team in all of Professional Wrestling. Let’s talk about that word for a moment.... Masked. The idea of a man wearing a mask inside the world of Professional Wrestling has almost become a source of mockery for some people. A cliche. Some people can’t understand why a man would choose to wear a mask inside the ring. They make jokes about it. Compare it to a Halloween costume. And that is not unusual. Unintelligent people...much like you fans...frequently mock things they don’t understand. Let’s forget about the rich historical and cultural tradition and the role of the mask within Professional Wrestling. Set that whole aspect aside...because you people are clearly too stupid to know anything about something like that. Knowing about history and other cultures would involve picking up a book...and all Canadian Wrestling fans care about is drinking beer, watching hockey and driving snowmobiles. Why else would a man wear a mask? To remain hidden. To be anonymous. Think about it. None of you people know who we are. For all you know, one of us could have been standing next to you in line at the concession stand, or even sat next to you on the bus this morning. You wouldn’t know. Of course...we probably wouldn’t do something like that, because those kinds of activities are for low class slobs like yourselves...but the point is, any one of us could have done that. And you’d never know. And I’m not just talking about you people out here. I’m not addressing the fans here in Maple Leaf Wrestling. Trust me, there are plenty of people backstage who have no idea who we really are...or what we really look like. And that is an advantage. We could be overhearing your conversations. We could be privy to your plans, goals and aspirations. We might be standing next to you, or walking among you...and you wouldn’t know. What about fear? When a man walks into a bank to commit a robbery, when a prowler breaks into a home to commit a burglary, what does he wear? A mask. Why? To avoid detection? Yes. But there is a psychological component as well. The man in the mask strikes fear. And so will we. We are not here to be the butt of your jokes. We are walking among you, and we will strike fear in each and every one of you people, and in each and every man backstage here tonight, and throughout every locker room in all of Maple Leaf Wrestling and the entire Pro Wrestling world. We are five strong. Myself, The Destroyer, The Grapplers and The Executioner. We are the most powerful group of Professional Wrestlers in Maple Leaf Wrestling as of this moment. First we will strike fear. Then we will take control...and there is nothing anybody can do about it. Not you fans. Not Frank Tunney. Not any man in that Locker Room. If you are not one of the men with a mask standing in this ring right now...then you are officially on notice. We are aware that Floyd Creatchman recently formed a powerful group of talent and now controls every single Championship in Maple Leaf Wrestling. And that’s fine. For now. First we will strike fear. Then we will establish control. Then we will take the power, and it doesn’t matter who has that power. As of this moment, the balance of power and the balance of terror in Maple Leaf Wrestling has shifted, and nobody will stand in our way. We are the Assassins Alliance. And we are going to change Maple Leaf Wrestling forever." The shows silently ends with all five men in the ring, standing over their victims...
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    Thanks very much. I have some interesting plans for Bruno Jr. I hope I can pull off. I don't want him to be the third wheel in the Second Generation Superstars forever, I am about to try some fun stuff which should give him a more prominent role. With Fuji, I think I want to get him away from Hossein now that Hossein is allied with Creatchman...I think I might make some roster moves and get a new partner for Fuji and set him apart a bit. I know Hossein and Fuji really were regular partners in Maple Leaf Wrestling, but Fuji was a great Tag Team talent and I think there is some fun stuff I could do with him, if I make the right moves. I am glad you like the Bad Leroy Brown/Sweet Daddy Siki pairing...I love that combination. I want to eventually give them some fun stuff to do. I am really glad you like it. I have been working towards this since the day I got involved in this project and announced the tournament. I am glad it is finally paying off.
  15. The Thread Killer

    Maple Leaf Wrestling

    Maple Leaf Wrestling House Show - Burlington Arena Burlington, Ontario April 10, 1981 Paid Attendance: 550 Tony "Cannonball" Parisi defeated Huge Tom Lintz by DQ when Lintz refused to release a blatant choke. After he was disqualified, Lintz shoved the refeeree. Sweet Daddy Siki pinned Goldie Rogers following a rebound dropkick The Devil's Duo defeated Bruno Sammartino Jr. & Sal Bellomo when Doug Vines pinned Bellomo following a piledriver Bad Leroy Brown pinned Mr. Fuji following a powerslam NWA International Tag Team Title Match: The Della Serra Brothers defeated Whipper Watson Jr. & Kelly Kiniski when Rocky pinned Watson with the Della Serra Driver