“The Old Boys” Documentary review

Throughout my independent wrestling career, I’ve had the privilege and honour of sharing the ring and locker room with a number of wrestling legends.  There aren’t a lot of people out there that can say they’ve shared the same working space as ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted Dibiase, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, The Honky Tonk Man, Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine, Koko B. Ware, ‘The Ugandan Giant’ Kamala, Road Warrior Animal, Ax and Smash of the Demolition, and countless others. …

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Private screening of Iron Sheik documentary a humbling experience

When you say the name “Iron Sheik” to a wrestling fan, regardless of generation, a number of vivid memories come to mind.  If you’re a fan from the 1970s, you remember his bloody battles in the NWA and Mid-South territories.  In the 1980s, you remember his “Boot Camp” match with Sgt. Slaughter, his tag team with Nikolai  Volkoff and arguably launching the Hulkamania era of the WWF.  A ’90s fan remembers his allegiance with American turncoat Iraqi sympathizer Sgt….

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Jim Myers: The man behind the Animal

Had it not been for a knee injury, professional wrestling fans would never have been blessed to come to know Jim Myers, better known by his legendary alter ego, George (The Animal) Steele. Myers, now 77, had only one passion as a youngster, and it was not wrestling. “I was a football guy all the way,” Myers said in a telephone interview ahead of his appearance this weekend at the Hamilton Comic Con. As a youngster, Myers was a…

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How can a superhero die? Remembering The Ultimate Warrior

The Ultimate Warrior.  Such is a name that rings through the very fibres of pop culture.  In the mid- to late ’80s professional wrestling created a number of iconic characters that still resonate with the mainstream today.  Hulk Hogan, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, and The Ultimate Warrior were, and continue to be, household names akin to the likes of Mr. T, ALF, or The Ghostbusters.  Unfortunately, two of those names are no longer with us, and perhaps none more…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Andre the Giant talks Princess Bride, Hulk Hogan

NOTE: Retired Whig-Standard entertainment reporter Greg Burliuk told Jan about the time he interviewed the late great Andre The Giant. Jan didn’t believe. With Burliuk’s, and the Whig’s blessing, here is that star-studded interview, originally published on April 1, 1989. All rights reserved.   GREG BURLIUK/THE KINGSTON WHIG-STANDARD Once upon a time. . . . (Believe me, there’s no other way to start this. This is a story about the making of a cinematic fairy tale. And, like the…

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