Hulkamania headed to province

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Hulk Hogan will wrestle in at least two shows in the province next month. — Photo by The Canadian Press

Hulkamaniacs rejoice! All the prayers and vitamins have paid off — the Hulkster is coming.

The Telegram has confirmed Championship Wrestling International (CWI) is bringing Hulk Hogan to the province in August.

“That’s 100 per cent accurate,” Nick “Nitro” Wyman said Thursday afternoon.

He’s president and owner of CWI, which is stopping in Mount Pearl, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook and Port aux Basques as part of its East Coast Invasion tour.

Hogan, arguably the most popular professional wrestler of all time, will be part of at least two shows. After the Hulkster made a “hugely successful” appearance at a CWI event at Brantford, Ont., in May, Wyman says he spoke with the wrestler and asked if there were other places in Canada he’d be interested in seeing.

Hogan suggested the East Coast, and now that a tour is arranged, Wyman is expecting big things.

“We’re just starting to ramp up now for the craziness. It’s going to be huge. I think he is going to sell out every show he’s on. I think this is a big event for anybody that’s on the island.”

Over his career, Hogan was a champion in both the World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly WWF) and World Championship Wrestling.

His notable matches saw him pitted against foes like Randy “Macho Man” Savage, The Undertaker, The Rock, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Andre The Giant, who Hogan bodyslammed to win the title in front of 90,000 at Wrestlemania 3.

He has also appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including the reality show “Hogan Knows Best” a few years ago.

Hogan is not the only big-name wrestler involved with CWI. According to the company’s website, its roster also includes Brutus Beefcake, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner and X-Pac.

The Mount Pearl show takes place at The Glacier Aug. 18, and the tour will then work its way across the island with nightly shows before wrapping up at the Bruce II Sport Centre in Port aux Basques Aug. 21. The Grand Falls-Windsor event takes place at the Joe Byrne Arena and the Corner Brook show is set for the Pepsi Centre.

Tickets for the tour go on sale today and

are available at the venues or www.cwiwrestling.com.

 

sbartlett@thetelegram.com

Twitter: bartlett_steve

Organizations: World Wrestling Entertainment, Bruce II Sport Centre, Pepsi Centre.Tickets

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Port aux Basques, Mount Pearl Canada

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  • Les Dawe
    July 15, 2011 - 20:26

    A lot of negative comments on the 'washed up ' wrestlers visiting our province. Do you people know that these so called 'washed up' entertainers turned wrestling entertainment into a multi million dollar industry!! Selling out arenas all around the globe for years now,these hard working legends have earned our respect for what they have accomplished over time spent in the ring and out!! As for only old wrestlers and entertainers coming here,well some of the WWE's greatest champs hve been here at one time or another from The Ultimate Warrior,The Undertaker...right down to the Dudleys and John Cena!!..........buy a ticket,enjoy the show and show some respect to the men and women who put wrestling where it is today!!

  • Les Dawe
    July 15, 2011 - 20:21

    A lot of negative comments on the 'washed up ' wrestlers visiting our province. Do you people know that these so called 'washed up' entertainers turned wrestling entertainment into a multi million dollar industry!! Selling out arenas all around the globe for years now,these hard working legends have earned our respect for what they have accomplished over time spent in the ring and out!! mAs for only old wrestlers and entertainers coming here,well some of the WWE's greatest champs hve been here at one time or another from The Ultimate Warrior,The Undertaker...right down to the Dudleys and John Cena!!..........buy a ticket,enjoy the show and show some respect to the men and women who put wrestling where it is today!!

  • David
    July 15, 2011 - 15:38

    I can't wait for the Landers sisters, Mr. T, and Capt. Merrill Stubing in the live production of "Cannonball Run" at the Arts & Culture Centre! For sure those tickets will cost BIG money, but I'm right flush, so.....

  • Brian
    July 15, 2011 - 13:42

    Hey come on guys....it's about having some fun. Hogan has put smiles on a lot of faces over the years and he's given back in many positive ways. I hope he has a great visit here...

    • Anonymous
      July 15, 2011 - 14:39

      Fun? On a news comment board? These are places for us to let out our inner curmudgeon.

  • Anonymous
    July 15, 2011 - 13:07

    Gene Simmons and Hulk Hogan both in the one summer. NL is really moving up in the world what with all of these washed up old clowns floating around.

  • Shane
    July 15, 2011 - 12:55

    I say Live and Let Live. Superstar or washed up? Who cares? No everyone has to agree that it's a good thing that he's coming, just enough people to fill the seats at the arenas that the shows will be at. And who knows, allot of times to get the "a" list celebs we have to build up to it. Prove that there is a market here for it.

  • David
    July 15, 2011 - 11:43

    I thought he died years ago. But it's funny...now that the Avalon has a population with disposable income for the frst time, all these has-been performers from the 70's and 80's...Gene Simmons the latest...who originally cashed in with live tours and shows [in cities with citizens having oodles of discretionary money to spend] at that time are now finding their second wind hosing us entertainment-starved, "nouveau riche", non-discerning marks. Good for them.

  • Steve
    July 15, 2011 - 11:28

    It must make people who are involved in the actual sport of wrestling cringe, when they hear these people called - professional wrestlers. Professional entertainers maybe, wrestling I highly doubt!

  • Matthew Barter
    July 15, 2011 - 11:22

    Whatcha gonna do Newfoundland, when Hulkamania runs wild on you?

  • Tom
    July 15, 2011 - 10:36

    Man, I can't decide if It's hilarious or sad to see how negative and pessimistic some people are. Washed up wrestler?! Sure he may not be in his prime but the man is a living legend when it comes to wrestling. I think anyone who watched wrestling or is still interested in it somehow realizes this. Don't try and downplay it or ruin what might be a monumental moment for one time fans or current fans of wrestling.

  • Graham
    July 15, 2011 - 10:24

    Its hard to believe that this farce is still popular. Is this the best we can do for entertainment? Oh well they still rake in millions so what do I know. Money talks and common sence walks out the door.

  • Mr.Mom
    July 15, 2011 - 09:53

    AND they say " All the prayers and vitamins have paid off ".......Not to mention all the steroids !!!!

  • Mr.Mom
    July 15, 2011 - 09:49

    You should check out all the new and upcoming talent in LCW based out of St.John's, Newfoundland. Some kick-a** talent for sure and you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to watch them perform. You'll see all the OLD talent from yesteryear come here, not just for the fans but for the all mighty dollar. Got to pay the bills. If they were worth being on a card they would still be on television.

    • Paul
      July 15, 2011 - 13:22

      While I agree Hogan was overrated in terms of his in-ring ability, he did have the charisma to popularize this form of entertainment. I don't see why peole just comment to criticize an event. The organiers work hard to put together an entertainment event that people will enjoy, and all people do on here is criticize? Also, people should research a bit before criticizing. Mr. Mom states that one must "spend hundreds of dollars to watch them perform", but the tickets for this event start at $39.00. Try reading before ranting :D

  • james
    July 15, 2011 - 08:39

    hulk must be getting low on cash. who wants to see washed up wrestler one of the over hill gang

  • Jackie
    July 15, 2011 - 08:34

    Hogan is the all time best wrestler. I wish him luck

  • Oscar
    July 15, 2011 - 08:06

    Nice to see we're getting some real culture here.

  • Dave
    July 15, 2011 - 07:31

    Very sad when all we get to come here are washed up wrestlers!