Hulkster confirmed, but not for metro

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Hulk Hogan will appear at wrestling events in Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook later this month. — File photo by The Canadian Press

The most popular pro-wrestler of all time is coming to the province, but Hulkamania isn’t scheduled to run wild in a metro match.

Championship Wrestling International confirmed Thursday what The Telegram reported July 15 — Hulk Hogan will be part of two shows on the island later this month.

Those appearances will be in Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook, Aug. 19 and 20 respectively, as part of the 2011 East Coast Invasion Tour of Atlantic Canada.

Hogan, a former World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly WWF) and World Championship Wrestling champion, is not on the card for CWI’s Aug. 18 show at The Glacier in Mount Pearl.

That may come as a surprise to many because the Northeast Avalon has a larger population than the other centres combined and doubled.

Asked about potentially disappointed Hulkmaniacs in the capital region, the owner of the wrestling outfit, Nick “Nitro” Wyman, said, “I don’t think there’s going to be any because we never said he was coming.”

“I don’t really look at it from that point of view, because we’re bringing a big pile of stars to town, bringing a big wrestling show like we promised,” he said. “There was never a situation where we ever released anything about him coming there.”

He explained Hogan is only available to CWI for a limited number of shows because of other obligations.

“We have to work around his schedule, and it’s very busy.”

However, Wyman did say they are in negotiations with the Hulkster and sponsors to have the wrestler appear at another stop on the tour. The location won’t be announced unless the details are finalized.

While they might not get to experience Hulkamania, fans who attend The Glacier show will watch big names, including Scott Steiner, Native American Tatanka, Brutus the Barber Beefcake, Kevin Nash and the New Age Outlaws.

“It’s still a stellar show,” said Wyman.

sbartlett@thetelegram.com

Twitter: bartlett_steve

Organizations: The Glacier, The Telegram, World Wrestling Entertainment World Championship Wrestling

Geographic location: Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook, Northeast Avalon

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  • Rod Lyver
    August 09, 2011 - 17:08

    The overpass is down and the world does not begin or end inside of it anymore. Suck it up.

  • Molly
    August 08, 2011 - 07:00

    If CWI is calling it a east coast tour how far east do CWI have to go than metro Brother .... wats ya going do ... I for one dont never watch wrestling and only got tickets because i thought if CWI was having a east coast tour with Hulk Hogan CWI would be bringing Hulk Hogan to far east as you can get ... metro ...

  • Jason
    August 06, 2011 - 19:07

    Shady tactics, I am SO glad I listened to my gut and didn't purchase tickets for this. What a money pit. I would have liked to see Nash and Steiner, but it's not worth the $100's it would cost.

  • Steve Clarke
    August 05, 2011 - 21:03

    As a wrestling promoter myself, we take a risk each and every time we put off shows. Legend City Wrestling has gone to bat each and every time to deliver the best product for fans, night in, and night out. We give you the best talent that the tickets prices suggest, as I'm sure Mr. Wyman does as well.If by circumstances beyond our control, LCW guarentees a reasonable replacement, and sometime we even offer unadvertised talent! On thursday, September 08, we are offering "Fan Appreciation Night", unrelated to any CWI event. This locally owned promotion will deliver former WWE Star KURRGAN, and a "surprise" WWE Star, for just $5!!! You can take the entire family for less than the price of a ppv rental! If this leaves a bad taste in your mouth, then you're just not a wrestling fan! Enjoy the CWI events, but don't forget about the little guy. we're not going anywhere ;)

  • randy
    August 05, 2011 - 19:44

    You marks and backyarders putting up their posters deserve all the negative attention its getting.Nice move congrats you just soured wrestling here further for a promotion looking to grab a quick buck and leave

  • Johnny Quest
    August 05, 2011 - 18:25

    "They never once said he was coming". That seems to be the defense of choice of the CWI promotors. It occurs to me that while you never once said he was coming, you also never really said he wasn't. Flash back a month ago, the telegram picked up the story as did vocm that Hulk Hogan was coming to newfoundland. It was never specified that it was only for 2 out of the three shows, just that he was coming. So the big city Mount Pearl sold out pretty quick because hey, we all figured it was a lock right? Well nope..he aint and CWI and Hogan got your money. But really what I have to laugh at now is the people at the other 2 shows who will now shell out the 250 bucks for VIP tickets, because they now know Hogan will 100 percent be there. Just watch as Hogan no shows these events due due to a "last minute card change". Card subject to change is the biggest money maker wrestling has. Hogan isnt coming to Mount Pearl, and I sincerely doubt hes going to the other 2 either. But really guys, give my regards to Brutus the Barber because I'd say he's all your getting with a bunch of dudes you've never heard of.

    • robbie macallister
      August 07, 2011 - 15:31

      flash back a month ago. this cut and pasted article from the telegram Hulk Hogan will wrestle in at least two shows in the province next month. — Photo by The Canadian Press Published on July 15, 2011 Published on July 15, 2011 Steve Bartlett The Telegram Topics : World Wrestling Entertainment , Bruce II Sport Centre , Pepsi Centre.Tickets , Corner Brook , Port aux Basques , Mount Pearl 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

  • Lisa
    August 05, 2011 - 11:55

    To be fair, when it was announced that Hogan was coming it was clearly stated that he was only confirmed for 2 shows. Secondly, the ticket prices for Corner Brook and GFW are SIGNIFICANTLY higher than Mount Pearl ($250 for best VIP in GFW, versus $150 for Mt. Pearl), so that was a hint that perhaps those may be the shows Hogan would attend. So, the promoter didn't lie, people just assumed.

  • Santo
    August 05, 2011 - 11:18

    I realize that the Glacier isn't the be all and I realize that the world doesnt' revolve around ST. John's. But, given that the Glacier is the only sold out show, given that it is probably the largest of the venues, I dont' understand the reasoning behind it. I think it should be all of the venues or at least tell the fans up front so they can make a better choice on purchasing tickets. I bought tickets for my b/f for his birthday. He is a hugh Hulk Hogan fan since childhood. He has been to wrestling shows iin the past, but has never seen Hogan. Now he still won't, and we are out a bunch of money. I couldn't care less about the other wrestlers in the venue. To me they are old timers. They were popular in the "80's. not so much now. Shame on the promoters on tricking us into buying tickets. Now the sales in Grand Fall/Windsor and Corner Brooke are likely to go up, although the ticket prices there are ridiculous! Can I get a refund?

  • O'Halloran's
    August 05, 2011 - 11:14

    After spending nearly 400 dollars on ring side tickets for our family of 6, changing our vacation, building up the hopes of 4 sweet boys who love Hulk Hogan we now have to break their hearts:(

  • St John Ice Caps
    August 05, 2011 - 10:37

    I am really dissappointed in the St John's fans. I am a local business owner that has been involved in helping bring CWI to the Island. I have personally posted many posters myself andf never once did CWI ever say Hulk Was coming to town. Even the article wrote by this great publication a few weeks back did not state a stop in St John's. I dont think its fair that you say the negative about the stars coming to town. Its a huge roster with or without Hogan. Scott Steiner is on TV every week for TNA and has not lost a step, Kevin Nash was just at WWE for royal rumble. Also if you go to you tube and search CWi you will see the matches fromt here last show, these guys can still go. It hurts me as a fan of these great stars. that they take there time to come to us way out here. WWE does not come anymore or very few and far between. All of the roster for the most part are legends similiar to the era and name value as a Hulk Hogan. CWI could have brought just Hulk and called it a day. But they did not. They chose to bring you multiple superstars to entertain you. and if any of you can say that the New age outlaws, Xpac and Robbie of the highlanders cant wrestle. Then look at TNA and WWE all 3 of these guys have been on TV for the last few years and still performing at a high level. This city has got behind CWI many months ago before the announcment was even made. They Just Had Tatanka and Owner Nick Nitro out here doing a media tour, also they have donated tens of thousands of dollars to charity. How can anyone say anything negative about that and about the stars that we watched and come to love. They made us love the sport and for one special tour coming in the next 2 weeks. They decided to give you all a chance to see them in ring and bring out there a game one more time for you the fans. I condemn anyone from this city that i have lived in my whole life to treat these legends and this great promotion with anything short of gratitude. We would have never seen this ever again if it were not for Nick Nitro and CWI. From myself and the many fans and businesses in town that support what your doing. Keep up the good work and we all look forward to seing some of our childhood hero's in action one more time

  • WTF
    August 05, 2011 - 10:32

    Wrestling promoters are like car salesmen...they'll spin whatever story they need to create to make a sale. He didn't seem to think of clarifying his statement of "I can confirm 100% he is coming". If anyone has purchased tickets to the metro shows....teach this liar a lesson and don't show up. Let these has-been wrestlers perform in an empty venue.

  • LOL
    August 05, 2011 - 10:31

    How dare the Hulkster snub St John's; the believed center of the whole universe. It's high time that Danny Our Saviour stepped into negotiations with the Hulkster and show him the error of his ways.

  • Bob
    August 05, 2011 - 10:30

    Let's just boo the hell out of this show when it comes.

  • Toby Flanderson
    August 05, 2011 - 09:51

    We'll have to wait for the next Tags program for all the baymen to have their courses paid for to find out when they come to town on the gov'ts dime to school, that the overpass is gone. The wrestling............Hulk is 57, Scott Steiner is 49 , Native American Tatanka is 50 , Brutus the Barber Beefcake is 54 , and Kevin Nash is 52. Hang em up for the love of god. Go on a bottle drive if you are short on cash.

  • Virginia
    August 05, 2011 - 09:29

    I wouldn't have bothered buying tickets for the Glacier show if I had known he wasn't coming... I don't even watch wrestling, but Hulk Hogan was a hero of mine when I was little. I'm extremely disappointed I will never both with something like this again. Anyone want to buy some tickets????

  • Scott
    August 05, 2011 - 08:46

    Hulk Hogan to the West coast will spike ticket sales. If you guys are so frustrated with him now coming, why not come to the "best coast" for the show and let hulkamania run wild on YOU!!

  • MudderL
    August 05, 2011 - 08:27

    How far in the bay are these snippy baymen to know that the overpass doesn't even exist anymore? Geesh!

  • John
    August 05, 2011 - 08:03

    All the advertising I saw for this indicated that he was coming to St. John's, I'm guessing those tickets are non-refundable?

  • Opinionated
    August 05, 2011 - 07:55

    The world doesn't revolve around St. John's....there are other venues.

  • Lippy
    August 05, 2011 - 07:04

    “We have to work around his schedule, and it’s very busy.” So wouldn't it make more sense to go to the metro area where you can entertain thousands more people, making more money, in less time? Plus there would be less time travelling around the island.

    • K
      August 05, 2011 - 08:09

      If he wasn't going to be the headliner for the entire tour why advertise and publicize it. The show at the Glacier is SOLD OUT! I know I purchased tickets as a birthday gift for a Hulk Hogan fan. I disagree with the comment "We never said he was coming" You might want to look at the posters, listen to your radio ads. There was never a disclaimer added "Not all wrestlers may appear". He was the drawing card for the entire tour but now the tickets are sold and the show is a sell out, Hulk Hogan won't be coming. Nice bait and switch. If he wasn't going to appear at all shows, he should not have been made the star attraction and headliner. And if Mr. Wyman doesn't believe there will be disappointed Hulk fans, he's only fooling himself! Poor organization of an event and very unprofessional.

  • Ted Williams
    August 05, 2011 - 06:47

    Well cancel the works I'd say! Heaven forbid the townies don't get to see the Hulkster! How dare they schedule it in such a way. Don't the organizers know that life doesn't exist outside the overpass!!??