SLAM! Wrestling is proud that WWF Canada President Carl De Marco will be fielding questions from our readers, hopefully every week.
Below are the questions and answers for this week.
Q: What is the mailing address to the CANADIAN offices of the WWF? E-Mail, phone numbers and the snail mail address would all be appreciated… but I’m hoping for the snail mail address above all. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Neil O’Brien (Vancouver, BC)
A: Fax. FAX: 416-497-9845
Q: Hi my name is Craig , my friends and myself were wondering if TitanSports Canada has any Co-op positions available for September of 1998 ?
A: “Yes, there is the possibility of us taking a look at some co-op students. They need to fax us a resume or email it to us.”
Q: Why don’t you try and get Rob Van Dam? he was awesome and really the only reason I used to watch WWF..other than Brian Christopher, the WWF needs new faces! Maybe Bill Goldberg?
Jodie Jenkins, Kingston, Ontario
A: “There’s a whole bunch of new WWF superstars on the way. In particular to Canada, there’s three of them that I think have real good potential. I think they’ll become big stars. One is Glenn Kulka from the CFL, who is being groomed and he’s wrestling in a lot of the Canadian cities, like Toronto. He just wrestled Hamilton. He’ll be wrestling in Vancouver, and he’ll probably be wrestling in Winnipeg.
The other one is Rodney Blackbeard, who lives in Toronto and was originally from the U.K. I think he’s a great potential talent.
Another one who everyone in the whole company is excited about, and we’re looking to have a debut with him after WrestleMania, is Adam Copeland. Adam Copeland looks like a taller version of Chris Jericho. A bigger version. But has the abilities of a future Shawn Michaels. I look at Adam Copeland as Shawn Michaels was — and I’m talking ability-wise — nine, ten years ago. Adam is 23-years-old and has been wrestling since he was 17. He’s incredibly good in the ring. And he’s Canadian. Everyone thinks he was great potential to be a huge, huge star. Keep an eye on him. Mark my words. He’s going to be a big star.”
Q: Will Jesse “the Body” Ventura ever be inducted into the WWF H.O.F.? He should be.
A: “That’s a good question. Right now, to my knowledge, I haven’t heard anything about him being in the Hall of Fame.”
Q: Do you guys ( the wwf) plan to be as aggressive as you were in the past in the Canadian market since the departure of Bret hart and when can we expect a WWF in Quebec city
A: “The answer is yes. We haven’t changed anything since Bret left. We’ve been aggressive in Canada. We’ll do anywhere from thirty to fifty live events across Canada. Just because Bret Hart’s left doesn’t mean business has stopped for the WWF. We are committed to the Canadian market. We have an office in Canada, and we’re really proud about that. Canada has never been better. As a matter of fact, since Bret left our business has actually increased. I don’t know why that may be, I just think that right now the WWF is so hot — and this is not to take away from Bret Hart — but the WWF live events are going through the roof. I’ll give you an example. Vancouver’s half-way sold-out and it looks like it’s going to be sold-out on February 27. That just shows that business is doing well. Our pay-per-view numbers are up. Royal Rumble did better than Survivor Series in Canada. And our TV ratings have been going up and are still going up. Bret’s on WCW but the fact of the matter is we’re generating more rating in Canada with the WWF than WCW is. On TSN alone — and every week’s different — we double what they do in ratings. … WWF is stronger than ever. And SkyDome has an unbelievable advance ticket sales. Winnipeg is doing extremely well and Montreal is doing extremely well. I think in the past years, and we’ve seen this when Hulk Hogan left and when Randy Savage left we thought it was the end of the world. But the fact is we just keep on going. I think a lot of people are buying tickets not just on a particular wrestler’s name but tickets on the WWF’s name because they know we go in there and put on a good show. We didn’t announce a card in Toronto SkyDome for example, and we have six-seven thousand tickets sold without a card. What does that say to you? Everyone knows Bret Hart’s not with us. So, I don’t think it’s based on one person. And that’s not to take away from Bret Hart.
“We will try to book Quebec City. It’s part of the routing. We’re not trying to burn out our talent and have them work too many days straight. But it is something we’re look at. Watch the WWF programs and stay tuned for more.”
Q: With the exeption of Owen Hart there really isn’t a big Canadian star in the WWF, does that concern you or the WWF at all?
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A: “That question’s not accurate. The Quebecers are now back and they’re huge stars in Quebec. So I think that all the Quebec fans out there that love the Quebecers are going to be happy that they’re back. Plus Owen Hart is here. Then there’s The Jackal — he’s Canadian. The Interrogator — the big tall guy — he’s Canadian. And there’s all those new Canadian stars being developed. Canada has a very strong influence on the wrestling world and continues to have a strong influence in the WWF. The WWF is committed to the Canadian market and that’s why we’re taking potential stars like Adam Copeland, Rodney Blackbeard and Glenn Kulka and taking the time to develop these guys properly. And that’s going to be a real, tremendous boost for Canada. We recognize that Canada likes to have Canadian representation. I’ve got to tell you, those three guys I’ve mentioned are going to be huge, huge stars. And we’re really proud of that. That’s one thing we’re good at compared to maybe any other wrestling organization in the world. We know how to make somebody into a star. We know how to take somebody’s raw abilities, fine tune and polish them and make them a huge, household name around the world. Nobody does that better than Vince McMahon and the WWF. Nobody.”
Q:Here is my question… one you have probably heard a thousand times… although I realize you work for the WWF, how, representing Canada, do you personally feel about what the WWF did to Bret “the Hitman” Hart? I realize he left on his own accord, but the title was basically stolen from him at the Surviver Series… we all know he did not submit, and the WWF has still not addressed this issue… how can they justify allowing Shawn Michaels to carry the title he never really won?
Jason Gibson, Maryville, Tennessee USA
A: “First of all, I want to make something clear. My position in this whole situation is I’ve taken a step back and I want to thank Bret Hart and I want to thank Vince McMahon for being very accommodating to me, very understanding to me on the situation that I got put into in this. They both went out of their way to make sure that our friendship wasn’t jeopardized and to make sure my work relationship with the company wasn’t jeopardized. They both went out of their way to make sure that I was protected. I really want to thank them both — Vince McMahon and Bret — for being very courteous to me on that. That meant a lot of me. Shane McMahon, Vince McMahon’s son, went out of his way to make sure I was okay with the situation. Knowing that I got put in a very tough situation in the middle. I don’t want to take sides with anybody on this. I do want to thank both of the for being very concerned. They both went out of their way to make sure I didn’t get caught up in this. And appreciate both Vince and Bret for that. I’ve got nothing but all the world of respect for both sides.
Now regarding the WWF not addressing this, that’s not true. Vince McMahon did address this. … There’s a whole side to this story Vince, I think unfortunately, has not been heard in Canada. I know that he wants to. There’s plans for Vince to come up to Canada and address the issue straight-on. Vince is not scared to talk to anybody of this. He’s been very vocal about this. Sometimes when you’re in a position like Vince McMahon you have to make tough decisions. You have to think about the 300 employees the company has, all the wrestlers the company has, the future of the company. If I’m an employee of the company and I have a family and kids and I have to make sure that there’s food on the table for my family, I want a boss who is able to make those tough decisions. In business it can be very tough, and you don’t have a boss who can make those tough decisions in the best interest of the company, then your company will not be around. But I think the current plans for Vince McMahon is that he’s planning to appear on TSN on Off The Record. We’re trying to finalize a date, and he’ll addressing any of these the issues the Canadian fans have.”
“I will tell you one thing. Vince cares about Canada. He does. He’s committed to Canada. By him having this office here, and myself here, and my staff here, and for him to develop new talent from Canada and putting all of these live events in Canada, unlike other wrestling organizations who have not and made promises over the years that they were going to come here and they never did. Vince has always been here for the fans in Canada. You name me one other wrestling organization that’s put on pay-per-views or live television events in Canada. Nobody’s done that but Vince McMahon over the years. You know it cost Vince McMahon more money to do it in Canada versus doing it in the U.S. But he does it. The reason that he does it is because he’s committed to the Canadian fans. He considers the Canadian fans among the best in the wrestling world. He realizes the loyalty fans here have to the WWF. I think more people need to give him credit for what he’s done here in Canada and what he’s going to be doing here in Canada in the future. ”
Q: Is there any possibility for a RAW is WAR in Vancouver before the end of this year?
When will RAW is WAR returns in Canada?
A: “There’s definitely plans to bring not only RAW is WAR into Canada, but another pay-per-view. We are looking at several major markets to have live telecasts out of there. We’ve had some in the past like Halifax, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. Pay-per-view of live RAW. We are definitely working to have more of those up in Canada. But it will happen. That shows the commitment of the WWF to Canada.”
Q: The WWF has events every few months in Toronto, what about here in Vancouver? There was one last year on July 4 and this year on Feb 27. Back around 1990 we used to have them every 4 to 6 months?
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A: “We do have plans to go back to Vancouver more often. Vancouver is a hot city for the WWF. A great city, and the fans are great there. Our date on February 27 is unbelievably hot and there’s a good chance it’s going to sell-out. Just seeing that kind of support from our fans in Vancouver tells us that we want to come back more often. As a matter of fact, I think we have a tentative date there booked for the beginning of summer. Yes, we are looking to come back to Vancouver more often and I want to thank the fans there for the great support with the WWF. I think they’re going to have a helluva show in Vancouver. They’re going to be very happy there. We really appreciate the great fan support in Vancouver. And I tell you, we’re looking RAW to Vancouver eventually. We had a pay-per-view there, which was In Your House, which did really well. We’re looking at bringing RAW back there one day in Vancouver. That will happen, don’t hold me to it, a year, year and a half, we’ll go back there. It think the demand is there, and if the fans keep supporting us, we’ll come back as many times as the market warrants it. ”
Q: I was just curious, with Bret “the Hitman” Hart leaving the WWF the way he did, I personally have noticed that the WWF popularity in Canada seems to have fallen off a bit. How are you going to help the WWF regain its popularity despite the WCW’s eventual coming to Canada and to Toronto especially?
A: “His assumption that the WWF has dropped in popularity is inaccurate. First of all, our ratings gone up everywhere — on our syndicated television and TSN. They’re still continuing to climb. Right now the WWF in Canada averages 2.5 to 3 million viewers totally watching WWF in Canada every week. We’re really proud of that because nobody comes even close to that in Canada with wrestling. That’s something that we’re very happy about. Those are fans tuning in at least once a week to watch any one of our programs across Canada. Those are huge numbers. I welcome anyone to compare that to hockey, baseball, basketball or even the CFL. We’re very proud of that. That just shows how strong the WWF fans are in Canada. We see even more tremendous growth with the WWF in Canada. Our pay-per-view buyrates have increased since Bret left. Now again, I don’t want to take away from Bret Hart, but that is a fact. … This whole Mike Tyson thing regarding WrestleMania has been an unbelievable success story already. It has boosted up our ratings, we’ve done really well with it. We’ve had more media coverage in Canada than we have had for anything else in the history of the WWF. We’ve been in every single newspaper, radio station, every single news program on television across Canada. We’re expecting a huge, huge success story out of WrestleMania. WrestleMania looks like it will be the biggest PPV in the history of the World Wrestling Federation. We’re really excited about that. ”
Q: Do you still keep in contact with Bret Hart?
A: “I haven’t spoken to him in a long time. I’ve been very busy over here working with the WWF. We’ve been really busy with Mike Tyson. I’m sure we’ll bump into each other sooner or later, or have a chance to talk to each other on the phone. I’m sure he’s busy with WCW also. But we’re still friends.”
Q: Due to the recent JUMP of FORMER WWF Superstars Bret “The Hitman” Hart Jim “The Anvil” Knight Hart and the British Bulldog to WCW, how has the World Wrestling Federation been doing in Canada. Also how has the World Wrestling Federation been trying to keep up with WCW in the efforts to WIN the ratings EVERY Monday, Get MORE Talent, and bring MORE excitement to the WWF Fans?
A: “I think I’ve already answered that question.”
Q:When will Toronto be getting a pay per view event?
A: “Real good question. My dream is to bring back a major PPV into Canada and Toronto, to me, is a very good candidate for that. Don’t be surprised in the next year, year-and-a-half if we bring the biggest one of all to Toronto … Toronto’s my hometown. We’ve had nothing but great success in Toronto and they’ve got great fans here in Toronto. It’s definitely on our list of things to do.”
Q: I just wanted to know about Ron Hutchison’s wrestling school in the Toronto area. I’ve heard it’s a very well respected school and I’ve also heard that you’re affiliated with it in some way. What graduates have come from the school? And is there a mailing address for it you could pass along?
A: “I met Ron Hutchison once. I don’t know what type of students he’s put out. I think people have to be careful when they go to any wrestling school. We’re not endorsing any wrestling school at all. I see some schools — and I’m not saying Ron Hutchison is doing this or anything — in the U.S. that try to charge money to people that they know damn well that don’t have the ability and they know will never make it. So they’ll take the money. You’ve got to be careful of that. There’s a lot of sharks out there in the water. Compared to the old days, it’s very difficult to get a foot in the water. There used to be a lot of independent promoters out there that helped people break into the business. … They’re great to have as a farm league. And unfortunately that doesn’t exist any more. And that’s something that we’re trying to correct. We’re trying to assist independent promoters in Canada by supplying them potential stars like Glenn Kulka, Adam Copeland and Rodney Blackbeard. So help them to survive a little bit and give these guys a little training ground. But be very cautious about the wrestling schools out there, and I don’t want to endorse any. ”
Q: I have been a WWF fan since the early 80s and was always loyal to the WWF, but since the incident with bret hart at survivor series the WWF has shown a total lack of respect for the Canadian fans. Does your boss Vince McMahon realize what a ass he is? what are your feelings on what took place? it was obvious that mc mann called for the bell he showed how petty he was. also is there any way Owen Hart can get out of his contract to join his brother in the WCW, where people still hold the old values of wrestling. my last comment is a wish that the WWF falls flat on its face and ends up like g.l.o.w.
A: “First of all, his question about Owen Hart. Owen Hart does not want to leave the WWF, I will tell you that personally. He has told me that personally. He’s quite happy here. He’s not in that different situation than I am. He’s looking forward to his future here in the WWF. He’s looking at this as a great opportunity to shine. Owen has great ability and I think you’ll see that happen. I think we’ve already seen his star power increase since Bret has left. I think there’s some great things for Owen happening in the WWF. …
“I think once people have the opportunity to hear Vince McMahon, I think they’ll understand. Right now they haven’t heard.”
Q: Who is your favorite wrestler?
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A: “They all are. I don’t want to pick a favorite wrestler and I’ll tell you why. A lot of these guys are friends of mine. And they all have great ability and I have respect for all of the wrestlers because all of these guys have a tough job. They’re on the road 250 days of the year around the world to entertain our fans. That’s from Stone Cold to Shawn Michaels to Undertaker, all those guys. To me, I can’t say which is my favorite because they’re all my favorite for really committing to fans all around the world. Really their life is on the road entertaining WWF fans. Sometimes they don’t get enough credit for that. ”
Q: Is there a place that you have to go to get scouted to become a pro-wrestler or do scouts come to see you? Also I want to be a pro-wrestler more than anything else, so were is the best place to start because I was planning on going to the Hart Bro’s training camp in Calgary.
A: “I’m not endorsing or putting down any training school. My suggestion is that you do your homework and I also would suggest to always have a backup career ready. Make sure you have a great education. Don’t give up school whatever you do.”
Q: Yes, i would like to know what is going on with Tiger Ali Singh.. I have not seen Tiger Ali Singh on WWF for the longest time…I once saw on the internet that Tiger Ali Singh went to ECW…if so, when will Tiger Ali Singh return to the WWF. Tiger Ali Singh posses the right characteristics to become the next WWF champion….he has the perfect body..and also has very powerful moves….
A: “Tiger is around. I just talked to him not that long ago. He’s doing really well. We had a great training camp with a few select individuals that we believe could be great WWF superstars. Adam Copeland was there, Rodney Blackbeard was there, Tiger Ali Singh was there. The reports I have gotten were that he did phenomenally well. This was a training camp that went on 10-14 days, at least. It was on every day. Training in the gym, training in the ring. It was led by Pat Patterson and Dory Funk Jr. and Tom Pritchard. All three of those guys are great trainers and you can’t get better training than those three put together. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews over what came out of that training camp. I think it’s really going to have an impact on our business long term. When you’ve got guys like Pat Patterson … I don’t know if any one’s met Pat Patterson, but he’s the smartest guy when it comes to this business, when it comes to performance in the ring. I have so much respect for Pat Patterson. Our company is very lucky to have a guy like Pat Patterson around the wrestler. … I think a lot of wrestlers owe their due to Vince McMahon and Pat Patterson for helping them with their abilities in the ring. You’ll be seeing Tiger on TV. He’s got the look. He’s got the charisma. And he’s got the ability. And he’s a young guy.”
Q: Dear Mr. DeMarco, I would like to see the Power Bomb used more in the WWF now that WCW has banned it. Would you encourage WWF wrestlers to start using the Power Bomb more?
-John Ramos (NYC)
A: “I can’t encourage a wrestler to use a Power Bomb. It’s up to the wrestler what moves they want to use or not. Everyone has their own style.”
Q: What is with the WWF/ECW deal, is that gonna happen anytime in 1998?
A: “From what I’m to understand we have a great, on-going relationship with ECW and I’m sure that will continue. ”
Q: How are the deals with All Japan going?
A: “Yeah, there are some going on, and I think you’ll see a lot more down the road. It’s a great market and you can count on the WWF being there.”
Q: I have been a wrestling fan for the past 21 years, and a fan of the WWF since the pre-Hulkamania days, and I have seen some really good and really bad gimmicks and booking angles over the years. One thing which I feel the WWF terribly mishandled was the Kerry Von Erich tragedy. Kerry, a former NWA World and WWF Intercontinental Champ, was on the verge of superstardom when drug, alcohol and marital problems led to his early retirement and untimely death. Unlike the Brian Pillman tragedy, the WWF turned a blind eye to the Texas Tornado, and has never mentioned his name or death since. Although his WWF stay was short, Kerry Von Erich finished his career there, and he should be made an honorary member of the WWF Hall Of Fame.
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A: “I will pass that note on to Vince McMahon. But I will tell you something — and this is before my time — but when he did die, I think they did mention it on television. … Unfortunately we can’t induct 30,000 wrestlers at one time, but over the years you’ll see that happen.”
Q: I would like to know what you think of the WWF’s and Vince McMahon’s treatment of Bret Hart? I think it was the most discussing act of betrayal that I have ever seen. Bret was so loyal to that bunch of morons. He was their meal ticket. I feel that I am Bret’s biggest and most loyal fan, I have not had any part of the WWF since Nov. 9. I have not watched any Broadcasts, no more PPV’s, no more live events, no more merchandise, Cancelled my subscription to their magazine, etc. You get the picture. I got to know my idol on the cruise, last July, and he will always be my superhero. He is kind, shy, soft spoken, and just a nice guy. If the WWF didn’t know what they had in Bret, I’m sure the WCW does. I was never a WCW fan before but I’ve switched alliance to them because of Bret Hitman Hart. I know that they will treat him with the total respect that he deserves.
A: “I’ve already answered this. I hope I answered it good. I really cherish my friendship with Bret and I hope that will never change. I’m really proud being the WWF President in Canada and I’m very thankful to Vince McMahon for giving me the opportunity to work in a dream job. I don’t want to take sides on this.”
Q: Will the Hulkster return to the WWF during WrestleMania?
A: “Not that I know of. I don’t think so.”
Q: How would you address that the WWF has rarely had a black or African American role model. With Mark Henry automatically turning heel and the Nation of Domination being an obvious imitation of a gang, are there any plans to make one of these athletes a star rather than a stereotype ?
A: “First of all, we’ve got a lot of great black athletes in the WWF. This comment that we don’t have any — he’s not watching the TV very carefully. … Amhed Johnson’s great. Faarooq’s great. Rocky’s great right now. Mark Henry’s going to be great. There’s a lot of great stars. And it hasn’t just started now. Look at Rocky Maivia’s father, Rocky Johnson. First WWF black tag team championships was Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas. That’s something we’re very proud of. There has been a great history there.”