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Mat Matters: Reflecting on 25 years in wrestling

December 15, 1995. A date that will always stand out as the start of my crazy journey through wrestling. The event was “The Showdown at the Corral,” a celebration of Stu Hart, who had turned 80 the previous May. Partway through the night I felt a hand on my shoulder....

Mat Matters: When Sweet Daddy met Charley Pride

Allen Abel, the great, retired columnist for the Globe and Mail newspaper, wrote a feature on Sweet Daddy Siki in 1982. He noted that "Sweet Daddy Siki was going to be the new Charley Pride, but now he'd settle for being the old Sweet Daddy Siki." With the...

Mat Matters: With his death, Tiny Lister finally gets the spotlight

I didn’t know Tommy “Tiny” Lister, who passed away on Thursday, December 10, at the age of 62, and I won’t pretend that I did. From afar, my impressions of him included the obvious, which was his physically imposing look, and, especially after speaking with him over...

Mat Matters: Why Pat Patterson mattered

Being gay in professional wrestling has never been an easy thing.  As I think back to the life of Pat Patterson, who died December 2, 2020, it makes me wonder what sort of challenges he had to face during his career that went all the way back to the late 1950s. For...

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