Op-Ed: Finally, the fans have come back to professional wrestling

Posted Apr 7, 2012 by Sullivan Rhodes
It seems professional wrestling is popular in the mainstream again. Former UFC champion Brock Lesnar has returned to WWE. Millions tuned in to watch WrestleMania 28. Is the sport hot again? Maybe we should ask the legends of the business...
Wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino
Wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino
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In its long history of professional wrestling prominence, The Big Smoke aka Toronto has a storied place in the hearts of wrestling fans. Classic wrestling cards in this city's modern era grappling history have included 1986's The Big Event, WrestleMania 18 and memorable editions of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown over the years.
That's good news for the producers of WrestleReunion - the dominant non-WWE fan convention in all of pro-wrestling. On the weekend of April 13th to 15th, 2012 - Toronto, Canada will once again be the capital of everything to do with the squared circle.
Now fans finally have a chance to return the goodwill from years of entertainment as the eyes of the business focus on the Greater Toronto Area for what promises to be the most exciting three days in wrestling history here.
Ever wanted to have your photo taken in a live edition of Piper's Pit? How about joining a room full of wrestlers for a Breakfast of Champions?
Big name legends of past and present are uniting in Toronto to present a huge weekend of festivities for both the serious and casual fan alike.
For the autograph seeker, a VIP ticket snares a photo opportunity and autograph session with legendary names of the business including Bruno Sammartino, Gene Okerlund, Big Van Vader and Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner.
But there will be plenty more exciting names from the past and present, vendors with merchandise and other related wares on this huge weekend - plus two major evenings of live pro wrestling action from the DoubleTree Hilton near Pearson International Airport.
Wrestling historian and journalist Bill Apter will host the three-day affair that features an evening of up and coming wrestlers battling from the EVOLVE federation on Friday night including matches featuring Dave "Fit" Finlay versus Sami Callihan and Low Ki versus El Generico. Saturday night will feature a card of classic superstars including Shane Douglas and his mentor Dominic Denucci managed by Bruno Sammartino versus Larry Zbyszko and Lord Zoltan Ken Jugen managed by JJ Dillon.
More information about WrestleReunion 8 is available at