Wrestling Night in Canada 049: “You’re… Retired!!”

The number one issue within the Wrasslin’ World is the retirement of Vince MacMahon. Recent sex scandals aside, Vinnie Mac has always been a controversial, and polarizing, figure. Fans that discovered pro wrestling with the WWF/E can have a favourable opinion of him. While the more old schoolers see him as the Devil Incarnate, destroying the once great sport of wrestling. Our Mom’s always said “Don’t speak ill of the…

Wrestling Night in Canada 048: Secondary Title??!!

Sorry folks, a little late in getting this episode up. But it’s worth the wait. The World title in any organization is the top prize. Raising the championship belt after vanquishing the champion is the dream. But there have ben matches and angles where the secondary titles i.e. WWE/F Intercontinental and NWA/WCW US title have surpassed The Big One in terms of storytelling and fan interest. Steamboat/Savage at Mania 3…

Wrestling Night in Canada 047: T And A 2022: Talent and Athletes.

Interest in women competing in the Squared Circle is at an all time high. Sparked by the Women’s Revolution, every major organization now has a strong roster of female athletes. More importantly, they’re being featured high atop the card now. It wasn’t always like this. During the territory days, women’s matches were seen as a gimmick. It was worse during the Monday Night Wars, with the ladies being reduced down…

Wrestling Night in Canada 046: Jumping The Shark

There’s an old adage – “All good things must come to an end”. Unfortunately, this is all too true for the Wonderful World of Pro Wrestling. Ever since the national expansion, a number of major, thriving territories and federations have packed up their rings and went home. The demise of these didn’t exactly happen overnight. It was a gradual process from an exact moment where the league “jumped the shark”….

Wrestling Night in Canada 045: Talking the Razor’s Edge

Even though it’s ‘Mania weekend, the most important story in wrassling is Scott Hall. We recently lost “one of the all time greats” (Thank you, Billy Red Lyons) with the passing of Hall. Scott Hall’s impact and importance on our beloved sport cannot be disputed. It’s only appropriate we focus this week’s “Turnbuckle Talk” on “The Bad Guy”. We go all over the major highlight’s of Hall’s career from his…

Wrestling Night in Canada 044: Last Mags Standing

It’s that time again. In our hot little fists we hold what we know to be the latest issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated. PWI is one of the last pro wrasslin’ magazines on the shelf. The year end awards issues are still a big deal around the WNIC offices. And what is now tradition we put ourselves to the test in trying to guess the winners in each category. These…

Wrestling Night in Canada 043: The Good, The Bad And They’re All Ugly

This episode of WNIC, it’s the Battle Of The Big Men! Pro wrasslin’ is one of the few areas of entertainment where being a “Fat, out of shape” (Thank you, Rick Rude) individual could be advantageous. But just being big doesn’t always work. One still needs the fundamentals of wrestling as well. Some big men have excelled. While others…not so much. So this week we examine both sides. For every…

Wrestling Night in Canada 042: The Royal Fumble

The Royal Rumble is THE WWE event for us ’round here at the WNIC offices. We eagerly anticipate it and it always delivers the goods. Except this year! Between the terrible booking and predictable results, the 2022 Rumble got the Horns Down! In contrast, Game Changer Wrestling present their first official (traditional) PPV and appearance at the hallowed halls of The Hammerstein. An absolute humdinger of a show that still…

Wrestling Night in Canada 041: WNIC Awards 2021

All things considered, we at WNIC hope everyone had a fantastic 2021… anyway. The year had both highs and lows in, out and around the squared circle. We want to put our own barbwire bow on the year that was with our now annual Wrestling Night In Canada Awards. Basically, we sat down, cracked open a couple of bevvies and shared our picks in key categories most important to wrasslin’…

Wrestling Night in Canada 040: Fandoms Of The Ring

Going back to the 50s, the faces of the “Humanoids” with their “Butts in Seats” surrounding the squared circle changed with every decade. Going from a predominantly adult male audience to families to bandwagon fans back to predominantly adult male. From packed arenas to all time low ratings. Your hosts have hailed from two of these distinct eras, so we had a great time going through the “marks” in the…

Wrestling Night in Canada 039: The PWI 500

Wow! How time flies. Believe it or not, the annual Pro wrestling Illustrated “PWI 500” is officially on the other side of 30 years now. It felt like yesterday when we cracked open that first edition, stoked to see who rounded out the Top Ten and where are fave indy wrasslers placed. Of course as the years progressed we resigned ourselves to the fact that since PWI was a mark…

Wrestling Night in Canada 038: Conryisms

Throughout his long, illustrious career, Jim Cornette was always in the thick of it. Wether it was managing in the NWA and WWF, running his own promotions (Smoky Mountain and Ohio Valley) or causing controversy in the broadcast booth. Now long retired, Cornette is still making waves on his hugely popular set of podcasts. Part of that success is his inability to hold his tongue and give his valuable 2cents….

Wrestling Night in Canada 037: “Regular Rules”

I guess we really are living PG 13 in Mcmahonland. We knew going into the “Extreme Rules” PPV that we were going to get a watered down version. But not a totally neutered event with nothing that makes this anything more than any other. So with that we dove into the “Regular Rules” special event. More importantly, we give the once over to the last couple of “Dark Side of…

Wrestling Night in Canada 036: Vinceisms

Sometimes we just don’t know what goes thru old Vinny Mac’s head. A whole new batch of “Vinceisms” have been unleashed, seemingly to terrorize his broadcast teams. Maybe it’s the stockholders. Maybe it’s The (Pea) Cock! Or maybe the rumours are true and vince has just lost his mind. But this latest batch of naughty words has us scratching our heads. “Blood”(!) “Belt/strap” (!!) “Wrestler/Wresling” (?!!?) Ok, vince, let’s get…

Wrestling Night in Canada 035: Good 2 Bad

Sometimes all it takes to get the wrasslin’ world fired up is one good promo. And the return of some key players. The return of CMPunk on AEW was a huge success. The WWE counter-programmed with there turn of Brock Lesnar and Becky Lynch. We dive into all this with our SummerSlam/TakeOver reviews. And ask ourselves if all this will actually move the needle or not. Horns crossed. In our…

Wrestling Night in Canada 034: “Beauty, Eh!”

We’re a little late getting this episode out. But nonetheless, we’ve got a cavalcade of chaos and myriad of madness to share. We go over all of vince’s recent “future endeavours”, The Matt Cardona/”mud show” controversies, and pay tribute to some of our fallen warriors. Most importantly, in our “Turnbuckle Talk”, we discuss the passing of “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton. With his work in the Midnight Express and The Dangerous Alliance,…

Wrestling Night in Canada 033: “Won-der-ful!”

A great hero is only as good as it’s evil adversary. Recently the wrestling world mourned the loss of Paul Orndorff. “Mr. Wonderful” was/is one of the all time greats. He won his share of titles and headlined cards through out the territories. But Orndorff will always be one of the great heels that fuelled “Hulkamania” and drew record crowds as the then WWF steamrolled into national expansion. So this…

Wrestling Night in Canada 032: Hell in Your Ears

The wrestling world recently celebrated the anniversary of the infamous Undertaker/ Mankind “Hell In A Cell” match. Yes, that one! So this time around your favourite Canadian Boyz are talking all this HITC. We go over the origins of this unique match and structure. Then we share our own whys and wherefores. AS well, we go over the latest wave of WWE releases and writer Kenice Mobley going in the…

Wrestling Night in Canada 031: What If?

In the Marvel comic book world, the series “What If?” was a unique title asking what would happen if a certain significant event never happened. The Wonderful World of Professional Wrestling its own significant events that helped shape and mold what we enjoy today. With the recent criticisms AEW has been taking for signing past WWE greats, its time to point out that league jumping has been going on since…

Wrestling Night in Canada 030: Play That Funky Music

In today’s pro wrestling world, ring entrance music’s making up a good portion of a wrestler’s identity. At one point it was a rarity. Now with such a strong emphasis on the televised presentation, every wrestler/faction has its own music as they strut their stuff to the ring. It can be very effective. But sometimes not so much. Music has always been subjective though. So for this episode’s “Turnbuckle Talk”,…