Last week, William Regal surveyed the crowd at the small Manchester comedy club The Frog and Bucket, and declared it to be the most people he personally had ever drawn.
He added that he’d never been a draw for wrestling fans – just a decent turn – and only the likes of John Cena and Hulk Hogan made any company any money.
On my re-read of Bret Hart’s excellent autobiography, he says something similar – about the midcarders thanking Hogan for being the one to put food on their tables and a roof over their heads. Only these big names – these special attractions – get people forking out their cash and ensure that the rest of the card get a decent wage.
And yet for some reason British wrestlers continue to gripe about the imports who are pulling in the big audiences. Read the rest of this entry »