This was in the new Observer and it brought me so much joy that I had to share it. I would watch the heck out of this show.
Teddy Hart and Harry Smith used the famed Stampede Wrestling name on 9/9 for an indie show outside of Calgary, where they headlined against the Young Bucks. Teddy hasn’t changed much, claiming that the show would be distributed internationally on television through the AAA promotion (Hart hasn’t even worked with the promotion in more than a year) and claimed they would be bringing back a regular TV show like Stampede Wrestling. Ross Hart, Ted and Harry’s uncle, co-owns the name Stampede Wrestling along with Bruce Hart, and Ross had no idea the show was being billed as Stampede Wrestling, saying he wanted to distance himself from saying it was Stampede Wrestling. Bruce said he was uneasy about the use of the name, but didn’t want to say anything negative about it because several members of his family were on the show. He said he didn’t know they used the name until he saw the posters, and doesn’t want them using the name until he believes they earn it, but, “If it evolves into something that’s even remotely close to what Stampede once was...I’m in favor of it.” Teddy Hart claimed that he feels that as a member of the Hart family, he is entitled to use the name Stampede Wrestling on shows he’s on. Teddy Hart said he wanted this version of Stampede Wrestling to be a Lucha Libre style promotion. He did an interview with Live Audio Wrestling giving his vision of the product. “I’d like to see mechanically altered weapons and things like that. Chairs that change sizes, ladders that get longer, so you can be on a ladder and press a button and it gives you another three feet or five feet if you want to go higher. Higher is ratings. If you can have the fans all typing into their phone and you want to see Ted Hart go an extra five feet in the air, everyone’s got 30 seconds to a type a code into their phone. If the code is in, and I get my combination from the referee, I climb up another five feet.” He also wants more run-ins from animals. “I’m training cats to come out to the ring with me, and I’m also trying to train animals to get involved in matches. I’m trying to get safety animals, like a dog, to basically pull the referee’s leg before the count of three, little things like that. Or my dog will be carrying a weapon for me, and I would get it off his neck.”
Holy crap. And you guys give Warrior shit for being incoherent.
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy - Swift
If he had argued that this is the longest period of stagnation, he might be correct. Late 50's/mid 80's could be argued, but you would have hot territories and cold territories, just nothing major nationally.