NWA Lutte Internationale News
-Preparations are going around smoothly as we're inching closer to the date of the 2nd Annual Johnny Rougeau Memorial Cup from April 28 to April 30 at the Montreal Forum. The brackets are now set and fans should be in for some exciting first round matches. As for the predicted winner of the tournament, a few names have been tossed around but the general feeling is that the winner of the tournament could prove to be a huge surprise to the wrestling world when it's all said and done.
-As seen in the brackets, the only invited promotion that declined to take part in the tournament was CMLL in Mexico. CMLL had expressed its desire to separate themselves from the NWA earlier this year and this decision most certainly reflects that direction. While some officials within Lutte are questioning if WWF didn't get in the ear of CMLL (as a reminder, The Dynamic Duo are both WWF & Mexican National Tag Team Champions), no one wants to stir the pot any further and make the situation as more tense than it already is between both promotions.
-Speaking of which, one thing that didn't help the situation between both promotions was Jack Tunney securing the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to show Wrestlemania in closed circuit when Lutte Internationale was scheduled to run a show in that venue on the same day. With Tunney ousting Lutte out of the building, this left Frank Valois and other officials scrambling to find another venue in the area. Luckily for them, management from the CNE Coliseum easily accomodated Lutte and the event was moved in that venue. It's now impossible to say how long will Lutte be able to hold events at the Maple Leaf Gardens with Jack Tunney securing the promoting rights to WWF in Toronto but CNE Coliseum management made it clear that they could make their venue the permanent home for Lutte in Toronto should things come to that. Frank Valois is said to be "willing to fight tooth and nail" to ensure that WWF doesn't steal the Montreal Forum and oust them from the territory's biggest venue.
-Lutte is also looking to expand in Canada and hold shows west of Ontario in the near future, namely in the Prairies. It's said that with the partnership with Mid-Atlantic, and the Hart Brothers on their roster, Lutte could draw some interesting crowds there, knowing that the Hart Brothers could eventually show up at one of the shows. Lutte is already looking to hold a few shows occasionally in the Western part of Canada but the main reason could also be that with the numerous amounts of events that took place at the Centre Paul-Sauvé in Montreal recently, attendance numbers have seen a drop and many have expressed their concern to Frank Valois about saturation in the area, thus why they'd like to tour other parts of Canada more often. The one thing that won't change will be that every TV taping will still take place at the CHLT-TV studios in Sherbrooke, QC.
-Frank Valois has been monitoring Sting's excursion in Japan since March and he is said to be in constant communication with JWA officials. Valois is apparently very pleased with how things have been going for Sting and he has received some very high praises from JWA, thus why Valois accepted the request of JWA to extend Sting's trip in Japan until the end of June. Frank Valois is on the belief that the more travelling Sting does in the early stages, the more seasoned he'll be to take a big role on the roster when the time will come. And with Smokey Mountain Wrestling officially joining the National Wrestling Alliance, Sting will more than likely be headed to that territory to gain even more experience.
-Speaking of Smokey Mountain, Frank Valois hopes to be able to return the favor to Les Thatcher by giving some exposure to his top stars during the summer, namely Don Kernodle & the Karachi Puraas. He's expected to book one or two slots for Smokey Mountain on the August 16th & November 30th supercards with Mid-Atlantic.
-Finally, Samu is recovering very nicely from his sports hernia and will be back in action in early May. Officials are very happy with how he & The Great Kabuki have gelled together in the Creatchman Family. Expect Kabuki & Samu to be heavily featured as the crown jewels of the Creatchman Family in the future.