Some backstory is probably necessary here.... throughout the 1980's, the NWA (later WCW) was not really that big a deal to most wrestling fans in the Toronto area. Sure, we knew about it, mainly through the Apter mags and such, but there was no television representation in the area (I've been told some Ontarians had access to Mid-Atlantic wrestling in the early part of the decade, but that was long before I'd become a fan).
As a result of that (and the fact that the local promoters Frank and Jack Tunney later sold their territory to Vince McMahon) 95 percent of the wrestling we got was under the WWF umbrella. And before anyone corrects me, yes, I'm aware that we had on-again/off-again access to the AWA, Stampede, International and All-Star Wrestling through Toronto cable outlets - they just didn't seem nearly as big a deal as Hulk Hogan and company.
Finally, in the very late 1980's, the flagship program "WCW Worldwide" began airing on a Toronto network affiliate on Saturday nights beginning at midnight. The timeslot wasn't ideal and the show wasn't nearly as professional looking as, say, WWF Superstars, but who cared? This was a legitimate number two promotion, with stars like Ric Flair, Sting and The Steiners capturing our imagination.
In the spring of 1990, we first learned of WCW's intention to tour several Ontario cities that summer (I believe Niagara Falls and Brantford were also on the agenda). The card was announced and heavily promoted on the midnight showing of Worldwide through commercials and so-called "edit market promos" ("I can't wait to get to Toronto to kick Arn Anderson's butt!").
They also advertised the show weekly in our newspaper of record, the Toronto Star. However, I remember them constantly misspelling the tag team "Doom" as "Doonl". I understand how they could have made that mistake once, but every single week? Was no one paying attention?
Besides me, that is. I immediately bought tickets and made plans to attend with my brother, The Big Rybowski, and 2014 manager of the year Stu Stone.