This is the area where when I was a kid I used to come not only for wrestling shows but for hockey games. There used to be a parking lot across the street where all the wrestlers & hockey players when they’re playing games and they’d walk across the street. They had to come across the street, there was no underground parking in those days so they would come through and there used to be big glass doors here. I would always have my autograph pad with me & a camera, I would stand there and got to high five the wrestlers, got to meet my favourite hockey players, got some hockey jerseys signed, stuff like that. I always made sure I got here super early, tried to get a glimpse or try to talk to one of my favourites and let them know that I thought they were awesome. That was kind of what I did here.
I used to get autographs not only from wrestlers but from hockey players, they always seemed to have time for the fans which was great. The odd time you’d get somebody that was in a hurry or whatever that is what it is, but for the most part, I got a lot of autographs, got to shake a lot of hands which was cool. I’ll never forget that I went to an auto show once, Mr. Perfect was doing an autograph signing at my gym in my little town of Orangeville, Angelo Mosca who is a CFL legend and professional wrestler, Angelo “King Kong” Mosca worked out there and I used to pick his brain all the time, tell him I wanted to be a wrestler and all these sorts of things. He told me at one point that he – that when Mr. Perfect moved to New York for the first time he let him live with him. He was friends with his father.
I had this idea that I was going to ask him this question. I got up to the front of the line and said, “Excuse me Mr. Perfect, do you know Angelo Mosca?”, he looked up with this big smile on his face and said, “Angelo’s a very good friend of mine.” I said, “Oh, he works out at my gym and I just know him so I just want to – and he told me stories about you”. He said, “Please tell him I said hello.” For me that was the coolest thing, I was like “oh man, I got this inside story that Mr. Perfect knows”. That was a moment, it was cool two years later. I hadn’t seen Angelo in years and I was doing a show in Hamilton, at this point I’d been on TV for 6-7 years and he showed up at the show. He was now living in the Hamilton area, he showed up at the show and he saw me with a big smile on his face, even almost kind of like a tear in his eye, he came, he hugged me and he’s like, “I can’t believe you did it. You always told me you were going to make it.” Same with Adam. He said, “You guys always used to talk to me in the gym. You always used to ask me questions, but you guys did it and I’m really proud of you.” That was a cool moment to hear because we used to just – we used to – I used to bring magazines of him into the gym and show him. I got this magazine with you in it, stuff like that, and ask him questions about wrestling, he was always very cordial, always had time for us. I mean I think it’s important because the ones that are loyal, supporters of what you do and I think that I was – like I said, I was that kid standing outside this arena trying to shake a wrestler’s hand, trying to talk to a wrestler, I was that kid. I just put myself in their shoes and try to give them as much time as they need to talk, take a picture, whatever. That means that you made an impact on somebody somehow and I think that’s important. People shouldn’t forget that.