Story: In his Back to the Territories series, manager extraordinaire Jim Cornette sits down to discuss the various old school regional territories, in conversations with some of the key wrestlers who worked those territories. In this installment, Cornette revisits the story of Calgary, the Canadian region that was overseen by Stu Hart, a legend in the business and the patriarch of one of wrestling’s most famous families. Countless stars would pass through Calgary and either refine their craft or learn how to enter the business, under Stu’s sadistic training methods. Cornette is joined by Lance Storm, who worked in the area and would go on to perform in all the major promotions, though he still has ample memories of his time in Calgary with the Harts.
Entertainment Value: I don’t know that Lance Storm would be my first choice to take us back to the Calgary days, but this interview proves to be an interesting one. I can’t help but think the real juice in this one lies in the stories around the Harts, which Storm has some, but he has more of an outsider take and wasn’t around during the peak of the promotion. So Cornette guides him through some of the old tales, while Storm shares his experiences and what he heard while he was there, so a good amount of ground is covered, regardless. Storm seems candid, but hesitant to get his hands dirty with the wild stories, more or less deferring when a controversial topic arose. A nice variety of topics are explored and Storm has at least some interesting information for most, even if some is, as I said before, second hand stories he was told from those involved. So while I would have preferred someone that was around the territory more or more central to Stu’s promotion, but Storm provides a solid interview.
Also, while Storm might not be the ideal interview subject, Jim Cornette can more than compensate for any shortcomings on the other end. Cornette could carry the entire piece himself, with his vast knowledge of the business, so he works with Storm to keep topics moving and fill in gaps. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather see lead an interview about professional wrestling than Cornette, so I wasn’t surprised he walked Storm through this one. He covers the old school Calgary topics and prompts Storm when needed, so the pace doesn’t drift and silent spaces are infrequent. The production values are fine, with a simple seating area and a clear, crisp audio/visual presentation. If you have an interest in the territory days of old school wrestling, this two hour sit down is worth a look.