Wrestling Book Marks/CovidCon has been a long-time collaborative of wrestling authors, publishers and historians chaired by wrestling book author/publisher Kenny Casanova. Kenny's put out great books on and with stars like CAC attendees Vadar and Sabu; the late/great Kamala, Brutus Beefcake, Bugsy McGraw and more.
When the Pandemic hit, Kenny and his team including CAC's John Cosper(cowriter for books on David Schultz, our ailing brother Tracy Smothers and lead author of a great new book on female wrestling legend Elvira Snodgrass,("The Ballad Of Cousin Elvira") went to work to help everyone in wrestling affected monetarily with no indie shows, no signings nor convention/fanfests. In early May, they had their first pro wrestling Virtual Reality FanFest(CovidCon). It was a mammoth 2 day weekend event with wrestlers coming on every 1/2 hour to be interviewed, take viewer questions and plug their merch from about 7 am to midnight both days. Greg Oliver, Scott Teal, John Cosper and other historians, authors and publishers were on including ECW Press' Mike Holmes besides all the wrestling greats they'd interview. Kenny and crew had a second CovidCon about 6 weeks later which I was on hosting the last, longest timeslot.
CAC had to postpone Vegas for 2020 and as I suggested to our board back in late March, CovidCon became Cauli-Con the PayPerView last Saturday again promoted by Kenny and his CovidCon/Bookmarks volunteers. A 4+ hour series of panels featuring many guests and legends along with great new names like AEW's Taz and the reunited Bushwackers. The latter legendary duo checked in from their native New Zealand. That segment was terrific because they talked about first starting out in North America as the Crazy Kiwis in Montreal's 1973 Grand Prix Vachon promotion. Lots of road stories when they morphed into the NWA Sheepherders. And finally as WWF's Bushwackers. CAC's Blue Meanie and his podcast cohost, hilarious Josh Shernoff joined the Wackers on-screen & talked about some road history with the two legends. DDP opened CauliCon, but soon Eric Bischoff who was guest segment #2, joined his old old pal talking about their friendship starting in the AWA and how that would later impact DDP's career in WCW when Eric was 90's boss. Some viewers asked if DDP had to pay for his on-camera outfits in WCW, or if Bischoff and WCW as a whole reimbursed him. "Nope, I had to pay for all my gear," two-time CAC honoree Page said.
Later in the Cauli-Con, "Gator" Steve Keirn(Florida legend and part of The Fabulous Ones tag team) and his Florida longtime pal Gerald "Jerry" Brisco, late from WWE. Madusa joined them and they had a lively panel discussing life and paydays back in the 80's. It was great hearing Jerry and Steve talk about greats like St. Louis' Ronnie Eitchison, Iron Mike Padousis, Silento Rodriguez and other wrestling legends. The Big Show/Paul Wight was to have been our last big CauliCon panel guest, but he had to bow out last-minute to sell the chairshot beat-down from days earlier on tv from Randy Orton. Mark Henry, our last CAC Iron Mike top award honoree in 2019 took Show's place and brought up his ideas to possibly help CAC monetarily besides telling an Ernie Ladd story. I'd spoken with Mark earlier that day when I was on Sirius/XM satellite radio's Busted Open national show, to promote Cauli-Con. Mark is Busted Open's lead co-host Fridays and Saturdays. Live on-air he told me and their listeners that he'd be replacing Big Show on CauliCon just hours later relaying this breaking news. There were many other wrestling greats and surprises as promised, so please listen to one of the replays. It's a Zoom-chat-like extended radio show with audio and visuals so viewers can see everyone. But no commercial interruptions!