You know what would be impossible? To list all my media appearances. I have been very fortunate to have been in print, on the radio, on television, and, more recently, on podcasts and streams.

I know I went to a taping of Romper Room as a kid, but have no idea if I ended up on air. Then, when I was a Cub Scout, I interviewed Betty Clay, daughter of Scouting's founder Lord Baden-Powell, on the local cable access show in Kitchener, Ontario. (Man, I wish I had that tape!)

As the teenager publisher of The Canadian Wrestling Report, there were newspaper stories (one even went national through Canadian Press), and a few radio and TV spots that I barely remember. One was with Tito Monte on CKCO-TV in Kitchener.

Along the way, I became some sort of talking head for TV  shows and documentaries about pro wrestling.

This is by no means a complete list, and, since I worked at a newspaper / website, words in print would be in the bajillions (exaggerate much?)...​​

  • Sweet Daddy Siki - I was the writer on this 2017 documentary, directed by Harvey Glazer, and did so much more, including appearing on screen. Best to jump to for my story about it: Mat Matters: Sweet Daddy Siki documentary was a personal journey
  • Tiger! - This 2005 doc, directed by Lalita Krishna, is about Tiger Jeet Singh. I'm a talking head in it and once was recognized on a Toronto bus from my appearance. The other story that I have often told is when I got out to Tiger's house for the first time, his wife kept looking at me funny, trying to figure out where she knew me from ... the documentary, which apparently Tiger Jeet liked to watch!
  • The Sheik - The 2014 documentary, directed by Igal Hecht, got a lot of attention, as well it should. It's about the Iron Sheik (Khosrow Vaziri) and the ups and downs of his life. I'm a talking head in it, and, for the record, was paid in pizza for my appearance. 
  • Autopsy: The Last Hours of... Chris Benoitwas a UK-based series. They shot in my house, with the director on the computer from England. It aired on March 15, 2020, and I've never seen it. How do I look?
  • Jane Hawtin Live on WTN Network. They knew where to look for nerds -- at the Toronto Sun's website! I was a last-minute call-in to talk about Star Trek and Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict in September 1997.




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