Frank talks about his World Class days in his Real Audio Interview on Wrestling
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Frank Dusek has one
of the most unique perspectives of anybody in professional wrestling because he has
excelled at every position in the industry.
A second-generation wrestler, Frank is the son of Wally Dusek of the
famed Dusek Riot Squad (click on icon to see larger pic of the
Dusek brothers). Wally Dusek was not only an established main
eventer, but also
one of the renowned shooters of his era. While Frank makes no pretense of being a shooter
himself, he received enough first-hand education from his father to understand it.
Frank is probably most famous as the television commentator and figurehead matchmaker for
World Class Championship Wrestling when WCCW was televised daily on ESPN. Frank was
instrumental behind the scenes as part of the WCCW booking brain trust and was responsible
for the day-to-day operations of the office. He also promoted towns and worked in the
office for Bill Watts' Mid-South (later UWF) promotion. It was Mid-South where Frank got
his first exposure as a television commentator.
Frank was a championship caliber wrestler. He won the Southern heavyweight championship
from Barry Windham. He and Bill Irwin teamed to win the WCCW tag-team championship from
Kerry Von Erich and Terry Orndorff. In addition, he was a leading contender for the Texas
and Pacific Northwest heavyweight championships. In Japan, he challenged Atsushi Onita for
the All-Japan International junior heavyweight championship.
Because Frank could do excellent interviews, it was natural for him to become a manager.
His biggest moment as a manager may have come April 18, 1981 when his team of the Grappler
(Len Denton) and the Super Destroyer (Scott Irwin) won a huge tournament in the New
Orleans Superdome for the Mid-South tag-team championship. They scored a pinfall victory
over the presumed unbeatable team Andre the Giant and Dusty Rhodes before beating Junkyard
Dog and Dick Murdoch in finals. He also led Bill Irwin to the Texas State heavyweight
championship and Super Destroyer to the Louisiana title.
Frank's father was a road agent for Jim Crockett's Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling in
the Carolinas when Frank was growing up. Wally Dusek used to have his son Frank assist him
in the towns. One of Frank's first memories is selling programs in arenas when he was 4.
As he grew older Frank began ring announcing and refereeing. Frank officiated several
battles between the top stars of the Mid-Atlantic territory, including matches between
Johnny Valentine and Wahoo McDaniel.
Frank brings to WrestlingClassics.com unmatched qualifications to analyze
and discuss professional wrestling today. His father's experiences gives him a perspective
and expertise on different eras of professional wrestling dating all the way back to the
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