My First "Broadway"
By Frank Dusek
in the "dark ages", before the modern era, wrestlers often
referred to matches that ended in time limit draws as
"Broadways." I'm not exactly sure where the term originated,
but its roots are probably hidden in the annals of the
my first "Broadway" or time limit draw, came quite by
accident. I had been wrestling for about three months
or so at the time. One Saturday, after wrestling twice
in the morning on WTBS and again at 4PM for Fred
Ward in Columbus GA, Rufus R. Jones and I were
busting our humps to make it to the show that night in
some high school gym in Middle Georgia
got there just before bell time to find out that I was
the only heel who had arrived. Things were only slightly
better on the other side. In addition to Rufus, Chic
Donovan was there.
Ronnie West was representing the office, so he
immediately changed the card. Rather than working with
Rufus, he made the curtain raiser Chic and me.
of a finish, Ronnie told us to just "go until we saw the
rest of the boys arrive." Once they got there, we were
to go at least five more minutes to give the next match
time to dress.
original twenty minutes time limit came and passed with
no other wrestlers arriving. Uncertain what to do, I had
Chic ask for the dreaded "five more minutes."
the extra time had elapsed there still wasn't a second
match, so I asked for the next "five more minutes."
thirty minutes into the match, we went at least twice
through my entire inventory of moves and high spots at
the time. There still wasn't another soul on the heel
side, so, you guessed it, we asked for and got another
"five more minutes."
as the third "five more minutes" was winding down, the
guys started to arrive. I was never so glad to see such
an ugly group of faces in my life.
I said at the start of this, our finish was to go "Broadway"
but even then I realized that the crowd was expecting
it. In the middle of a high spot, I called for an "Oklahoma
Hay Ride" (small package to the less informed) and held
on to Chic for dear life.
his best efforts to the contrary, he managed to "pin"
me and win the match, thoroughly surprising the fans as
well as Chic.
that night, as we left the town, a car came up behind
Rufus and me flashing its lights. We finally pulled over.
It was Chic.
was all excited and he wanted to thank me for giving him
his first win ever in the NWA.
well, that's wrestling!
Dusek is a second-generation wrestler from one of the most famous wrestling families
ever. He had a solid career as a wrestler and later managed several wrestlers to major
titles. He also spent time as a broadcaster, promoter and matchmaker. His first memories
of the wrestling business are selling programs for his father when he was 4 years old.
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