Truth About The Story in Cactus Jacks New Book
By Frank Dusek
I believe it was Rob
Moore, who dropped me a line recently. He wanted to tell me that I made it into Cactus
Jacks new book, Have
a Nice Day A Tail of Blood and Sweatsocks.
I remember the incident
that Cactus Jack describes very well. In fact it happened a couple of years ago at a WWF
show in Fayetteville, NC.
I was visiting with
several of the boys with whom I once worked when Jack came into the room. In front of all
the boys he reminded me of the time I had told Jack that I thought his career path led
behind the cameras instead of in front of them.
When we were both with Jerry
Jarretts USWA in Dallas, Jack used to spend a lot of his free time in the
edit suite, working with the technical people. In fact, Jack helped to edit some of the
shows that the fans now call "classics".
Most wrestlers who
become stars have ring personas that are really just extensions of their real
personalities. For instance, Ric
Flair is the same way when the cameras are off as he is when theyre on. Dick
the Bruiser, Gorgeous
Freebirds and Jerry
Lawler are the same way.
Jack was quite different
from his ring character. Much like his many ring personalities he displays today in the
WWF, "Cactus Jack Manson" was a simple-minded wild man who wasnt afraid to
do anything with his body.
On the other hand, Jack
is educated, quiet and soft-spoken. I didnt think he would ever be able to
effectively "sell" the fans on his "crazy personality". I told him
that. I said that, in my opinion, he was probably destined for success in the business
behind the cameras, not in the ring.
When Jack reminded me of
that, I immediately dropped to my knees and admitted to him and all that were present that
I had been wrong. We all had a good laugh.
I guess that impressed
Jack enough that he included the story in his new book.
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.
to Top of Page | Return to Stories Home Page
| Return to Museum Home Page