How to Keep the Fans
From Controlling Your Match
By Frank Dusek
fans are, as a lot, pretty well trained fans. They've
been conditioned for half a century that if they try long
enough, they can get a response from most wrestlers.
wrestlers like Luke Graham and Rip Hawk
used this to their advantage. Graham would plead with
the people not to call him "Crazy Luke," which of course
they did to spite him. For Rip the chant was "Chicken
name popped up in postings the other day on the Wrestling
Classics Message Board that reminded me of the only
town I ever wrestled in where the fans controlled the
action in the ring.
don't know how, but the fans in Vancouver, BC in
1979 had discovered that the second the guys in the ring
finished a high spot and settled into a hold, all they
had to do was to start chanting "Booooorrrrriiiiinnnnnggggg"
(like baseball fans used to do to Daryl Strawberry). Because
most of the wrestlers were inexperienced, they would think
that their match wasn't going well & would panic. They
would immediately jump up & go into some sort of ill-advised
high spot. The result was that 6-minutes into the match
they were completely blown up (tired).
was wrestling a fellow by the name of Goldie Richards.He
was a smaller guy with blonde hair who looked just like
Charlie Manson. We started our match off hot with
a high spot then settled in until the time was right for
the next spot
sooner had I grabbed a hold than the chant started, "Booooorrrrriiiiinnnnnggggg."
Goldie immediately started struggling to get to his feet.
all my might I held on & pulled him back down on to the
canvas. "That's not boring," I told Goldie, "this is Boring."
the next fifteen minutes I did my best Johnny Valentine
imitation. We spent five or so minutes working a series
of "near pins" using wrestling holds.
the chants stopped as the fans started loosing interest.
That's when I had Goldie make an attempt to get to his
feet. All the fans returned to the edges of their seats.
sat back down.
the next ten minutes we blended a few high spots in with
a series of near pins that kept the fans coming back to
Goldie finally made his comeback, the place erupted. The
fans were on their feet cheering like mad for the Canadian
boy. In fact, it went so well that I changed the finish
in the ring and put Goldie over.
night reinforced a lesson that veterans like Angelo
Mosca, Ole Anderson and Ivan Koloff
had been telling me since my first day in tights. As a
wrestler in the ring, YOU"RE what the fans paid to see.
That means that YOU are in charge of the action, not the
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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