A Double Knock
Out With The Wrong Guy!
By Frank Dusek
In 1981, I had the
pleasure to manage a man who was becoming one of the best workers in the business, Scott
Irwin. Wrestling under the hood as the Super Destroyer and with me as his
manager, Scott held the Louisiana and Mississippi Heavyweight titles at a time when the
territory was near its peak in popularity.
After some time as
Scott's manager, it became necessary in the programs for Scott to start to losing matches.
What this actually meant was, for the first time I was to get involved. The theory was
that the fans really didn't care which one of us got beat, so I would end up "doing
the job". The fans were happy and I could always come back next week on TV and say
that the baby face still hadn't really beaten Super D.
One night as I entered
the ring in preparation for the finish, one of the things to occur was the two baby faces
were to throw Scott and I together for a double knockout. Now Scott was a big man,
standing 6'5" and weighing about 290 pounds. Despite his size, he could be a gentle
as a lamb in the ring.
On this night, as we
collided, Scott took a big bump backwards and crashed to the canvas. Instead of taking a
bump immediately however, I danced by Scott's fallen body and shouted down to the big man,
"what's the matter Big Boy, can't you take it?" before taking my own bump.
Scott was livid.
The next night the
finish called for the same spot. I knew I had a "receipt" coming so I just
gritted my teeth and tried to brace for it. I tried to lessen the impact by sliding like
quarterbacks do when they're about to be smashed by a linebacker. But this time, it didn't
help. When we collided, the former lineman from the University of Colorado literally
knocked me out of my shoes and just about out of the ring. He made sure there was no way I
was going to still be standing to dance over him twice. We called a truce in the dressing
room immediately after I came to!
Frank 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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