Gary Hart Did the Little Things
Long before the days as a manager of The Great Kabuki, Mark
Lewin, the Spoiler, and Bruiser
Gary Hart went
to Australia where he manager one of the true characters of all time, Brute
As a kid, I had the chance to see Gary cutting interviews for their
upcoming tour. After the WBTV-3 television taping in Charlotte, I was a part of the ring
crew, so we had to wait (keeping quiet) while they cut several interviews.
With no time constrains on KTVT-11 in Ft. Worth, Gary had a tendency
to ramble on, sometimes for up to 20 minute, but in the 1960s, he was a lot sharper
and to the point.
He was also a master of "the little things" that it takes
to get your character over.
On this occasion, Gary was talking about how much money Brute was
making winning all his matches in the States. In his hand, Gary held a wad of $20 bills
that would have choked a horse. At the time, the $20 bill, largest denomination
circulation in Australia, would really impress the fans "down under."
As he talked, he was slowing handing Brute one bill at a time. At
first, Brutes facial expression never changed. He just stared at his hand as the
pile of $20s grew. After he had a few bills in his hand, Brute began to smile.
Seeing that, Gary took back the last bill he had given Brute. He put the rest of the money
in his pocket.
He did something like that on every interview and by the time they
got to Australia, the fans were convinced that Gary was "using" Brute to make
him money, severely under paying the man.
Gary said that the heat on them was incredible from the first night,
thanks in no small part to one of "the little things" he had done before the
plane ever landed in Australia.
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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