In the "Message Board"
section of theWebsite someone asked me about the time I
watched some wrestlers go alligator hunting. Most of what
follows is true.
I was wrestling in Florida in the 1984.
My regular traveling companions were "Big Nasty"
Angelo Mosca, Kevin Sullivan and
a referee by the name of Bill Alfonso.
On this occasion, Mosca had gone home to Canada to take
care of some business. To help support the cards in Nastys
absence, Eddie Graham brought in Rowdy
Roddy Piper for a few dates.
On the way to Miami from Tampa there are
literally miles and miles of canals, all filled will alligators.
Piper had decided that he wanted to bag one of these gators
to make himself a belt and a pair of boots. On a semi-deserted
stretch of highway we sighted a potential target and pulled
off the road.
Across the black water of a canal was a
gator about six-feet long. Since alligator hunting is illegal,
I wont say who actually fired the shots, but it was
clear that at least two hit the mark. The gator just floated
there, 20 feet from where we stood. All that was left was
to retrieve the trophy.
Kevin Sullivan said that he had read that
pearl divers in the Pacific would slap the water to keep
the sharks away while their partners dove for pearls. Sullivan
said he would go into the water and slap it if Piper would
retrieve the dead alligator.
Both Piper and Sullivan stripped to their
tights (a lot of planning had gone into this since both
wore their wrestling tights under their clothes). Sullivan
entered the water to about his waist and began to slap the
surface. Understand that the water in these Florida canals
is as black as midnight. Theres absolutely no way
to see anything more than a few inches below the surface.
Piper followed Sullivan into the water and
began to wade toward the "dead" alligator. Just
as Piper reached the level where he would have to stop wading
and start swimming the worst of all possible things happened.
The alligator moved. Not only did it move it began to swim
and then disappeared under the water.
I wont claim it was a miracle, but
I did see two mortals "walk on water" that day
as both Kevin Sullivan and Roddy Piper made their way, rather
quickly, out of that canal.
Needless to say, Piper didnt get the
hide for his belt and boots.