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Looking for Trouble or Looking for Laughs?

By Frank Dusek

Paul Jones had a reputation as one of the better practical jokers in pro wrestling during his day. The best rib he pulled on me happened when I was about 12 or 13 and working on the ring crew for Jim Crockett Promotions.

It was the mid-60s and many cities, including Florence, S.C., were torn apart with racial strife. There had been so much tension that there was some concern expressed by city officials and the police as to whether we should even run at all. But wrestling in the Carolinas under Jim Crockett Sr. had a reputation as relatively trouble-free, family entertainment, so the matches went on as scheduled.

Paul JonesSince no wrestling fan in his or her right mind wanted to miss the main event, no one took the chance of being ejected by starting any trouble. The matches went off without a hitch.

Afterward, we made our regular stop at a little country store on the edge of town for a cold soda before hitting the road.

Inside, I couldn’t help but notice that the lady running the cash register couldn’t take her eyes off of me or Mr. Thomas, the fellow I worked with on the ring crew. It was so obvious that Mr. Thomas and I met at the rear of the store to confer.

See, Mr. Thomas is black and I am white. The last thing we wanted was any trouble. It wasn’t even our town. But as I said, these were troubled times and we were preparing ourselves for a possible problem.

We quickly found what we wanted, paid for our purchases and got out of the store ... breathing a sigh of relief that there hadn’t been any trouble.

There, in the parking lot, laughing their butts off were my dad, Wally Dusek, and Paul Jones. It seems that PJ was in the store when he saw us arrive. Using his best Texas "country" drawl, Paul told the cashier "that she’d better watch them two fellers a ‘comin thar." It seemed he told the lady that "his daddy had a store just down the road a piece and them two fellers were a always stealing from him!"

No wonder she couldn’t make change for watching us.

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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1998 Wrestling Classics: Frank Dusek, Mark Nulty
1998 Design: Jan Herod
Created: October 1998