In Bill Watts Mid South territory in 1981 we were
averaging 2000 miles a week in travel. On one occasion we
had the opportunity to spend an extra night at home in Baton
Rogue in our own beds and drive to Shreveport for the matches
the next day. Paul
Orndorff, his brother Terry, Tommy Wright and myself
made use of the chance and planned to travel together the
Of course, we were running late.
In those days, Bill Watts road agent was Grizzly
Smith (Tiny Anderson to Carolina fans) of the Kentuckians.
Griz let very little slip by and being late without a good
excuse was a $50 fine.
For the last hour of the trip the four of us went over
the story we would tell Griz. Paul (who was driving) had
replaced the water pump in his car earlier in the week.
By smudging the date, it was decided that he would produce
the receipt as proof that we had had car trouble, making
Paul, Terry and Tommy were in one dressing room while I
was in another. When we arrived, Griz went to all three
to quiz them as to why we were late. As we had arranged,
Paul produced the receipt and they proceeded to tell him
a detailed story of how we had "broken down" on
the road to Shreveport and had to replace the water pump.
When Griz came to my dressing room I was ready with my
story as well. Both Len Denton (The
Grappler) and Scott Irwin (Super Destroyer) listened
intently as I described our problems to Griz
"Griz," I said with the most innocent face I
could muster, "you wont believe the trouble we
had getting here today. The generator in Pauls car
went bad and we had to replace it."
Griz immediately slapped his head in disbelief. "Geez!"
he screamed, a giant smile breaking on his face. "Cant
you guys even get your stories straight?"
I guess Griz liked the tale we told, or maybe he just took
pity on us, but we didnt get reported or fined that
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