the spring of 1979 I was wrestling in a spot show one Saturday
night called Norcross, Georgia. Unlike most Saturday night
towns where we were faced with a long trip back to Atlanta,
Norcoss is actually right on the loop around Atlanta so
we were all looking forward to being in the clubs by 11PM.
those days Jim Barnett's Atlanta office required all the
wrestlers to stay until the main event was over. The idea
was that, if they had a riot in the main event, there would
be wrestlers in the dressing rooms to help even the odds.
can't recall whom I worked with, probably Dennis Hall
or Rufus R. Jones. I do remember that the main event
was the Masked Superstar taking on Tim "Mr. Wrestling"
9:30 pm, after the intermission was over, Superstar entered
the ring. They always introduce the heels first in the old
days so the "boos" wouldn't interfere with the baby face's
eyes were glued to the dressing room door, but no Tim Woods.
minutes go by. All the wrestlers were getting angry. Where
was Woods? After all, like I said, we were ready for a short
evening. After 6 or 7 minutes, even the fans began to get
about 10 minutes the referee exited the ring to find out
why the delay.
were wrestling in a high school gym and dressing in the
locker room below. Woods had decided that, as a rib, he
would hide in an equipment locker room and jump out as the
Superstar went by.
only problem was, when he closed the equipment room door,
it locked! To make matters worse, the only man with a key,
the janitor, had left for home.
had to taken another intermission of almost half an hour
while someone ran down to his house for the key.
with the shortened main event we didn't get home until about
the usual time.