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|NEW! Life Turns on Some Funny
Points" Why Lou Thesz Never Liked Buddy Rogers
has been no secret over the years that there
was a great deal of animosity between Buddy
Rogers has passed away, so there’s no
way to get his side of the story, but in his
this is how Lou Thesz says it all started. more
|My "First Broadway"
Back in the "dark ages", before
the modern era, wrestlers often referred to
matches that ended in time limit draws as "Broadways."
|I Guess We Needed the
was looking through the lineup cards for This
Week in Wrestling.. more
| How to Keep the Fans From
Controlling Your Match
fans are, as a lot, pretty well trained fans.
They've been conditioned for half a century
that if they try long enough, they can get a
response from most wrestlers. more
|Night Johnny Valentine
Taught Me to Throw the Big Hammer
Valentine was always known as one tough
son-of-a-gun in and out of the ring. more
with Wahoo McDaniel
for Ole Anderson and Jim Barnett,
my career started in Atlanta, GA.. more
Dynamite Jack Took a Dive
Jack Evans was a prototypical New Yorker.
He was a funny little guy and a good hand in
the ring. more
Watts Proved His Point
when I was working for Bill Watts, there
was a discussion as to how over the Fantastics
were over with the people of Louisiana. more
Night Fan Thumps Dusek's Head with Chair
1983 or thereabouts I was in Texas managing
Will Bill Irwin. Bill had recently won
the Texas Heavyweight Championship. We were
hot everywhere. more
Santen Became Wally Dusek
1936 my dad had just returned from Europe. He
had no manager and was booking his own dates.
Then he got a call from Rudy Dusek. more
Dusek's Start in Wrestling
always interesting to hear how different people
got started in professional wrestling. Freddie
Blassie (B-61) came from a boxing background.
Brazil once barnstormed with the House of
David baseball team before getting hooked on
the sport after seeing his first match. more
Night Tim "Mr. Wrestling"
Woods Was Late to the Ring
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.
the world of professional heavyweight wrestling,
there are the "good guys" and the
"bad guys." Some of the latter group
is "nasty bad," and others, "dirty
Blassie (B-13) is probably both rolled
into one. more
|More Memories of Gary Hart
are memories of Brute Bernard and Gary Hart's
exploits on Australian TV in the 1960's as provided
by Wrestling Classics' fan Geoff Brown in a
recent letter. more
|Gary Hart's Did the Little Things
before the days as a manager of the Great
Lewin, the Spoiler, and Bruiser
Gary Hart went to Australia where
he manager one of the true characters of all
|Playing Cribbage with Andre
Andre love to play
a card game called Cribbage. It's a card game
that uses a board with 121 holes per player
in it to keep score. I had learned to play in
the Navy, so every time Andre came to a territory
where I was wrestling he would look me up to
play a few games in the dressing room. more
End for Mat Stars
Wrestling generally is in a healthy condition. Many
cities are having record high gates (sic) receipts.
In spite of this there are two tragic exceptions:
Chicago and Montreal. Fred Kohler is the wrestling
promoter in Chicago and his story of rags to
riches and back again to rags is almost unbelievable.
The wrestlers liked to have Lucky along on a long trip
because of his stories. Lucky always bought
two 6 packs of Budweiser, one for him and one
for his wife Nelly. On long trips he was often
known to break into Nelly's 6 pack. Laughing
at his non-stop barrage of unlikely anecdotes
made the long Carolina trips seem to pass more
quickly. In short, if BS had been music, Lucky
would have been a grand symphony! more
About The Story in Cactus Jacks New Book
I believe it was Rob Moore, who dropped me a line recently.
He wanted to tell me that I made it into Cactus
Jacks new book, Have
a Nice Day A Tail of Blood and Sweat
|Taping up for the Von Erichs
Some old timers used
to go to great lengths to conceal injuries from
the fans. The idea was that, logically speaking,
if an opponent had a brace or other such support
on a critical area, it would just be common
sense to go after that weakness. If you didnt,
the fans were sure to call fake.
If you did go after such an area, there was
a chance you could hurt your opponent. more
|Sika "Educates" A
I spent almost three
years managing wrestlers in Bill Watts
Wrestling and for the Dallas-based
World Class Championship Wrestling. I traveled
with such wrestlers as Scott and Bill
Grappler (Len Denton), Ernie
Brown and The
Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika). In that span
of time, I cant tell you how many people
(fans and non-fans) nearly got their heads torn
off for irritating the wrong person.
Hawk - A Class Act
I grew up on the road. By the time I was 3 years old,
I had been in 32 states and three foreign countries
Double Knock Out With The Wrong Guy!
In 1981, I had the pleasure to manage a man who was
becoming one of the best workers in the business,
Scott Irwin. more
Shamrock vs the Nasty Boys
Ken was in bad shape and left soon after the incident
to recover. He never had too much to say about
the entire affair. He took one whale of a beating.
His head was swollen to the point that it almost
didn't look human and his entire face was a
mass of purples, greens and shades of yellow.
a Little Ahead of Myself
It was a beautiful spring Saturday morning. My traveling
companions and I awoke early. After eating breakfast,
we decided to leave about 11 AM, take the back
roads and see the sights. We arrived in the
town about 6PM after having "crammed"
a three-hour trip into almost seven hours! more
of the Giant Texan
In the 1960s and 70s, few men were more
physically imposing in the ring than big Tex
McKenzie. At 610" and 280 pounds
Big Tex definitely had a ring presence.
to this the fact that he wasnt, by all
accounts, the most graceful man who ever entered
the ring, and you have the formula for a hilarious
Poor Excuse is better than None
In Bill Watts Mid South territory in 1981
we were averaging 2000 mile 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 next day.
Of course, we were running late. more
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. more
for Trouble or Looking for Laughs?
Paul Jones had a reputation as one of the better practical
your Head can be a Bad Idea
When you ask wrestlers of the 70s and 80s who were
the toughest wrestlers in the sport, one name
that comes up consistently is Wahoo.
Guy to Double-Cross
My father, Wally Dusek, wrestled his first match for
a promoter named Gus Karras at the tender age
of 16. more
of The Monk than Anybody Wanted to See
After youve been in the ring for a while, you
develop a "feel" for the crowd. By
that I mean you notice when they dont
Night Stan Stasiak
Became World Champ
A lot of fans wonder what its like when
wrestlers find out they are going to achieve
one of the ultimate honors in this sport, to
hold the World heavyweight. more