Any Old School Wrestling Fans Among Us ?

nfd2004

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As with so many of us here, whether career firefighters, volunteer firefighters, or buffs, for most of us, the fire department carried our Highest Interest. The guys, the rigs, the jobs, made it that way.
Many of us more senior members also talk about those Great Doo Wop Days and the music style of a time that still lives on today.

I guess looking back at the past years of the 1980s and 1990s, I also enjoyed watching the characters of the WWF, aka World Wide Wrestling Federation. There were so many of them.

Besides the wrestlers themselves, were the managers. Guys like Captain Lou Albano, Bobby the Brain Heenan, Harvey Wippleman, Chyna, Miss Elizabeth, Sensational Sherry, Paul Bearer, Classy Freddie Blassie, Jim Cornette, Mr Fugi, etc.

Sadly, many of those characters are no longer with us, along with some of the wrestlers they managed.

I enjoyed watching the Bad Guys and the interviews they had with Mean Gene Okerland.

A special segment that I enjoyed and always got a few laughs was when they had their roundtable discussions. WWF owner Vic McMahon would be sitting at the head of the table with Gorilla Monsoon (former wrestler) and usually Hillbillie Jim on one side - the Good Guys, and on the other side Bobby the Brain Heehan and Mr Perfect on the other side.
Usually Heehan would end up being proven wrong by the opposing side and would cowardly back down.

The themes were great too, as some of these wrestlers entered the ring like "The Undertaker", "Macho Man Randy Savage", "Razor Ramon", "Hacksaw Jim Dugan", "Hillbillie Jim", "Ric Flair", "The Sheik", "Roddy Piper", "Hunter Hurst Helmsley", "The Rock", "Ravishing Rick Rude", etc.

Any fond wrestling memories that you might have to tell us ?

These days there are some great videos out there for anyone who might have the same interest. Guys like "Greg the hammer Valentine" and "Razor Ramon", whose real name is Scott Hall, who talk about some of the wrestling characters and those they got into the square circle with.

It was some great entertainment and certainly all those wrestlers were athletes in their own way. Although it wasn't planned, many suffered serious injuries while doing what they did best.
 
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As with so many of us here, whether career firefighters, volunteer firefighters, or buffs, for most of us, the fire department carried our Highest Interest. The guys, the rigs, the jobs, made it that way.
Many of us more senior members also talk about those Great Doo Wop Days and the music style of a time that still lives on today.

I guess looking back at the past years of the 1980s and 1990s, I also enjoyed watching the characters of the WWF, aka World Wide Wrestling Federation. There were so many of them.

Besides the wrestlers themselves, were the managers. Guys like Captain Lou Albano, Bobby the Brain Heenan, Harvey Wippleman, Chyna, Miss Elizabeth, Sensational Sherry, Paul Bearer, Classy Freddie Blassie, Jim Cornette, Mr Fugi, etc.

Sadly, many of those characters are no longer with us, along with some of the wrestlers they managed.

I enjoyed watching the Bad Guys and the interviews they had with Mean Gene Okerland.

A special segment that I enjoyed and always got a few laughs was when they had their roundtable discussions. WWF owner Vic McMahon would be sitting at the head of the table with Gorilla Monsoon (former wrestler) and usually Hillbillie Jim on one side - the Good Guys, and on the other side Bobby the Brain Heehan and Mr Perfect on the other side.
Usually Heehan would end up being proven wrong by the opposing side and would cowardly back down.

The themes were great too, as some of these wrestlers entered the ring like "The Undertaker", "Macho Man Randy Savage", "Razor Ramon", "Hacksaw Jim Dugan", "Hillbillie Jim", "Ric Flair", "The Sheik", "Roddy Piper", "Hunter Hurst Helmsley", "The Rock", "Ravishing Rick Rude", etc.

Any fond wrestling memories that you might have to tell us ?

These days there are some great videos out there for anyone who might have the same interest. Guys like "Greg the hammer Valentine" and "Razor Ramon", whose real name is Scott Hall, who talk about some of the wrestling characters and those they got into the square circle with.

It was some great entertainment and certainly all those wrestlers were athletes in their own way. Although it wasn't planned, many suffered serious injuries while doing what they did best.
True some gr8 wrestlers & characters for sure.
 

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In another thread, I posted a picture of my family's first TV set, with its huge 6" screen. We got that marvel in 1948. And what did we watch on it? WRESTLING!!!! The most famous wrestler of the day was Gorgeous George, who was, in most people's opinion, the first "celebrity" wrestler.

Here's part of what Wikipedia says about him:

"Gorgeous George was soon recruited to Los Angeles by promoter Johnny Doyle. Known as the "Human Orchid", his persona was created in part by growing his hair long, dyeing it platinum blonde, and putting gold-plated bobby pins in it (which he called "Georgie Pins" and distributed to the audience). Furthermore, he transformed his ring entrance into a bonafide spectacle that would often take up more time than his actual matches. He strolled nobly to the ring to the sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance", followed by his valet and a purple spotlight. Wearing an elegant robe sporting an array of sequins, Gorgeous George was always escorted down a personal red carpet by his ring valet "Jeffries", who would carry a silver mirror while spreading rose petals at his feet. While Wagner removed his robe, Jeffries would spray the ring with disinfectant, ostensibly Chanel No. 5 perfume, which Wagner referred to as "Chanel #10" ("Why be half-safe?" he was famous for saying)[A] before he would start wrestling. Moreover, George required that his valets spray the referee's hands before the official was allowed to check him for any illegal objects, which thus prompted his now-famous outcry "Get your filthy hands off me!" Once the match finally began, he would cheat in every way he could. Gorgeous George was the industry's first true cowardly villain, and he would cheat at every opportunity, which infuriated the crowd. His credo was "Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!" This flamboyant image and his showman's ability to work a crowd were so successful in the early days of television that he became the most famous wrestler of his time, drawing furious heel heat wherever he appeared."

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nfd2004

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Thanks Ray, yes it all started with Gorgeous George. A name that carried on long after he was gone.

Years later that same "Pomp and Circumstance" entrance theme song was used by Macho Man Randy Savage, one of my favorite entertainers at the time.

As a very young kid, on Saturday mornings if my father wasn't working he would take me to the YMCA with him were many of his brother firefighters would go to work out. Of course that was a big treat for me and sometimes the guys would talk about the job.

BUT on Saturday mornings some wrestlers would go there also to work out. Later in the evening, wrestling would be broadcast on Black and White TV on channel WNEW out of NYC. I think it was from the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bridgeport.

I would see those wrestlers in the morning working out together and wondered why do they hate each other when they get into the ring. My father would encourage me to go up to them and shake their hand, but I was too afraid of them.

Guys like Buddy Rogers, The Basten Brothers, etc.

I was at that Knights of Columbus Hall watching when 601 lb Haystack Calhoun jumped on the manager of Buddy Rogers, "Bobby Davis" and I think he broke his back. My father knew the ambulance driver and he said; he was transported to the hospital that night.

Now, from Gorgeous George to Macho Man Randy Savage and "his" Pomp and Circumstance entrance.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rblh_0d7Qlw
 

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I saw Antonino Rocca wrestle at Ocean Beach in New London MANY years ago. I had a poster from that event on my wall for a long time.
 

nfd2004

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I saw Antonino Rocca wrestle at Ocean Beach in New London MANY years ago. I had a poster from that event on my wall for a long time.

Yea, I remember Antonio Rocca, he used to wrestler bare foot
 

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I still remember Rocca's introduction. FROM BUENOS AIRES IN THE ARGENTINE
 
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