View single post by srossi
 Posted: Thu Dec 5th, 2019 01:57 pm
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I had just turned 11 when he was murdered and didn't even have cable yet, so I never saw any of him in context.  I only read about him in the Apter mags when he was alive, and I was probably a teenager before I saw his first matches on tape.  It's hard to evaluate someone that way, but I was a fan.  Awesome look, great brawler, hardcore pioneer, could also wrestle, and was an agile big man before that really existed (with the possible exception of Don Leo Jonathan).  His influence is obvious when you look at the guys who blatantly ripped him off.  I had no idea that Jim Duggan took his entire schtick and every single mannerism until the 90s.  But his murder obviously added to the mystique a lot.  If he had lived and we had seen him battling Abdullah the Butcher in the early days of Eastern Championship Wrestling in front of 300 fans, which he certainly would've done, it wouldn't be the same.    

This thread was great before AA ruined it.