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'Classic' because its an old-time squash featuring rare footage of The Executioners (Studd & Kowalski)

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Great old-time squash! With one of my favorite teams!

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Still one of my favorite moments from the old WWWF was when the 3rd Executioner interfered in a match and Albano screamed, "Trick photography". Still. makes me laugh.

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Off topic but not off topic. I heard that even by pro wrestling standards, Pat Barrett was the biggest piece of shit that ever stepped between the ropes. Does anyone know why that might be?



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Never heard that but would like to hear the reasons, also. 

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Great old school match- thanks for sending!

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I could. It find anything crazy out there about Barrett.

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What was the point of bringing in someone as legendary and well-known as Kowalski just to put him under a mask at the end of his career? He couldn't even give Studd a proper rub that way by being his mentor.



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srossi wrote: What was the point of bringing in someone as legendary and well-known as Kowalski just to put him under a mask at the end of his career? He couldn't even give Studd a proper rub that way by being his mentor.


From what I understand, Kowalski was losing his hair and there was concern that he looked old so under the mask he went.

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Kowalski suggested it.

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Not long before becoming an Executioner, Killer Kowalski wrestled some matches under his own identity with the purple tights with the lightning bolts while wearing a mask. Officially the mask was so he could hide his facial expressions as a way to get an advantage over opponents while he also loaded the mask with foreign objects, but his hair loss and aging face were also concerns. Kowalski turned 50 during 1976. That was a much older age back then as far as how people looked and conducted themselves. People aged faster. By comparison, Triple H will turn 50 next year.

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tamalie wrote: Not long before becoming an Executioner, Killer Kowalski wrestled some matches under his own identity with the purple tights with the lightning bolts while wearing a mask. Officially the mask was so he could hide his facial expressions as a way to get an advantage over opponents while he also loaded the mask with foreign objects, but his hair loss and aging face were also concerns. Kowalski turned 50 during 1976. That was a much older age back then as far as how people looked and conducted themselves. People aged faster. By comparison, Triple H will turn 50 next year.
Honestly no one seemed to care about that in the '70s and '80s when almost every big show had the promoter coming out of retirement looking like he died 5 years ago to battle the monster heel of the day (and win).  Fritz von Erich, Stu Hart, Verne Gagne, Dick the Bruiser, the list goes on and on, they all kept wrestling and the fans believed in them. 

Then you had the regulars who never retired, guys like Pat O'Connor, who was still a full-timer at around 60 and was wrestling the likes of Ric Flair in the early '80s.  Looking at them side-by-side, it was absurd (although the match wasn't bad).  Honestly, a good 80% of wrestlers pre-1984 looked like ass - fat, old, bald, bad skin, hairy, splotchy bodies.  There was virtually no effort put into cosmetics until maybe the late 70s, perhaps because most people got color TVs by then and started recoiling at the horror of these guys. This isn't to say that there weren't always exceptions, like Jim Londos who looked like a Greek God as far back as the '20s, but Kowalski was a super model next to most of these guys.

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