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 Posted: Thu Jan 10th, 2008 10:43 am
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Any other guys with masks that you wonder whether or not they lost their masks are fair game for this topic as well. Guys definitely "lose the mystique" once the mask is off though.

Masked Superstar - I never saw him until he came to the northeast in 1983. One of the tag-lines with him was "the mask is his championship and he has never lost it" but I thought somewhere there was video of him being unmasked in the Mid Atlantic area. Not sure if it was "the" Masked Superstar that got unmasked though as I would imagine this type of thing would have been prime Apter mag material. there was definitely more than one Masked Superstar in the Mid Atlantic territory (a tag team)

Mil Mascaras - Can't imagine him ever losing his mask, but suppose someone knows of a storyline or happening somewhere. I know he has appeared in at least one movie without a mask but I am thinking of in the arena of pro wrestling.

The Destroyer - I think he did. Perhaps unmasked as "Dr X"? Not sure. Any details would be great (storyline, circumstances)

The Yellow Dog - Florida. Barry Windham. Was there ever an unmasking of him that "proved" to the world that the Yellow Dog was "the recently departed" Barry Windham? Would love to see video of that whole schtick.

The Golden Terror - For as many stories as there are about who it was (Davey O Hannon, Pete Doherty, Clyde Steeves) was there actually ever an unmasking? I am talking about the late 70s WWWF guy but I think "The Terror" wrestled in the Mid Atlantic area also.

The Executioners - WWWF tag team champs in 1976, even casual fans know this was Killer Kowalski and Big John Studd. All kinds of stuff here, I remember pics of them (blurry) in an Apter mag with their masks off, third guy under the ring, etc

 

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According to Wiki:


Between 1967 and 1972, Beyer wrestled as Doctor X while in Minneapolis, although he was known as "The Destroyer" elsewhere. During his time as Doctor X, Beyer had classic matches with many of the top names in the business including his real life brother-in-law Billy Red Lyons. In fact, it was Lyons who handed "X" his first AWA defeat on Minneapolis television when he defeated the good Doctor with a figure four leg lock. In August 1970, "X" removed his own mask to get a chance at revenge against his former partner Black Jack Lanza. He stood in center ring with legendary announcer Marty O'Neill, who told the fans that "X" was a former coach from Syracuse University. "X" then removed his mask, handed it to St. Paul promoter Eddie Williams, and wrestled the match as Dick Beyer. In other AWA cities, he was actually unmasked by both Lanza and Paul Diamond...in these matches, his name was revealed to be Bruce Marshall. The reason for Beyer wanting to be unmasked was that, he and his family were set to go on a world tour, where he would also wrestle again as The Destroyer. It has been speculated that by late August 1970, Beyer had already left the AWA and that it was "jobber" Bobby Jones under the mask. When Beyer removed his own mask on the August 8, 1970 card in St. Paul, that for sure was really Dick Beyer.



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Masked Superstar voluntarily unmasked in 1981 after winning the World Tag Team Title with Paul Jones. But he continued to wear the mask in subsequent matches. He had pledged to unmask that night when they won the titles in whatever arena it occurred.

In 1980, John Studd briefly appeared as a Superstar 2.He had lost a loser leave town match and he was unmasked after losing matches to Blackjack Mulligan

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Superstar's mask got ripped off in one of those Mid-Atlantic film matches--I think by Wahoo.  He covered his face and fled to the locker room.

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Masked Superstar voluntarily unmasked in 1981 after winning the World Tag Team Title with Paul Jones. But he continued to wear the mask in subsequent matches. He had pledged to unmask that night when they won the titles in whatever arena it occurred.

Ok. So off comes the mask and  ???? ~ I assume nobody knew who he was since (I think) he had been one of the Mongols as his previous identity.

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Here is footage of The Destoyer unmasking The Super Destroyer ( The Spoiler ) from Japan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-kuNxleaPU&feature=related

 

And here are a couple more unmaskings.

 

The Magnificent "M " gets unmasked in Florida: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC620crWCaA&feature=related

 

Who is Mr. R ???  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9t_lqve5LQ



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The Golden Terror got unmasked against Mil Mascaras in a Madison Square Garden match in middle 1978. Executioner 2 was unmasked also in Madison Square Garden by upcoming Bob Backlund around mid 1977.

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Frank wrote: The Golden Terror got unmasked against Mil Mascaras in a Madison Square Garden match in middle 1978. Executioner 2 was unmasked also in Madison Square Garden by upcoming Bob Backlund around mid 1977.
And under the mask was ??????

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beejmi wrote:
Frank wrote: The Golden Terror got unmasked against Mil Mascaras in a Madison Square Garden match in middle 1978. Executioner 2 was unmasked also in Madison Square Garden by upcoming Bob Backlund around mid 1977.
And under the mask was ??????


Executioner #2 was John Studd

No idea about the Golden Terror.

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Was the Midnight Rider ever unmasked (even though a blind man could tell it was Dusty Rhodes)? I remember reading in one of the Apter mags that the Midnight Rider beat Ric Flair in a title match in Florida but had to forfeit the title since he refused to unmask in front of the NWA president (Bob Geigel) to "verify the champion's identity".

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Big Garea Fan wrote:
Was the Midnight Rider ever unmasked (even though a blind man could tell it was Dusty Rhodes)? I remember reading in one of the Apter mags that the Midnight Rider beat Ric Flair in a title match in Florida but had to forfeit the title since he refused to unmask in front of the NWA president (Bob Geigel) to "verify the champion's identity".


Yeah, that World Title match happened. Like Dusty never really losing his first reign to Race (he lost on a weak DQ and the belt was given back to Race), he always positioned himself to be "the uncrowned champ". As Midnight Rider, he never could have been champ, as Rhodes was "suspended from wrestling" at that time.

Not sure if they did the "he was unmasked, but there is no definitive proof of who it was" angle with Dusty, but JYD's Stagger Lee was unmasked in a North American title match vs Dibiase at the Super Dome, but the angle was that no one there was willing to say for sure it was JYD, even though everyone there clearly saw him. I recall Dibiase yelling at Boyd Pierce because he was ringside, but claimed to have not recognized Stagger Lee's face. Strangely, there was no film of it, either.

Continental did an angle where the Stud Stable jumped the Bullet and unmasked him live on TV (from Boutwell Auditorium in B-Ham) but Gordon Solie instructed the TV director to cut to black "by mistake, because he was excited by the action and got confused." lol When they cut back, the Armstrong family was surrounding Bullet and covering up his face. Even though Armstrong was unmasked in their biggest arena on their TV show, the cameras didn't get any of it and Solie refused to say that he saw Armstrong's face.

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Big Garea Fan wrote:
Was the Midnight Rider ever unmasked (even though a blind man could tell it was Dusty Rhodes)? I remember reading in one of the Apter mags that the Midnight Rider beat Ric Flair in a title match in Florida but had to forfeit the title since he refused to unmask in front of the NWA president (Bob Geigel) to "verify the champion's identity".


The NWA at the time had a rule that the world title couldn't be held by a masked man. Rhodes was suspended at the time, so forfeited the title rather than face an indefinite suspension.

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PeteF3 wrote:
Superstar's mask got ripped off in one of those Mid-Atlantic film matches--I think by Wahoo.  He covered his face and fled to the locker room.


That was the Super Destroyer (Spoiler everywhere else, Don Jardine) not the Masked Superstar. After he left the territory, they showed his picture without the mask and said that Rufus R. Jones had unmasked him. That was just a "burial".



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The Nightmare (Randy Colley) was unmasked by (I think) Jake Roberts and actually wrestled for a while without the mask before leaving the territory.



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beejmi wrote:


Mil Mascaras - Can't imagine him ever losing his mask, but suppose someone knows of a storyline or happening somewhere. I know he has appeared in at least one movie without a mask but I am thinking of in the arena of pro wrestling.

The Golden Terror - For as many stories as there are about who it was (Davey O Hannon, Pete Doherty, Clyde Steeves) was there actually ever an unmasking? I am talking about the late 70s WWWF guy but I think "The Terror" wrestled in the Mid Atlantic area also.



This from the Kayfabe Memories WWWF/WWF Region

But for one short period in the late 1970s, Doherty was given a push as a masked wrestler called The Golden Terror. He wore a full body outfit that was pretty similar to The Conquistadors from the 1980s. He was managed by Captain Lou Albano, and around 1977 went on television to get a win or two. But soon, Doherty was being used for what he did best, making other guys look good. They used him to have some exciting matches on TV with the likes of Larry Zbyszko, Tony Garea, Dominic Denucci, and Gorilla Monsoon.

Eventually, Albano tired of the Terror's losing ways. And after one such television loss, Albano took off his belt and threatened to whip Terror with it. Terror went pleading for mercy, in typical heel fashion, but it spelled the end of the Terror's push.

But it was not yet the end of the Golden Terror. He continued losing TV matches, until one day, he challenged Mil Mascaras to a match at Madison Square Garden with a "Mask vs. Mask" stipulation, meaning the loser of the match had to unmask in front of the entire MSG crowd.

As you might expect, Mil Mascaras won the match, but to everyone's surprise, Doherty was not found under the mask. It was another TV enhancement wrestler named Davey O'Hannon! It is believed this match took place on the same card as the first Bill Graham vs. Dusty Rhodes match at MSG. Incidentally, Doherty may not have been alone in playing The Golden Terror all along, but he was one of the primary people playing the character. Finally, by 1979 the Golden Terror gimmick had completely disappeared.


So technically, Golden Terror *was* unmasked by Mil. that night.

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