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He was the best, and one of the key figures in my journey to becoming a full-time writer. I was fortunate to be able to say thank you to him many times. 
Rest in peace, Angelo Mosca. 
Here is my SlamWrestling.net obituary:
https://slamwrestling.net/index.php/2021/11/06/angelo-mosca-dead-at-84/

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Does anybody know where Joe Kapp is today? Just kidding - Rest In Peace.

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Damn, we lost another one.


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Even though I knew wrestling was fake, Angelo Mosca legitimately scared me as a little kid.

RIP Angelo King Kong Mosca.

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It seems like he suffered from ailments for a long time.

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Didn’t know he had Alzheimer’s. That sucks.
King king was a great nickname for it, he looked like a King Kong.
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In early 1977, after attending my grandfather's funeral, we gathered for a meal at his house, and his youngest children were the aunts and uncles I knew best because they always found things for us to do.  We settled in the living room to watch TV and for the very first time, I saw professional wrestling.  The AWA show was coming to an end, and this studio squash match had Julio Rodriguez, who wasn't really much to see, but King Kong Mosca was the opponent.   No sooner had the bell rang than Mosca swarmed in and his first offensive move was to toss Rodriguez right out of the ring.    Short but sweet, and because the show was ending, it would take another year or so before I would really explore the phenomenon I was just witness to.   By the time I started seeing the AWA on a weekly basis, Mosca had moved to another territory.  Following his exploits was limited to the newsstand magazines, but he never failed to entertain right off the page.  

Mosca did an episode of the CAC Radio podcast several years ago, shortly after the Alzheimer's condition was diagnosed.  Angelo Jr. sat in on the interview to help steer the conversation if it was necessary, but Big Nasty was still rather sharp and an engaging subject.   Gregarious and not every one's cup of tea, from many accounts.  But without Angelo morphing into King Kong at the bell, I might not have been as captivated by the wrestling on TV to find it again.  The year in between saw us relocate, and Milwaukee TV schedules were different than the Green Bay market I moved into, so Saturday nights growing up could have been oh so different.   I found him several times this week doing research without even trying... maybe that was foreshadowing.   RIP 

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That's a great story, OMG. He was different, brought an intensity to the ring, that football-ness for lack of a better word. Subtlety was not his strong point!

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I heard he had Alzheimer's a couple years ago. It's too bad. He was good as a good guy and bad guy. And he played both at the same time. Lol In Toronto he was a huge fan favorite while being a big heel in Florida or WWF. 

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Superstar wrote: Does anybody know where Joe Kapp is today? Just kidding - Rest In Peace.
The Joe Kapp incident might've been an early sign of Alzheimer's. A lot of these older guys get very ornery and unreasonable as a first symptom.  I'm sure Mosca was generally ornery and unreasonable even in his younger days, but that seemed a bit extreme and out of character even for him, and isn't something that should taint his legacy.

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srossi wrote: Superstar wrote: Does anybody know where Joe Kapp is today? Just kidding - Rest In Peace.
The Joe Kapp incident might've been an early sign of Alzheimer's. A lot of these older guys get very ornery and unreasonable as a first symptom.  I'm sure Mosca was generally ornery and unreasonable even in his younger days, but that seemed a bit extreme and out of character even for him, and isn't something that should taint his legacy.
I don't think it tainted anything, in fact I think it garnered him sympathy.  Joe Kapp took a beating as a football player but remained at least at the time somewhat strong and able to move around.  Angelo Mosca was on a walker at the time and shouldn't have opened his mouth, but give the man credit - he had something to say and said it and took the consequences without crying like a baby.  To me, it made Mosca an even bigger star for having the balls to make that kind of move.

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I hate, just hate, that so much of the Mosca coverage is tied up to the Joe Kapp reactionary swinging the cane thing. I didn't want to in include it at all, but my editor talked me into it.

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GregOliver wrote: I hate, just hate, that so much of the Mosca coverage is tied up to the Joe Kapp reactionary swinging the cane thing. I didn't want to in include it at all, but my editor talked me into it.
I agree.  Even PWInsider spent half of his obit talking about it.  WWE's obits are always surface-deep and awful, but at least they wrote a little something about him without mentioning Kapp.

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Ugh. Don't get me started on WWE obits. They own almost everything and this would be an opportunity to showcase that, both with photos and video.

Here is my own personal interactions with Angelo Mosca.

https://slamwrestling.net/index.php/2021/11/07/mat-matters-without-mosca-im-not-writing-this/

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Sadly that's the last thing people will remember about him. And for people of a certain age it will be the only thing. It was a pathetic display and it made the news everywhere.

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Angelo Mosca was before my time, and the only thing I remember about him was that he was on one of the wrestling VHS I once bought (I can't even remember which one it was). The one thing I remember is that it also had a match between Tully Blanchard and Brett Hart (not THE Bret Hart, I don't think...maybe it was Barry Horowitz?)

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Mosca was a 4 time Canadian Champ defeating The Iron Shiek, Mr.Fugi, John Studd and Sgt.Slaughter. He had World Title Matches with NWA Champs Ric Flair and Harley Race, WWF Champ Bob Backlund and AWA Champ Nick Bockwinkel. And that was just the 80's. He had a great wrestling career.

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I did up a personal piece on my experiences with Mosca through the years.

https://slamwrestling.net/index.php/2021/11/07/mat-matters-without-mosca-im-not-writing-this/

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He fought all the big names. Dusty Rhodes, Andre, Roddy Piper, Greg Valentine, Jimmy Snuka, Jack Brisco, Ivan Koloff, Don Muraco, Bob Orton Jr, The Road Warriors, Gene Kiniski.

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I just posted an interview with Angelo Mosca Jr. about his father:

https://slamwrestling.net/index.php/2021/11/08/angelo-mosca-jr-shares-laughs-and-lessons-from-his-father/

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Some of Mosca's matches from Maple Leaf Gardens are on You tube. Mosca vs Snuka, vs The Iron Shiek, Mosca and Flair vs Iron Shiek and Greg Valentine.

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He spent a short time in San Francisco, a month or two. He formed a team with MoonDog Mayne calling themselves the M Squad. A favorite move I liked from them was a double team punch in the head at the same time. They had a falling out during a televise match and the following week wrestled each other with Mosca losing. Good heel vs heel match.

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I don't get what the beef was with the Willie Fleming hit. Fleming was down but Angelo had been moving at full speed and obviously couldn't stop on a dime. As has been mentioned in this thread, it's a shame that the first thing people think about when Mosca's name is mentioned is Joe Kapp.

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RIP
I enjoyed his work. Had a great look. Looked like a 'King Kong'. Sad to hear in his later years he had sickness. Thank you King Kong.



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