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    Why Should You Come To A CAC Reunion? August 29th, 2010

    I really wish I could attend Cauliflower Alley Club reunions.

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    Wrestling Masks Revisited June 3rd, 2010

    In recent weeks, I have been attending local wrestling matches presented by the Great American Wrestling Federation and taking photos which I upload to my Facebook page. I was asked to be the “official” photographer and I accepted. Some of the GAWF wrestlers wear hoods in the ring which got me thinking about my personal wrestling mask collection. I remembered my blog entry on collecting wrestling masks and decided to revisit it. I didn’t realize that I initially posted it almost 5 years ago. Time flies, doesn’t it? One day, now that I have a good digital camera, I’m going to have to take the time to photograph my collection (need to find a decent styrofoam head — anyone got Al Snow’s cell number?) and make a graphic.

    ~={O}=~

    Wrestling masks made by Iron Mike Woody

    People who know me also know that one of my passions is watching professional wrestling. They also know that I come from a family of collectors and I have collections of various things like soda bottle caps (Nehi, Barq’s, etc.), hockey jerseys, CD’s and one of my most unique collections; professional wrestling masks.

    So it was nice to see my favorite mask maker “Ironman” Mike Woody back on ebay with a great selection of his creations. The masks you see above are just a few examples of his outstanding work. I’ve been collecting wrestling masks for several years now and frankly, Mr. Woody’s are some of the finest I have seen. Through ebay, I’ve managed to acquire several masks including pro-grade replicas of some of my favorite masked wrestlers (like Mil Mascaras, the Assassin, Rey Mysterio, Jr., the Masked Superstar, the Grappler, the Spoiler, etc.) as well as some very cool original designs.

    Collecting professional wrestling masks is an unusual hobby in the U.S., but in Mexico and Japan it’s more common. In fact, at shows in Mexico as well as in Central and South America, masks are sold as souvenirs like t-shirts are sold at shows in the U.S.

    There are three basic levels of quality in regards to wrestling masks – pro, semi-pro and commercial. Pro quality masks are the masks the wrestlers use in the ring. They are created to hold up during ring use and abuse. They normally have double-stitching with liners to give seams extra support. The materials used tend to be of heavier and highest quality. Stitching on the face patterns are tight and consistent. Pro masks also are custom-fitted for the wearer. Semi-pro masks look very similar to pro quality masks but usually are single stitched at the seams with lighter weight fabrics. The face pattern stitching tends to be a little less consistent, but pretty good. These masks tend to be made in standard sizes and are intended for fan use. If you want a very good looking mask for less cost than pro quality masks then this is the choice I would recommend. Commercial masks tend to be the bottom line choice. They are usually made from cheap materials with a foam lining. Stitching overall varies from mediocre to poor and face patterns usually are sloppier than pro and semi-pro. These masks are made in mass quantities and are the ones most commonly sold at lucha libre shows. If you are serious or even interested in collecting professional wrestling masks, I really recommending avoiding commercial grade masks.

    I know that some people are going to think this hobby of mine is weird and may picture me as some fetish freak. Definitely not true. Frankly, the only time of the year I ever wear a mask from my collection is at Halloween (as a teen, I wore a wrestling masks each year for Mardi Gras as well as Halloween but that’s about it). One year I wore one of Mike Woody’s Rey Mysterio, Jr. masks he made for me and got a great reaction from the trick-or-treaters. Another year I wore a classic Mil Mascaras mask Mike made for me and not only got great reaction from the kids, but a lot of their parents recognized it and let me know it. I feel collecting the masks I have gotten over the years is a harmless outlet for one of my passions and is no stranger than when I collected coins and BSA council strips or my current collection of old soda bottle caps. I enjoy it and that’s really all that matters, right?

    Anyway, if you are interested in starting a collection. Searching on ebay is a good start. If you’d like a custom mask, I suggest emailing Mike at ironmanaries@netzero.net for information.

    Louis Vincent Albano — 1933 – 2009 — R.I.P. October 16th, 2009

    Arguably the move unique wrestling manager ever, Captain Lou Albano
    Louis Vincent Albano
    Captain Lou
    July 29, 1933 – October 14, 2009

    Professional wrestling has lost one of its true legends, Captain Lou Albano. As with many wrestling fans I was introduced to Lou Albano during the Rock-n-Wrestling days of the WWF (now WWE) as well as his appearances in Cindi Lauper music videos and managing the British Bulldogs. Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to watch him much before that era when he was managing such wrestlers the Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika), Don Muraco and “the Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff much less when he was one half of the tag team known as The Sicilians with Tony Altimore. However even though none of the syndicated wrestling programs in the areas I lived as a kid ever showed anything of Albano’s I was aware of him and his unique appearance via various wrestling magazines I purchased starting in the late 60s. One interesting fact I learned while reading various news reports of his death was that Albano played college football on a scholarship at the University of Tennessee.

    Lou Albano was definitely one of a kind. A phrase often used in wrestling promos comes to mind: “Often imitated but never duplicated.” I don’t know of the origin of that phrase but it definitely fit Lou Albano perfectly.

    My prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of Captain Lou Albano.

    The Sicilians: Lou Albano & Tony Al
    The Sicilians
    Lou Albano (l) & Tony Altimore (r)

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    Some Thoughts About The State Of The WWE May 21st, 2009

    To say that I am disappointed with the current product being created and aired by the WWE would be understating how I feel. I am afraid that I am losing interest in their programming. It’s not that I am losing interest in pro wrestling in general. Quite the contrary, I am still passionate about pro wrestling as I ever was starting as a little kid in the 60’s. Frankly, if there were a local group producing regular shows, I’d be one of those people with a regular ringside seat and maybe even ringside working for the group as a photographer (now THAT would be sweet). I’ve noticed what I consider a major decline in the quality of shows aired by the WWE.

    First off, ever since Vince McMahon bought Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), he’s managed to water it down to where it cannot be legitimately considered “Extreme” in any sense of the word. In fact, I consider it as being “RAW Lite” with little worth watching anymore. Actually I’ve ceased watching it at all. I long abandoned Smackdown for even being LESS interesting. And frankly, this new show on WGN America is the worse one thus far.

    And now I am finding Monday Night RAW to be less interesting and entertaining than ever before.

    I’m not blaming the wrestlers. Quite the contrary, my respect and admiration for their effort and athleticism is high. They do things on a regular basis that I could only DREAM of doing and they place their bodies and careers on the line each and every time they perform in and out of the ring.

    No, I feel the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of the creative teams and mostly on Vince McMahon himself since he is the one who approves and directly influences pretty much all the storylines and development.

    Let me get to some of my specific complaints:

    1) Edginess
    As I alluded to in mentioning the current ECW, I feel the WWE is losing its edginess that it developed so well during the Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Rock era (also called the Attitude Era). Every so often there are glimpses of it such as when Randy Orton used the RKO on Stephanie McMahon in front of a helpless HHH. But even that didn’t last. With current storylines, the WWE seems to be playing it safe. And thus, it’s boring for the most part.

    2) Divas
    A women’s division has its purpose but not just to be eye candy and that’s what the majority of the current women’s division is. No disrespect intended, but most of the women, although they are trying hard, are just not all that good in the ring. They need a lot of seasoning and they aren’t getting it by “learning on the job.” Over the years there have been some who developed into outstanding in-ring performers such as Luna Vachon, Molly Holly, Lita and even Trish Stratus (who started off very green but worked hard and developed a very good in-ring ability). Whenever the WWE has a Diva match, that’s my cue to take a bathroom break. I admit they are all very attractive women even though I find fake breasts highly un-erotic but if sexuality was the main interest for me in regards to the WWE Divas I’d get the Playboy issues they appeared in where I don’t have to endure botched moves, missed spots and really, really bad in-ring kayfabe attempts. I wish to clarify…I don’t blame the Divas themselves per se, but those who failed to allow them to develop reasonably advanced abilities necessary to perform on such an international, televised stage.

    3) Storylines
    I don’t think it’s just me as evidenced by the declining ratings and attendance, but the storylines in recent months have really grown stale. A certain, respected person within pro-wrestling (Jim Cornette, I think) pointed out that a storyline can effectively be repackaged after about 5 years (or something similar to that) but the WWE creative minds seem to be rehashing remarkably similar storylines within months. I admit that there rarely is anything really “fresh” in pro-wrestling storylines, but rehashing the same things over and over and over again especially with no payoff (which seems to be almost the norm in current WWE storylines) obviously causes decreases in interest in the product. Again, although I place a lot of the blame for this on the creative minds in the WWE, the bulk of the blame rests with Vince McMahon directly since I am told over and over by numerous insiders that he has to give his stamp of approval on every single storyline and often changes things on the fly creating havoc behind the scenes.

    However all is not bad. Some positives:

    1) The talent
    For the most part, the established talent currently utilized has been doing rather well with what little they are given to work with. Other than my disappointment with the WWE Divas, I really don’t have many issues with the performances of others. I have been and probably always will be a huge fan of Rey Mysterio, Jr. and several others WWE Superstars are ones I have long admired. Not all of them really interest me (Jack Swagger comes to mind) but I cannot deny that they all, including the Divas, bust their butts to present the best performances they can. If anyone was phoning in a performance, it hasn’t been seen as such by myself. I am pleasantly surprised at some of the newcomers in the WWE as well.

    2) Announcing
    This may not seem like much of a positive, but take it from someone with twenty years of radio and ten years of television experience (with some experience calling high school football games) announcing is not nearly as easy at it seems. I think the announcers for the WWE are all quite good and some surprisingly so. For example, when Tazz retired from active wrestling and the WWE made him an announcer, I was initially unsure how he would be but after one show with him announcing I was extremely surprised at how accomplished he is as an announcer. I should have had a clue after all those ECW promos he made through the years. The only announcer I just can’t warm up to is Michael Cole. Although I don’t consider him a poor announcer, he just comes off very flat to me and still makes some embarrassingly bad flubs too often for someone of his experience. Maybe that is what makes him appealing to some. A team that has probably the best chemistry and timing is Matt Striker and Josh Mathews. And to make it absolutely clear, I like Jim Ross and have been a fan for many, many years even before he was with the WWE. I place Jim Ross between Gordon Solie and Lance Russell in my top 3 announcers of all time.

    3) Comedy
    Every wrestling program needs some comedy to prevent monotony. Santino Marella is arguably the current WWE comedy heavyweight champion right now (even though I just can’t get into the “Santina Marella” gags). His mangling the English language is well done and seems to be an unintended homage to Bill Dana’s famous character “José Jiménez.” For the most part, the comedy storylines have been very entertaining. I thought the fairly recent RAW “sing off” between perpetually bad singer Jillian Hall and the “Cornfed Colossus” Festus was brilliant in its silliness. If you didn’t catch that skit, it would take far to long to explain it here. Also the 2008 Christmas ads with Shawn Michaels and HHH were all laugh-out-loud funny. The comedy bits are one of the WWE’s consistent bright spots.

    My personal theory of the cause in the decline of the quality of recent WWE shows is two-fold:

    First, there is a lack of hard competition currently. Back when the WWE (then known as the WWF) was competing (and regularly losing) to WCW and also being nipped at by the upstart ECW, Vince McMahon was forced to take chances and the end results were much better shows, better storylines, and entertaining & interesting character development all of which combined to propel the WWF/WWE past WCW. Eventually the WWE dominance put an end to both WCW and ECW of which Vince McMahon purchased and still currently owns. Right now there exists no hard competition at the moment although I still sincerely believe the slow and steady growth of TNA (which I still find a better show overall personally) will lead to McMahon being forced once again to go back to what led him to overtake WCW all those years ago.

    Secondly, the numerous “brand extensions” has diluted the product. Currently the WWE produces four different shows (RAW, ECW, Smackdown and WWE Superstars) with three different “brands.” I use the term “brands” loosely because it’s quite common for WWE Superstars from one “brand” to make regular appearances on other “brands.” This would be like having the star from an ABC network sitcom or drama showing up often on CBS & NBC shows similarly. It dilutes the product, creates overexposure of various WWE Superstars and inhibits development of storylines, character development and brand identity. All of which sorely limits the growth potential for the end product. Rumor has it that Vince McMahon may severely limit or perhaps eliminate the wrestlers’ frequent crossovers just for those precise reasons however I will believe it when a) it actually occurs and b) it continues for an extended length of time.

    These are my thoughts about the current situation in the WWE. Right now I’ve lost interest in much of what they have to offer and it’s going to take a tough sell for me to come back as a frequent viewer. Judging by the declining viewership numbers, I’m obviously not alone. Monday Night RAW is the only WWE show I’m watching regularly but even that show, their flagship show, has gotten old and stale which may cause me to tune it out if things don’t pick up soon and very soon. I am thankful for TNA and feel they are, from top to bottom, much more hungry than the WWE is and although they don’t have the vast resources the WWE has, they put on a much more entertaining and satisfying show and do so consistently. Reminds me of a little upstart company from several years ago called ECW. I hope TNA’s growth continues until Vince McMahon and the executives at the WWE can no longer ignore them. Then the fans will benefit from some real competition.

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    Wrestler’s Catchphrases March 27th, 2009

    In pro wrestling, catchphrases have become important for a wrestler’s identity. They add to the wrestler’s mystique. Catchphrases help merchandise sales. And good catchphrases get the fans involved. Some catchphrases are legendary. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin had “And that’s the bottom line, cuz Stone Cold said so!” The Rock had “If you smell what the Rock is cookin’!” Ric Flair arguably had the most number of memorable catchphrases such as “To be the man, you gotta BEAT the man” and “Whether you like it or don’t like it, you gotta learn to love it because it’s the best thing goin’ today”

    Of course, I always enjoyed Ron Simmons’ one-word WWE created catchphrase, “DAMN!” mainly because Simmons’ was able to use it in so many different situations and his comedic timing in my humble opinion made it funny almost every instance in which he uttered…check that…exclaimed it.

    My favorite wrestler’s catchphrase?

    Tazz’s “Beat me if you can…survive if I let you.”

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    Say It Ain’t So, Percy! January 11th, 2009

    Percival Pringle III

    I am a little bummed out. One of my favorite blogs, Percy’s Posts, a blog of wrestling managerial legend, Percy Pringle III (who also was known as Paul Bearer in the WWF/WWE) has ceased operations. I have been a lifelong pro wrestling fan since the late 60’s when I was a little kid and my Grandaddy took me to the wrestling shows in Memphis at the old WMC-TV studios. I’ve blogged about that before. I lived south of Memphis in Cleveland, Mississippi and the local cable television company carried several regional television stations from Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana (this was well before the FCC’s proximity rules). Many of those stations aired taped professional wrestling shows from various federations so I was able to see as many as 5 different companies each week. That was where I first saw Percy Pringle III managing. I seem to remember it was via a wrestling show out of Texas aired by either the Monroe, Louisiana or Little Rock, Arkansas station. I can’t remember who he was managing at the time but honestly as a kid who was buying into the kayfabe, I marked out during his interviews and interferences (for the majority of the time, he worked as a heel manager). Later on when I started learning about the non-kayfabe aspects of the business and started watching pro-wrestling not only for entertainment but also seeing how they set up angles, worked the crowds, etc. I really appreciated watching Percy Pringle III work. By this time I seem to remember seeing him on the old Georgia Championship Wrestling (via the old WTCG days and then when it turned into Superstation WTBS) and also Championship Wrestling From Florida (one of the Panama City, Florida stations aired it back in the 70’s and I’d get to watch it along with Southeastern Championship Wrestling out of Dothan, Alabama when my family would take us on summer vacations with my Great-Grandparents in Lynn Haven, Florida — my Grandparents eventually retired and moved to Lynn Haven as well buying a house only a few blocks away from my Great-Grandparents’ home). So when he dropped out of sight, so to speak, I felt somewhat knowledgable when I was watching a WWF show on TV and Paul Bearer appeared. Something told me that he looked awfully familiar but as soon as he spoke, I knew who it was. Well, the man behind Percy Pringle and Paul Bearer, William Moody retired and went full-time into the funeral home business. You can read his biography here. Mr. Moody still participates in various shows in and around the Mobile, Alabama region and gives advice and instruction to up and coming wrestlers.

    Well, I ramble a bit. Sorry.

    It was announced last week that he was ceasing his blog and frankly I am disappointed and saddened. I understand that he is indeed a busy man and has a very active life with family and friends so blogging needed to go. But I am going to miss reading his blog entries especially his memories and recollections of his days in pro wrestling. Now he will continue to maintain his Percy Pringle website and I hope he will add more stories and also photos from his personal collection. I definitely will visit from time to time to see.

    I gonna miss Percy’s Posts.

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    Percival Pringle III — My Alltime Favorite Wrestling Manager October 16th, 2008

    As most readers of this blog know, I have been and still am a huge professional wrestling fan. Been that way since the late 60’s when I was a little rug rat living in the Mississippi Delta. My alltime favorite wrestling manager has always been Percival Pringle III. This tribute was put together by a fan and Percy has it on his blog. I also wanted to highlight it here. For younger wrestling fans, you might recognize him in another “identity” in the video.

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    A Tribute To Tojo Yamamoto August 16th, 2008

    As a kid, I was a wrestling fan (still am a fan) and basically grew up watching Memphis wrestling almost every week while we lived in the Mississippi Delta. In the Mid-70’s we moved to south Mississippi so the only times I got to see Memphis wrestling was when we would make the long drive to Memphis to see my Grandparents. My Granddaddy took me to the matches both in the studio from time to time and also on occasion in the old Mid-South Coliseum. When my Grandparents retired and moved to the Florida Panhandle, he’d take me to the house shows Southeastern Championship Wrestling had in Panama City, Florida.

    Needless to say, Memphis wrestling holds a special place in my heart and still does. When I started college in the early 80’s, I was delighted that the cable system in Starkville carried the Memphis TV stations so I got to watch Memphis wrestling each weekend. I thought Lance Russell was the second best announcer (following the Dean of wrestling announcers, Gordon Solie) and his co-host, Dave Brown (who was also and still is doing weather at WMC-TV in Memphis) complimented Russell brilliantly. I grew up watching Jerry Lawler, “Superstar” Bill Dundee, Jerry Jarret, Jackie Fargo, Sputnik Monroe and a whole host of talented people on those shows. Today I was on YouTube watching old video from that era and came across a wonderful tribute to Tojo Yamamoto. The average wrestling fan probably isn’t familiar with that name but if you watched Memphis wrestling and wrestling in Texas in the 70’s and 80’s, you would be quite familiar with him. He could work a crowd like few men could and get them to hate him within mere moments of appearing from the dressing room. As a kid, I booed him a lot but as I grew older and learned more of the non-kayfabe side of the business, I discovered how much he did to achieve success in the ring. Reading stories online from wrestlers who knew him and worked with him, I discovered how beloved this man was and how he helped so many in the business. This video tribute was from a Nashville television station and was produced with great respect for him. It is nice that it contains a mix of kayfabe and non-kayfabe. It’s hard to believe that it’s been sixteen years since Tojo Yamamoto left this world. There are many excellent memories of his work on YouTube and I encourage all wrestling fans to take the time to watch them.

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    Ric Flair Tribute In The U.S. House Of Representatives April 16th, 2008

    I’ve been a huge mark for Ric Flair ever since I first saw him on TV in the 70’s. He’s now retired from in-ring activity but still remains employed by the WWE in a behind-the-scenes capacity. Recently Congresswoman Sue Myrick, who represents North Carolina’s 9th district officially entered into the record a tribute to one of her constituents, Ric Flair. It was a nice gesture by Congresswoman Myrick and she even threw in one of Flair’s trademark “Wooooo”‘s at the end.

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    Gary Hart — 1942 – 2008 — R.I.P. March 17th, 2008

    Wrestling manager extraordinaire Gary Hart
    Gary Hart
    January 24, 1942 – March 16, 2008

    Gary Hart, wrestling manager extraordinaire, passed away Sunday afternoon at his home in Euless, Texas. He had appeared in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Saturday for an autograph session billed as a “World Class Ringside Reunion”. As of this time the cause of his death is unknown. He was 66.

    Gary Hart began his career as a wrestler but I first saw him in a managerial roles leading the likes of the Great Kabuki and Abdullah the Butcher. Most of the time, Hart was the heel and his interviews were articulate and often brief with a quiet intensity accentuated by his appearance. He just looked like he’d just as soon reach through the TV screen and grab you by the throat if you didn’t pay attention. As far as I can recall, he never screamed or yelled during his interviews and promos. He didn’t have to. He had the psychology of selling the match, his wrestler, his opponent or whatever he wanted to sell to an artform few in the wrestling business ever achieved.

    My condolences go out to Gary Hart’s family and friends. He definitely was a legend.

    Wrestling manager extraordinaire Gary Hart with Abdullah the Butcher

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    Writer’s Strike And Wrestling? November 9th, 2007

    Writer's Strike

    With more and more television shows shutting down production due to the Writers Guild strike, it seems to me that it would be a prime opportunity for the WWE and TNA to try to get their products on network television. Now the WWE already has a relationship with NBC via Saturday Night’s Main Event so right off the bat, they are several steps ahead of TNA but I can’t imagine that Dixie Carter, Jeff Jarrett and the management of TNA isn’t considering negotiating with one of the other networks to get their product on as soon as possible. They may already be doing so behind the scenes. Who knows? However, I can’t say I’m shedding too many tears over this strike. Frankly, I hope it goes on for a long, long time.

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    Lillian Ellison — (1923-2007) — R.I.P. November 3rd, 2007

    Lillian Ellison
    Lillian Ellison
    “Fabulous Moolah”
    July 22, 1923 – November 2, 2007

    I just learned of the passing of the Fabulous Moolah, the greatest women’s champion wrestler of all time. And probably one of the legitimately toughest women as well. On June 24, 1995, she was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame, becoming the first female wrestler to enter the Hall of Fame. When I first became a wrestling fan in the late 60’s and throughout my childhood, I knew about her through the wrestling magazines but never saw her in the ring either on television or in person. I didn’t get to see her until the mid-80’s during the WWF’s famous “rock-n-wrestling connection” angle. In that angle pop music superstar Cyndi Lauper began a verbal feud with heel manager Captain Lou Albano that brought pro wrestling into the mainstream. The payoff for the angle had Albano representing Moolah against the challenge of Lauper’s young protégé, a beautiful challenger named Wendi Richter. The WWF built up Moolha’s rep by claiming she held the WWF women’s title uninterrupted for 30 years (which really wasn’t true but it’s professional wrestling fer crying out loud). The Lauper-Albano grudge match was heavily hyped and finally on July 23, 1984 in the main event at “the Brawl to End it All,” which was broadcast live on MTV, Richter won the WWF Women’s Title by defeating Moolah.

    I offer my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the Fabulous Moolah, Lillian Ellison.

    Here’s a tag-team match with the Fabulous Moolah perhaps from the early 80’s with the late, great Gordon Solie announcing the match.

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    Dewey Robertson — (1939-2007) — R.I.P. August 16th, 2007

    Byron James John
    Byron James John “Dewey” Robertson
    “The Missing Link”
    February 28, 1939 — August 16, 2007

    One of the scariest wrestlers I’ve ever seen on TV, The Missing Link, has passed on. Dewey Robertson wrestled as “The Missing Link” and I saw him on Mid-South Wrestling television shows. The guy was huge and crazy-looking which really got him over with the fans. Dewey Robertson died early this morning, a victim of cancer. He was 68. I offer my sincerest condolences to the friends and family of “The Missing Link,” Dewey Robertson. One of the Link’s former managers, Percy Pringle III pays a very heartfelt tribute to his close friend.

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    Brian Adams — (1964-2007) — R.I.P. August 13th, 2007

    Brian Adams
    Brian Adams
    April 14, 1964 — August 13, 2007

    According to published reports, former professional wrestler Brian Adams was found by his wife unconscious in bed not breathing. Emergency teams could not revive him and he was pronounced dead soon thereafter. According to police reports there were no visible signs of injuries. An autopsy is planned for tomorrow. My condolences go out to the family and friends of Brian Adams.

    With all the negative publicity the pro-wrestling business has endured, this is just going to put it back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

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    Percy Pringle & Eric Embry Tear Down The WCCW Banner – 1989 August 4th, 2007

    Being a long-time professional wrestling fan, I frequent Percy Pringle III’s blog often and enjoy his stories. Today’s post over there deals with what Mr. Pringle calls “one of the most emotional nights of my career.” He has the video above over there as well but it’s such a cool moment in wrestling history, I embedded on my blog as well. There aren’t many videos on YouTube with Percy Pringle III (my alltime favorite manager) but below is one I found with appearances by this flamboyant manager along with legends Bruiser Brody & “Killer” Tim Brooks (both of whom incidentally perform a leg drop a la Hulk Hogan long before he was using it as his finishing move). There is a second short video I found consisting of a collection of short promos for a wrestling show for KTVT Channel 11 (Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX) which has an appearance by Percy Pringle III but embedding is not available for that one.

    Percy Pringle III On A Wrestling Promo For KTVT-TV Ft. Worth-Dallas, Texas (KTVT)

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    NOTE: I prefer to not use the real name of Percy Pringle III out of respect for the man and the performer as well out of a respect for the kayfabe of the business.