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.
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