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Benne
Sep 2, 2011

STOP DOING HEROIN

We're overdue for a new thread this year, so here you go.



"Hacksaw" Butch Reed

Huge territory star who worked everywhere, most notably in Mid-South. At his peak, was arguably the best Black wrestler of his era, and will go down as one of the best Black wrestlers who never held a world title. After a forgettable WWF run, he quickly resurfaced in WCW as part of the memorable tag team Doom with Ron Simmons. Held titles in 11 different promotions, by my Wikipedia count. After his death, his family revealed that he was a huge fan of AEW's Will Hobbs and wanted to bestow him the "Hacksaw" nickname, so hopefully his legacy lives on much longer.



Rusty Brooks

Intermittent stints in WWF throughout the 80s and 90s. Probably best known as one of the top stars in Future of Wrestling, a late-90s indie that eventually morphed into FIP and became part of Gabe Sapolsky's WWN network.



Anibal Jr.

A longtime lucha journeyman with a handful of appearances in CMLL and AAA. Sadly succumbed to COVID-19 at just 50 years old.



Dustin Diamond

Yes, I'm including him. Best known as Screech in Saved By The Bell, Diamond dipped his toes into wrestling a few times, most notably a TNA PPV in a "boxing match" against Tiny The Bellkeeper. That was early-00s TNA for ya. Diamond never became a full-time wrestler, but made some sporadic indie appearances throughout the 00s and 10s.



Jocephus

An unabashed throwback to the 80s bruising days (even using the Brody name on occasion), Jocephus was a perfect fit for NWA, which itself was an unabashed throwback to 80s studio wrestling. His feud with Tim Storm was one of the highlights of NWA shows, culminating in a Hair vs. Hair tag match (featuring David Arquette!) that saw his mane shaved off. Shortly after Powerrr started, Jocephus resurfaced as the masked Question Mark and quickly became a fan favorite. Unfortunately, real life got in the way of his momentum -- he hadn't wrestled since January 2020 after NWA shut down for most of the year, and passed away way too young just recently.



Dean "Ho" Higuchi

A renowned bodybuilder at a young age, Higuchi got into pro wrestling in the 60s and became a mainstay of the West Coast territories, most prominently in Vancouver, Portland, and San Francisco, among many others. Mostly known as a tag team specialist, he held eight different tag titles with various partners, often in NWA affiliates or the WWWF. Had a years-long feud with NWA Worlds Heavyweight champion Gene Kiniski that saw him challenge for the title twice, coming up short both times. Throughout his career, he ran a gym in Honolulu that was very popular with both bodybuilders and pro wrestlers.

Benne fucked around with this message at 08:44 on Feb 28, 2021

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Benne
Sep 2, 2011

STOP DOING HEROIN

If there's anyone I missed so far, please let me know and I'll put them in the OP with the respectful writeup they deserve

Roasted Donut
Aug 24, 2007

NWA WHITE POWERRR!!!!

Jocephus was a real joy to watch. RIP.

Low Desert Punk
Jul 4, 2012

i have absolutely no fucking money


I don't care what anyone says, this poo poo was great: https://youtu.be/x0AZAg7IaXQ

I didn't watch much of his work as the Question Mark but people really seemed to dig it. I feel like he was a dude that really, really understood professional wrestling. RIP

John Dudebro
Dec 3, 2013



bringing back the eyehole man video in memoriam. rip to a true wrestling weirdo the business needs more of them

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCv1EJ_QBdA

Benne
Sep 2, 2011

STOP DOING HEROIN

https://twitter.com/mattfarmer93/status/1365920682467487745

Updated OP with his writeup

Benne fucked around with this message at 08:25 on Feb 28, 2021

Benne
Sep 2, 2011

STOP DOING HEROIN

https://twitter.com/mattfarmer93/status/1367306170319347714?s=19

RC and Moon Pie
May 5, 2011



I saw something yesterday that he was in poor health.

Crockett had to lead the company before he was 30. Somehow, all the Crockett boys weren't being brought up as the next generation, but because John Ringley was sleeping around (while married to Crockett Jr.'s sister), it all became his.

When Jim Crockett took over, Mid-Atlantic was transitioning away from being a tag team territory. Mid-Atlantic survived that, survived a plane crash - that Jim Crockett Jr. was originally scheduled to be on - made a few good deals and became the last territory to battle McMahon.

Then Crockett made a whole bunch of lovely deals and bad decisions and blew everything within two years. Not that he was ever going to beat McMahon.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

Fundamentals as sound as the WNBA


RC and Moon Pie posted:

I saw something yesterday that he was in poor health.

Crockett had to lead the company before he was 30. Somehow, all the Crockett boys weren't being brought up as the next generation, but because John Ringley was sleeping around (while married to Crockett Jr.'s sister), it all became his.

When Jim Crockett took over, Mid-Atlantic was transitioning away from being a tag team territory. Mid-Atlantic survived that, survived a plane crash - that Jim Crockett Jr. was originally scheduled to be on - made a few good deals and became the last territory to battle McMahon.

Then Crockett made a whole bunch of lovely deals and bad decisions and blew everything within two years. Not that he was ever going to beat McMahon.

Mid Atlantic was on fire, doing absolutely huge business. Saying he "made a few good deals and became the last territory to battle McMahon" is really underselling what he accomplished before 1987. The expansion did not work and business imploded. Some of those are his fault, some are Dusty's bad booking, some are the realities of the territorial differences, and some are Vince's moves. But you cannot undersell how hot they were prior.

Benne
Sep 2, 2011

STOP DOING HEROIN

https://twitter.com/davemeltzerWON/status/1367950455838363650

Davros1
Jul 19, 2007

You've got to admit, you are kind of implausible





Randy Orton's uncle, Barry O:

https://twitter.com/WONF4W/status/1373399589076692992?s=20

Eat My Fuc
May 29, 2007

Qu'ils mangent de la baise!


Barry Orton looked so much like Owen Hart

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Would you be my new best friends?


I'm assuming WWE won't do a memorial graphic even if he is Randy's Uncle, given his dastardly act of being opposed to child molestation.

Davros1
Jul 19, 2007

You've got to admit, you are kind of implausible





https://twitter.com/Maffewgregg/status/1376312167318876164?s=20

Edward Mass
Sep 14, 2011

fuck the molice


Holy poo poo

SatoshiMiwa
May 6, 2007



Jack Veneno, who won the NWA title cause Flair called an audible as the crowd was so wild, passed away on April 6th due to Cancer

RC and Moon Pie
May 5, 2011



SatoshiMiwa posted:

Jack Veneno, who won the NWA title cause Flair called an audible as the crowd was so wild, passed away on April 6th due to Cancer

Obviously edited in spots, but here is one of the matches

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR0VIbwy_C4

LionYeti
Oct 11, 2008





RC and Moon Pie posted:

Obviously edited in spots, but here is one of the matches

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR0VIbwy_C4

God Flair is so good at taking a beating. I wonder what it was like to be him and not expecting to have the win like that.

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Punch McLightning
Sep 19, 2005

you know what that means






Grimey Drawer

Hearing Uncle Dave talk about the stories about the Veneno-Flair matches, and that is one thing that I'm genuinely sad has disappeared from the territory days.

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