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Wyatt (1987 - 2023). Windham Rotunda. Pro wrestler/sports
"One of the most talented and creative sports
entertainers of all time..in the pro wrestling category,
with a focus on character development and creativity
leading to and exploring rabbit holes the wild and
wacky world of wrestling had not previously explored.
He did it his way. Follow The Buzzards". - Greg
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Funk, wrestling and entertainment legend passed away
Oh no. Terry Funk was absolutely one of the greatest
professional wrestlers and sports entertainers of
all time. A hell of a good actor also ('Roadhouse')
etc..Former NWA champion, drew huge money in the U.S
(Hulk Hogan etc), added more credibility to the WCW
(with a great Ric Flair rivalry), legendary appearances
and business in Japan, kept ECW going in its early
days and was a stand out performer in wrestling for
over four decades I understand. It may be closer to
fifty years including on what one includes. Wrestled
just about everyone, everywhere.. Has always been
neck and neck with Harley Race for our GOAT. A hell
of a great bloke we understand to boot. Words grapple
to express the loss to the world of wrestling and
larger sports and entertainment world. Thanks for
the memories, enjoyment and action you gave the world.
Sammartino, pro wrestling original legend dead at
82, by Greg Tingle - 19th April 2018
Sammartino is dead.
me, I learnt of this just hours ago having fired up
coffee and computer at 6.30am, ready for another day
in the competitive world of news media, tech and promotions.
All over my sportsfeeds and Google alerts: Bruno is
dead. I kept double checking in case it was a hoax
- unfortunately it was not. Sammartino was one of
my favorites, from when my late father introduced
me to the mat game the mid 1970's. My respect and
interest in Sammartino is such that I've made this
my first news article of the day. The rest will have
to wait. As some wrestling fans will remember the
slogan, Bruno is Uno (number 1).
many, he represented all that was good in sports and
entertainment, and he was a shining example of what
was the American Dream.
a series of miracles and sheer determination he escaped
war torn Italy to build a new life in America.
life and times amazing and fit for a movie
life was so amazing that its worthy of a movie, if
not a world class documentary, following the success
of recent releases on other pro wrestling greats such
as the late Andre The Giant, and 'Nature Boy' Ric
Flair. Fortunately Mr. Flair is very much still with
us and is alive and well, and as some wrestling insider
may know Flair and the late Sammartino were able to
patch things up over the last number of years after
an apparent misunderstanding or lack of respect matter
backstage. Sammartino, Flair and their contemporaries
soon found out that many of pro wrestling real fights
were out of the ring, be it with promoters, injuries,
and just separating the fact from the fiction, and
moving away from their in ring personal to get on
with their real life - something many wrestlers have
struggled with and was a contributing factor in the
early passing away of wrestlers in the 80s and 90s.
By necessity, the pro wrestling industry cleaned itself
up and leading promoter Vince McMahon, top brass of
the WWE, implemented the WWE Wellness Policy. This
initiative has been credited to saving many lives.
The WWE also works closely with wrestlers to help
them achieve success after their in-ring careers are
over, thus enabling a sustainable career for many
when injures catches up with them. Sammartino never
had a personal issue with drugs or alcohol, but did
speak out about the once widespread issue in the industry.
Mr. Flair, a current living legend of pro wrestling,
was known to over indulge in vice for much of his
career, and was able to survive a life threatening
operation in his bowl region last year that was the
result of years of over doing alcohol consumption.
Flair's story 'Nature Boy' was released early this
year by HBO.
champion in and out of the ring
Italian immigrant who was World Wide Wrestling Federation
champion for a record 11 years in the 1960s and '70s,
long before the promotion admitted that its matches
were scripted and largely choreographed entertainment
shows, died this past Wednesday at the age 82.
death was announced on the WWE website, the promotion
also known as World Wrestling Entertainment, the rebrand
of the World Wide Wrestling Federation. No other details
were provided, but a family friend and former wrestling
announcer, Christopher Cruise, told media group The
Associated Press that Sammartino had been hospitalized
for two months. Sammartino lived in Pittsburgh, which
is where he was billed from wrestling ring introductions.
wrestled in Australia, Spain, Mexico, Canada and Japan,
and often drew gates of 20,000 at New York's Madison
Square Garden, where he had more than 200 matches.
was not like most in pro wrestling. He was a soft-spoken
and let his actions in the ring do most of his talking.
Numerous media report he was a connoisseur of grand
opera, in particularly Verdi. As an amateur athlete,
he bench-pressed 565 pounds, he was an average size:
under 6 feet tall and a trim 260 pounds, with bulging
muscles. He was dwarfed by big men in the industry
such as Gorilla Monsoon, Haystacks Calhoun, Killer
Kowalski and Andre The Giant.
never disputed that professional wrestling matches
were fixed. But he hesitated at suggestions that he
had ever taken a fall and said his injuries were proofs
of his honesty.
would be a fool to tell you that there was no fixing,
he told The Washington Post in 1980 as his career
wound down. You ask if wrestling is for real?
Well, I think my own body answers that question. I
have broken more bones than any of the others
my neck, my collarbone, both arms, wrists, knuckles,
all of my ribs, my back. A hairline fracture of the
kneecap. My jaw has been wired and rewired. Its
incredible to think people would fake that.
1989, Vince McMahon, the owner of WWE, acknowledged
for the first time that its matches were not contests,
only entertainment shows featuring story lines, scripts
and sometimes high risk choreography. The admission
was made to avoid taxes and licensing fees imposed
by state athletic commissions.
Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino was born on Oct. 6,
1935, in central Italy, in the town of Pizzoferrato.
He was the youngest of seven children of Alfonso and
Emilia Sammartino. Four siblings did not survive childhood,
such was the testing environment that the Sammartino's
were born into.
1959, Sammartino signed a $250-a-week contract with
Capitol Pro Wrestling, owned by Mr. McMahon and Joseph
Mondt, and wrestled in Pennsylvania, New York and
other U.S. states. Mr. McMahon and Mr. Mondt later
formed the World Wide Wrestling Federation and awarded
its heavyweight title to Nature Boy Buddy
Rogers in April 1963.
month later, Sammartino faced Rogers at Madison Square
Garden for the title. Rogers was originally supposed
to win. But in a story often told in wrestling circles,
Sammartino wises up Rogers with a newsflash and reality
check in the ring.
can do this the easy way, or the hard way, Sammartino
said. He defeated Rogers in 48 seconds, launching
his championship career.
his second reign came to an end in 1977, he wrestled
on tours of duty. He retired in 1981 from full-time
professional wrestling, although he later appeared
in exhibition matches. A few of Sammartino's last
matches were with Hercules, The Honky Tonk Man, Randy
'Macho Man' Savage and in-ring loud mouth 'Rowdy'
2013, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame to
much fanfare. He had previously declined induction
several times, dissatisfied with what he called lurid
story lines, over-the-top theatrics and drug and steroid
abuse by professional wrestlers. Around a year prior
to induction he built a relationship and good line
of communication with WWE executive Triple H, son-in-law
to Mr. McMahon, and upon close investigation Sammartino
was able to be satisfied that the company has changed
for the better, both in-ring and behind the scenes.
for many was regarded as a real life hero and what
a pro wrestler or other sports champion should be.
He had strong morals, was a true gentleman, and when
it was time for action he went about it in a no nonsense
way. A brawler, and with technical know how. A giant
of the sports world who never forgot his roots and
the legions of fans who helped keep him at the top
of the game for the majority of his amazing career.
is expected that the WWE will celebrate his life in
upcoming television programming, as well as expand
on his profile via the WWE Network and company website.
passing is worldwide news, and we with his family,
friends and fellow fans well with the news of this
legends death. Sammartino's legend lives on.
Backlund; A true champion in and out of the professional
Titles and Awards
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easy to respect a great wrestler - amateur, professional
or both, and Mr. Backlund fits the bill. More than
that, by all accounts he is a champion of a man and
a real life role model.
Backlund is an American retired professional wrestler
with a formidable in-ring career spanning over 30
all round champion is best known for his campaigns
in the World Wide Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling
Federation (WWWF/WWF, later known as World Wrestling
Entertainment / WWE), where he is a two-time WWWF/WWF
Heavyweight Champion/WWF World Heavyweight Champion
(Backlund's first reign is the second-longest reign
in the title history, behind Bruno Sammartino's first),
as well as being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame
been a wrestling fan since 5 years of age, and Backlund
fan since we first watched that infamous match against
The Iron Sheik at Madison Square Garden. The match
that took place on December 26, 1983 and was broadcast
on Channel Nine's 'Wide World Of Sports' about one
style made me believe. It made me believe that pro
wrestlers were tough, and that amateur wrestlers could
take on and beat any other form of combat fighter.
Since about age 10 I knew that professional wrestling
was as much about show business as sport, but Backlund
and a few contemporaries such as Harley Race, Terry
Funk, Dory Funk Jr and Antonio Inoki brought a new
and substantial credibility to the mat game. Of course
later on the "monsters: such as Hulk Hogan dominated
the landscape, and brought the business of pro wrestling
- especially the WWE, to new financial levels and
the marketing and media machine went into full on
does Mr. Backlund get significant coverage via the
Media Man Group websites? A number of reasons. We
enjoy covering people and events of substance. Our
history lays in journalism and media sales, long before
we fully grasped for the media agency - sports agency
world was all about. Mr Backlund is a real living
legend of processional wrestling, in a rime when we
have already lost quite a few. I also had the enjoyment
and experience of watching some of Backlund's matches
with my late father, 'Tricky' Ricky Tingle, who is
the person who got me interested in the mat game in
the beginning. Dad used to drive trucks on the Sydney
Waterfront with the likes of George Barnes aka 'The
Balmain' Tiger, who also wrestled a few times a month.
George was a very good wrestler / worker, with a bit
of a mean streak, and he took a lot of big bumps some
of which remind me of the way Shawn Michaels used
to bounce all over the ring. Back to Barnes, we even
saw Barnes get dropped on his head at Manly-Warringah
Leagues Club (Northern Beaches of Sydney) No doubt
Barnes is still paying the price to this day.
me, Backlund represents hard work, dedication, healthy
living, love of one's country and respect.
later crossed over (pun intended) to a more "sports
entertainment" style, by being a good guy, made
him a bad guy aka villain, in the eyes of many fans.
Part of him straight laced good guy (but heel to fans)
was due to him preaching about morals and making fans
recite the names of the American presidents. I guess
that will work with most pro wrestling fans in America.
so much that could be written about this great man,
but right at the moment, I don't have the time to
write the thousands of words he's due. The good news
is that Backlund does have a book which you can find
out more about on his website.
don't interview that many pro wrestlers these days,
as we have a lot on just running our company and focussing
on our core business (advertising - media sales),
project management and media campaigns, but this is
one interesting and newsworthy individual, and I think
it's worth an approach. He would be in good company
with his contemporaries such as Harley Race and Killer
Kowalski. Mr Backlund is already in some of the same
articles, mainly about greatness and respect in wrestling
and combat sports, so anything else would be a bonus.
I also love Backlund's never say die attitude and
message about hard work and respect, also echoed by
my late father, and these principals have served me
well in my career and overall life.
real life role models are becoming increasingly more
difficult to find, we've been delighted to shine a
light on this great man today. Public thank you Mr.
Bob Backlund for all of which you have given to the
great sport of professional wrestling over the years.
Anything you ever got out of it was earned. As wrestling
fans sometimes chant, you deserve it.
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were they thinking? Apparently, not much. Wrestling
has so many great stars and so many fans are drawn
by the great talent and entertainment. However, some
wrestling stars have weird dress sense. In fact, some
of the costumes that have been worn inside the rind
have been downright ridiculous and wacky. Here are
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I don't really have a problem with Cena's look per
se, but it's pretty bad as a wrestling gear. He's
a grown man who wears Jorts and too many sweatbands.
His attire makes him look like a ten-year-old. When
you make fun of the "jorts" you have on,
that's a problem.
wrestler actually spent a whole eight months in this
disgusting costume. Covered with circuitry and a pyrotechnic
gun during his approach to the ring, the attire was
just terrible, we must say. It was too colorful to
take the character seriously. Frankly, it was a very
expensive but cheap-looking attire.
what were the costume designers thinking? It seemed
like all they did was put a piece of cloth on this
man and let him go into the ring. To make everything
worse, he had knee pads that were ridiculously bulky.
This look marked him out in the eye of many of the
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get it; he was supposed to be this almighty powerful
Oz from the Emerald City. Guess it explains his all
lime green tights. But, was it necessary to come to
the ring in an old man rubber mask too? We really
think that this is one of those ugliest wrestling
attires to have ever been made. Whoever made this
outfit deserved to be fired!