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#281 User is offline   MontyPython 

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 06:28 PM

The only pro wrestler I know anything about is from way back in the 50's/60's/70's - Gene Kiniski. Anybody else remember Gene Kiniski?

He lived his final years right here in Blaine WA, and I met him and talked to him, had beers with him, etc, many times. He was a local "celebrity" of sorts. Despite his wrestling "persona" as a "bad guy", in real life he was a great guy. Nice, personable, friendly, intelligent.

He died here in Blaine in 2010.

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 08:07 PM

View PostMontyPython, on 11 June 2019 - 06:28 PM, said:

The only pro wrestler I know anything about is from way back in the 50's/60's/70's - Gene Kiniski. Anybody else remember Gene Kiniski?

He lived his final years right here in Blaine WA, and I met him and talked to him, had beers with him, etc, many times. He was a local "celebrity" of sorts. Despite his wrestling "persona" as a "bad guy", in real life he was a great guy. Nice, personable, friendly, intelligent.

He died here in Blaine in 2010.

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Yeah, back then wrestling was more of a regional thing, nothing like today. I remember as a kid my dad taking me to see Big Time Wrestling...at the local high school gym. But they did have a card every Saturday night at Cobo Arena.
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Posted 11 June 2019 - 11:59 PM

View PostHieronymous, on 11 June 2019 - 08:07 PM, said:

Yeah, back then wrestling was more of a regional thing, nothing like today. I remember as a kid my dad taking me to see Big Time Wrestling...at the local high school gym. But they did have a card every Saturday night at Cobo Arena.


Where was that? I mean what city in what state? From my childhood in the PacNW I mostly remember the Portland OR based wrestling league. I already mentioned Kiniski, and other famous names like Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, Buddy Rose (and several others I can't think of right now) were frequently featured.

Pro wrestling was a lot better, a lot more entertaining back in those days.

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 08:44 AM

View PostMontyPython, on 11 June 2019 - 11:59 PM, said:

Where was that? I mean what city in what state? From my childhood in the PacNW I mostly remember the Portland OR based wrestling league. I already mentioned Kiniski, and other famous names like Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, Buddy Rose (and several others I can't think of right now) were frequently featured.

Pro wrestling was a lot better, a lot more entertaining back in those days.

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Cobo Arena is in Detroit. And probably the only place in Detroit that Jimmy Hoffa HASN'T been rumored to be buried under.
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Posted 12 June 2019 - 10:27 AM

View PostDean Adam Smithee, on 11 June 2019 - 06:06 PM, said:

Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart, member of Hart Foundation, dies at 63
Tim Fiovanti ESPN.com Aug 13, 2018

Professional wrestler Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, part of the legendary Hart family wrestling dynasty, has died at the age of 63.

The Pasco Sheriff's Office said Neidhart fell at home, hit his head and "succumbed to his injury'' on Monday in Wesley Chapel, Florida. No foul play was suspected.

A two-time WWF tag team champion as part of the Hart Foundation with real-life brother-in-law Bret Hart, Neidhart was among the most recognizable characters in the WWF explosion of the late 1980s and early '90s, with his signature goatee and the Hart Foundation's pink and black wrestling gear.

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If he was from Pasco county FL I likely met him back in the pre-WWF days. Before the "WWF Explosion" and BEFORE Orlando FL became a "Big City" rather than a "small southern town" (Which started about '83 or so) (If you're familiar with the area, I can remember when what is now "International Drive" was an almost-driveable dirt/sand trail in the middle of orange groves. I got my car stuck in the sand once, and AAA said "we don't go off-road".)

Anyway, there was this place in Orlando called the "Eddie Graham Sports Arena" started by the namesake sport promoter who was also a former wrestler. It was a "thing" for a while, until financial difficulties led to Eddie Graham's suicide in '85. Sucks that Eddie Graham couldn't make it another couple of years to see the WWF/WWE explosion. I wasn't particularly a fan, but my best friend at the time was... Don Breslin, cousin of NYC sportswriter Jimmy Breslin (Small world, eh?). Free tickets. Got to meet any number of wrestlers, because any wrestler of renown from any surrounding county came there.

Ten Bell salute, archive and tribute to dead wrestlers: Eddie Graham, Dead at 55 after committing suicide 1930-1985 (Age 55)

RIP Eddie Graham 1985
RIP Don Breslin 2008
RIP Kelly Breslin 2009 (Jimmy's daughter)
RIP Jimmy Breslin 2017
RIP Jim Neidhart 2018


Thank you Dean, I knew it was kinda recent, just didn't know if it was this year or last year, now I know! He passed away last year! Thanks again, and have a good day my friend! :)

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 10:55 AM

View PostDean Adam Smithee, on 12 June 2019 - 08:44 AM, said:

Cobo Arena is in Detroit. And probably the only place in Detroit that Jimmy Hoffa HASN'T been rumored to be buried under.


OK thanks. That's what I thought (I'd heard of Cobo before.) It's just that Hieronymous mentioned "Big Time Wrestling", and that's what they called the Portland TV wrestling league too. I was confused because I didn't think Cobo was in Portland. So I asked.

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Franco Zeffirelli memory eternal
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