April 9, 2009
When my kids were growing up, we loved the WWF and the heyday of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and people like the Million Dollar Man, Jack the Snake, Andre the Giant, The Big Boss Man, Mr. Perfect, Brett Hart, and the Ultimate Warriar. I remember the older Samoan wrestler tag team, but lost intererst in it as the kids grew older. We went twice to the Sports Arena to see wrestling, and it was none stop cheering and excitment, fake or not, it used to be fun. We even saw Dino Bravo on one of those nights.
Sad story is the end many come to, young deaths from drugs and steroids. I just watched the Movie with Micky Roarke, "The Wrestler", pretty much is probably the life story of many of these guys. If you haven;t seen it, it was a great movie, and what struck me about it was, in real life the wrestlers are all good friends behind the scenes. I'm not sure how true to life much of the movie was, but I don't think the story line is too far off. You can almost see right now what is happening to Hulk Hogan, who was the biggest money maker of all. He just did a stunt with Rick Flair in Austrailia, with a grudge match and of course the ususal set up fight that left Hogan a bloody mess. He is now reduced to using the razor blade trick, and still banging his body to bits, held togather with a hip replacment and serious back problems. He said in an interview he has to sit in a chair just to brush his teeth. Financially his kid has him obligated for life to care for the friend rendered severly brain injured for life. His wife dumped him and probably taking most of what he has. That and living life in the fast lane, he headed for totally broke, and reduced to small time gigs, just like in the movie the wrestler. It won;t be long until he is broke and will be lucky to be signing autographs if people will pay for them.
Wrestler Eki “Umaga” Fatu dies
By Yahoo! Sports Staff
1 hour, 21 minutes ago
Buzz up! 193 PrintEki “Eddie” Fatu died in Houston on Friday after a massive heart attack, adding to a long list of professional wrestlers who died by the age of 40.
The 36-year old Fatu, who achieved his greatest fame in recent years as a star in the industry-leading World Wrestling Entertainment under the name “Umaga,” was found unconscious in his Spring, TX living room by his wife, who had him rushed to the hospital. Fatu had a second heart attack in the hospital before he died.
Fatu, who was memorable for his distinct facial tattoos, comes from a large family of Samoan wrestlers who have influenced the business for several generations, beginning with his uncles, the brother combination of Afa and Sika Anoi’a, which was a successful act known as “The Wild Samoans” in the 1970s and ’80s. The most famous member of the clan is cousin Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who left wrestling for Hollywood fame.
Fatu’s career peak came in 2007, as he co-headlined Wrestlemania 23 in Detroit, a card that received a ton of publicity for a storyline involving WWE owner Vince McMahon and Donald Trump. But his run at the top was short-lived, and he was released from his WWE contract on June 8 when he refused to go into rehab after a second violation of the WWE’s drug policy.
Fatu had recently returned from an independent wrestling tour of Australia when he was stricken.
“On behalf of my family, the Anoa’i and Fatu family, we are devastated and shocked by the loss of our Eki,” Afa Anoa’i told the Wrestling Observer. Our son, nephew, brother, cousin, husband, father. Our hearts are broken, and words can’t express what each of us are feeling. It is so comforting to know how loved Eki is by his family, peers, friends, and most of all his fans.”
A staggering number of young pro wrestlers have died over the past 10 years, leading some to believe the industry has a curse. Among the most notorious cases were Chris Benoit, 40, who committed suicide in Georgia in 2007 after murdering his wife, Nancy, and son Daniel; Eddie Guerrero, 38, who died of a heart attack in 2005 in a Minnesota hotel room; and Owen Hart, 33, who died in Kansas City in 1999 after a stunt went awry on a live television shoot. In March, another former WWE wrestler, Andrew “Test” Martin, 34, died after an Oxycontin overdose.
More on Umaga: Wrestling Observer online.
April 9, 2009
http://prowrestling.about.com/od/whatsr ... deaths.htm
Link above has a list of deceased old wrestlers. I'm shocked to see how many names are on the list from the period of time I just talked about.
April 9, 2009
Whiz Bang! My kid was nuts about Big Time Wrastlin'!
I saw Roarke in The Wrestler. That's a real man's tear jerker.
It's totally unreal how many of these guys die so young...amazing. So many seem like stallions that'll live forever.
April 9, 2009
In Hogans Hey Day and when WWF of the 80's was really family entertainment, stadiums all over the country were packed with people. Whatever you say about it being fake, going to one was non-stop cheering and exitement, they really were entertaining. One of the ones we saw in person was when the Hogan/Randy Savage thing was the big draw, and Miss Elisibeth was Randys bride. She is also one of the ones on the dead list. We also saw Mr. Perfect who was really wrestling wise with his moves one of the best. Fake or not they are all unbelievable atheletes, and endure a lot of pain and injuries, plus they have to be showmen, and develope a character. When you think of it, its a real rare combination of acting and athletics, and not very many people can do it. Some celbreties have entered into it for a season, but clearly they lacked and were helped along in the real hard bone crushing feats.
Too many of them live broken lives, not much family life probably constantly on the road to events, and get involved with drugs and other deversions. Sad really! And even those at the top end up on the same trail. when you are yesterdays hero, you are todays money ticket for someone. Seems to be the case with too many sports.
April 9, 2009
I loved wresting in it's heyday too.
I was a big fan of Brett Heart, I saw when his brother died, how it affected him badly.
I still kinda hold him and his family in my thoughts and prayers.
My H just recently saw Hulk Hogan (from a distance) at the airport.
Those were they days. It was when we were young. Hadn;t had kids yet. I use to imagine taking our future son/s to the matches.
It was so fun. Like a soap opera for guys.
It still is, but I don't follow it so much these days.
Greenie, you are so right though.
any of those guys..steriods helped to ruin (or nearly ruin) their lives.
Steriods hurt my own personal life. (won't go into it)
Steriods make men crazy.
They have done studies..most men in prison..the thing they have in common is a high level of testosterone.
Well..that's what steriods do to men..raise their testoterone level..all they want to do eventually is f--k or fight.
I'm all for older men, under a doctors supervision getting hormone replacement therapy..but younger guys..althletes and body builder types..guys that do them for vanities sake..they do not realize that they are setting themselves up for pure craziness, life wrecking craziness..when they mess with that shite..it's like crack for guys into it..just as addictive..just as destructive
Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams
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