Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Redoing the Morbid Wrestlemania V Post

Redoing the Morbid Wrestlemania V Post

Gosh Darn It!

Dag Nab It!

Dad Blame It!


Power blinked whilst I was composing a masterful post about the lives and deaths of professional wrestlers. I took a look at the Wrestlemania V card, held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on April 2, 1989.

We saw lots of interesting characters, including Brutus "the Barber" Beefcake, who recently caused a terrorist scare in a train station in Boston, but revealed to authorities that the white powder that had been found was actually just his cocaine stash.

We saw Hulk Hogan, who's lately been pimping his daughter Brooke's singing career.

We saw the Ultimate Warrior, who wasn't normal then, but was at least within shouting distance of it...nowadays, he's out beyond the leftfield fence...

But then, there were the deaths. Several participants from that card are now deceased...including, Rick Rude (heart attack), Dino Bravo (murdered, reportedly execution style), announcer Gorilla Monsoon (lengthy health issues), Andre the Giant (heart attack while in France for father's funeral), Owen Hart (tragic ring entrance accident), "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig (drug overdose), Hercules Hernandez (heart attack), referee Joey Marella (car accident), manager Miss Elizabeth (drug overdose), special guest Morton Downey Jr, who died of a heart attack in 2001, and The Big Bossman, who died just last week of a heart attack.

Curt Hennig and Owen Hart wrestled each other on that card. Two dead guys. Well, they weren't dead then.

Anyway. Just thinking about it. Wondering how many of those wrestlers I watched way back in the day are gone to the big squared circle in the sky.

It's like George Carlin says...these are the kinds of thoughts that kept me out of the really good schools....


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