One of the biggest mysteries from those hazy memories of Saturday wrestling on the old Channel 56 in Boston is whatever became of a wrestler known as Mighty Joe Thunder. Never mind what became of him, I was never sure where he came from.
Actually, the Online World of Wrestling, which I visited for the first time this week, has a bit about the history of Thunder. He wrestled prior to his WWF debut under names such as Giant Evans and Rip Miller.
All I remember about Thunder was that Capt. Lou Albano served as his manager in 1982 and Thunder was terrible. He looked like a thin Gorilla Monsoon and may have used a heart punch as a finisher. He didn’t last more than a couple of months’ worth of TV shows – in fact, the Online World of Wrestling notes Thunder “ended up being so bad he was fired after a handful of TV tapings.”
Take it from me, because I remember: Thunder really was that awful.