George “The Animal” Steele goes from dislocating shoulders to the New York Times

The New York Times actually had a short article today about George “The Animal” Steele’s whereabouts, which made me think back to 1981, when Steele dislocated a jobber’s shoulder on Championship Wrestling.

The prelim guy was Rick Bolton, who, ring announcer Joe McHugh told us, made his debut appearance for this angle.

Vince McMahon was great as the play-by-play announcer during the angle, as he sadly said, “Oh, that poor young man.”

This match took place on the tail end of Steele’s lengthy run as a nutty heel. Once McMahon took the WWF national, he eventually made Steele a goofy babyface for a feud with Randy Savage over the attention of Miss Elizabeth.

I remember my friend’s dad always telling us when we were kids that Steele was a high school principal in real life, which sounded crazy at the time. As it turns out, he wasn’t that far off, as Steele coached football for a high school while maintaining his ring career.


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  2. Rebecca (Davis) Shoemaker

    Joe McHugh (My great Uncle) told me once that George “The Animal” Steele was a college professor. Met Mr Steele @ Midway Diner in Pa. Very well spoken and the nicest Guy you could meet.

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