Andre the Giant rips the mask off the Black Demon

Anybody out there remember the Black Demon? He was one of the many nodescript masked wrestlers who paraded around wrestling rarely winning a match, and often appeared on the losing end of the prelims at the old Boston Garden in the early 1980s.

Ask me why I remember the Black Demon and I’ll tell you it was because Andre the Giant unmasked him on Saturday morning wrestling in 1981.  A clip of this moment used to be on YouTube but has since been taken down.

Like any respectable masked heel, the Demon had a towel nearby, with which he quickly covered his face to conceal his identity. No doubt if you had snapped a picture of him without his hood, he would have asked you to destroy the film a la rock group Kiss.

I remember watching the kids’ faces at ringside as they rushed over to Demon to catch a glimpse of his face.

You really got an appreciation of how big Andre was in his healthier days, as he was absolutely immense next to the Demon.


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  3. ilovevaluevillage

    Yea, if you see Andre congratulating Hogan at MSG after he won the title, he absolutely Towers over Hogan (before he did his back surgery). After that, he definitely lost alot of it.

    Love your blog and hearing stories about wrestling in the 80’s (btw, I’m not really this user.. just logged in this computer). I never went, but as a kid just dreamed of being in the action. Especially when those live shows were hype and a real happening.

  4. Gold

    I remember this very well. The Black Demon was one of several jobbers who hung out with the big guys. The Duke of Dorchester, Pete Doherty, once donned the black mask – he also wore several other masks often coming out more than a couple of times during a show. I wore several masks as well at one show, I ran in on 3 different matches “protecting” a big name from taking a beating. I ran in and “saved” Chief Jay Strongbow from being pummeled by Don Leo Jonathan. He tossed me out of the ring. That same night, I ran in and tried to save Jim Powers. I donned another mask and another singlet. I got thrown out then too.

    • Anonymous

      I am writing AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MASKED WRESTLERS. As you probably know, this is an almost impossible task given the complexity. I would like to know about your career as a masked wrestler and about any info you can give me to attach masked wrestlers with their stage names or real names. I am a 68-year old university professor and the author of FRITZ VON ERICH: TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY. Please email me at Don

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