There’s been a lot of talk among the insider wrestling community in the past week or so about King Kong Mosca, who recently released an autobiography, Tell Me To My Face.
I always get a kick out of the fact that Angelo Mosca was born in Waltham, MA, which is only about 10 miles outside of Boston. That must have been a thrill for him to wrestle on cards in the old Boston Garden.
In his autobiography, Mosca – whose mother was half African American — talks about what it meant growing up in the Boston area as part of a biracial family in the 1940s. “Today, being one-quarter black might not seem like something to hide but, at the time, being the offspring of a mixed-race couple could be a curse,” he writes. “And it usually was.”
Boston has a not-so-stellar track record of race relations. In the 1970s, after a judge ruled the city’s schools showed patterns of racial discrimination and ordered white and black students be sent by bus to schools outside of their neigbhorhoods, parts of the city broke down in racially-motivated violence.
But now back to Mosca, who was a Canadian pro football great before becoming a wrestler. As a big guy who was decent on the mic, he made for a good heel during his time in the WWF in 1981. I’ve noted in past posts about his water pitcher altercation with Pat Patterson and the day he spit on Bob Backlund. He used a finisher that you don’t see very often today: an over-the-knee backbreaker.
But I also remember Mosca for the time he spent outside the ring as a color commentator for All-Star Wrestling, which was loosely speaking the B show of WWF syndication behind Championship Wrestling.
During Mosca’s time at the announcer’s table, All-Star Wrestling was taped in London, ONT, which is why the record books show Greg “The Hammer” Valentine beating Tito Santana for the Intercontinental Title in that city on September 24, 1984.