Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, of all people, got mentioned on TMZ this week after Hulk Hogan’s ex-wife, Linda, claimed Beefcake and Hogan had a homosexual affair at one point.
Beefcake told TMZ that wasn’t true, and both he and Hogan have indicated they will sue Linda. Unless she has proof of the alleged gay love affair, I don’t see how she can defend her claim because it seems absurd.
This goes to show you once again that where Hogan treads, so does Beefcake. Brutus made a career out of Continue reading
The WWE likes to make a big deal of its second- and third-generation wrestlers. WrestleMania 27 at the Georgia Dome was no exception, as the event saw four multi-generational superstars appear, including the Rock (grandson of “High Chief” Peter Maivia and son of Rocky Johnson), Alberto Del Rio (son of Mexican star Dos Caras), Cody Rhodes (son of “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes), and Randy Orton (grandson of Bob Orton, Sr., and son of Cowboy Bob Orton).
But sons of pro wrestlers are nothing new. Did you know if you go all the way back to the first WrestleMania in 1985 at Madison Square Garden, there were also four second-generation wrestlers who competed? Here’s a list of them: Continue reading
The Miz’s victory over Randy Orton to win the WWE Title on Monday Night Raw made me think about another sudden title switch that stuck with people for years to come: When the Ultimate Warrior barnstormed the Honky Tonk Man to win Continue reading
Madison Square Garden had the great Howard Finkel as ring announcer for most, if not all, of the house shows in New York City in the 1980s.
And the Boston Garden got … well, no one quite at the Fink’s level.
Two men primarily took ring announcing duties at the Garden in the 1980s. One of them was, I hate to say it Continue reading
Chances are even if you only attended WWF events in Boston during the 1980s, you were still familiar with matches held at the Philadelphia Spectrum.
Pro wrestling fans in Philadelphia right now may be feeling the same thing many of us here in the Hub felt when the old Boston Garden started coming down.
The Wrestling Observer noted Continue reading
I was listening to my boss tell a story the other day about meeting Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake at the Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus, MA. Many of you know that WWF and WWE wrestlers have long sought out the Kowloon for greasy Chinese food and cocktails (oops, I mean video games) after matches are held in Boston.
But then the conversation turned to Albany, NY, where my boss remembered a run-in with Randy Savage at a convenience store in the late 1980s.
Earlier this month we hit the 25th anniversary of the original King of the Ring, which took place July 8, 1985, at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, MA, then the home field of the New England Patriots.
The tournament had a mix of major stars and curtain jerkers Continue reading
Many of us could pick out moments in matches where a move is ill-timed or someone falls out of position. But these slip-ups generally are minor. A true wrestling blooper often doesn’t involve in-ring action at all, whether it’s instead an interview, skit, or even real life. The WWF had some lapses that were doozies in the 1980s, so here are my picks for the top five bloopers of that decade: Continue reading