Tagged: Doink the Clown

How do wrestlers deal with the deaths of other grapplers?

In my real-life job last week, a 28-year-old co-worker died unexpectedly. Many of us in the office were shell shocked for days, and this gal was buried on Monday morning.

When my colleagues and I got word of her death, work basically ceased that day. Grief counselors were brought in. Former employees were invited by our CEO to join everyone for lunch. People started writing on the office walls of our fallen co-worker.

So how do pro wrestlers cope these days when their colleagues, current and former, die? We learned last week that Continue reading

Brooklyn Brawler credits Steamboat and Heenan for big career breaks

The Art of Wrestling podcast had a tremendous interview with Steve Lombardi, a.k.a. the Brooklyn Brawler, who is one of those competitive prelim wrestlers everyone remembers from the 1980s.

The interview was conducted by well-known independent wrestler Colt Cabana, and as such, had plenty of behind-the-scenes Continue reading

Check out these recent photos of Luscious Johnny V, Dick Kroll, and others

The Slam Sports website has a cool link to photos from May’s Legends of the Ring convention in New Jersey (look along the left-hand navigation bar).

The gallery includes plenty of current stars and pro wrestlers from the 1990s, as well as shots of some old WWF names from the 1980s, including Luscious Johnny V (a.k.a., Johnny Valiant), Tony Garea, referee Dick Kroll, and Bushwhacker Luke. There’s also a photo of an out-of-shape Doink the Clown that I wish I hadn’t seen.

Before Rock and Orton, other pro wrestling sons competed at WrestleMania

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