Tagged: Tony Garea

The Kevin Nash-CM Punk angle might work

Watching and listening to Kevin Nash and CM Punk go at it verbally is amusing. Punk says every time Nash shows up on WWE Monday Night Raw, people change the channel. Nash tells Punk he looks like a short-order cook at Waffle House. Punk states that instead of “Big Sexy,” Nash’s nickname should be “Big Lazy.” And on and on…

However, some members of the insider Internet wrestling community have gone haywire because they don’t like 52-year-old Nash strolling onto Raw and grabbing a top spot from younger stars like Punk. Hey, when Triple H took over, we all knew Nash would be one of the first people he’d call.

I don’t find myself as insulted by Nash’s presence. I’m not one of those people who believes that the only role older stars play is to put newer guys over.

For example, I remember when the WWF brought back Continue reading

Tony Garea drops an F-bomb on Championship Wrestling

Does anyone else remember when WWF Champion Bob Backlund introduced the crossface chicken wing as his new finisher? I think it was in 1983, at around the same time Backlund buzzed his hair, began wearing a singlet instead of trunks, and started (probably unknown to Backlund) the downward spiral of his initial WWF career.

Backlund did a demo of the chicken wing with fellow babyface Tony Garea on Championship Wrestling one Saturday morning. 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.

My first WWF card at the Boston Garden featured Backlund, Muraco, and an ornery Executioner

It was 29 years ago this month that I attended my first pro wrestling card, a WWF show at the old Boston Garden. As the program image at the top of my blog shows, the main event for that afternoon was WWF Champion Bob Backlund against the Magnificent Muraco, who blew off their house show feud in the 15-foot-high 8-foot-high steel cage.

At one point Muraco missed a dive off the top rope as he tried to jam his taped spike thumb into Backlund’s throat. Backlund eventually escaped the cage (no pinfalls in WWF cages in those days), and I remember fans throwing trash at Muraco as he left the ring after the match.

One of the undercard bouts also still sticks with me Continue reading

Could Husky Harris be the next Moondog for WWE?

Those of us watching WWE Monday Night Raw have seen that Husky Harris (the son of Mike Rotundo and grandson of Blackjack Mulligan) has joined Wade Barrett and crew in Nexus.

Watching Harris try to fit into that group just doesn’t seem natural to me. When Harris was in WWE NXT, he had an unusual charisma that got him noticed beyond his less-than-great-genetics look.

I couldn’t help but think that Harris has the appearance and likely the personality to pull of the next wildman character in the WWE. In fact, Harris reminds me of a gimmick I haven’t thought of seriously in a long time: The Moondogs.

Harris actually resembles Continue reading