Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Porky Lopez

Porky Lopez, not to be confused with Eddie Lopez who was a different person (and these two never met in a match) worked as a job guy in Arizona in 1968.

Billed from Durango, Mexico, which may or may not have been true, he lost to several people on the circuit, both on television and in house shows.

Some of those who beat the rotund grappler included Don Arnold, Pancho Pico, Chuck Karbo, John Shane, Woody Farmer, Ray Gordon and  Kiko Torres.

Lopez evidently left Arizona by 1969 and headed back to Mexico. He cropped up in Nogales, Hermosillo, Agua Prietà, Ciudad Obregon and  a few other places before fading away.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

An Urban Legend

Books like The Heels, I Ain't No Pig Farmer and The Last bell call all tell of Chris Colt and his strange behavior. the general belief is if you hear a story about him, it happened, no matter how uncanny it may seem.

One tale. however, is total urban legend.

Chris liked drugs and never hid the fact. he smoked grass, popped pills and also drank himself into oblivion., sometimes before a show even started, but somehow could still always do the match.

One tale has him walking into the ring t the Phoenix Madison Square Garden with a joint in his hand.

This did NOT happen.

For once, a Chris Colt tale is epic bullshit.

Colt did walk to the ring, stoned and drunk, but he had a Winston cigarette in his hand, NOT a joint. This looked foolish enough, but......

Now you know the truth.

Pupu The Samoan

"Pupu stinks! Pupu stinks!"

Having to listen to a chant like that would rive anyone to quit after a short time, which he did.

Pupu The Samoan was a joke name given to a rotund Hispanic grappler with a minimum amount of ability. He usually did jobs on the mot obscure of Arizona and California shows.

At one point he was to come in for the AIWA in los Angeles, run by Ed Ahrens, but it did not come about.

Pupu evidently grew tired of the wrestling game and frankly, being seen as a novelty. He quit in around 1996.

He presently makes his home in Astoria, Oregon.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Prostate Cancer

Is this turning  into an epidemic?

Bret hart now has prostate cancer

Indy manager The Time Traveler is also undergoing treatment for the same.

For those wishing to help him with expenses go to https://www.gofundme.com/ptk594f7?rcid=56eaafdffe3643cdaadbe2399a85c419

Indy wrestler Darling Donavan back east also has the same.

Guys, get he annual check up. Men over 50 are at high risk for this. It is treatable if caught in time, slow moving and easily eradicated.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Greg Gagne

Being the son of a famous wrestler is never easy, as fans constantly compare the two and becoming one's own man is next to impossible. This was a problem Greg Gagne suffered through for his entire career. He was never a bad worker, but unable to get out of his father's shadow.

Greg made varied appearance sin Arizona when his father made his disastrous attempts to invade Phoenix and Tucson.  The AWA was too "tame" for Arizona fans and flat did not draw, plus the overhead was far too high for the office. The Arizona run for the  AWA did not last long with their grandiose plans.

Greg was of course pushed by his father and oddly enough, was getting over well with Arizona fans when the promotional efforts collapsed.

He was known for the use of the sleeper hold, like his father  and for the sue of flying dropkicks, which again was his father's signature move.

Greg continued to wrestle after the office withdrew form Arizona, until the AWA itself went down the drain a few years later.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A New Destiny For Mr Insanity

Mr Insanity appeared in Arizona many years ago as part of a tour run by Jerry Gray, facing Navajo Warrior . Most of his actions, however, have been in the East, Midwest and Japan.

While he still wrestles some, he had found a new destiny.

Conquering his own addiction to narcotics, with emphasis on pills, he is now seeking training to become a councilor assisting others with their addictions, just as the one he has conquered. He also does public speaking at churches and to youth groups on the same topic.

One has to admire his courage in facing his own devastating addictions and wish him well on this new career path.

Friday, January 29, 2016

See The Dale Pierce Collection In Aberdeen

From March through April, the Aberdeen library in Aberdeen Washington will host a large display of Dale Pierce's wrestling memorabilia centered around Ohio,  Arizona and Washington.

The display will include many old programs from the 1940s, posters from modern times, signed photos, trading cards,  gear, books  and more.

There is also going to be a big write-up int he Aberdeen newspaper and on several webpages calling attention to the exhibit.

If you are lucky enough to live in the area, check it out.