Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wildman Zim

Wildman Zim (also spelled Zimm in some programs and results) wrestled around the United States for many years as a decent journeyman. Claiming to be from Borneo, he had long hair and tried his best to give off the Wildman image.

Zim had some matches in Arizona during the late 1930s, including some with Harold Murphy, the brother of a one-time area promoter.

Arizona was only one stop for this talented wrestler who always seemed to be on the road from territory to territory.

Of all the states, Zim seemed to love California the most. Upon his death, his ashes were spread over the Pacific Ocean coastline.   

The Murphy Brothers

Not much seems to be recalled about the Murphy Brothers, except they were active in Arizona in the 1930s.

George Murphy functioned as a promoter, running shows in varied parts of Arizona while using Wildman Bill Zim (also spelled Zimm) , Pat Fraley, Buddy O' Brien and more.

George's brother, Harold Murphy worked as a referee and occasionally wrestled as Millionaire Murphy using possibly a Million Dollar Man routine done long before the WWE thought of it.

The Murphys pushed Buddy O' Brien as top heel and may have come to regret such, for he was legitimately suspended a couple of times by the Arizona State Athletic Commission due to his antics and a talent for causing riots. O' Brien never learned and was evidently a heel in real life. He died after an altercation with police.

Of the Murphys, little other info seems to be available, at least  where I have looked.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Meet Dale Pierce January 7.

Meet author Dale Pierce the second Thursday in February at 7 pm for a lecture at the Dover Library in Dover, Ohio.

Health Problems For Kamala

Kamala, The Ugandan Giant, actually born as one James Harris, was once known for his wild feuds with Jerry Lawler in Tennessee and with Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker and more in the  WWF. In recent years, eh has fallen on very hard times, both financially and health-wise.

Sadly, the effects of a diabetic condition have taken their toll. Like Ricky Romero and Russ Barker, he has become a double amputee due to diabetes.

One cannot help but wish him the best and that he may overcome  this adversity as best as possible.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Time Traveler Recovers From Cataract Surgery

Veteran manager and occasional wrestler, The Time Traveler, first beat down diabetes this year and now has conquered cataracts thanks to eye surgery in the fall. The 56 year old made a return to managing in Alliance, Ohio in November.

"This is the first time I have been able to see without glasses clearly since like high school," the  manager said in regard to the process. "Actually wrestling a match is going to be out of the question from now on, but I was long done with that phase of things anyway.  I am still going to manage, both here in Ohio and in Arizona next year. I am not done yet. Far from it."

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Death Of Siete Vidas

Mexican wrestler, Siete Vidas, passed away a short time ago after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Siete Vidas was a big draw among lucha libre promotions in Arizona in the 1990s, feuding with The Black Mamba, Time Traveler, Eruption, The Mad Monks and others.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Count Coffin & Mr. Madd

Wanting to come to Arizona soon are Count Coffin & Mr. Madd, a pair of wrestlers who have worked the Midwestern circuits most recently as a set of psychos in the tradition of Abdullah The Butcher & The Sheik.

Okay. Comparing these two to the likes of Abdullah and Sheik may be pressing it.

Still , the two will make a great addition to whatever of the many independent groups in Arizona they might work for.

Mr.. Madd does the eye rolling total basket case routine, where Count Coffin does the talking.

This should go over well in Arizona, which has always loved the nut routine.

The pair have some obligations in West Virginia and Pennsylvania in Fall, but want to escape the Midwestern snows soon to follow.  .