Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Return of the Jedi

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Subj: Yeah Wrestler's do have it rough in the end
Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 02:28:18 am EDT (Viewed 147 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Hulk Hogan was the most marketable and easily promotable wrestler of the era,
Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 12:14:32 pm EDT (Viewed 134 times)

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You aren't wrong in terms of marketability. I apologize if I already told this story (because I hate it when people do it to me) but my first exposure to pro wrestling is when I came across Thunderlips wrestling The Iron Sheik for the world championship. That's how I knew Hulk Hogan at that point, from his character in Rocky III. His appearance in that movie went a long, long way in terms of exposure.

As to deaths and debilitating health, you can add The British Bulldogs to the list. The Dynamite Kid is in a wheelchair and Davey Boy Smith died of a heart attack due to anabolic steroid use. And yeah, Junkyard Dog died at the wheel of his car, they think he fell asleep.

If you look at the number of professional wrestlers and compare it to any other sport or entertainment genre, there is a higher number of deaths and debilitating injuries than any other.

The stories may be fake and poorly written (hornswaggle as McMahon's son? eeessshhhhh!) and the moves are choreographed but they pay for it with all the steroid abuse.

Remember how Vince McMahon looked in the 80's? A toothpick with hair now he's been bald and musclebound for years.....nah....no steroids there.

How many Ultimate Warriors were there? The original is still alive as I recall and doing somewhat well in terms of health but weren't there some temp Warriors?

I remember one Saturday Night Main Event where Mr Fuji bragged that SUper Ninja One was great wrestler, easy defeat the ultimate warrior, etc etc. The match begins and Ultimate Warrior stomps and pounds Super Ninja One into defeat in about a minute.

Roddy Piper is still around but I think his health problems are Hodgkins Lymphoma and not tied into steroid use.....though I suspect steroids didn't help.

Ricky the Dragon Steamboat is still around.

Seriously though, Hulk Hogan who I hear is a bit hard up for cash these days, needs to secretly chat with other surviving wrestlers and start getting a tell all book written and just blow the blasted whistle on Vince McMahon and bring the house down.

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