By Paul Stratoti, Staff Writer & Cauliflower Alley Club Lifetime Member
From the Cauliflower Alley Club:
Sadly Bobby “The Brain” Heenan has passed away. Heenan, whose real name is Raymond Heenan, was 73 years old at the time of his death. He is certainly regarded as one of the greatest managers of all-time, as well the one of the best “heel” announcers/characters ever. Jim Ross was believed to be the first person to officially break the news of Heenan’s passing on Sunday.
Everyone at the Cauliflower Alley Club sends our condolences to Mr. Heenan’s friends and family in this time of mourning. Credit www.caulifloweralleyclub.org
“Mean Gene” Okerlund: “Saddened by the news that arrived this afternoon from Bobby Heenans daughter Jess, that he has passed. Bobby and his family have had to endure so much because of his health. Bobby Heenan was such a great friend. You don’t replace people like that. Condolences to Cyndi, Jessica, family, friends and fans. RIP Bobby!”
During AWA’s tour of Japan in 1983, Heenan suffered a neck injury that would limit his in-ring ability going forward.
In In 1984 most of the AWA talent left for the WWF during this time without giving proper notice while only Heenan worked out his notice in good faith to the Gagne family.
In January 2002, Heenan announced that he had throat cancer. Heenan later recovered from throat cancer, but lost a great deal of weight, dramatically changing his appearance and voice. Following early treatments, he spoke in a soft, high-pitched tone which contrasts noticeably with the tone fans were accustomed to hearing him use as a color commentator. He went from 231 pounds to at best 90 pounds.
In 2004, Heenan was inducted by Blackjack Lanza into the WWE Hall of Fame on the eve of WrestleMania XX. Generally considered to be the greatest pro wrestling manager of all time, Bobby was also honored with the 2004 Cauliflower Alley Club “Iron Mike” Mazurki Award.
Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, declares December 5, 2009 to be “Bobby Heenan Day”. That same month, Bobby had jaw reconstructive surgery after the first surgery was unsuccessful. He was placed in a medically-induced coma and was slowly brought out. In the second half of January 2008, he had come out of his medically induced coma. Though not yet able to speak, he was communicating with his eyes. He had several more surgeries to reconstruct facial features. In October 2008, it was reported that he was able to speak a few sentences before getting tired. In February 2009, it was reported that he was still relearning how to speak clearly and out of the hospital.
On December 11, 2009, Heenan was hospitalized at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida after an examination of his rebuilt jaw found an infection that needed to be treated. By 2010, his jaw infection was completely eradicated. In 2010, he broke a hip and his shoulder in a fall and recovered within a few months.
According to an interview given by future CAC Lifetime Member Jim Ross in October 2013, Heenan was “hanging in there” and continuing to have trouble speaking as a result of tongue cancer treatments. In April 2014, while in Las Vegas to attend a wedding, he fell out of bed and broke a shoulder.
In April of 2016 “Mean” Gene Okerlund accompanied Bobby to the Cauliflower Alley Club celebration where as shown here he points to yours truly as he receives a standing ovation from the banquet room for his presence.
In May 2016, he fell again and broke a hip.
On September 17, 2017, Heenan died at the age of 72 while surrounded by family at his home in Largo, Fla.
…Taking a Ride Down CAC Memory Lane…
As my work ethic compliments my “hobby” activity I had my camera ready for action at 3:00 pm on June 8, 2006 when I visited the Las Vegas Plaza Casino and where within minutes I met the late Don Fargo and his son who was with him in this photo at the Omaha Lounge.
This was the first time I had seen Don in person in over 32 years and over 20 years since seeing him on TV when he did a WWE house show.
June 8, 2006 @ Las Vegas Plaza Casino – Day one of the Training Seminars
Former HWA Promoter (when the promotion was a WWE feeder fed) Les Thatcher had recently took on the position of lead CAC trainer as the previous lead trainer Harley Race had recently stepped down in effort to spend more time with his WLW promotion and family introduces another CAC seminar participant during the opening moments of this first training seminar.
“Raging Bull” Manny Fernandez helped Les, Killer Brooks, the late Roland Alexander, Scott Casey and other trainers instruct Hailey Hatred, Kafu, and other participants during day one of the Cauliflower Alley Club 3 day training seminar.
Next up, Tiger Conway Jr. took the mic during this seminar.
The following morning around 2:00 am Manny had gotten pleasantly plastered at the Omaha Lounge inside the casino and was cut off by 3:00 am by the mixologist on duty. He agreed to a future interview, however I failed to follow through on asking him any questions merely imbibing on Bud Lights and the euphoria of my first Cauliflower Alley Club experience. Despite my buying him his final “Screwdriver” of the night he failed to drink it and took his friend elsewhere after posing for a picture. I then toasted him with it and drank it myself.
Shortly after that, I went to my room and probably crashed for a few hours. After I woke up around 8:00 am on Day 2 and as I approached the coffee concession stand the late BJ Race was standing in front of me. After telling her that I met her in CAPW in 2003 and that I was going to get a coffee so that I could get change for a $20 bill she insisted that she buy me that coffee and that I save my money.
Around 3:00 pm Killer Brooks agreed to meet in my room for the following interview as witnessed by my brother.
Strat: Killer Brooks, welcome to the 41st Annual Cauliflower Alley Club Training Seminar, Banquet and Celebration. It’s been about 23 years since I last saw you in Cleveland where you were wrestling for Georgia Championship Wrestling which was the 1st time I had seen you in about 10 years. I’m interested to know about your whereabouts since the Johnny Powers days. Can you give me a run down on your training center, when you started that, and some of the major battles that you’ve had now and then?
KB: “Let’s see, was it the mid – late 70s when I left that area? 76 or 77.”
Strat: Well I joined the Air Force in 76…
KB: “When I left that area in ’75 I think I went out and worked for the Funks in Amarillo for about 6 months. I think I took off from there and went up and worked for Stu Hart for about 6 months. When I left Stu Hart I left Calgary and went down to the West coast and ended up working for Mike LeBell in LA and stood there for about a year. Then I believe I moved to Dallas where I worked for a couple of years. When I moved out of Dallas I went to Portland, Oregon. I stood out in Portland for about 6 months. Then I went to the Carolinas for a short period of time. Then I ended up back in Dallas. I guess the last 10 years I stood around the World Class Von Erich promotion and I opened up a wrestling school and eventually I had my own promotion in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and I got off the road and just worked around Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. I ran my wrestling school and eventually ended up getting another job.”
Strat: Yes, sir. It’s my 1st time being here… and I do intend to come back possibly in April at the Riviera.
I’m going to run down a lot of the matches that you had for Johnny Powers starting on July 30, 1970 when you faces Babyface Nelson who later became Greg “the Hammer” Valentine. Your match was a draw. I’ll probably be seeing him next weekend when “WrestleReunion” comes to Cleveland Convention Center. Do you have any comments for Greg or would you like to reminisce on matches that you’ve had with him?
KB: “You know, he was a lot like Johnny (Valentine) . He was very slow moving, very methodical. He didn’t waste anything in the ring. When he would make a move or a counter, when he would hit you with that big Valentine “Hammer”, you would know that you were hit. There were times when Greg would catch me on the apron on the outside of the ring, and he would bend me over back toward him on the inside and he would give me that patented “Axe” that he learned from his father. They were actually times that took my breath and stunned me and I would have to gasp for air. He had a good forearm. His hammer was good.
“You know, Johnny taught his son Greg a lot and Johnny was always for giving 100%. Johnny Valentine was always teaching the young boys when you grab a “Front face lock” you’re turning a man’s neck and head, turn it! Make him feel it. If he doesn’t feel it and you don’t feel it and you don’t know if you’re hurting him you’re wasting your time. You know, to me Johnny Valentine was probably the greatest and the best that I’ve wrestled. I give credit to Johnny for making Greg such a great wrestler. Greg was a student of pro wrestling. He wanted to learn everything about pro wrestling and he had a good instructor and teacher in his father; one of the very best.”
Strat: Moving on to August 13, 1970, you had a match where you lost to Dr. Bill Miller. The following month you wrestled him again. Then on December 3, 1970 Tex McKenzie defeated the Bounty Hunter. Was or was not Tim Brooks training to be Killer Brooks during this time and wearing a mask as the Bounty Hunter?
[At this time I reached for the tape recorder, but the Killer stopped me from turning it off]
KB: “Wait a minute. Don’t touch that! I’m not through. Yes, hell yes, that was me. I just wanted to go under the hood and I thought that I could go into that mask and give some of these guys a damn-good ass-kickin’, some good beatings in the ring and get away with it. They soon figured out it was me. Back in those early days I was known for the size of my legs. I probably had the biggest, strongest legs in all of pro wrestling. I would drop that “Guillotine” on you off that top rope. Let me tell you something; 265 pounds off the top rope coming down with that leg-drop across your throat would always get the job done. Anytime I could get a guy to lay down in the middle of the ring and I can make him lay there long enough you would know that there was going to be a 1, 2, 3 right after that!”
Strat: 3 weeks later Sonny King defeated Tim Brooks… A month after that at St. Joseph High School you had a draw with Bruce Swayze while wrestling as Tim Brooks…. A week later at Cleveland Arena Sweet Daddy Siki defeated Tim Brooks…
February 4, 1971 at Cleveland Arena the Mighty Igor defeated the Bounty Hunter. It didn’t sound like you were getting very much training at that time.
KB: “You know what it was? I had about a year there that I had the flu. It had weakened me. I couldn’t shake it and I was wrestling these guys. I was running a high temperature, probably 112 degrees and I was weak and this is why that all these guys defeated me.”
Strat: In April of 1971 Vic Rossitani defeated Tim Brooks… Then your last match at Cleveland Arena as Tim Brooks on July 8, 1971 was a 6 Man Tag Team Match where Mitsu Arakawa, Yoshino Sato, and Java Ruuk (aka WWE’s Johnny Rodz) defeated Baron Scicluna, Mike Loren, and Tim Brooks… Then on February 10, 1972 at Cleveland Arena you returned as Killer Brooks where Tony Parisi and Chief White Owl defeated your tag partner `Iron’ Mike Loren… On March 17, 1972 Tex McKenzie defeated you in what I recall was a very bloody match.
KB: “You know, that tall, lanky cowboy, I’m going to tell you something. Tex McKenzie was worthless. Yeah, he did defeat me, but then again, I was just shaking that flu off that I had. I think after that you’ll see nothing but wins on my tally sheet.”
Strat: What is your interpretation of a “Wrestling Super bowl”?
KB: “Well, it damn sure wasn’t that thing that the Cleveland office put on at the baseball stadium! Do you remember that? Duke Beer; they had a ring on first base, a ring on home plate, and a ring on 3rd. They took us to the ring in chariots. They had people from all over the damn world. I mean there was Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Africa. They had people from everywhere. Evidently they didn’t promote it because there weren’t 500 people (fans) in that sonuvabich. What happened to that? Do you know what I’m talking about?”
Strat: You’re talking about the “Wrestling Super bowl” of August 12, 1972 at Cleveland Stadium.
KB: “Did you help promote that?”
Strat: Sir, I was taking pictures for Johnny Powers but nothing was happening with my shots so I had to fly that day. You were to wrestle George “the Animal” Steele.
KB: “…and he didn’t show up, did he?”
KB: “He’s lucky.”
Strat: I followed him to the Boston Garden where he wrestled Pedro Morales that night in a very bloody match. Yes, I wanted to attend the stadium super-card. Yes, I wanted to see Killer Brooks defeat George Steele, something I didn’t believe you could do at the time. Yet, I found out that” the Animal” had to stay in New England due to Vince McMahon Sr.’s “double booking” standards.
KB: “Lucky for him!”
Strat: I covered the Boston Garden show. A couple of other photographers covered the Super bowl where Bobo Brazil defeated you.
KB: “I remember it well and as I said before I’m going to say it again: I had just begun to get over the flu that I had for a year and a half.”
Strat: October 28, 1972 – the grudge begins: Tony Marino defeated Killer Brooks – The following month on November 18th at Cleveland Arena Tony Marino wrestled you to a bloody double count out. Man, that was wild!… – January 4, 1973 Tony Marino & JB Psycho defeated you, your manager Eddie Creachman and Dr. Jerry Graham when the `Palestinian Brain’ got defeated…
January 27, 1973 at Cleveland Arena you lost a “Stretcher Death Match” to Tony Marino.
KB: “Well, I was over the flu when Tony defeated me in that match but I want everybody that reads this to know what happened. I had Marino pretty well beat down. He was bleeding heavily from the head. He had a big knee pad and he pulled out from it a pair of brass knucks or something. I remember it was metal. He turned to a position where the referee couldn’t see and he gave me 2 shots to the head with these knucks. That’s what Tony Marino had to resort to to get the fall over Killer Brooks at that time.”
Strat: You had a match with Bobo Brazil the following month, another legendary superstar whom we lost over the last 20 years… The following month, he teamed with the late Bearcat Wright where you teamed up with the Sheik in an awesome, brutal tag team match… You got your start with the Sheik in ’69, did you not?
KB: “Correct. The Sheik truly was my father in pro wrestling. I always respected the Sheik for that. I tag teamed with the Sheik many a time and had a lot of really big matches. I never let the Sheik down. I probably have more respect for the Sheik than any other wrestler in pro wrestling. A lot of people talk bad about him but I know. I was there. I was his tag team partner and I’m going to tell you dead straight and now: Ed Farhat the Sheik could get more heat than any other pro wrestler. He could get more heat just coming from the dressing room. When he would leave the dressing room and enter the arena just his approach to the ring would get more heat than most wrestlers can get in a 20 minute match. This man was a tremendous ring General. When it came to pissing the people off and getting that heat that you’ve got to have in a match to make money the Sheik was the master. He’s the one that I watched very close and I tried to do everything the way he did it. I’m going to tell you something: That carried me a long way down the road and made me a lot of money.”
Strat: Speaking of pissing people off, what’s that? [Pointing to the following photo of the elbow pad on Brooks’ elbow during a mid 70s bloodbath]
KB: “That, er, is a big elbow pad. I don’t know if you know it or not but I had written doctor’s permission certified that I could wear that in the ring to protect my elbow because my elbow had some bone spurs and chips in the joints. I had to wear that. It was kind of like a big hockey pad. I don’t know how but some way the fans got off on this trip saying that I had a metal object or hinge that fit in the elbow pad and that I would take it out and use it on the likes of Tony Marino but I never did. You saw some of my matches. You never saw me use anything out of that elbow pad, did you? … Be careful what you say!”
Strat: Killer, today is June 10th…”
KB: “Wait a minute, I asked you a question. Did you ever see me use any foreign object from out of my elbow pad? No!”
Strat: Killer, we represent the Cauliflower Alley Club during its 41st anniversary. We are professionals. Would you like to provide me with copy since you’re here of the doctor’s report that says that you needed that elbow pad?
KB: “Well, damn man, that was 30 years ago! Do you think that I carry the doctor’s excuse around in my wallet?”
Strat: There’s still a lot of fans today that don’t buy that story.
KB: “Well, you know what?”
Strat: What was your doctor’s name, Sigmund Ziff? Papuffnik?
KB: “Hey, wait a minute. Wait a minute. Waaaait a minute! You’re being disrespectful. I’ve never disrespected nobody but those knot-headed wrestling fans! What the hell do they know about my business or about my elbow or about my elbow pad? They’re just a bunch of knot-heads!”
Strat: Today is the 23rd anniversary of Harley Race defeating Ric Flair for the NWA World heavyweight Championship and is also the day that he’ll receive the Iron Mike Mazurki Award.
KB: “I don’t care if he’s here or not. I don’t care how many times he was champion. I’m not scared of Ric Flair. I’m not scared of Harley Race. I’m not scared of anybody in pro wrestling. Ric Flair was a great champion. He worked hard. He has my respect. But I’m going to tell you something: Harley Race was Killer Brooks’ pick of all the NWA wrestling champions. When he went into that ring that was Harley Race’s match. The promoter didn’t control that match. The referee didn’t control that match. The opponent didn’t control that match, and most of all the knot-headed wrestling fans didn’t control that match. Harley Race was a wrestler’s wrestler. He was THE man. If you wanted to get a name in wrestling, if you wanted to get somewhere, then get in that damn ring and beat Harley Race! … Are you looking in that book for more trick photography of my elbow pad?”
Strat: No, sir, I was just looking for…”
KB: “Photoshop? Does this thing have a tape in it? Is it working?”
[Pointing to the tape recorder]
Strat: Yes, sir.
KB: “Then I want to ask you a question.”
Strat: I thought I was doing the interviewing?
KB: “You are doing the interview but I want to ask you a question. Before you bring up more of these doctored up pictures of my elbow pad, this trick photography crap that you got. Do you know anything about the vicious part of pro wrestling, the pain that’s in pro wrestling? Do you know where I guy has to go to be devious, mean, and vicious? You have to reach way down in the bottom of your mind. You have to go to the back alley of your mind? You have to get down on your hands and knees where your mind is the gutter. These are places in your mind where the average person doesn’t go. I go there. I go to parts of my mind where the average man is scared to go. Down there is where the evil is in one’s head.
“Do you know what it sounds like to bust a man’s rib and hear it crack? Do you know? No, you don’t know! You’ve never busted a man’s rib and I know you haven’t. Do you know what it’s like to take a man’s arm and twist his arm and bend it back the other way until his elbow joint pops and his arm dangles? I’m asking you these questions because I’m trying to tell you where the hell we have to go to get vicious. You have to get down in the gutter, man, of the mind. So, you’ve never busted a man’s rib and heard it pop. You never broke his arm. Well, have you ever just taken a guy while he’s down and taken your boot and just stomp him in the mouth. There’s just no sound like somebody’s teeth just breaking off then when they swallow their teeth, gag. Average guys can’t do this. They won’t do it. Have you ever ripped a guy’s ear off? I have. I bit a guy’s bottom lip completely off his face.”
Strat: Who was that, Killer?
KB: “Brian Blair. He got too close to me. He wrapped his arms around me and he was going to give me a belly-to-belly Suplex. He saw his lip being swallowed whole but when he saw his bottom lip being swallowed by me , when I swallowed his whole bottom lip and the blood was dripping out of my mouth, he let go. He didn’t Suplex me. He went to the dressing room. He didn’t have what it took to stay there. Now, if a man bit my bottom lip off and swallowed it, I would do something. Would you? Wouldn’t you get even with him right there?”
Strat: I wouldn’t have any other choice.
KB: “Aw, man, I’d get him one way or another. The great Brian Blair ran back to the dressing room and cried to Bill Watts. I didn’t care. If Bill Watts didn’t like it I would kick his butt too.” *
Strat: I brought Abdullah into Cleveland 2 months ago and when I told him that I was going to be seeing you he told me to say “Hi” to you.
KB: “I’ve been tag team partners with the Sheik. I’ve been tag team partners with Abdullah. I’ve been tag team partners with Stan Hansen. I’ve been tag team partners with bruiser Brody, I’ve been tag team partners with Larry Zbyszco, and I’ve been tag team partners with Roddy Piper. You can take me and Abdullah today put whoever the hell you want in there with us and they’ll have the fight of their life. It’ll be a bloodbath. It’ll be chaos. I guarantee those knot-headed wrestling fans will love it because that’s what they want to see. They want to see the blood, the guts, and the bizarre. They want to see guys with the good looks like Killer Brooks and Abdullah.”
Strat: I’ve spoken to a lot of Cleveland wrestling fans that have said that they want to see Abdullah bust open Killer Brooks.
KB: “I was talking about Brooks and Abdullah tag teaming. Wait a minute. If the fans in Cleveland want to see Killer Brooks beat the hell out of Abdullah the Butcher, and they want to see brooks and Abdullah bite on each others heads, and they want to see blood gush from Abdullah’s arms, chest, and back put us together. I dare you to put us together. I don’t think those knot-headed wrestling fans in Cleveland have enough guts to see something like that.”
Strat: What would it take to bring Killer Brooks to Cleveland All Pro Wrestling?
KB: “Cut a deal with me first of all. Give me a good opponent. Give me the date and time. I’ll tell you what. I haven’t been to Cleveland in a long time. I’ve got a lot of friends there. I would love to come to Cleveland and wrestle one more time. That area was very good to me.”
Strat: A couple of more questions before we close.
KB: “Keep in mind that you can’t just say anything to Killer Brooks. Make me mad and I might just go back into those gutters, those back alleys of my mind and pull something real nasty and you don’t want that. Be careful now, what you say to me, huh?”
Strat: OK. You own a Big Time Pro Wrestling School down in Texas.
KB: “Yes, I own Big Time Pro Wrestling School and promotion. I certainly do.”
Strat: Your most painful in-ring memory.
KB: “Probably when I broke a collar bone, dislocated my shoulder and fractured my neck in 2 places. It was the most painful experience and I was off work for about a year.”
Strat: In closing, is there anything else that you would like to say before we close this interview?
KB: “I’d like to say something to all these young wrestlers. I said it at the training seminar yesterday but I’ll say it again here in this interview because you’re going to get this out to a lot more of these young guys. The way of a pro wrestler is to learn and to teach. If we don’t do that our business is not going to survive. You have to learn this business first and then you have to teach this business to the young guys. You young guys that are in the process of learning right now, shut your mouth. We don’t want to hear where you’ve been, who you’ve wrestled, and what you’ve done because you ain’t done shit and you ain’t been nowhere and you’re not going to go nowhere as long as you talk shit.
When you enter the ring and the bell rings we old pros know what you know and exactly what you’ve done. So don’t be a mouth. Be a student of pro wrestling. Learn pro wrestling, learn it well, and learn it right so when you get older you can teach young guys the proper way. Learn it well, so you can pass it on.”
Strat: Thank you, Killer!
“Baloney Blowout” – CAC members in attendance who have paid for their final night’s Banquet and Awards Ceremony ticket get to attend this elaborate cold cuts and salad bar (with cash bar) event. Renamed “Bockwinkel Blowout a few years later, you can expect to see an award or two being presented during this time when the CAC Raffle belt is auctioned off. Here, then CAC President Nick Bockwinkel stands behind the podium and the belt being raffled off:
The future TNA/Impact’s own Desmond Wolfe (aka Nigel McGuinness) helps himself to a plate after which he speaks to Mr. Bockwinkel himself.
The late Dewey Roberton (aka WWE’s Missing Link) was on hand to sell his book. Here, he stands alongside the blind guy who was playing piano for the CAC crowd.
Towards the end of the Bockwinkel Blowout, Dick “the Destroyer” Beyer introduces one of the contestants of the next night’s 5 Girl Elimination match, Mariko Yoshida who is wearing the CAC Raffle belt:
Final Day/ Night Match Results by Brian Wescott
Louie Vedosky & Tony Morales defeated Angelo Impell & Golden Aztec.
Scotty Eyce defeated Bobby Houston.
Chris Guerrero & Dakota defeated Jake Manning & The Dark Angel.
Paul Diamond defeated Virgil Flynn.
Four Way Match: Jack Manley defeated Bruce Bukkake, Funny Bone, & Tyler Dunning
Scotty Aboot & Zack Reeb defeated Billy V. & Nathan Rulez.
JJ Perez defeated Jeff McAllister.
CAC Member and historian Brian Wescott claps and shouts to Mariko Yoshida as she approaches the ring!
Five Girl Elimination Match: Mariko Yoshida defeated Cheerleader Melissa Anderson, Hailey Hatred, Jessica James, & Reggie
Main Event: Derek Sanders & TJ Dalton defeated Kafu & Ty Dalton.
About 3 hours after the end of the live action card CAC members started to fill into the awards ceremony and banquet room where I took this picture of the late Mad Dog Vachon, Paul “Butcher Vachon” at their banquet table.
Mil Mascaras, who was also celebrating 30 years as IWA Heavyweight champion chats with Lifetime member Dick “the Destroyer” Beyer as Larry “the Axe” Henning points to your’s truly. Harley Race seems preoccupied with something else. My brother Patrick also seems pre-occupied watching something else as he sits next to Slam Wrestling’s historian Steve and it’s owner Greg Oliver also look at yours truly
After attempting to speak to the audience as well as she could to let everybody know how appreciative she was for being awarded her award, Mariko uncontrollably and unexpectedly broke down crying because she just couldn’t get her words out.
Chearleader Melissa Anderson, then CAC President the late Nick Bockwinkel and the late Roland Alexander console Mariko, yet once again displaying true professionalism.
September 11, 2017 – Les Thatcher: “I would love to have copies of the photos of us in & around the ring, & I’m laughing at the interview Killer did as he was working his ass off verbally for no reason I could figure out. Thanks for the memories. Those were very productive training camps for the kids because so many veterans came by, & the quality of the matches was as high as we could make it since Harley, Scott & I tried to pick the best there, not just put warm bodies in the ring”.
Strat: The reason that the Killer gave me such an in-depth interview is because I paid him a small fee to do so.
- NOTE: During the 2014 Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame inductions in Johnstown, New York, CAC President Brian Blair came up to me to inquire about a false statement made during my Killer Brooks interview. He asked, “Did you make this bulletin that I have in my hands?”
- I then stated Yes.
- He then asked me whether I can see any scars under his bottom lip and got right in front of my face so I could see very well.
- When I told him that I did not I immediately sensed his next question as to whether I reported false news so I cut him to the punch by stating that I save my interviews and that I would find it and then e-mail it to him once I returned to Cleveland…which I did. It appears that the Killer lied and he never in fact did bite off Brain’s bottom lip. When and if we ever meet again, I will bring that up to him and see if he remembers.
Harley Race receives his award
…and now a few more shots from the 2016 CAC reunion…
Ricky Najar speaks of Kat Von Heez’ figure:
Even NXT’s lead trainer Adam Pierce attended the seminars:
WWE’s Sue Aitchinson, the Rock’s mom, Ata Maivia and Ricky Steamboat enjoy the banquet:
While “Mr Wonderful” Paul Orndorff speaks of his career:
Strat: BJ Darden, What was your biggest thrill in Vegas. this week?
Darden: “Winning the NWA Heritage Championship. That title has been held by some great guys such as Adam Pearce, TJ Perkins etc. Anytime you speak of the NWA you speak of the most prestigious pro wrestling organization in the world. It has been an honor reporting on such NWA classics such as Ric Flair, CAC’s own Ricky Steamboat and the Road Warriors. Well, at least Ricky may show up.”
Strat: BJ Darden, What was your biggest thrill in Vegas. this week?
“Winning the NWA Heritage Championship. That title has been held by some great guys such as Adam Pearce, TJ Perkins etc. Anytime you speak of the NWA you speak of the most prestigious pro wrestling organization in the world. It has been an honor reporting on such NWA classics such as Ric Flair, CAC’s own Ricky Steamboat and the Road Warriors. Well, at least Ricky may show up.”
Photos by Paul Stratoti