Friday, October 31, 2008

Human Comic Book Characters and Managers

Cliff Note: This is the third post in a series I originally wrote in late January-early February, 2008. My original intent in writing this was for a walk down memory lane, first watching wrestling on Saturday night with my brother and years later watching on Saturday morning first with my oldest daughter then my son. At those times it was nowhere near the product that is put out nowadays, which is more geared towards adult audiences. What follows is from the original post. Once again I will be providing links to Wikipedia.
In my pre teenage years, I discovered how much I enjoyed getting lost in a good comic book. I was a big DC comics fan, first Batman, then Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, and so on. I was also aware of another comic book company, Marvel. They had Spider-man, Fantastic Four, Captain America, and the incredible Hulk, among others in their stable.

In a way, pro wrestling was that way in the late eighties. WWF was D.C. and NWA/WCW was Marvel. I mainly watched WWF for awhile.

About 1987 I started watching "Superstars of Wrestling" with my oldest daughter. WIXYjr was less than 2 years old at the time. In the next couple of years he started watching it with me, as he was starting to root for "Ho Hogan" and the "Ootil Warrior".

The WWF superstars were good and evil, faces and heels. The one thing that wrestling had impressed upon the audiences was that sometimes cheaters do prosper(which is also true in life).

The faces at the time included, Hogan(of course), Ultimate Warrior, Brutus"the Barber" Beefcake, and Tito Santana.

The heels in most cases had managers. These managers in most cases were "mouthpieces" for the wrestlers, and in some cases spoke for those who didn't have adequate mic skills.The managers were Bobby"the brain" Heenan, Jimmy"the mouth of the south"Hart, Mr. Fuji, and "the doctor of style" Slick.

Bobby Heenan was one of the greatest heel managers of all time. His group was called the "Heenan Family" and included the likes of Rick Rude, Andre the Giant, the Islanders-Haku and Tama, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, Hurcules Hernandez, "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig, King Kong Bundy, and Harley Race. Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon formed one of the best heel-face announcing teams in wrestling. Bobby Heenan said that the two worked so well because they were real good friends.

"The Mouth of The South", Jimmy Hart
was from the Memphis area, and part of the sixties singing group, the Gentrys. In his charge was Brett "the Hitman" Hart(no relation) Jim"the Anvil" Neidhart, referee turned heel wrestler "Dangerous" Danny Davis, Dino Bravo, Honky Tonk Man, Earthquake, The Rougeau Brothers and Nasty Boys, among others.

Slick, real name, Ken Johnson was "the doctor of style". He managed Big Bossman, One Man Gang(also known as Akeem), Rick Martel, Paul Roma, the Warlord, Butch Reed, and the Iron Shiek, as well as others.

Mr. Fuji, the devious one, managed the likes of Killer Kahn, Yokozuna, Demolition, the Powers of Pain, Kamala, and the Berserker.

Next week, I will be reviewing some interesting storylines.


coltfan said...

I love this series cliff reminds me of when I was a kid watching all those guys on tv, We go to the restling shows whenever they come into town , not as good as the older guys, more show but injuries do happen . sometime I'll post my wrestling pics so you can see em.

Michelle Dawn said...

I'm loving this series Cliff. It takes me back to when I was little and watched all these guys with my dad and watched him try to help them thru theTV. Great post :)

struke said...

Dangerous Danny Davis...there's a name I haven't seen in years. What a joke. Great stuff, Cliff.

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