Most of the guys here at nappyafro.com are big time wrestling fans. We were sitting around wondering where some of our favorite wrestlers are. Well tragedy fell upon the wrestling world, when Chris Benoit was found dead in his home along with his wife and seven year old kid. News sources are leaning to a murder/suicide. WWE officials called out to the police when Benoit didn’t show up to a PPV event on Sunday. That is when they found the bodies. Rest in peace Benoit. Our condolences go out to the families affected. On a lighter note, here are some wrestlers that I used to love.
BAD NEWS BROWN
This guy was from the mean streets of Harlem. Did you know he was actually an Olympic gold medalist in Judo? (1976 Montreal) His finishing move was the “Ghetto Blaster”, he had a famous feud with Jake “the Snake” Roberts, and was supposed to be the first Black heavyweight champion. Vince McMahon didn’t hold up to his deal, so Bad News left. While doing research for this, I found that he died on March 6, 2007.
This guy was from Parts Unknown. I used to love the Warrior, but after watching a DVD about him (The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior) I found out that he was an asshole. No one had anything good to say about him. This guy had no love for the sport or the history. The guy couldn’t wrestle (remember he would run in and run out) and all his opponents hated wrestling him, because it made them look bad. But Vince kept giving him chance after chance until he ended up in WCW where his career ended. I hear he’s speaking on college campuses now. Did you know he legally changed his name to Warrior?
The son of a plumber, the American Dream, and Big Dus were just some of the names he used to go by. But everybody loved the overweight Texan. He might not have been the best in the ring, but his theatrics were second to none. How many interviews did Dusty do that got you hype? If his feuds with the Four Horsemen or Harley Race didn’t excite you, then maybe some of his matches with Abdullah the Butcher would have grossed you out. But the “Bionic Elbow” got the crowd more into it than any other move. Remember the Bunkhouse Stampedes? Old Dusty would come out in his jeans and cowboy boots, with a cowbell and a noose! Oh let’s not forget Sapphire, his manager back in WWE (she left him for the Million Dollar Man.) Those were the days.
ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER
This was one of the strangest characters of all-time. His matches always ended with somebody being bloodied. His trademark weapon was a fork that he kept hidden in his pants. He had some infamous matches with Bruiser Brody and Terry Funk, the latter was one of the Top 3 feuds of all-time. The ripples in his head were another story all together. He used to cut his own head just for theatrics. Now you can find him in Atlanta at one of his BBQ restaurants titled Abdullah the Butcher House of Ribs. But the Madman from Sudan had a match with Cactus Jack that ended with him getting electrocuted! Now if that’s not entertaining, what is?