CHRIS CANDIDO, BUDDY ROSE, BOB HOLLY’S BOOK…

I am looking forward to doing a camp and live event for the Southern Wrestling Alliance next Saturday, April 27 in Crestview, Fl.  I have a camp earlier that afternoon, then a tag match involving Hall of Famer “Bullet” Bob Armstrong that night at the Crestview Armory. Doors open @ 6:30.

April 28 will mark 8 years since my friend and partner Chris Candido passed away.    Chris loved professional wrestling and was a great person.  We all battled demons but Chris had his under control at the time of his death.  He was in a match with Sonny Siaki and broke his leg after taking a freak bump from a drop kick. The match happened over the weekend if I remember correctly.  He flew from Orlando home to New Jersey and I talked to him Tuesday before he went to see his doctor.

Thursday night I got the call from Tommy Dreamer that Chris had died.  I couldn’t believe it.  Apparently a blood clot formed and went to his heart.  It doesn’t seem like 8 years have passed.

Playboy Buddy Rose also passed away on the same day 4 years ago. I had the pleasure of getting to know Buddy Rose in Portland, Oregon   in 1984.  I had some great times with Buddy.  He made his mark in Portland and decided to call the Pacific Northwest home.  When I first arrived, Buddy and Curt Hennig were the first two to come up and let me know they would help me any way they could.  Both are gone but I’m grateful for the time I got to spend with them.  Never a dull moment!

Just finished reading Bob Holly’s book “The Hardcore Truth.”  I recommend this to any wrestling fan or student of the game.  Bob gives his brutally honest view of professional wrestling and WWE.  I’ve known Bob a long time and while we were never the closest of friends, Bob is one of those no nonsense people who will tell you how it is whether you like it or not!

Bob was always a class act to me.  He was rugged in the ring and could be mis-understood if you didn’t know him.  His story is interesting and if nothing else, a behind the scenes look from a man who did things his way and never compromised. He covers his time in WWE as well as what it took for him to get there.  Bob was trained early on by Rip Tyler and Bob Sweetan.  They introduced him to the wrestling business the hard way and never cut him any slack.  No two people break in or get their foot in the door the same way.  They might have the same trainers and coaches, but each adventure is different.

Bob isn’t shy about his feelings concerning some of the major players in WWE.  I appreciate the candor and honesty as well as the fact he seems happily retired and living life on his terms.  I couldn’t be happier for him and his family…

I read, watch and listen to a lot of different things.  I’m a news-talk junkie and enjoy a good debate; listening or participating.  You can debate anything and argue about everything.  People actually get paid big bucks to do that!

I was thinking about some of the interesting traveling partners I had over the years and how much fun wrestling was then.  Sure, it was a different time and era.  Sometimes we have a tendency to romanticize the “good old days”  but there is a lot to say about making a 200 mile trip in a car or van with some cool people and story tellers.  I’m sure  there’s still some good road trips taking place today.  There’s some entertaining Superstars I can just imagine debating whether a one way mission to Mars is virtuous or not…

Zeb Colter can have a discussion about anything!  And why let the truth get in the way of a good story?  Bobby Jaggers knew the value of an over-active imagination and was never at a loss for a good story or ten on a long road trip.

I have a feeling Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes enjoy intellectual conversation. Tensai and Brodus Clay probably have a blast going down the road. Ziggler, AJ and Big E in a moving vehicle for 4 hours straight???

I plan on reading Dutch Mantell’s two books cover to cover.  I’ve skipped around and read a few stories. From what I’ve read there are funny, interesting and insightful stories all the way through. It’s just like Dutch was right beside me telling his tales as we drove from Nashville to Memphis, then to Louisville and Evansville, back up to Jonesboro, Tupelo, winding back at Channel 5 for Saturday morning live TV…

In the meantime I’ll be traveling to Crestview and next week to Union, SC.  All information is under my Appearance tab.  It should be a great show and I’m looking forward to being back in that neck of the woods after almost 15 years.  I will have new tee shirts and my curriculum available too.  Hope to see everybody there!

Short post this week.  I’ll have more to expound on next time I’m sure!

Thanks for reading.

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