Category: pro wrestling

GLOW, c. 1987. 

Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat.

Hope everyone enjoys Wrestlemania safely at home. 

Kerry von Erich joining forces with Michael Hayes of the Fabulous Freebirds was most unexpected. As presented to the public, Kerry was the wholesome all-American hero and athlete, about God, training, and Texas…whereas Michael Hayes was a whiskey drinking, Camaro-driving Georgia loudmouth. 

Although, all theatricality aside, Kerry von Erich was a more complex person than he was presented to the public, and when the camera stopped rolling, probably would have joined Hayes in a shot of Southern Comfort. Hayes was likewise more complex than his dirtbag, jean-jacket wearing, Lynyrd Skynyrd loving public persona: he was a gifted musician, and later on, assumed creative and organizational roles behind the scenes at wrestling promotions.

Giant Machine, 1987. 

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The Lex Express, 1993.

President Jimmy Carter, a Georgian, loved pro wrestling, here, with his favorite wrestler, Mr. Wrestling II. 

Jimmy Carter invited Mr. Wrestling II to his inauguration, but Mr. Wrestling II had to turn it down, as the secret service required he not wear his mask. 

Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

WWF wrestler Coyote McCloud with Wrestlemania II’s special celebrity timekeeper, Clara Peller (aka the “Where’s the Beef?” lady)

Arnold with Kerry von Erich.