George, Vern Ganja, AWA discussed on 24 Hour News
Golden age rustling conversion gone, you to the road warriors. And we're speaking with the author of this book, George, George, where's the book available? First of all where can we get it? Society. I'm sorry. What was that Minnesota historical society press its history center in Saint Paul? They can be purchased at the history center in Saint Paul or through him, h f press dot ORG. And it can be purchased at any local bookstore. Barnes and noble, all the bookstores and at Amazon dot com. All right. And we'll we'll get that information later. So people can write it all down because I got a feeling this is going to be a hot commodity. I think you're onto. Hot hot-seller here to tell you the truth, George. Let's talk about gorgeous, George was a just me or did everybody wants to see him get beat. And if fast the case was he just to pretty what was it? Well, that was the whole idea L to have everyone pile into the local arenas, and hopefully get beat and gorgeous, George as I said was a fairly accomplished wrestler. But he really didn't have anything colorful about him. He just was run of the mill. So with that change that he created and he called himself, the toast of the coast, the human Archerd orchid, and he would really go into the ring and throw what he called George pins, and they were gold Bobby pin that he would throw out to the lady. And then he would tell the ladies, you know, you're sitting next to that big fat ugly man next to you. You'd like to have a real guy stuff like that. And the guy the women, you know, who knows they may have loved him. I don't know. But back in. In the days when we had twenty five thirty thirty five individual territories of wrestling around the United States, gorgeous, George was just one of probably three thousand wrestlers that could go around and go to different town every night put on the show. And if he did get beat he came back next time, and and one, but you know, the idea was what the heat that he could draw that you could you could get enough heat. So that if you've got beat it didn't matter. We had a caller that wanted to know if you're aware of mad dog for Sean and the airplane trip. There was an incident back in the late eighties or the early eighties. The Awa the American wrestling alliance had an airplane that they fly their wrestlers around in little be known to the fans, sometimes the good guys and the bad guys were on the same plane, but in this particular incident mad dog Sean had a couple of drinks, and he decided to open the door to the airplane as it was up in the air, and he tossed out all of his wrestling gear. So it ended up in some farm field somewhere, and he proclaimed that it was a beautiful night as he opened the door. And of course, they got him under control and luckily, nothing bad happened. But that is a true story. You're going to say he was going to Peter Pan out the door. Well, I hope he wasn't going to mad dog was a unique character I mentioned earlier that he was an amateur wrestler and MAURICE, but Sean he represented the are the Canada in the nineteen forty eight Olympics, and one of the things that made him unique was that he was a great amateur wrestler. But he was rather boring. Yeah. You didn't really do much as a good guy. So one time he was in the ring any started scratching and biting his opponent and kicking and the promoter, Don Owen in Portland, Oregon. He said Marissa's in the ring, and he's acting like a mad dog in there, and that mash dog Masan name came about and from there on he was pretty much a bad guy for the rest of his career. And what made him unique was that? Both he and Vern ganja had been familiar with each other from the Olympics and so- Vern brought him into Minnesota and the Awa territory as his adversary. Because you got burn ganja as I said in the book the all American mom's apple pie. Good good guy. And then you've got mad dog Marie for Sean. You know, clawed and bitten stomped and growled and spit, and and he's against Vern ganja, and they battled each other many many times in some real classics yard Shire is our guest the book is Minnesota's golden age of wrestling from Vern ganja to the road warriors. And let's go to the phones, George, Dave and maple grove. You're on with day, George. Yeah. You're mentioning about people going to people's house to watch TV reminded me of in the early fifties. When I was a kid we used to go downtown to the Sears store because they had a TV in the window in a speaker, and there'd be three D people. Maybe maybe if any sturdy people standing out there watching the wrestling. Outside. That's that's very true. Dave, and I do mention that in the book that again because not everyone owned a television set in those days, many department stores around the country would actually put the television sets in their windows. Like, you say and people actually did go downtown. And and look at the look at television wrestling, and it was a it was exciting. I was there a bound headed mule kick. There was farmer Don, Marlin, and he used what he called the mule kick, and and farmer. Marlin was a good guy. He would come into the ring wearing a pair of overalls with a just a rope. Todd pulling them up any committee foot, and sometimes even bring a pig with him to ringside because he was representing the farmers. So it was that was his gimmick. Thank you. Thank you. Dave. We appreciate the call. Good one. Let's go to Bill in Minneapolis Bill. You're on with George Shire. George great, great, topics. And I thank you for being on a couple of questions. How do the Awa go about picking Marty O'Neill, and Roger can't Donna ring site and couple of questions on a couple of Russia's? I like red besting and his taking partner Hercules Cortez. Why think passed away at an early age? I'll hang up and listen. Okay. Well, thanks Bill. Thank you Bill. Mario o'neill. He was the television announcer in Minneapolis Saint Paul area for about the early fifties on and if anybody in Saint Paul remembered, Marty O'Neill, they know you would know that he was a pretty much a good athlete in his own, right. He loved to play baseball eve played football any. He was just a great great guy. And I had a chance to get to know Marty later on in the sixties, but he was a very calm, and collected type guy very very much, the straight man for the big bullies. That would come out on the television interviews, and in those days L, the wrestlers only had about two to three minutes to come out and promote their upcoming match at a local arena or auditory wherever it might be. Yep. So Marty would you know, bring them out introduce them. And then the wrestler a bad guy. They would scream and yell at him, and maybe even installed Marty. And they were a good guy. They. You know, just went along and sold their match. But that's all they had about two minutes. And then you know, they got the fans to run as mardi used always say fans run don't walk to get your tickets. You know? And and sometimes I was even better than the matches. It really was we're going to take a break. We're speaking with George Shire. 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