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Posted By: Little Hawk
02-Dec-07 - 10:43 PM
Thread Name: BS: Wrestling in the 50/60/early 70ties
Subject: RE: BS: Wrestling in the 50/60/early 70ties
There definitely was a Man Mountain Dean, Bill, but I never saw him. The guy I saw in action was Man Mountain Montana. "Montana", by the way, means "mountain" in Spanish, so he had a kind of redundant name.

The most bizarre thing that ever happened in wrestling, I'd say, was Andy Kaufman's wrestling career, during which he did everything possible to infuriate the wrestling audience, and succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. He wanted to be the greatest "bad guy" wrestler ever. So first he started by wrestling only women...and insulting them outrageously to boot...that got a lot of people mad. Then he morphed that into insulting the entire population of the Deep South. That got people so mad that his life was in danger. He had a lot of help (secretly) from his chief opponent, Jerry Lawler, the "King of Memphis Wrestling". Lawler and Kaufmann had planned the entire soap opera from start to finish (as always seems to be the case in professional wrestling) and they certainly succeeded in raising a lot of hell and selling a lot of tickets. What a hoot!

Here's the whole crazy story:

Andy Kaufman vs the world!