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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"PWI 500" Errors: The Resolution

After much back and forth with staff members and contributors, we have decided that the best course of action for dealing with the errors in the "PWI 500" is to take the unprecedented step of reissuing the rankings. These changes will not be reflected in either the digital or print editions of the magazine, as the mistakes were detected too late.

The revised "PWI 500"will supersede the published version and be viewed as "official."

The original "500" contained several regrettable mistakes. There was an instance where a wrestler's bio was inadvertently left off a page, two instances in which the same wrestler appeared twice on the list, and one in which an elite star was omitted entirely.

On the original list, Bray Wyatt was listed at both 167 and 244. Silver Kain was listed at 182 and again at 283 as Silver King. Cody Deaner's 207 never made it to the published page. And, after a superb year, Hiroshi Tanahashi was left off the list entirely.

In the case of Wyatt, his second listing in the "500" was intended for Yoshihiro Tajiri, so that's an easy fix. In the case of Silver Kain, we did not have a wrestler selected for the second spot, so to scratch number 283 off the list means we'd have only 499 wrestlers in the ranking.

That opens a spot for the deserving Tanahashi. Since it was our intention all along to rank him in the number-11 position, that is precisely what we are going to do. Frankly, it was never our intention to rank Hiroyoshi Tenzan in that number-11 spot, but that's where he ended up in the published editions. He was supposed to be number 81.

So here's the bottom line. Tanahashi is now the official number 11. Tenzan is number 81. With the exception of Tanahashi at 11, numbers 1-80 remain intact. All those wrestlers ranked from 82-282 will be dropped one slot. Numbers 284-500 remain intact.

Why are we doing this? Several reasons. 1) We want to be accurate. There will always be debate as to where wrestlers rank on a list such as this, which is expected and welcomed. If someone is to be left off the list, we want it to be for the right reasons--certainly not because of our screw-up. You can review Tanahashi's credential in the previous blog post. He deserves his number-11 ranking (and, we can guess, higher in the eyes of many). 2) The historical significance of the "PWI 500." The list isn't just printed in one issue of PWI and forgotten. The "PWI 500" is re-run in our Almanac, referenced on Wikipedia, and the previous year's ranking is listed when a new list is compiled. We have an obligation to posterity to do what is necessary to make this right. 3) The wrestlers shouldn't be shortchanged. Being listed in the "500" is not going to make or break the career of an established star like Tanahashi, but, as CM Punk told us this year, "I see this as being honored by my peers, which is what it's all about for me ... To be spotlighted by your magazine like this is a true honor."

We are, of course, sorry that our own negligence made these steps necessary. We apologize to our readers who purchased the magazine and will not have a list that is 100 percent accurate. We also apologize to the wrestlers who will lose one slot on the official "500" listing. And, finally, we promise to come up with safeguards to prevent this from happening again.

Stu Saks
Publisher











 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"PWI 500" Errors

Perhaps the only thing that matches the anticipation we here at PWI feel each year leading up to the release of our annual "PWI 500" list is our dread of the errors that come with it.

Considering the size of the task at hand, some mistakes are inevitable. Sometimes they are hardly noticeable, and sometimes they are doozies. This year we had a little bit of both, and in every case, we feel terrible. 
We sincerely apologize, both to our readers and, in particular, to the hard-working wrestlers who were inadvertently omitted from this year's "PWI 500." We promise to be more careful next year to ensure similar mistakes don't happen again.

Let's go over the errors:

• In the "doozy" category, we failed to include reigning IWGP champion Hiroshi Tanahashi, who had a dominant year in New Japan.This was obviously a huge oversight on our part--made worse by the fact that he was mentioned in so many other Japanese wrestlers' profiles. Certainly, an argument could be made that Tanahashi, who shattered all kinds of records between 2011 and 2012, should have been ranked above them all. We can tell you this much: At one point, Tanahashi was ranked very high on our list. But somewhere in the process of shuffling wrestlers around before finalizing the list, we omitted him altogether and did not notice until it was too late. We're embarrassed by the mistake and sincerely apologize to Tanahashi, and to our readers.

• Bray Wyatt is ranked twice, at numbers 167 and 244. The error stemmed from the fact that, at one point, we had him under two different names, Bray Wyatt and Husky Harris. And so a scan of the list in search of repeats did not catch the duplication. And because different writers wrote the two profiles, neither realized the mistake. Later, we changed Harris to is current wrestling character, Wyatt, but did not catch the fact that we was still listed twice. Again, we apologize for the error. For the record, Wyatt should officially be ranked at number 167. Number 244 belongs to Yoshihiro Tajiri.

• We made a similar mistake with Silver King, who is also ranked twice. He’s at 182 as Silver Kain, the name he occasionally uses when wrestling under a mask, and at 283 as Silver King. Again, because the names are different, we didn’t immediately notice the error. Officially, he’s number 182.

• Because of a layout error, there is no entry under number 204. The spot should have gone to Cody Deaner. 

We will convene a staff meeting over the next few weeks to see how to handle subsequent publications of the 2012 "PWI 500."
In the meantime, below are the bios of the omitted wrestlers.

HIROSHI TANAHASHI (5’11”, 230, 19, 22) Dominant New Japan superstar shattered multiple records over the past year, during which he wore the prestigious IWGP heavyweight championship for the fifth and sixth time . . . His fifth run with the title began in January of last year and lasted 404 days, the second longest in NJPW history, behind only Shinya Hashimoto’s 1996-97 reign . . . He tied Tatsumi Fujimami’s record for most IWGP title reigns and bested Yuji Nagata’s record for most title defenses during a reign at 11 . . . Those included wins against Giant Bernard, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tetsuya Naito, Toru Yano, and Nagata .. . Lost the title to Kazuchika Okada in February, but won it back near the end of the evaluation period in June . . . Also saw some success tag teaming with Hirooki Goto in The Billion Powers . . . Somewhat undersized for a heavyweight , but makes up for it with a dizzying array of innovative moves, including his Bridging Dragon Suplex.

CODY DEANER (6’, 220, 12, 267) Wrestling redneck competes in the Ontario independent circuit, including for TWA Powerhouse, ProWrestling Xtreme, and Great Canadian Wrestling . . . Teamed with Derek Wylde to capture the TWA tag team championship at Summerbash 2011 . . . Previously worked in TNA.

TAJIRI (5’8”, 210, 18, 183) Former WWE and ECW sensation remains active in Japan, both as a wrestler and a promoter . . . Was a driving force behind the SMASH promotion before it folded this year . . . In April, the “Japanese Buzzsaw” founded a new company, Wrestling New Classic. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Joey Kovar And What Could Have Been

Joey Kovar passed away late last week. While most media outlets and gossip sites have extensively discussed his appearances on “reality” shows like The Real World and Celebrity Rehab, a lot of folks may be a surprised to learn that Joey was an aspiring professional wrestler who had, at one point in his life, pursued a career in the business. After Kovar's stints on reality shows, his reputation for partying hard and crashing even harder was known to many. Despite that, there were a a few folks in the wrestling world who were willing to take a chance on him.

I remember seeing Kovar backstage when he showed up for a guest appearance at last year’s POWW’s WrestleRage IX show in Elk Grove, Illinois. I didn’t know a lot about Joey’s work in reality television, but I remember how he was warmly greeted by everyone in the POWW lockerroom and the Chicago-area crowd that night. Early in the evening, I stood just a few feet away from Joey as he talked with one of the other guys backstage about his struggles with addiction and how he really felt like he had gotten his priorities straight in life, both for his own sake and for that of his growing family. Joey seemed to really appreciate the benefits of sobriety as well as the support of family and friends, including the men and women of POWW.

I learned of Joey’s passing late last Friday after I saw a status update posted by POWW owner Jim Blaze. Jim fondly recalled Joey’s charisma and potential as an in-ring performer and indicated that he had firmly believed that Kovar might have had a shot at the big leagues had he stuck with pro wrestling. I talked with Blaze by phone over the weekend and he shared some personal insight on Joey’s aspirations and the challenges he faced in recent years.

Blaze explained that he came to know Kovar through a mutual acquaintance, Dave Williams of Windy City Wrestling. At Williams' suggestion, Blaze invited Kovar to train at POWW’s wrestling school in Lakemoor, Illinois.  “I knew about his problems with drugs and all that from seeing him on television, but I gave him a shot. We bonded instantly,” Blaze recalled. “We both were picked on in school because we loved wrestling, and Joey’s dream -- like mine --  was to be a pro wrestler.” For several months, Kovar trained at the POWW facility and showed some promise. “His goal was to be in TNA, and I honestly thought I could make it there.”

About four months into the POWW program, Kovar expressed a desire to move a little closer to home. He picked up some more training at a facility near Joliet, Illinois, but, according to Blaze, Joey fell back into old habits and ended up back in rehab shortly thereafter. “He called me when he got out,” Blaze said. “Everybody knew what had happened. He said he wanted to give it another shot and he came to a few shows. After a while, I asked if he wanted to do some commentary at a show and he was really excited.” Their discussion led to Kovar’s appearance at WrestleRage IX in which he walked to the ring, picked up a microphone, and told the audience about the hard times he’d endured and his desire to finally make an positive impact in the wrestling business. The same night, Kovar had a brief dust-up with TNA’s Robbie E in which he foiled Robbie’s vicious in-ring attack on Blaze. The crowd loved it and it seemed like Joey finally had a home in the squared circle. "I knew he was clean at WrestleRage," Blaze said with a smile. "He had the right people around him and I guess I felt like it was time to give him his dream."

However, Blaze lost touch with Kovar again after last year’s show. “He’d send me texts once in a while, checking in and sharing inspirational messages," Blaze said. "He was very spiritual and shared a lot of motivational ideas with people. That’s what he did best and that’s what a lot of us will remember him for.”

Blaze addressed Kovar’s passing in a talk with the POWW lockerroom shortly before their show on Saturday night. “A lot of jaws dropped when I told them the news because quite a few of them didn’t know Joey had died," he said. "I reminded them that we all have our demons and that it’s a matter of everybody sticking together, helping each other through things, and overcoming those demons.”

In my life outside of wrestling-themed pursuits, I’ve spent the better part of two decades working closely with scores upon scores of people in various stages of the addiction cycle. It’s a difficult and often tragic situation. It’s often exhausting and discouraging because while there are plenty of touching tales of success and redemption, there are many, many more stories that end in tragedy, with a promising life cut short as friends and family are left to grieve and wonder what could have been. By all accounts, Joey Kovar was the victim of his own excesses and his death was extremely unfortunate. During his lifetime, though, he enjoyed the support of fans and admirers and he was fortunate enough to get a shot at living his dream when he trained with wrestlers of POWW Entertainment. Jim Blaze deserves recognition for being one of the people who still believes in giving individuals a second chance despite their emotional baggage and personal struggles. Sometimes, given the right circumstances and a little luck, that kind of gesture makes all of the difference in the life of a troubled person.

Mike Bessler
Contributing Writer
@OfficialPWI Contributor

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ain't No Cure For The SummerSlam Blues


Heading into this Sunday’s SummerSlam, here are a few things that are floating around my mind:

• It’s both astounding and maddening that WWE still does not understand the concept of an anniversary. Contrary to WWE’s hype, this is not the 25th anniversary of SummerSlam. It’s the 25th edition of SummerSlam. There’s a huge difference (365 days to be exact.) WWE’s been making this same mistake since it promoted 2009’s WrestleMania as the 25th Anniversary of the event, when it was not. I’m sure by now WWE has heard several people correct them, and have just decided to dismiss them as nitpickers. But this is no technicality. It’s basic mathematics, and WWE looks downright idiotic when it can’t get such a simple concept right. I was married on November 1, 2003. And so, the first anniversary of my wedding was November 1, 2004—one year later. It wasn’t on the same day that I was married. SummerSlam, having been created in 1988, doesn’t turn 25 years old until next year, in its 26th installment. I get that the number 25 carries some gravitas. And so why not just call this SummerSlam 25? Or the 25th Edition of SummerSlam? They’d get double the bang for their buck that way, because they’d still be able to pull out the big 25 number next year when it actually would be the show’s silver anniversary.

• I have mixed feelings about WWE making Los Angeles’ Staples Center the official home of SummerSlam each year. On one hand, I think it’s a cool hook, and ensures the event will be held in a major market each year. On the other hand, it means I may never see another SummerSlam in person again, seeing as how I live on the other side of the U.S. I’ve attended six SummerSlams: 1991 in Madison Square Garden, 1997 at the Meadowlands, 1998 in MSG again, 2002 in Nassau Coliseum, 2005 in Washington, D.C., and 2007 in the IZOD Center. The 1991 edition was the first WWE pay-per-view I attended in person. I had the most fun in 2002, which featured Shawn Michaels’ inspirational comeback match against Triple-H after a four-year hiatus and Brock Lesnar defeating The Rock for the WWE championship. I drove from Long Island to D.C. and back in the same day to watch Hulk Hogan vs. Shawn Michaels in 2005. I got home around 4 a.m. and called in sick to work the next day.

• SummerSlam 2002 may have been the most loaded, top-to-bottom, in the show’s history. But my personal favorite is still SummerSlam 1990. The event was well-built over a number of months and featured the culmination of several grudges, ranging from Power & Glory vs. The Rockers to Bad News Brown vs. Jake Roberts to Dusty Rhodes vs. Randy Savage, to the blockbuster double main event. Nearly every match on the show had a solid storyline behind it. There were two title changes, including the Hart Foundation beating Demolition in a red-hot two-out-of-three falls match. Hulk Hogan made his big return after being sidelined for months by Earthquake. And The Ultimate Warrior, riding a wave of popularity, had his only successful pay-per-view World title defense, against Rick Rude in a steel cage match that was a lot better than you’d expect.

• It used to be that SummerSlam felt nearly as important as WrestleMania, but that sure isn’t the case anymore. Through 1994, SummerSlam was one of only four or five pay-per-views a year, and as such was built up for months and months. After WWE expanded to monthly PPVs in 1995, it felt less special. When the off-month In Your House shows expanded from two hours to three, it felt even less special. When WWE did away with brand-specific PPVs and combined the rosters for each monthly show in 2007, it felt even less special. And now, with the brand-split all but gone, and with Raw being three hours each week, it’s harder than ever for SummerSlam to stand out from the pack.

• Of course, the other reason SummerSlam has traditionally been a more important pay-per-view than most is because it features some of the biggest matches of the year. Triple-H vs. Brock Lesnar would certainly seem to fit the bill, but the rest of the card might as well take place at No Way Out. We’ve seen just about every variation of a match involving John Cena, CM Punk, and The Big Show. Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus (if it’s still happening) is a fine Smackdown main event, but nothing more. And the rest of the card seems thrown together with spare parts. Aside from Triple-H vs. Lesnar, it’s as uninspired a SummerSlam card as I can remember.

• As far as predictions, I have to pick Brock Lesnar to beat Triple-H, although it’s far from a given. Fans rightfully expected for Lesnar to be portrayed as unstoppable following his return to WWE in April. But he’s been anything but—losing to John Cena in his first match back and being beaten up and sent running back to the lockerroom by Triple-H a few weeks back on
Raw. It’s imperative that Lesnar get a win here so he can look strong headed toward what many expect is a showdown with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29. I expect CM Punk to retain his title in the three-way match. I also expect him to make some big news along the way. Regardless of who Sheamus ends up defending his World title against, I could see Dolph Ziggler cashing in his briefcase and winning the title before the night is through. For the rest of the show I pick: Bryan, Miz, Primetime Players, Cesaro.

• Since WWE isn’t doing a whole lot to make SummerSlam feel special, I’ve taken matters into my own hands. My friends and I will be watching SummerSlam in my front yard, drive-in movie style, as projected onto a giant bed sheet. If nothing else, it’ll help make the night memorable.

Al Castle
PWI Senior Writer


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Olympic Pro Wrestling?

At some point during every Summer Olympics season, my friends and I wonder aloud, “Hey, wouldn’t it be funny if pro wrestling was an Olympic sport?” We amuse ourselves with the notion of a run-in during a medal ceremony, or an entire panel of judges somehow missing a pull of the tights. There’s no question, the idea of pro wrestling being allowed in the Olympics is absurd.

Or is it? After watching much of the Games this past summer, I couldn’t help but question why some of the sports included are any more legitimate than pro wrestling. With all due respect, can anyone tell me with a straight face that ping pong, handball, or rhythmic gymnastics—which involves throwing a hula hoop in the air, dancing around, then catching it—requires more athletic ability than a 30-minute wrestling match?

Let me state the obvious, under the definition of an athletic contest in which participants compete for victory, pro wrestling may not be considered a sport. But, as athletic exhibitions that can be judged on various criteria, pro wrestling matches are not much different that platform dives or gymnastic events.

What’s more, pro wrestling has tremendous international appeal. The United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada and Great Britain all have rich pro wrestling histories that go back several decades. Other countries, including South Africa, Germany, Spain, Turkey, and India also host various wrestling promotions, some of which are nationally televised.

According to the Olympics website, for a sport to be included in the Olympics, it has to be “widely practiced around the world.” Certainly, pro wrestling fits that bill.

So here’s how I think it could work:

• Olympic pro wrestling would be divided into two events: singles and tag team.

• Countries would send “teams” of singles wrestler and tag teams to the Olympics. They’d have to first pass whatever qualifying events to make it to the Olympics. Those would be scored using the same criteria as for the Olympics.

• At the Olympics, a panel of judges representing different countries, and consisting of former pro wrestlers, promoters, and writers would observe matches and assign scores.

• Point values would be assigned based on a criteria that took into account the various elements of a good wrestling match, including athleticism, execution, flow, dramatic content, and the finish. In other words: How exciting were the moves? How well did they connect? How much did it feel like a real fight? How well did the match captivate viewers and take them for an emotional rollercoaster ride? And how satisfying was the finish? Tag team matches would have added criteria to reflect the differences in styles.

• Teams would compete tournament style to advance to the finals. Qualifying matches would be given time limits of 10 minutes, while finals would be given 30 minutes.

To be clear, participants would only wrestle in matches against those from their own country. In that sense, the actual outcome of the match is less relevant than the overall quality of the match (although who is chosen to win could affect how good the match is, and therefore, how many points it receives.)

To say the least, it would be an imperfect system—in large part because it would be impossible to replicate in that setting one of the key factors that determines whether a match is good or not: the storyline and build-up behind it. Wrestlers would be limited to the time they have in the ring to tell an interesting story.

It would be fascinating to see a competitive showcase of different wrestling styles from around the globe, ranging from the high-flying Mexican lucha libre style to the hard-hitting Japanese style. As well, it would be interesting to follow which wrestlers are sent by each country to represent them in the Olympics, and whether some wrestlers who made careers in the U.S. might choose to compete for other countries (Chris Jericho for Canada? Primo for Puerto Rico?)

And, like we’ve seen in the past with men’s basketball, the perfect Olympic team may be about more than just star power and individual success. The right pro wrestling team would require good chemistry among all of its contestants, so they can be mixed and matched and consistently put on good performances. They’d have to be technically sound, but not high-spot artists. And, most important, they’d have to be good storytellers in the ring.

My U.S. pro wrestling Olympic dream team might include Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Davey Richards, Austin Aries, AJ Styles, and, of course, Kurt Angle.

Who would you choose?


Al Castle
Senior Writer

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tensai vs. The Law Of Diminishing Returns

Lots of things seem great on paper: Cold fusion. Water-powered automobiles. A Metallica collaboration with legendary Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed. And then there’s Lord Tensai; I know it’s just “Tensai” now, but that’s just indicative of the whole problem with where he is in WWE at present. The original idea for bringing Albert/A-Train back, repackaged as a tatted-up monster villain-type guy who forged his wrestling prowess in the fires of the legendary foundry of Japan’s ultra-violent, über-tough wrestling world seemed like the proverbial “can’t miss” … Well, it must’ve seemed like that to somebody, anyway. Something like this did work quite well when WWE turned Eddie Fatu into the rather convincing main-eventer Umaga. But the same formula just doesn’t work for Tensai.

Some of the problem might be easily traced back to Tensai’s debut. As Giant Bernard, Tensai had indeed spent a lengthy and relatively successful stretch of his career in Japan after leaving WWE in 2004. WWE not only touted this but blew it way the hell up, creating a new, caricature-like persona whose achievements in the Land of the Rising Sun were now Tensai’s only claim to fame and relevance in the WWE Universe.

A major problem with this particular approach is that wrestling in Japan isn’t what it used to be. Sure, there are puroesu die-hards who can effortlessly wade through the alphabet soup of Japanese wrestling organizations and tell you how many titles Takashi Sugiura has held since 2000 and what year Akitoshi Saito debuted in Pioneer Senshi (I think it was 1990, for the record). And hey, a lot of those guys were probably tickled pink to eventually learn that Giant Bernard was headed back to action in the States. But by and large, a lot of wrestling fans just don’t know or care about Japan’s wrestling heritage or prominence the way they used to. Call it a diminishing return on WWE’s wager that a seasoned superstar of the once-burgeoning Japanese scene would capture and hold the interest of gazillions of relatively finicky fans.

Major American talent rosters are relatively short on Japan-seasoned talent these days, despite the exceptional depth chart of Japanese wrestlers who performed in the WWF, WCW, and ECW in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000’s. By comparison, American wrestling organizations and their fans are quick to recognize and embrace the significance of the Mexican scene more than ever. I asked my friend Ben “Santo Loco” Fiallos, a longtime lucha libre enthusiast and video blogger, why the Mexican scene flourishes while Japanese wrestling seems to have lost a considerable amount of luster – both with regard to American fans and with their respective home countries. Ben shares this observation: “Japan has a lot going on with popular culture. Mexico is very different. I think that the people of Mexico are still looking for heroes in some way, especially now with the crime, drugs, and poverty they endure.  People need a special place to escape from the reality and see their heroes in the ring. Lots of Mexican kids don’t have video games and all that, but they have the luchadors to help them escape.” 

True enough, when WWE tours Mexico, even Alberto Del Rio gets a thundering hero’s ovation from his countrymen. Whether it’s sociocultural issues, economics, or regional political tensions, the climate has changed quite a bit with regard to the wrestling business in Japan and, quite simply, it could be that Mexican wrestling has picked up where Japan left off some years ago.

In America, wrestling stars with roots in Mexico are some of most visible figures in the business right now, from WWE’s Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio, and the  Guerrero family to TNA’s recent Mexican America stable. To his credit, Tensai is arguably the most prominent alumnus of the Japanese scene working in the U.S. today. Smackdown’s Yoshi Tatsu also spent the early years of his career in Japan wrestling for NJPW, and while he’s fortunate enough to be in the “big leagues” at present, recent reports suggest he is rather dissatisfied with his current status in the business.

In the five months or so since Tensai’s debut, his stock has fallen steadily, starting at the top of the card and sliding all the way down to last week’s mid-card loss to Tyson Kidd. Despite WWE’s minor tweaks to Tensai’s on-screen character (including a nod to the fact that he is, in fact, the celebrated Albert of days past), it hasn't gained much credibility with fans. It’s academic to try and predict how or when WWE will attempt another retroactive overhaul of Tensai’s biography, but it’s sure starting to seem like fans wouldn’t mind if "Tensai" were to depart, just as long as "Albert" sticks around…and finally shows the fans the guy they really want to see.

Mike Bessler
PWI Contributing Writer
@OfficialPWI Contributor


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Kamala Needs Your Help

Several months back, Jim “Kamala” Harris lost his legs to diabetes. In addition to ending his wrestling career, the amputations forced him to give up his job of driving a truck, which was his primary source of income.

Several organizations and individuals have launched campaigns to help raise funds for Kamala, to assist with his medical bills and help cover the cost of a prosthetic that might allow him to resume his job as a driver. However, Kamala has said that he has not received any of the money collected by these individuals and organizations.

One of the organizations coming under fire is Wrestlers Rescue. As of this writing, that organization’s website has been suspended. An e-mail sent to its founder, Dawn Marie Psaltis, has not been returned.


I don’t want to speculate on whether Wrestlers Rescue, or any other organization, is being disingenuous – at least, not without hearing both sides of the story. What I DO want to do is encourage PWI readers to make a donation to help. Kamala is receiving direct donations via PayPal at JKimala@aol.com.


I was fortunate enough to work with Kamala a few times; I actually got into the safari suit and mask and played Kimchee for a half-dozen shows in New York, New Jersey, and Ontario. I spent hours sitting backstage with the big man or traveling with him. We talked about wrestling, our wives, our families. He told me plenty of stories of unscrupulous promoters, racism, and rip-offs. Now, according to him, he’s being ripped off again by people fraudulently collecting money in his name.

Kamala is a sweet, soft-spoken, gentle giant. He didn’t make millions in wrestling; far from it. And now he can use our help.


I made my donation today. I encourage you to do the same.


Dan Murphy
Senior Writer