After watching a few episodes of World Of Sport, I found Big Daddy to be rubbish. What was the big deal about him? Was it a 70's/80s thing?
He was a big fat 50 odd year old, yet he never lost a match. All he really did was hit people with his belly, throw in a odd slam and a mat splash, and then sing "We Shall not be moved". You've got to laugh really haven't you.
Now I wasn't around then, but I DO know that pro-wrestling was VERY much a fad back then and a lot of the Sammartino/WWWF/NWA stuff would NOT have got over with the World of Sport audience. They saw THAT as legit pro-wrestling, and not the American stuff. It's just the way they were weined into wrestling, like if you were a beginning WWF fan around the Hulkamania era, you wouldn't think that Flair/Steamboat wasn't wrestling as it should be.
You're mighty lucky that leggo is here because I don't think you're going to find many other people who can share their opinions on large British wrestling folk heroes from days gone by. oldschoolhero, celebrate your birthday by discussing Shirley Crabtree.
I remember I had an old issue of PWI from 87 that has a news story in the back about how a guy he hit with the move ended up dying and how they were considering banning the move.
"If you want sumpin' a little stronger, homes, you gotta sip on some Mexican water. It's a little cloudy, and has an odd smell that makes you think it's not really for human consumption. But HOOOOOOOOOOOO-EEEEEEY! What a kick! Arriba~!"-LOP Board Member Uncle Eddy
I remember that SKY aired WOS as well back in those days. My dad totally loved Big Daddy.
He had charisma I guess so why not use it. The fans wanted him to do that sort of stuff, so why not make him the big man? And seriously..how good was Andre the Giant in 80s? Were his performances worth the adoration and push?
I recall hearing about the banning of the move as well
Oh man Big Daddy was like the Andre of Saturday afternoon British wrestling. I mean sure, he was less agile than Earthquake, but he had oodles of charisma (especially, sez my cousin, when you saw him liiiive) and that was really all that mattered to the dads and kids sitting at home watching. The matches were never really long enough for folks to get bored of a big fat useless guys anyways, so it made sense to have the most charismatic wrestlers as the big stars rather than the most athletic.
"Does anyone remember Giant Haystacks in WCW, as Loch Ness?"
Dude, don't even go there. Giant Haystacks was even better than Big Daddy!
Once upon a time in China, some believe, around the year one double-ought three, head priest of the White Lotus Clan, Pai Mei was walking down the road, contemplating whatever it is that a man of Pai Mei's infinite power contemplates - which is another way of saying "who knows" - when a Shaolin monk appeared, traveling in the opposite direction. As the monk and the priest crossed paths, Pai Mei, in a practically unfathomable display of generosity, gave the monk the slightest of nods. The nod was not returned. Now was it the intention of the Shaolin monk to insult Pai Mei or did he just fail to see the generous social gesture? The motives of the monk remain unknown. What is known, are the consequences. The next morning Pai Mei appeared at the Shaolin Temple and demanded of the Temple's head abbot that he offer Pai Mei his neck to repay the insult. The Abbot at first tried to console Pai Mei, only to find Pai Mei was inconsolable. So began the massacre of the Shaolin Temple and all 60 of the monks inside at the fists of the White Lotus. And so began the legend of Pai Mei's five point palm exploding heart technique.
Ah those were the days and yep the guy dying by Big Daddy was true, I love the repeats of WoS on that new Wrestling Channel thingy on Sky. Dickie Davis rule! But I always liked Kendo Nagasaki and of ocurse Mick McManus as well as Haystacks.
Big Daddy is now taken off by Big Show in the E.
I ran, I ran so far away 'cos I want you to want me and I was angry when I met you, you stupid girl
Dungeon of Doom (1996-1997) - The Master (Manager), Kevin Sullivan (Leader), Shark (Earthquake), Zodiac (Brutus Beefcake), Konnan, The Barbarian, Loch Ness, Meng, The Yeti, Vader, Hugh Morrus, The Leprechaun, Maxx Muscle, Jimmy Hart, Big Bubba Rogers, Kamala, One Man Gang and The Giant.
In the Eighties, as wrestling's popularity waned, Ruane invested, unsuccessfully, in the motor trade and ran, more successfully, a debt-collection agency. In 1995 he signed a deal to fight against American wrestling star Hulk Hogan - an attempt to make a name for himself Stateside, where he was to be billed as the 'Loch Ness Monster'. Soon afterwards he was diagnosed with cancer and the bout had to be called off. Ruane died of the disease in December 1998, aged 52. At the time he was writing a TV comedy about wrestling with former tag partner Tony 'Banger' Walsh.
I remember seeing Big Daddy wrestle towards the end of his career in Scarborough, I think it was around 89/90. When he pushed his fat belly into the heels, they sold it like they had been punched by Tyson and a "boing" sound effect played over the PA. He was never a solid worker IMO but he did draw well on local levels. I got to meet him after the show and got a signed photo which was pretty cool.
Seeing Mason Ryan (briefly) break out the Masterlock only reminds me that we'll have to suffer Ryan's greenness for the next few years, and he'll probably get cut for not getting over before he learns the craft (crowd was dead for the local boy's match)....