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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.87
From WO.com

--Former WWE and Japanese wrestler Corporal Mike Kirchner (aka Thomas Spear), who also wrestled under names like Leatherface and R.T. Reynolds, passed away on Sunday.

I'm assuming this is the dude that wrestled Nikolai Volkoff in the flag match at Wrestlemania 2, right?



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.28
    Originally posted by DirtyMikeSeaver
    From WO.com

    --Former WWE and Japanese wrestler Corporal Mike Kirchner (aka Thomas Spear), who also wrestled under names like Leatherface and R.T. Reynolds, passed away on Sunday.

    I'm assuming this is the dude that wrestled Nikolai Volkoff in the flag match at Wrestlemania 2, right?
Yep. I thought it was "Kirchner" but WM2 was a looong time ago. OWW says "Kirschner":

http://www.obsessedwithwrestling.com/profiles/c/corporal-kirschner.html
http://www.obsessedwithwrestling.com/gallery/c/corporalkirschner.html

EDIT: Aha, the WM2 clip *does* have his name spelled "Kirchner" so hooray for my memory. Doesn't make up for a man dying, but there you go.

EDIT 2: Yikes, those are some rather blatant overdubs on that clip.

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.61
Yeah, he's the guy.
http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/corpkirchpass





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Ah, Corporal Kirschner -- such memories! I'll never forget the time about 10 years ago that a couple of friends and I, longtime wrestling fans all, rented an old WWF tape, fired it up and said to each other: "Corporal Kirschner?! I don't even remember this guy!"

You might think this a disrespectful thought to have about a dead man, but I don't feel at all icky about it. Why, you ask? I don't have to have fond memories of Corporal Kirschner because Leatherface was totally fucking awesome.



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If my memory is any good, then the Corporal did play a role in the build-up to Mania III. Andre was supposed to be his partner against Studd/Bundy, but Andre 'no-showed', thus allowing Heenan to demand that President Tunney suspend Andre. This led to Giant Machine and then Andre's eventual return under Heenan leading to Hogan/Andre.
As for Kirchner: At least he didn't die in prison.
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Wow, he had two grandkids? I eternally picture him looking very young.
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I recall that Foley wrote about him in "Have A Nice Day," mostly about him being a lunatic in a death match.
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    If my memory is any good, then the Corporal did play a role in the build-up to Mania III.


Um, I hate to say that it isn't, but it was Hillbilly Jim who took the kabosh for Andre not showing up. But as a further positive, it planted the seeds for the squashification of Little Beaver.

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http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2006/10/21/2087452.html


Cpl. Kirchner speaks: "I'm not dead!"


So, now what?? Dead OR alive??




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Sounds alive to me. I had never heard that "Thomas Spear" name, every time I heard him mentioned in "real life" he was always Mike Kirchner.



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To quote Mark Twain, 'The rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated'.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.08
I suppose we should have known -- why would anyone use the gimmick name "Kirchner"? That had to be his real name.

Anyway, bizarre. Still no word on who Spear is and how this happened.



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A little egg on Dave Meltzer's face, then?



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    Originally posted by MisterHenderson
    A little egg on Dave Meltzer's face, then?

I think it was first reported on wwe.com though, which is where the Observer probably got it. So if anything, the egg is on their face. Especially considering this was a guy that actually worked for them. Wonder if they'll post a retraction, as the story has disappeared from the site.



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What a great deal for Kichner, I bet the WWE signs him now to some sort of Legends deal now plus he isn't dead.
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    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    What a great deal for Kichner, I bet the WWE signs him now to some sort of Legends deal now plus he isn't dead.


Everything's comin' up Kirschner!




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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.72
Well bully for him, then. And my apologies to Mr. Meltzer, as I incorrectly assumed he broke the story.



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