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according to www.1wrestling.com, "Pistol" Pez Whatley died today in Tenn.

I wasn't really old enough to watch the NWA in the 80's. I have seen some tapes and remember Pez as "enhancement talent". Either way, still a shame about his passing.



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I was just getting into wrestling when Pez had his run. I HATED Pistol Pez... but the day he turned on Jimmy Valiant absolutely out of nowhere and took his beard during a Worldwide interview I became a total Shaska Whatley fanatic.

RIP to the instigator of one of my first mark-out moments.


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Yep. He and Jimmy Valiant had a pretty awesome feud in the mid-80s that culminated in a hair-vs-hair match. Watley lost, and I remember during several Omni taping matches he'd be wearing something to cover his scalp only for Valiant to run-in and take it off, causing Watley to run in terror.

RIP, Pez.





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Damn, another good guy dead. I've only seen snatches of his in-ring work, but he appearing on a documentary over here called Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends, where the host investigated the American obsession with wrestling. He went to the Power Plant and got bullied big-time by Sarge, but then supported and helped by Pistol Pez. He came across as such a nice guy, really down to Earth and friendly. It's sad to see one of the biz's better members go.



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I have the same memories of Whatley in the mid-80's Mid-Atlantic region. He turned on Jimmy Valiant (and by extention, superjobber Rocky King, for whom he was a sorta mentor I think) to hook up with Paul Jones and his army of freaks. Then he just sorta vanished, popping up on indy shows. Then I read something about a benefit show for him ayear or two ago because he needed a heart transplant. So I guess that's why he died. Too bad.



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    Originally posted by Aldo D 2112
    Yep. He and Jimmy Valiant had a pretty awesome feud in the mid-80s that culminated in a hair-vs-hair match. Watley lost, and I remember during several Omni taping matches he'd be wearing something to cover his scalp only for Valiant to run-in and take it off, causing Watley to run in terror.

    RIP, Pez.


I remember visiting relatives in central Illinois and seeing wrestling from the St.Louis TV stations. Growing up seeing only AWA and WWF, this was really great for me and my brother--new wrestlers. And here was Pez Whatley involved in a loser has to wear a mop on his head match. I can still hear the studio audience chanting, "MOP-HEAD...MOP-HEAD...MOP-HEAD!"



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