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Since: 27.1.04
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#41 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.39
    Originally posted by Whitebacon
    On Flea's site, he has it in a scroll up top that he died of a massive heart attack. I don't know if this is true or not though, there was no link.


Meltzer and a few others have said so today. This is from Meltzer's Thursday News.
    Originally posted by Dave Meltzer

    As most of you know, Ray Traylor aka Big Bossman aka Big Bubba Rogers, passed away last night at his home in Acworth, GA at the age of 42. The preliminary cause of death was a massive heart attack.


Not really a memory of the man him self but when I told a friend today of the news he brought up the time in middle school when I went up to a teacher we had nicknamed the Big Bossman. He was a tough looking guy and had the receding hair line that Traylor always had and in the middle of one of his classes in the library I brought to him a picture of Bossman and asked for an autograph. To say he was not happy would be an understatement.

(edited by BWT on 23.9.04 1455)

(edited by BWT on 23.9.04 1457)
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#42 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.57
What I always thought was cool about the Bossman (besides his dedication to the character and work) was the charitable work he did for WWE.

In CT, we always had the good fortune to have a lot of WWE (WWF at the time) guys come to the schools in towns around the Stamford area to give the positive "stay in school" speech. Sgt. Slaughter was the main guy for a while, and for a while the Bossman (after the face turn) replaced him as the guy who went to the schools. What i always thought was great was that he would go to a lot of the schools in Bridgeport to give speeches. Bridgeport, for those of who whom don't live in the area is very inner city crime riddled and ghetto, and i always thought that it was cool that the Bossman was able to give those kids he visited a positive (as much as it could be for the character) look for cops. So beyond everything else he did, i always looked at that as a great aspect of his life and career.



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Since: 2.1.02
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#43 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.85
Just to add another fond Bossman memory to the list, does anyone else remember the constantly-run ads for the WWF Slam Cam circa `99? They always ended w/the Bossman telling us the camera was "AWESOME!" This somehow became a running gag/catchphrase when I was in college, and even ended up on a bunch of promos we made for our radio station. It's what I think of first when I think of him..a key memory of the height of my friends' wrestling fandom.

I was really surprised and saddened to read about his passing this morning... :(



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mercer
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Since: 17.11.03
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#44 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.58
    Originally posted by j9479
    What I always thought was cool about the Bossman (besides his dedication to the character and work) was the charitable work he did for WWE.

    In CT, we always had the good fortune to have a lot of WWE (WWF at the time) guys come to the schools in towns around the Stamford area to give the positive "stay in school" speech. Sgt. Slaughter was the main guy for a while, and for a while the Bossman (after the face turn) replaced him as the guy who went to the schools. What i always thought was great was that he would go to a lot of the schools in Bridgeport to give speeches. Bridgeport, for those of who whom don't live in the area is very inner city crime riddled and ghetto, and i always thought that it was cool that the Bossman was able to give those kids he visited a positive (as much as it could be for the character) look for cops. So beyond everything else he did, i always looked at that as a great aspect of his life and career.

He did alot of that down here in Ga as well. He had been working hard to fix the ghetto areas in Cobb County and I "believe" not sure, he had run for an office in Cobb County. Mainly because he always felt like lending a hand. I remeber an episode of Byte this where he talked about going around the locker room asking the boys for different things to auction off to help out in his community. He even talked austin into selling his white kneebraces. He really was a great man.


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He was Big Bubba, then the bossman, then the boss, then the gaurdian angel, then big bubba again, then ray trailor, then ray taylor, then bossman again, then the bossman who dressed like big bubba! And the fans believed everysingle bit of it. May God rest you my friend...
God bless you all
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#45 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.58
    Originally posted by mercer
    He did alot of that down here in Ga as well. He had been working hard to fix the ghetto areas in Cobb County and I "believe" not sure, he had run for an office in Cobb County.


I read in some report yesterday he was running for county commission chairman or something like that.



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#46 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.77
Add me to the list of shocked and saddened. Give that no-good Satan the night stick treatment on your way up, Ray.

On a final note...

"That referee was supposed to be in the reeeee-ng!"

:)





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Since: 12.2.03
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#47 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.74
    Originally posted by Barbwire Mike
    With the deepest regrets and tears that are soaked
    I'm sorry to hear your dad finally croaked.
    He lived a full life on his own terms;
    soon he'll be buried and eaten by worms.
    But if I could have a son as stupid as you,
    I'd have wished for cancer so I would die too!
    So be brave and be strong; get your life on track--
    'cause the old bastard's dead and he ain't never coming back!


    RIP to one of my favorites.

    The XWrestling Classic: Swandive's 'Yes, Nasty Bastard, I Believe'


Ah, memories of one of my first real angles, becoming a fan around early '99 and all. Watching Bossman performance of that "heartfelt" tribute really made it hard to boo the guy, considering that I was all about conforming to the 'boo the heel cheer the...' standard at the time. Can't say I was ever a huge fan of the guy but in retrospect he was really a fun performer if he managed to make an otherwise preposterous angle so entertaining. He really could play a great heel, and whether people like him or not you couldn't help but react to him. Thinking back on my old Wrestlemania types the guy got good reactions as a face, and as noted here he indeed has a bit of a following. Not bad at all.
RIP Ray Traylor.
dwaters
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Since: 16.10.02
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#48 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.99
So long Bossman....

I remember watching wrestlers come into the Cumberland County Civic Center at a card in the late 80's. Bossman, Akeem, and Mr. Perfect all got out of a car and walked in together. I remember thinking how big they were (walking behind them) and now to think that big, fat, Akeem is the only one left.

Didn't know how young he was either. That means he was only 27 when he appeared on NBC's "Main Event" with Akeem against the Mega Powers.

I haven't watched WWE since WMXX, but check in here to see if anything MAJOR has happened and/or who among those I used to watch has died. Sad but true.

hhhgamewmx7
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#49 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.67
This really hit me today when i stuck on the April 1, 2002 edition of Raw which for those in the know was the first Raw of the brand extension. And there was a tag match with the Hardyz vs. the Bossman and Mr. Perfect. When I saw Henning and Traylor walking down the aisle i said to myself 'Oh my God, he's gone' refering to Traylor and then it hit me again as they entered the ring 'Holy crap, Perfect is gone aswell'. These deaths are really getting to me now.



Net Hack Slasher
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#50 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.01
    Originally posted by OMEGA
    Man, that greeting card was great. In fact, looking back, that whole angle was quite entertaining. While it was going on, I remember thinking that it was terrible. However, in recent years, I've grown to appreciate it more and more for it's entertainment value. The giant intercom on his squad car, the Big Show casket surfing as Bossman drove out of the cemetary, the greeting card, and one of the true great lines in pro-wrestling history: "You hear that Big Show? Your a big bastard, and your momma' just said so!"

For me it was even better when he re-told the story a few years later to Team ECK... It goes down for me as one of the funniest backstage interactions ever. I just wish I had the entire segment quoted.

Team ECK were backstage talking about how they don't like The BigShow. Out of nowhere Bossman appears(he had nothing to do with this angle, he was mostly on B-show if TV at all) and Bossman says "YEAH I hate BigShow too, yu'all remember I tied Bigshow's daddy casket on my squad car and dragged it around the cemetery"... Team ECK just looked at each other as Kurt rolls his eyes and sarcastically responds with "oooookay".

I laughed so much, because the story is so absurd that even Kurt Angle who's been in wrestling for a little bit didn't believe something that dumb can happen even in the crazy world of professional wrestling. Bossman delivery with pure excitement as he recalls this ridiculous angle from years gone by was so funny... Can someone please find me that segment/quote from Zed's SD archives(I believe it was on SD). I've been searching it, but I'm really bad at it. I'd be so grateful.



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Since: 12.12.01
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#51 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.70
It would be my pleasure. The key term I used to locate it was, for the record, "at a high rate of speed"~~~~.

Backstage, the Big Boss Man is giving some pointers in nightstickery to Stephanie while Bull Buchanan looks on. Kurt Angle walks by in a huff. "Hey Kurt, what's up?" "I got this problem with the Big Show, and the Acolytes just kicked me out--hey, you guys don't like the Big Show, right?" "As a matter of fact, I yanked his dead daddy right off the grave - drove him through the cemetary - at a high rate of speed!" "Riiiight...anyway, maybe you could beat him up backstage, or take him out in the parking lot and have some kinda match or something."

OMEGA
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#52 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.22
NetHackSlasher, I'm sure you'll enjoy this: =http://www.telusplanet.net/public/aormberg/BossManDaddy.rm (telusplanet.net)



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