Posts Tagged ‘Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake’

This is the first issue of WWF Magazine that I ever bought.  Actually, my Dad bought it for me.  It was 1988, I was 14 years old, and for the next ten years or so I would eagerly anticipate what I recall was the first Tuesday of every month so I could get my hands on the newest issue. 

Eventually I would add Pro Wrestling Illustrated to my “Must Buy” list.  In college, frequently my friend Alex and I would go to Shinder’s in Crystal, MN on New Wrestling Magazine Day.  We would buy our OWN copies of WWF, WWF RAW, PWI, and depending on what articles were featured we would also get The Wrestler, Inside Wrestling and any others that caught our eyes.  We would either go back to his house, Taco Bell, Arby’s or wherever and eat and read.

“Did you get to THIS article yet?”

“No.”

“It’s pretty good.”

“Nice.”

Now 38, I generally don’t buy wrestling magazines anymore.  I spend enough money (a couple of PPVs a year, the winged eagle championship, putting together a 1988 Randy Savage costume for Halloween and Comic Con) and time actually watching wrestling and perusing websites like Prowrestling.net, PWTorch.com and 411 Wrestling in addition to listening to the excellent podcasts by John Pollack and Wai Ting of REVIEW-A-WAI to get my fill.  I also spend plenty of time goofing around with my photoshop fun on CM Punk Is Not Impressed on FACEBOOK and TUMBLR.

(see https://kittridge.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/cm-punk-is-not-impressed/).

So the new edition of WWE Magazine (June 2012) has short article on “Four Must-See WWE Tumblrs” with a couple of sentences on each…CM Punk Is Not Impressed is number 3 (and Mike Frankito’s Where’s Randy Savage? – also on FACEBOOK  is number 1)!

I know a lot of people are probably thinking, “So what?  Your goofy little hobby page got two sentences in a wrestling magazine.”

To be honest, that’s probably the correct response.  But when you’re a passionate nerd and you get even the smallest recognition from the object of one of your obsessions…it’s pretty darn cool.  I think Mike put it best when he said, “Pretty awesome feeling when what you’re a fan of is a fan of you.”

Thanks again to Mr. Michael Frankito and Mr. Ralph Apel for helping make this happen.

So now that cool things are happening that I never really thought would, I guess it’s about time I met Bill Murray.

Kev

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…and I have since I’ve been 12 years old.  Admittedly, it was not the physical act of trying to pin another guy or make him submit that pulled me in, but PERSONALITY.  I channel surfed through WWF Superstars and WWF Wrestling Challenge, stopping on the show a bit longer every week, and when I heard Hulk Hogan was going to be on the following week I was sold.  Wrestling fan for life just based on the interviews and charisma that Hogan put forward.  And my FAVORITE wrestler growing up?  Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake.

Now, Brutus wasn’t a very good wrestler.  It’s important to know that.  He was not very good at performing wrestling holds.  What he WAS good at doing, however, was putting his opponent to sleep and cutting their hair.

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I thought that shit was  H – I – L – A – R – I – O – U – S !!

And then I grew up.  As time went on I began to appreciate the actual art of what they do.  Exit Hogan, Brutus and the Ultimate Warrior – Enter Bret Hart, Curt Hennig, Davey Boy Smith and Shawn Michaels.  These guys would force me to suspend disbelief for 20 minutes, 30 minutes, Hell an hour at a time with the intensity and complexity of their moveset. Let’s face it… watching The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan in a match against each other… we were never asked to suspend our disbelief.  It was, “watch these big muscley guys punch and clothesline each other with big exaggerated movements for a while.”

Cut to modern day wrestling.  The World Wrestling Federation was sued by the World Wildlife Fund for rights to the initials WWF.  The WWF won (panda version).  So the World Wrestling Federation becomes World Wrestling Entertainment.  From WWF to WWE.  I’m fine with that.  In the last few years or so, the backstage folks would joke how Vince McMahon is trying to get rid of the word “Wrestling” altogether.  As it turns out… they weren’t really joking.  They don’t even want to be called World Wrestling Entertainment anymore.  They request…forcefully… to be referred to as WWE.

I understand that WWE has been expanding.  WWE Films puts out a couple films a year.  WWE is looking to start up a cable channel which would obviously have non-trying-to-pin-a-guy’s-shoulder-to-the-mat content.  That’s fine.  We fans have been trained that these men and women are not merely wrestlers, but SUPERSTARS!  You know what?  I’m even fine with that.

So there’s a show about young folks training to become wrestlers.  It is called “Tough Enough” and I like it a LOT!  Bret Hart came in this past Monday to talk to the kids.  The trainees are rightly in awe of this Legend of the Squared Circle.

At 1:48 into the video below, Bret mentions:

“I take a lot of pride in being a serious professional wrestler”

Now the kicker is… WWE fucking CENSORED the word “wrestler”.  I am not fine with that.

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My jaw dropped.

First of all, there’s the terrible irony of a legend in this business telling us how PROUD he was to be a wrestler, only to have the show he is on be ashamed that he is referring to himself as such.  But second, who in their right mind censored it?  Who thought, “Did Bret Hart just call himself a WRESTLER?  No.  No, we can’t have that.”

Because somebody did.  And sadly, I think his name rhymes with Shmince ShmcMahon.

It’s just fucking ridiculous.

And FYI, I would rather watch CM Punk wrestle Daniel Bryan for an hour than listen to five seconds of John Cena making a “poopy” joke about his opponent of the month.

I Don’t Doubt El Dandy,

Kev