TOUGH TALK ABOUT A DEAD MAN.
It has been a while since I wrote
a monologue. I’ve been super busy with the business at hand. The one good
thing about it is I get to talk to Ed Farhat Jr. often and we get to discuss
the business from the inside. For a “smart” mark like myself this is always
an enjoyable experience because I get to hear stories that probably no one
knows outside of the Farhat family and those involved.
I’m not a brown noser or anything
like that, ask Paco or Shaffee and they will tell you that my personality
type doesn’t fit that bill at all. I appreciated THE Sheik and all that he
meant to wrestling LONG before I ever went to my first AWWL show, but
working along side Tom and Ed and Ms. Joyce they have instilled in us, those
who work in the AWWL office, a sense of the man that others may not know.
There has been a trend lately
that other wrestlers who worked for or with THE Sheik have developed in
writing their books. Two in particular, Ric Flair and Ole Anderson have been
somewhat disingenuous in how they portray the man who put Michigan on the
map in the world of pro-wrestling.
Ole Anderson has a book out, and
while I wouldn’t bother buying it I did stumble across an excerpt where he
states, “ Talk about bullsh–. Farhat ran his whole business on bullsh–.
But. The one ingredient Farhat had that worked was that the fans believed he
was nuts. They believed he was nuts. They really did believe that his Sheik
character was legitimate. They didn't think he was a wrestler. They thought
he was a lunatic who would cut you in a heartbeat — and he would. He taped
razor blades to his fingers. When he left the ring, he would cut people on
his way back to the dressing room. I don't know if anybody ever put two and
two together and realized that he had razor blades on his fingers, but even
if they did, they would have simply said, "He's got razor blades on his
fingers and he's cutting people with them. What a madman. What's fake about
that? He's crazy!" That's all Farhat wanted. You didn't hear the Detroit
fans say, "The Sheik is phony," because they were scared to death of him.”
Aside from writing like a 6th
grader Ole expects us to believe this. First off, I never heard once, and
I’m reminding you that I am a “smart” mark, about THE Sheik cutting people
in attendance. IF, and that’s a major IF, that ever happened don’t you think
we would all be talking about THE Sheik as being the guy who actually cut
audience members and lost his business in all of the lawsuits that piled up
against him? I mean GET LUCID for God’s sake! I remember the Minnesota
Wrecking Crew. Wasn’t impressed then and I’m not impressed now.
Name ONE single match that Ole
Anderson was a part of that sticks out in your mind……….
Yeah. Thought so.
Ric Flair has a new autobiography
out. He mentions THE Sheik. He gives a line about how THE Sheik killed this
territory. Never mind that Vince McMahon Jr. did what he did (read “Sex,
Lies and Headlocks” if you don’t believe me).
Big talk from a guy who couldn’t
cut it in this territory back in it’s hey day. Keep watching the TV show and
you’ll hear Ed Farhat Jr. tell all about it. Flair also talks about Mick
Foley (Glorified Stuntman) Brett Hart (Brett screwed Brett) and a host of
others. This from a guy who has had legendary matches I will freely admit.
BUT, after watching his DVD set his matches are simplistic showmanship at
best. Three chops and a belly flop or if he’s winning, four chops and a
figure four leg lock.
It’s funny how since THE Sheik
has passed that these and other genetic disasters come out of the woodwork
to talk a bunch of crap. I guess it’s like my mama always tells me,
“Consider the source”
See ya soon!