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Here are some of the classic quotes we've heard through the years!

Dean Silverstone led Harry Elliott by the arm over to see Lou Thesz.  The 93-year-old Elliott hadn't seen Thesz since 1966.  Dean said, "Harry, do you know who this is?"  Harry took a good look and responded, "Yes.  It's Lou Thesz' father."
Seattle Wrestling Reunion, July 17-18, 1998


"Any story worth telling is worth embellishing."
Sputnik Monroe
Gulf Coast Wrestler's Reunion, 1997


The only thing he forgot to tell me was, when you make those people mad, you'd better be ready to fight them.
Dandy Jack Donovan, on Gorgeous George teaching him how to get heat
Issue #24 of Whatever Happened to ...?


He gave me fifteen dollars to referee one match.  When I got to where I could referee the whole show, he still gave me fifteen dollars.
Dandy Jack Donovan, on his pro wrestling debut
Issue #24 of Whatever Happened to ...?


Jack Laskin was wrestling somewhere down south when Gorgeous Gussie was there.  The bear had died, so the promoter invited everyone to a bear barbeque.  (Jack) said, "No, I can't do that.  He's one of the boys."
Chuck Molnar, aka Pierre DeGaulle
Issue #33 of Whatever Happened to ...?


I remember the first time I took a bump.  I thought, "This is not what a nice little Jewish guy like me should be doing."
Robbie Ellis
Issue #33 of Whatever Happened to ...?


... there is no longer the word "kayfabe" in existence.
Ric Flair
"WCW Live!"


I cringe now when I read in a sheet or anywhere how old some ex-superstar guy looked in an indie show, and the guy is usually a lot younger than me.
Robbie Ellis
Issue #33 of Whatever Happened to ...?


Traveling with Ivan Putski always had its funny moments.  He always had a lot of gas ... both literally, from the bodybuilding supplements, and metaphorically, in terms of ego and stuff.
Robbie Ellis
Issue #33 of Whatever Happened to ...?


I couldn't believe it when I read that Pampero Firpo is now a U.S. Postal employee.  That gives a whole new meaning to 'going postal.'
A friend via e-mail


I was married four times, and I was stupid enough to marry one of them twice!
Ed "Strangler" Lewis
Issue #33 of Whatever Happened to ...?


The booker moves his pencil half an inch and I travel 1000 miles.
Bobby Managoff
Issue #33 of Whatever Happened to ...?


I remember things that happened sixty years ago, but if you ask me where I left my car keys five minutes ago, that's sometimes a problem.
Lou Thesz
Issue #33 of Whatever Happened to ...?


Jerry Graham was remarkable.  He's pick the whole bar up and get everybody drunk.  He kept me drunk one time for almost two months.  You get the DT's.  It got to where I had to hide from him.
Frankie Cain
Issue #33 of Whatever Happened to ...?


All the blacks in jail, they all knew me.  "Yeah, ah used to watch you rassle on TV, Killa Kahl Kahx."  "Yeah?  It's funny ... now I'm watching you."
Killer Karl Kox, on his time spent working for the Sheriff's Department
Issue #34 of Whatever Happened to ...?


When I retired, they asked me, "Killer, what are you gonna do when you retire?"  I said, "I really don't know.  All I know how to do is play golf, fish, fu-- and fight.  I don't really know what I'm gonna do.  I guess it'll be a boring damn retirement."
Killer Karl Kox
Issue #34 of Whatever Happened to ...?


I remember when Jerry Graham came in.  He was so big, he could barely tie his shoes.  The only thing he'd work was tag matches.  I remember one night, he told whoever his partner was, "You do the wrestling ... I'll get the heat."
John Buff
Issue #34 of Whatever Happened to ...?


The Madison Square Garden ring was built like a stand for an elephant ... concrete!
Sputnik Monroe
Issue #35 of Whatever Happened to ...?


We had this little deal that Fletcher and I worked up.  We'd tear pants off.  That stopped a riot quicker than anything ... seeing some guy standing there without any clothes from the waist down.
Sputnik Monroe on riot control
Issue #35 of Whatever Happened to ...?


I had a favorite line that I used on interviews ... "All the frustrated old bags come to wrestling to get their emotions calmed down.  They get to cussin' and raise hell, then go home and act like a lady."
Sputnik Monroe
Issue #35 of Whatever Happened to ...?


You couldn't kiss Nick Gulas' ass if you wanted to, because his stooges already had both cheeks covered.
Bill Dromo
Issue #35 of Whatever Happened to ...?


Tim Tyler was a hell of a ring general.  He kenw psychology.  I mean, he really had a knack for psychology.  He could get your ass killed.
Rip Tyler talking about his former partner
Issue #36 of Whatever Happened to ...?


Being partners in the wrestling business is kind of like being married.  In those days, you spent mroe time with your partner than you did your wife.
Rip Tyler talking about Eddie Sullivan
Issue #36 of Whatever Happened to ...?


Mark Lewin wasn't a bad worker, but he wouldn't kayfabe.  I'd see him and King Curtis (Lewin's opponent) walking in the Safeway store shopping.
Stu Hart
Issue #36 of Whatever Happened to ...?


Reportedly, the WWF planned to invite every woman who has slept with Bill Clinton to the (Wrestlemania) show, but the Boston Fire Marshall reminded them that the Fleet Center has a capacity of 18,000 people.
Issue #127 of The Wrestling Lariat


I've been in towns this past year where I've been a heel wrestling a top babyface.  My wife would tell me my kids were cheering against me.
Mike Shaw
Issue #37 of Whatever Happened to ...?


I remember old Gabe Dillon.  He came out of the ring and said, "Hey, kid.  I caught your last match.  You'd better think about getting a job."
Don Leo Jonathan, on his early career
Issue #37 of Whatever Happened to ...?


I had a twenty-five dollar payoff coming and he took ten dollars out to play the horses.  I asked him, "Doesn't that make you feel bad, taking my money?"  He says, "Son, after you steal your first twenty-five thousand, your conscious don't bother you anymore."
Don Leo Jonathan, on working for Toots Mondt
Issue #37 of Whatever Happened to ...?


When he worked for Verne Gagne, Bob Brown came in as Bill Green.  he was one of the only wrestlers who never changed his name ... only his color.
George Schire
Issue #33 of Whatever Happened to ...?


It's like Rip (Tyler) said when he was close to dying.  He said, "This is one bump I've gotta take by myself."  In other words, I couldn't help him by tagging in.  He was a standup guy all through it (cancer).
Tim Tyler
Issue #38 of Whatever Happened to ...?


Rube Wright could hurt anybody.  He'd walk into the dressing room before a big match and he'd say, "I've gotta go over."  And that's all there was to it.  Not one person in that dressing room would say anything.
Tom Renesto
Issue #38 of Whatever Happened to ...?


My mother saw my first match on Atlanta TV ... against Abdullah.  The neighbors were calling.  One lady in particular called and told her, "If that was my son on there, I'd go down there and take my gun to that big, black so-and-so."
Ted Allen
Issue #39 of Whatever Happened to ...?


On the very last match on Channel 3 (Atlanta), Harley Race was wrestling.  Gordon Solie says, "And Harley Race wins with a vertical suplex."  Ten minutes later, I'm watching the first match from Chattanooga.  The guy in the ring beats his opponent with the very same move, the vertical suplex.  Harry Thornton says, "Well, fans!  There's a version of the old bulldog smash."  That was the difference between the two promotions.
Ted Allen
Issue #39 of Whatever Happened to ...?


Ron Fuller said, "George (McCreary), you go over!  What do you use for a finish?"  We had both been just beat to death up there.  He said, "Ron, I usually just use my shoulders or my back."
Ted Allen
Issue #39 of Whatever Happened to ...?


We were wrestling at the auction barn in Alpharetta, Georgia.  That place holds two hundred people, tops.  Tony Zane walks up to Dick Slater and says, "Dickie, how does it feel to go from Madison Square Garden in New York City to the Alpharetta Auction Barn?"
Ted Allen
Issue #39 of Whatever Happened to ...?


My close friend Steve didn't want to do jobs, so he never did do TV tapes for the AWA.  Maybe Steve was onto something because the first thing we heard when entering the dressing area at the studio was from Nick Bockwinkel, who rubbed his hands in glee and said, "Ah, fresh meat!"
Chuck Cell, aka Vic Orlandino
Issue #39 of Whatever Happened to ...?


One hasn't paid their dues until riding in a sealed-up car in January after they've had a large meal of rice-and-beans at a truckstop with two or three Mexicans.  I think you get my drift.  I know I got theirs.
Chuck Cell, aka Vic Orlandino
Issue #39 of Whatever Happened to ...?


The kids around here ... ask you stupid questions.  "Have you ever wrestled Steve Austin?"  "Uh, I don't think he was born when I was wrestling."
Chuck Cell, aka Vic Orlandino
Issue #39 of Whatever Happened to ...?


Bill Savage went over to the (Stu Hart) house and one of the Hart kids was running around with his hair wet.  Savage asked why his hair was wet.  Stu said, "The little bast--d broke a vase this morning, so I stuck his head in the toilet.  Want me to show you again?"
From the Ring Around the Northwest newsletter


Jack Sharkey was a hell of a fighter.  He was one of the shooters ... and a good one.  I was teasing him about some of the things that happened, and how they rigged the fights.  He says, "Well, at least we don't talk about them like you guys do."
Lou Thesz
Issue #40 of Whatever Happened to ...?


One time, old Hans Steinke, in one of the hotels where they were staying ... he had (Jack) Pfefer up by one leg and was holding him out of the window.  Pfefer's screaming, "Don't let me go, you son-of-a-bit--!  I will pay!"
Lou Thesz
Issue #40 of Whatever Happened to ...?


Friday was Atlanta.  That was fifteen bucks.  Once a month, we made a six hundred mile trip from Indianapolis down to Atlanta, and at fifteen dollars, by the time you feed yourself and buy gasoline, you're minus about ten bucks.
Lou Thesz
Issue #40 of Whatever Happened to ...?


I get up early and do a plebeian thing like do the dishes from last night.  I've gone from wrestling champion to Japanese houseboy.
Lou Thesz
Issue #40 of Whatever Happened to ...?


There was a big German woman there that night who must have weighed 300 pounds, and it wasn't fat.  She yelled, "You dirty, son-of-a-bit--.  I buried two husbands and I'll bury you, you bast--d!"
Lou "Shoulders" Newman, on his time in South Africa
Issue #41 of Whatever Happened to ...?


What's the wrong thing to say when you're standing near Danny Hodge?
" Ah, shoot! "

Billy Wicks
Gulf Coast Wrestler's Reunion 2000


"That's why these reunions are so good.  Someone tells a story and it jogs someone's memory about another story."
"It's like a bunch of dope smokers.  One guy says, "I remember when —"
Ten minutes later, another guy says, "Oh, yeah!  That reminds me about —."

Bill Bowman and Frankie Cain
Gulf Coast Wrestler's Reunion 2001


He was an a—hole, but a fair a—hole.
Ed "Moondog" Moretti, talking about the former director of the Oregon State Boxing and Wresting Commission


 
 
 


 
 
 


 
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