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The only thing worse than coming into the WWF and being given “The Stalker” as your character (who was announced as being from “The Enviroment,” by the way), is being legend Barry Windham, a former NWA World Heavyweight Champion, United States Heavyweight Champion, NWA/WCW Television Champion, four-time NWA/WCW World Tag Team Champion, NWA United States Tag Team Champion and two-time WWF World Tag Team Champion, and coming to the WWF in 1996 and given this piece of shit gimmick.

Rest in peace, Mr. Pogo
[1951 - 2017]

Hardcore wrestling icon Tetsuo “Mr. Pogo” Sekigawa was known for his dedication to professional wrestling molded with bloodshed. Not afraid to literally spew fire, the announcement that he would be on any event was sure to bring out the most bloodthirsty fans that wrestling had ever seen. Unfortunately, Mr. Pogo passed away yesterday afternoon during a back surgery in which his blood pressure dropped. The official cause of death is a cerebral infarction. He was 66.

Mr. Pogo was beloved by fans of FMW, the popular wrestling promotion that gained notoriety in the United States mostly through tape trading. Having wrestled in NJPW, Stampede Wrestling, and throughout various NWA territories in the United States, Mr. Pogo created a legacy by feuding with such wrestlers as Barry Windham, Jake Roberts, Blackjack Mulligan, Jimmy Valiant, Marty Jannetty, and Dick The Bruiser. Pogo would also prove to be a successful tag team wrestler, winning the NWA Tri-State Tag Team Championships with Gypsy Joe, with whom he would later feud.

In the early 1990s, Pogo would return to Japan where he began working for FMW, a promotion that’s primary focus was on deathmatches. Finding a niche in the counterculture, Mr. Pogo became an icon for deathmatch fans, feuding with Atsushi Onita in brawls that would usually include fire throughout the 1990s. Unfortunately, in 1996, Pogo’s career would be threatened during a bout against the legendary Terry Funk. Not many better wrestlers to have one of your final encounters against. Funk blew fire at Pogo, who was on the apron, and Pogo fell to the exploding barbed wire outside the ring, breaking his neck. Though he would return to the ring several months later, his mobilization was dramatically effected. That notwithstanding, Pogo continued to wrestle, winning the inaugural BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Champion before returning to FMW to continue his feud with Atsushi Onita.

Pogo would continue to wrestle until as recently as 2012, even competing in a Barbed Wire Board Thumbtacks Death Match in 2010. He was tough as nails and proved himself in the ring against every variety of wrestler that there is.

anonymous asked:

If i was able to go back in time to change certain events id go back go wcw, keep the west texas rednecks together, and be able to have them in late 2000 when misfits in action was still all together to join mia in their feud with team canada, and throw in the natural born thrillers in a giant possibly war games like match (rection, loco, cajun, a-wall, curt hennig, barry and kendall windham vs storm, primetime, awesome, palumbo, o'haire, jindrak and stasiak)

I’d book the hell outta that

Blackjack Mulligan passes away
[April 7th, 2016]

Unfortunate news in pro wrestling today, as WWE Hall Of Famer Blackjack Mulligan has tragically passed. He was 73. WWE.com posted the following:

WWE is saddened by the news that Robert Windham, aka WWE Hall of Famer Blackjack Mulligan, has passed away at age 73..

Considered to be one of the toughest competitors of his day — only his rival Andre the Giant could overshadow the 6-foot-9, 345-pound stud from Eagle Pass, Texas — Mulligan served as a U.S. Marine in Guam and played for the New York Jets before gaining fame in the ring. With his signature all black gear — from his cowboy hat to his leather glove — and his thick western mustache, Mulligan cut the figure of a dangerous outlaw in the ring and proved every bit as treacherous with his feared iron claw hold.

Starting off his career in the AWA as “Big” Bob Windham, Mulligan soon joined up with Blackjack Lanza to form The Blackjacks in WWE. The duo won tandem titles across the country, including a reign as WWE’s World Tag Team Champions in 1975, and made their mark as one of the most iconic duos of the 1970s. In 2006, the pair was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by their manager, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.

Mulligan’s career winded down in the late ’80s, but his legacy continued on as his sons, Kendall Windham and WWE Hall of Famer Barry Windham, entered the ring. Today, his hard-hitting style can be seen in his grandsons, Bo Dallas and Bray Wyatt, the boys of Mulligan’s son-in-law, Mike Rotunda.

WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Windham’s family, friends and colleagues.

When I was like 10 I traded some figure for this one. ECW was really popping at the time (1998) and I thought “nobody has a Shane Douglas toy, I’m gonna be the man!”.

I thought the silver shit was a fuck up, so I took my mom’s nail polish and painted the black parts yellow and the silver parts black. It was perfect. Like 10 years later I found out it was Barry Windham.

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The Stalker gives a warning to the WWF Superstars [1996]

Jesus Christ, the WWF has done some weird shit but the idea for The Stalker was about as intense as it gets. Originally, The Stalker was set to be a creepy ex-military dude who had homicidal impulses and would attack his opponents leading up to their matches. The proposed idea was that The Stalker would target Marc Mero, eventually capturing Sable and slitting her throat. But, as luck would have it, Marc Mero rejected the idea and The Stalker became known as a babyface that nobody gave a flying shit or fuck about, which is sad, because it was actually Barry Windham in a dumbass gimmick that fizzled out before Windham came back as… a… member of the… New Blackjacks. *Sigh* In 1997, no less. Not a decade earlier when it might have been slightly more relevant.

If only the angle had played out and The Stalker would have murdered Sable on TV, then we would have never had to see her WrestleMania 15 match, nor had to hear her annoyingly nasal voice ask if we’re ready for “the grind”. Ugh. Typing that made my heart hurt.