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Little Stories Of Respect I Want To Hang On To

by Dick Bourne




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Thanks to Mike Mooneyham for mentioning the Gateway and quoting from the Cokes & Popcorn section stories.

Feb. 21, 2010

July 4, 2010



An excerpt from Mike Mooneyham's February 21, 2010 wrestling column on the Charleston Post and Courier website:

-- Just how respected was the late great Jack Brisco?

Dick Bourne of the super Mid-Atlantic Gateway site ( relates a conversation he recently had with Jim Nelson as the two were lamenting Brisco’s passing.

Nelson got his first big break in the business in the early ‘80s as one of Sgt. Slaughter’s two Marine recruits (along with Don Kernodle) here in the Carolinas. Jack and brother Jerry Brisco had just returned to the Mid-Atlantic region during that period, and they were set to meet Gene and Ole Anderson in the main event of a card at the Township Auditorium in Columbia.

Relates Bourne: “Jim was on the card that night as well, and in the same locker room as the Andersons. Jack had been suffering from the stomach flu and sent word to the Andersons in their locker room via referee Sonny Fargo to go easy on him that night. Ole, sensing an opportunity to make Jack miserable (as was apparently Ole’s tendency to do to everyone), just laughed and said, ‘We’ll see about that.’ But Gene, one of the legit toughest guys ever himself, knew better.

“‘Don’t mess with Brisco, Ole,’ Gene said. ‘You mess with Brisco, you’re on your own.’

“Ole, who probably really knew better, decided not to heed Gene’s warning and when the match began, Ole started going after Jack pretty good. The word had gotten around, and Jim said all the boys in both locker rooms had their heads sticking out the door to watch what was about to happen.

“The match got underway and Jack had soon had enough of it, and started stretching Ole — bad. Ole tried to tag in Gene, but Gene would short-arm him. ‘You (ticked) him off, you deal with him.’

“After the match, Ole came back to the locker room, all worked up. ‘How can a guy with arms that little make me hurt so bad?’”

And speaking of tough old cusses, Bourne also relates this story about two of the toughest, Danny Hodge and Ole Anderson.

Ole, who spent a few days in the hospital over the recent Christmas holidays while suffering from kidney stones among other ailments, confided to a nurse that he hadn’t been in that much pain for a long time.

“Have you ever felt worse pain?” she asked him. “Sure I have,” he told her. “What could have possibly caused you more pain than a kidney stone?” she asked.

Ole quickly replied: “Danny Hodge.”

The nurse didn’t get the joke, says Bourne, but Ole felt better for setting the record straight.

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An excerpt from Mike Mooneyham's July 4, 2010 wrestling column on the Charleston Post and Courier website:

-- Always enjoy Dick Bourne’s “Cokes and Popcorn” column on his Mid-Atlantic Gateway site.

Dick tells the following story about a current pro star’s respect for the old school and those who paved the way for the present generation.

Pro wrestling great Paul Jones gained some respect for WWE champ John Cena.

“Even though I don’t watch wrestling anymore, I have a certain amount of respect for John Cena having nothing to do with him inside the ring, but rather based on something that happened a few years back at a gathering of old timers having lunch in Florida. Paul Jones related the story. It was the monthly get-together in Tampa of some of the guys who live in the area ... Buddy Colt, Brian Blair, Jack Brisco among others. Paul said Jack brought a kid with him that day and Paul, who doesn’t watch today’s wrestling product, didn’t know who it was, although everyone else seemed to. Paul said the kid was very pleasant, but sat quietly and wasn’t saying much.

“Paul finally asked Jack, ‘Who’s your friend?’ Jack smiled, and asked, ‘You don’t know who this is? This is Vince’s champion,’ and introduced the two. Paul said Cena stood up, extended his hand and said, ‘Mr. Jones, it’s an honor to meet you.’ He said Cena could not have been more polite, more respectful of all the guys at that table. He sat, listened and laughed with them; never once would Paul have guessed this guy was a big deal.

“That was good to hear and said a lot about Cena, at least as it regards how he looks at the business and those that came before.”

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