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WWE Wrestler George 'The Animal' Steele Passes Away at 79

WWE Wrestler George 'The Animal' Steele Passes Away at 79
The world of sports entertainment is in mourning today, as it was confirmed this morning that legendary WWE Superstar George 'The Animal' Steele, a.k.a. William James Myers, has passed away at the age of 79. The pro wrestler's death was confirmed by his wife Patricia, who revealed that he passed from kidney failure last night in Florida. The wrestling legend had been in and out of hospice care since April.

TMZ broke the news of George 'The Animal' Steele's passing last night, although wrestling promoter Eric Simms of Ess Promotions had previously shared that the late wrestler had entered hospice care, asking fans to pray for him, before he ultimately passed. This morning, a number of WWE Superstars took to Twitter to pay tribute to this wrestling legend, and the WWE released a statement, confirming George 'The Animal' Steele's death. Here's the full statement below, which reveals how he
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania 2

In the build-up to Wrestlemania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous instalments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

Paul Orndorff vs. Don Muraco w/Mr. Fuji (Double Count Out)

Ic Title Match: Randy Savage (C) w/Miss Elizabeth vs. George ‘The Animal’ Steele

Jake Roberts vs. George Wells

Roddy Piper w/Lou Duva & Bob Orton Jr. vs. Mr T. w/Joe Frazier & The Haiti Kid (Boxing Match)

WWF Womens Title Match: The Fabulous Moolah (C) vs. Velvet McIntyre

Nicolai Volkoff w/Fred Blassie vs. Corporal Kirchner (Flag Match)

20-Man Battle Royal

WWF Tag Team Title Match: The British Bulldogs w/Lou Albano & Ozzy Osbourne vs. Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake (C) w/Johnny Valiant

Ricky Steamboat vs. Hercules Hernandez

Adrian Adonis vs. Uncle Elmer

Terry Funk & Hoss Funk w/Jimmy Hart vs. Tito Santana & Junkyard Dog

WWF Title Match: Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy w/Bobby Heenan
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania I

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’…

The Card:

Tito Santana vs. The Executioner

Special Delivery Jones vs. King Kong Bundy w/Jimmy Hart

Ricky Steamboat vs. Matt Borne

David Sammartino w/Bruno Sammartino vs. Brutus Beefcake w/Johnny Valiant (No Contest)

Ic Title Match: Greg Valentine (C) w/Jimmy Hart vs. Junkyard Dog

WWF Tag Team Title Match: Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo (C) w/Lou Albano vs. The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/Fred Blassie

Andre The Giant vs. Big John Studd w/Bobby Heenan ($15,000 Body Slam Challenge)

WWF Womens Title: Lelani Kai (C) vs. Wendy Richter w/Cyndi Lauper

Hulk Hogan & Mr. T w/Jimmy Snuka vs. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff w/Bob Orton Jr.

The Lows:

Over the years, we’ve grown fairly used to WWE massaging certain ‘facts’ for their own benefit.
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29 Wtf Moments From WWE Attitude Era Raw 1998 (Feb 9)

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The February 9th, 1998 episode of Raw was the go-home show for the upcoming No Way Out (of Texas) pay-per-view, due to be headlined by an unsanctioned 8-man tag featuring Stone Cold Steve Austin, Owen Hart, Cactus Jack, and Chainsaw Charlie taking on D-Generation X.

As it turned out, Hbk’s nagging back injuries prevented him from wrestling on the show, and he was replaced by…Savio Vega. Yeah. Even so, Raw slid the chess pieces firmly in place ahead of WrestleMania, further heightening the feud between Austin and Dx, while the show’s remainder was comprised of the usual mix of hilarious, weird and lame that defines just about any Attitude Era episode of Raw.

And with the release of Sunny’s porno, Sunny Side Up, this week, what better time to consider all the sad difference that 18 years can make?

Here are 29 Wtf moments from the February 9th,
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10 Current WWE Superstars Who Need A Manager

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Would William Regal be able to take Paige to the next level?

Managers have been in WWE for a long time, and over the years we have seen some legendary ones who elevated talent to the next level. It all started off with guys like The Grand Wizard and Freddie Blassie, before moving over to more well-known legends like Bobby Heenan, Paul Bearer and Jimmy Hart.

In recent years, there have been many managers make it to our TV screens, some of whom have done a tremendous job of talking up their stars and making them look better (Paul Heyman and Vickie Guerrero), and then there are those who most people wouldn’t even remember; or want to remember (Abraham Washington, anyone?).

A manager’s job is usually to aid their respected superstar or diva get over with the audience, often through talking and manipulating. Managers are usually in
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WWE: The History Of “The Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino

We can say what many from Bruno Sammartino’s era, whether it be fans or performers, can not – we were there when Bruno Sammartino was finally inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and one of the most charred bridges in WWE history began its recovery. The night before WrestleMania, we will witness history.

It is a war that waged on for literally decades. Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon have traded insults in several formats, through radio interviews, television appearances, books, journalistic editorials, you name it Bruno and McMahon played it. Bruno was commonly on the attack, with McMahon reserving criticism and attempting to keep the peace.

Throughout the late nineties Sammartino, the longest reigning WWE Champion of all-time, heavily criticized the organization, its officials and the product for “selling out,” and abandoning what had made it so great during his era. He has repeatedly called the WWE product vulgar,
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Cyndi Lauper to appear on tonight's Raw SuperShow, making possibility of rock 'n' wrestling connection highest since the mid-1980s

In 1985, two talented young women who inspired a generation to sing and dance in thrift-shop outfits made a splash on the pop charts and proceeded to make their first steps at enlarging their empires to take in all of mass entertainment. While Madonna spent the year starring in a hit movie (Desperately Seeking Susan), hosting SNL, and marrying Sean Penn, Cyndi Lauper took the more esoteric route of serving as front woman for the brief cross-promotion of MTV and professional wrestling, and co-starring with Captain Lou Albano, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Classy Freddie Blassie in a two-part video for ...
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9. Andy Kaufman in ‘My Breakfast with Blassie’ (1983)

Elaborate prankster Andy Kaufman’s special brand of comedy was perhaps destined for the wrestling ring. The “Taxi” star took his act to the square circle with his new league, Inter-Gender Wrestling, offering $1,000 in prize money to any woman who could pin him. Eventually, he did grapple with men too, specifically Jerry “The King” Lawler, whose piledriver was responsible for the neck brace Kaufman wore everywhere in public thereafter. The pair engaged in an infamous (later revealed staged) on-air altercation on “Late Night with David Letterman,” and Kaufman spoofed Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory’s über-art film “My Dinner with Andre” by chatting with pro wrestler “Classy” Freddie Blassie over breakfast in Hollywood.

Choice Quotation:

Kaufman (voiceover): The life of a part-time wrestler is no laughing matter. It’s not just fun and games like some people think. You work out, train constantly, push your body to the limit of endurance,
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9. Andy Kaufman in ‘My Breakfast with Blassie’ (1983)

Elaborate prankster Andy Kaufman’s special brand of comedy was perhaps destined for the wrestling ring. The “Taxi” star took his act to the square circle with his new league, Inter-Gender Wrestling, offering $1,000 in prize money to any woman who could pin him. Eventually, he did grapple with men too, specifically Jerry “The King” Lawler, whose piledriver was responsible for the neck brace Kaufman wore everywhere in public thereafter. The pair engaged in an infamous (later revealed staged) on-air altercation on “Late Night with David Letterman,” and Kaufman spoofed Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory’s über-art film “My Dinner with Andre” by chatting with pro wrestler “Classy” Freddie Blassie over breakfast in Hollywood.

Choice Quotation:

Kaufman (voiceover): The life of a part-time wrestler is no laughing matter. It’s not just fun and games like some people think. You work out, train constantly, push your body to the limit of endurance,
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Wrestling Legend Captain Lou Albano Dies

Captain Lou Albano was a legendary wrestling manager at the forefront when the WWF (now WWE) initiated the Rock `n’ Wrestling storyline in the mid-1980s. Sporting an unwieldy beard, accented by rubber bands and the occasional paperclip, his storyline feud with pop star Cyndi Lauper helped propel wrestling into mainstream popularity. Albano also appeared with Lauper in her music video for Girls Just Want to Have Fun, and in her contribution to the soundtrack of the 1985 film The Goonies. Lauper’s video, Goonies `R’ good enough for me, also featured cameos from wrestlers Rowdy Roddy Piper, the Iron Sheik, Freddie Blassie, and Steven Spielberg.

Albano was born in Rome, Italy, on July 29, 1933, and came to the United States with his family as a child. He began his wrestling career in Montreal, Canada, in 1953. He later teamed with Tony Altimore to portray a villainous pair of wrestling gangsters known as the Sicilians,
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Captain Lou Albano Will Always Be Cyndi Lauper's Video Dad

Sad news today, as Louis Vincent Albano — known to the entertainment world as Captain Lou Albano — passed away this morning at the age of 76 according to WWE's official Web site. Albano is best known to people in the professional wrestling world, where he was an integral part of the rise of the WWF in the early 1980s. As both a wrestler and a manager, Albano was a profoundly charismatic man who cut a great promo and had an incredible presence, which allowed him to cross over into other areas of the entertainment world and was one of the reasons that the very first Wrestlemania in 1985 was so successful.

One of the most important entertainment alliances Albano made was with Cyndi Lauper, who was at her commercial peak when she teamed up with Captain Lou. She appeared on WWF programming leading up to Wrestlemania, and in turn Albano played Lauper's father
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Captain Lou Albano Dies, Leaving Behind A Legacy Of Cyndi Lauper Videos

Sad news today, as Louis Vincent Albano — known to the entertainment world as Captain Lou Albano — passed away this morning at the age of 76. Albano is best known to people in the professional wrestling world, where he was an integral part of the rise of the WWF in the early 1980s. As both a wrestler and a manager, Albano was a profoundly charismatic man who cut a great promo and had an incredible presence, which allowed him to cross over into other areas of the entertainment world and was one of the reasons that the very first Wrestlemania in 1985 was so successful.

One of the most important entertainment alliances Albano made was with Cyndi Lauper, who was at her commercial peak when she teamed up with Captain Lou. She appeared on WWF programming leading up to Wrestlemania, and in turn Albano played Lauper's father in a handful of her most famous music videos.
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Captain Lou Albano, Famed Pro Wrestling Manager, Dead At 76

Albano's appearance in Cyndi Lauper videos made him an '80s pop-culture icon.

By Gil Kaufman

Lou Albano

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For pro-wrestling fans of a certain age, Captain Lou Albano was a larger-than-life figure who helped turn what was once a low-rent, cable-access sport into a pop-culture phenomenon. The World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer died on Wednesday morning (October 14) at the age of 76, according to the WWE and Wrestler's Rescue, an organization that helps raise money for retired wrestlers' health care.

Wrestler's Rescue reported that Albano had been in hospice care earlier this week, but no cause of death has been revealed.

Born Louis Vincent Albano on July 29, 1933, in Mount Vernon, New York, the former football player and bouncer entered the wrestling game in the late 1950s. His four-decade wrestling career kicked off when he created the tag team known as the Sicilians, playing a
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