PeteF3....here's some more to add to your list...the Big Cat had a pet name for Dominic Denucci...remember "spaghetti bender" ?? Ernie referred to Rocky Johnson as "Uncle Tom Johnson". He called Wahoo McDaniel a "cigar store indian". In Ladds world Rufus R. Jones was "Captain Nappyhead".
"Loudmouth" Mulligan is obvious. J.Y.D. was a "greasy black dog". Backlund was "Howdy Doo Dee" and Dick the Bruiser was "Dick the Loser" when Ernie spoke about him. Pretty funny stuff. Was Ernie Ladd king of the promo ??
BTW some modest research leads me to believe that Ladd is talking about ThunderBolt Patterson in the OP's original Youtube clip. R.I.P. Mr. Ladd
I first saw this Ernie Ladd interview a couple of years ago and assumed from the get go that he was talking about The Crusher. The results back it up. Tommy Rich and The Crusher faced Ernie Ladd and Ole Anderson quite a bit during The Crusher's brief run in Georgia during 1979. Ole wound up on the babyface side of the fence not long afterwards and Ladd runs him down. So it would seem to put this interview in the late fall of 1979.
quote:Originally posted by unclefester: PeteF3....here's some more to add to your list...the Big Cat had a pet name for Dominic Denucci...remember "spaghetti bender" ??
I heard Ernie call Tony Parisi that, and I'm pretty sure I've seen some tape of Ernie calling Bruno a "spagetti bender", too. Not sure if he was the first to do so with Bruno, though, altough I certainly wouldn't be surprised....
-------------------- The Traveller a fan since '68....
"Reputation is what others think about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. The friction tends to arise when the two are not the same.... Guard your honor; let your reputation fall where it may."
Thanks for all the replies, I didn't even know Crusher was ever in Atlanta. Ladd was so brilliant. Just doin' some housekeeping. Cleaning up the bums. You like that, don't you Mr. TV announcer?
I thought Ladd was great then, and I still get a kick of him today.
I know he was usually the heel. But I still have to ask about this. From everything I've read, Ladd was going back to his football days an activist, someone who wouldn't stand for racial discrimination against himself or others.
Knowing that now, it is sort of strange to hear him doing promos on other black wrestlers. I know he was usually the heel, but still....
quote:Originally posted by tamalie from MN: So it would seem to put this interview in the late fall of 1979.
I'm certain it's from May 1980. Near the end of the clip he references the Austin Idol-Baron Von Raschke angle from earlier in the broadcast that turned Idol babyface.
quote:Originally posted by tamalie from MN: Good call. I didn't think about that angle and assumed Ladd wouldn't have brought up Crusher very long after his departure. By mid 1980, he was old news.
If I remember correctly, Ladd left GCW for a few months following the blow off with Ole in Nov-Dec 79. I first got WTBS in Nov 1979 and Ladd-Ole was the top fued for a few weeks, and then Ernie left town. He did come back relatively quickly, so this promo may have been early in his return, and he was referencing his earlier accomplishments.
Seems like Ernie recycled alot of the same nicknames for the corresponding archetype in each territory he ventured into.
I'm guessing I read this in the Meltzer Obit bio on Ernie Ladd. He apparently built his heel character to be the embodiment of the black man that white America feared at that time. Already a huge intimidating figure, he accentuated that with a huge afro and often a crown to make him appear even taller. Platform or boots with heels also were part of his non ring gear apparel, along with smart suits. Arrogant, articulate (somewhat - in hindsight he did stumble over words and lost his train of thought, and sometimes used the wrong three syllable word), and of course what better way to get across that he was a heel by insulting his fellow black fan-favorites, by calling them the ultimate sell out name!
-------------------- "Kneel before Zod" General Zod
"You're a little out of order yourself-You insulted him a little bit, you insulted him A LITTLE BIT" Jimmy the Gent Conway
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quote:Originally posted by Lord Tense Guy: Crusher delivers one of my favorite promos ever.
I never saw that before. That was one of the best promos of all time. Thanks so much for posting that.
-------------------- "A spokesman for the NYPD said the police were exercising their right to defend themselves from charging protesters who...were armed with dangerous ideas" Keith Olbermann RE:NYPD over reaction to OWS protests
quote:Originally posted by The Coach: I really enjoyed and do to this day his feud with Jay Strongbow where he played "possum." Correct me if I'm wrong but hadn't they feuded outside of GA prior to this?
Just stumbled across Ernie's 1963 Fleer football card while he was a defensive tackle with the San Diego Chargers. While Ernie was a machine when it came to giving his opponents nicknames I didn't know and hadn't read that Ernie had his own nickname back then. The card reads...Ernie "Little Samson" Ladd.
Ernie's 1964 Topps card is the first one I can find to refer to him with his better know nickname. On the reverse of that card there's a bit a of a life story that concludes... "During the off-season Ernie is a professional wrestler known as the Giant Cat". So fair to say the "Cat" nickname was born out of his wrestling career and then adopted to the rest of his football career ??