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ponyplayer19
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I watched some 1990 USWA last night. At the time, I thought PY Chu Hi was the worst thing ever. What was this ancient, obese white guy doing playing "an Oriental?" Time has a way of changing perspective. He wasn't that fat, he wasn't that old and he could still work his sizable posterior off. Where my young eyes just saw an old, fat man there was actually a really solid worker.

Still an awful gimmick though.

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You mean he WAS NOT really oriental?

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quote:
Originally posted by gulascantfoolus:
You mean he WAS NOT really oriental?

What chew tawkin about? Don't let Tojo hear you!
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I can still remember Dave Meltzer writing about it in the Observer. PY Chu Hi (old redneck Phil Hickerson).
I'm sure Dave would be a little more PC about it these days.
But still a stupid gimmick.
He kinda looked like Superstar Billy Graham.

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The name came from Tojo Yamamoto's old ring name, PY Chung.

Chu-Hi is an alcoholic beverage made from fruit.

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He only seems less obese now because people in general are so much fatter.
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Dammit. Now I want to go watch some PY Chu Hi.

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Along similar lines...I enjoyed Chris Champion's "Yoshi Kwan" run in WCW. If nothing else quite a transformation from his New Breed days. Both stints derailed by injury.
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You'll be telling me John Wayne isn't Mongolian next

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quote:
Originally posted by Liz Hunter's Boyfriend:
He only seems less obese now because people in general are so much fatter.

This. Today he'd be considered a cruiserweight in some parts of the South.
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Lawler: "Everybody knows this is big fat Phil Hickerson from Jackson, Tennessee."
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In Memphis they acknowledged that PY Chu Hi was really Phil Hickerson, but in Dallas they never went farther than Marc Lowrance questioning his background while never mentioning his real name.
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In todays WWE he'd be world champ and wrestling with a baggy shirt on.

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quote:
Originally posted by Idol I:
In todays WWE he'd be world champ and wrestling with a baggy shirt on.

I think Prichard mentioned in one of his podcasts that Vince loved big men in spaghetti straps, like Viscera, so picture that however you want.

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quote:
Originally posted by p-man from MD:
Lawler: "Everybody knows this is big fat Phil Hickerson from Jackson, Tennessee."


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I was lucky enough to do a morning radio show in Jackson, TN a few years ago and Hickerson was the co-host....Also, got to hang with him that evening at a songwriter's showcase sponsored by the station..... He is hilarious! The guy is absolutely a hoot!!
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quote:
Originally posted by Liz Hunter's Boyfriend:
He only seems less obese now because people in general are so much fatter.

There is truth to this.
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Heck yeah, PY Chu-Hi!

PY, Yoshi Kwan and Lord Tensai are some of my favorite "guilty pleasure" wrestlers.

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quote:
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Originally posted by p-man from MD:
Lawler: "Everybody knows this is big fat Phil Hickerson from Jackson, Tennessee."


I think this is 21, 22 months later from what I was watching. In the interim, it appears that Hickerson and Embry went to many an all you can eat buffet.
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quote:
Originally posted by ponyplayer19:
quote:
Originally posted by REO Speeddealer:
quote:
Originally posted by p-man from MD:
Lawler: "Everybody knows this is big fat Phil Hickerson from Jackson, Tennessee."


I think this is 21, 22 months later from what I was watching. In the interim, it appears that Hickerson and Embry went to many an all you can eat buffet.
And he's grown his hair and beard back. Being bald with the eye makeup made him look a bunch older. Kind of like how Harley's change to "blonde" in the WWF made him look 70, instead of 65.
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