Welcome Jim Unfortunately "Piledriver" is no longer published. May 2000 (issue 33) was the last issue that came out. There was going to be a "FINAL Issue" but for different reasons never eventuated.
You will find a couple of other Aussies on the board. Libnan Ayoub from Sydney is one.( Walking encyclopedia on Australian wrestling)
Mr Wonderful from Qld. (although his "whereabouts" are in question due to a cricket match he was involved in last Sunday?)
Add another shrimp on the barbie you blokes !
Yes another Aussie. I have been living in Dc for 8 years but still get stopped and asked about "that crazy dude in the Shorts, Crocodile Hunter"
If you have old copies of Piledriver I actually wrote some articles for them years ago. I am good mates with Johnny Gray so know a bit about old World Championship wrestling days but not as much as Libnan of course.
Anyway hopefully we can get a bit of a chin wag going about wrestling old and new. And while I'm here did Spiros Arion pass away or not. I have heard conflicting reports. And on Jack Brisco Johnny said he was the best wrestler he ever faced in terms of pure wreStling ability. Cheers, Mike
Spiros did NOT pass away. Lib himself was the one who uncovered this and spoke to Spiros a few months ago. The confusion came because somehow the mistaken idea got around that Spiros' real name was Andreas Lambrakis. As far as I know his real name is Spiros Arion. Lambrakis is a famous Greek wrestler from a slightly earlier period. Lambrakis was the one who died in '97.
quote:Originally posted by Aussie Mike in Dc: If you have old copies of Piledriver I actually wrote some articles for them years ago. Mike
G'day Mike "The Coach" Welcome aboard! I was only just reading one of your old articles a few days ago! The one on referee "Michael Hunt". (can you believe that I don't remember anyone sniggering when he was introduced back then?) Your's & Ed Lock's articles were my favorite bits in the early Piledrivers. Your input on the board will be most welcome and appreciated.
I first went into Australia very young an inexperienced, I was in my first year. I wrestled a lot of the big names like Killer Karl Kox, Killer Kowalski, Dr Bill Miller, Brute Bernard, Skull Murphy, Spiros Arion, Mario Milano, Tony Parisi. Being a rookie, a sure got schooled in a hurry being in the ring with such great veteran stars. I learned an awful lot from them. I loved Australia and their fans were fabulous.
And you're right, it was the first time I met Billy Robinson. He was the World champ back then. Their World tag champs were Miller and O'Day. They had a promotion there after Barnett pulled out. I think Brian Blair wrestled for them.
You certainly did learn in a hurry. I can still recall the match you had with Billy Robinson in Brisbane was one of the greatest I've ever seen! I wonder if you have any recollection of the angle where a young lady (the president of the Australian Jack Brisco fan club) presented you with a watch in appreciation, and later in the show, Lars Anderson and Dick Murdoch (from memory) came out and destroyed it. It's little things like that that stay with one far longer than the so-called 'important' things in life!
Jack--Thanks to my Australian buddy Geoff, from Melbourne, I have a number of clippings from Australia with you listed on the cards, wrestling those fellas that you mentioned above, & more. If you'd like some copies of them, just e-mail me, & I'll fix you up! BTW, I remember Johnny Gray well, from his 1974-'75 days here in Tennessee, for Gulas. He was a talented heel wrestler, & I have him on some 1975 Memphis video, teaming with George Barnes & Bill Dundee, vs. the Fullers.
Thanks for your comments re my Piledriver articles. I enjoyed writing for them but after moving to the States I lost contact with laz and the boys. Ed Lock was an amazing guy who I never got to meet unfortunately.
Will post something on from mark to Smart on the other board Geoff as you suggest. Jack (this is his board after all) do you remember wrestling Johhny Gray at all in Australia, and do you work out at all these days just to keep fit?
Thanks for your time Jack, and for the great memories you gave us Aussies when you wrestled there.
P.s: Crimson thanks for the info re Spiros Arion and for you great work in co-ordinating the boards.
Aussie Mike in DC . If Laz is who I think it is ( a Jewish lawyer in Melbourne ) then I have met him . Last contact I had with him he seemed to be fading from the wrestling scene , losing interest I'm afraid . Shame , nice bloke and very knowledgable . I used to get Piledriver to , shame it stopped , apparently rising costs and time demands , plus wavering interest in the fans led to it's fall .
quote:Originally posted by Mr. Wonder ful: You certainly did learn in a hurry. I can still recall the match you had with Billy Robinson in Brisbane was one of the greatest I've ever seen! I wonder if you have any recollection of the angle where a young lady (the president of the Australian Jack Brisco fan club) presented you with a watch in appreciation, and later in the show, Lars Anderson and Dick Murdoch (from memory) came out and destroyed it. It's little things like that that stay with one far longer than the so-called 'important' things in life!
I hadn't thought about this in years until you brought it up. I vaguely remeber it and can't recall any of the details. It was Jim Barnett's idea.
I remember the match with Billy Robinson in Brisbane. He hurt my back and I missed three or four days of bookings. The ring there was a boxing ring and not a wrestling ring. The ring had a post right in the middle. Billy slammed me right in the middle of the ring on that post. The post didn't give but my back did. We went an hour broadway and he slammed me with about six or seven minutes to go. I barely made it through.