Originally Posted by theidealstranger
If I am not totally mistaken, he did have a face run at the end of his career both as a wrestler and manager. But good point bringing in the money factor affecting the wrestler's face heel turns.
Buddy retired from wrestling in 1964 after 24 years on the mat as a heel in about 2,000 matches. Saying that he had a "face turn" is a stretch, to say the least.
After his retirement Buddy was idle in 1964
due to health problems. However, he couldn't stay away from the game and had literally one
match at the end of 1965 against Jack Dalton and two matches in 1966 (single against Tony Marino and a tag match with The Beast as his partner against Ed Carpentier and Johnny Rougeau.) He was a heel in those three bouts.
Buddy had literally seven
matches. Given that his opponents were all faces I would make the assumption he was still a heel in his limited "comeback."
Buddy had no documented matches and in 1969
fought 20 times. His opponents appear to be a mix of faces and heels, so it's not clear whether he was a heel or face, or combination of the two depending on the match.
For the next nine
years from 1970
Buddy did not have any matches as a wrestler or manager.
Buddy made his "comeback" at almost age 60
and had 45 matches
that year. Since his opponents were all heels, I would make the assumption that he was a face.
That was basically it as far as actually wrestling in matches. In the early 1980s Buddy hosted "ROGERS' CORNER"
on the WWF
television show and was the manager of Jimmy Snuka
. He also appeared on a number of television shows.
To say that Buddy Rogers had a "face turn"
is more than a stretch - it's just not
true. After 24 years
and 2,000 matches
as a heel
, 45 bouts
as a face
in his final year on the mat hardly qualify as a "face turn."
It's more like he made a last ditch attempt to fight "Father Time" and stretch out his participation in the game anyway he could.