Wheel Man for SCOTT STEINER
Join Date: Sep 2013
Re: The Man Who Killed Kayfabe
Jack Pfefer was a fucking nut job!
On the one hand, he was a master at handling money and promoting wrestling. There is no doubt that he was a genius in those areas.
On the other hand, he was a neurotic bordering on being a psychopath. At any perceived slight, real or imagined, he would seek retribution far beyond the severity of the insult. The reason Pfefer went on his wrestling expose rampage in the mid-'30s was because he thought that the other promoters had insulted and shortchanged him.
He would cheat his wrestlers and speak Yiddish (mix of Hebrew and German) on the phone when discussing business matters so they wouldn't understand him. When he managed Nature Boy Buddy Rogers he couldn't get away with this ploy, because Rogers (the son of German immigrants) spoke fluent German and could understand Pfefer's Yiddish. Rogers once admitted that during his pre-bout routine he would strut around the ring and make an estimate of the number of fans at the show so that Pfefer couldn't shortchange him.
When Buddy Rogers finally realized that Jack Pfefer was going completely off the deep end he ended their wrestler/manager relationship. Pfefer was one to hold a grudge for a long time. 12 years later in 1962 Big Bill Miller and Karl Gotch were hired by Pfefer to assault Rogers before a match in Ohio. Miller and Gotch were later arrested and charged.
Pfefer's second assault on the veracity of pro-wrestling came in the early 1950s. Enraged at being fired by Rogers he began printing newsletters claiming that wrestling was fake and accusing Rogers and others of being phonies. (I'm not home right now, but later I will post a copy of one of Pfefer's early 1950 newsletters attacking wrestling as fake.)
The most insane part of all of this is that while attacking wrestling he continued to promote it!!! In the late '50s he introduced Argentina Zuma who was a carbon copy of Argentina Rocca, albeit somewhat smaller in stature. In the early part of the '60s Pfefer began promoting matches with "big names" like BUMMY Rogers, Bruno SANmartino, HOBO Brazil, etc.
In summary, I believe that Pfefer could have been one of pro-wrestling's visionaries and icons. Unfortunately, his innate talent was wasted on senseless vendettas and a borderline psychotic personality.
"TO A NICER GUY IT COULDN'T HAPPEN!"
Nature Boy Buddy Rogers after defeating Pat O'Connor for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in Comiskey Park, June 30, 1961.
Last edited by Batko10; 08-15-2015 at 11:51 AM.