No replies? I guess there's much interest in Classic wrestling. Just the WWE. Oh well, maybe I'll get into this "entertainment" stuff, and forget about when it was really entertaining. Oh boy! Maybe I can get some reps!
Deandre Cole reads my opening post and says it adds nothing he or she couldn't have found in Wikipedia. I note that this peon has about 4500 in a year and a half. This person must spend their life in this forum. I've said this this to someone else and I'll say it to her. Wrestling is one of my favorite wastes of time. It's Cole's life. A waste of time.
Oh, by the way, for the NWA to pick someone to hold their championship for 3 years, that person has to be over more than in BC. Kiniski was over all over the world. That's why the championship committee picked him to replace the legendary Thesz. After his title reign he remained over for years. It was only in his declining years that he was a regional star. During that time he was a local celebrity and would appear on talk shows and comedies. His son, Nick, opened bar in Point Roberts, where I visited with him a few times. Gene Kiniski was nice enough to talk to me. I don't have to go to Wikipedia to learn about someone I knew personally. GET IT ?
Mr Bad Example,
Fisrt off let me welcome you to this section. Thank you for making me feel young
. Honestly there are not many posters on here who are as old as us. That is not their fault. It is obivously much easier to comment on things you remember first hand. But there are several guys including Deandre Cole, Walk In, Ideal Stranger, Dusty Roids, 777, Brusier K.C., Shutthehellup, Georgeous One, etc.. who do give a rip about classic wrestling. Actually the fact that this thread has more than 4 reponses is pretty decent. Most posts about forgotten legends only manage a couple of replies.
I meant no disrepect commenting that you are Candaian. I was just pointing out that Kiniski is more beloved and respected by Canadian fans. That is not saying he is not one of the all time greats, he is.
My exposure to Kiniski is limited. He did not do the southern territories as often as I would have liked especially since his career was winding down by the time I started researching wrestling. I remember he was on the "Wreslter" expert panal and would rate other wrestlers every month. Wrestling was still kayfabe in those Apter mags so he would often have negative things to say about my favorites. He was still playing the part of a guy who thought he was the best and always mentioned that fact in his reviews. Therefore as a youngster who bought into kayfabe, he did his job on me....I hated him hahahaha.
Thanks for your input on Kiniski, it might inspire guys like me to do a little more diging into his career.