Good stuff. Bruiser is the man
Dick was alright - he had some classic battles with Dick Murdoch, King Kong Brody and others all round the region, but clearly his partner the Crusher was better. Crusher had a song, dammit! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UQ9bKBnIO4&spfreload=10
My dad is one of those "this stuff is fake so why should I care about it" guys. Two wrestlers have impressed him over the years: John Cena for being able to throw Big Show on his shoulders and flip him like he weighed 10lbs and Dick the Bruiser for being the scariest thing he ever saw as a kid.
Read some of the classic books by the "Hall of Fame" guys, they note how the Bruiser was so damn huge in his prime. The guy could work a crowd like no one else, knew just when the sell and when to get smacked around, always able to give a good fight and promoters knew that when the Bruiser came to town, they were going to be counting the money.
I prefer this ode to the wrestler who made Milwaukee famous: http://youtu.be/zU48DCzrG-s
That's not the crazy or the awesome part. That part is that crowd. It's integrated. In 1955.
It's Chicago. Segregation wasn't as rampant as we perceive it looking back. The change in law merely said you couldn't do it anymore, but that doesn't mean every place in America did it. I've seen a high school yearbook from Chicago in 1935 and the school is integrated.
1955! Kane and Big Show were so fresh!