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 - Tony D. 

The Junkyard Dog was one of the most popular men in wrestling in 1984. At the time, JYD was in Mid-South which operated primarily in Louisiana and Oklahoma. Bob Geigel might’ve took notice of the popularity of JYD, or he might’ve brought Tom "Boogaloo" Shaft and Tom Ivy to the Central States area for other reasons.

Tom "Boogaloo" Shaft did an interview with Kevin Wall on the episode of All Star Wrestling that was broadcast on April 22, 1984. This has got to be one of my favorite wrestling interviews ever. Among other things, Tom Shaft said "I got more love for Sweet Jean than Van Camp’s ever dreamed of having Pork ‘n Beans."

"I’m 58 inches across my chest, I don’t fear nothing but the Good Lord and death. I eat lightning, I clap thunder, I walk through the graveyard, I put the dead on the wonder."

"I just got a brand new boat load of silver and it was all imported from Japan, I bought me 500 tailor made suits, and each one’s gonna cost me a grand."

"I eat razor blade biscuits, I chew bubblegum. All the things the world can’t stand, well please do bring me some."

Tom Shaft claimed that "I was the World’s Tough Man Champion in 1982, I was the World’s Tough Man Champion in 1983, and in 1984, if nothing happens, I’m gonna be the World’s Tough Man Champion again."

Tom Shaft won a handicap match in an earlier episode of All Star Wrestling, and he wrestled Grizzly Evans on April 19, 1984 which was broadcast on All Star Wrestling on April 29, 1984. Bobby Whitlock was the Referee. Tom Shaft is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and weighs 274 pounds. Grizzly Evans is from Branson, Missouri and Kevin Wall says that Grizzly Evans is about 290.

Grizzly Evans with a headlock. Evans gets out of it and gets behind Evans and puts Evans in a bearhug from behind. Evans with an armbar, but Tom Shaft gets out of it with a bodyslam. Tom Shaft with two armdrag takedowns and an armbar of his own. Grizzly Evans with a powerslam but Tom Shaft still holds on with the armbar.   More...

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