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 - Eric Westlund

These are the events of International Championship Wrestling from the time of late 1981 to the early part of the next year.  There was little change in the talent pool of the promotion making it easy for Angelo Poffo, the promoter, to keep a grasp of the angles and situations going on at that time. The main focus of the promotion was on its world champion, Randy Macho Man Savage, and who might dethrone the longstanding titleholder.  He was still in a heel character, with no regard for the rules or the support of the fans.  His two and a half year battle with Ronnie Garvin had culminated with Garvin freeing Crusher Broomfield from his servitude to the Macho Man, and the promotion needed to focus on other contenders as this feud had become stale with the fans. 

Macho Man's former manager, Steve Cooper, was introduced in a role as an ICW referee and occasional wrestler.  He said he would focus on keeping the action clean, especially the cheating antics of the Macho Man and Pistol Pez Whatley.  These two villains were frequent tag partners in late 1981 against Ronnie Garvin and the Canadian Bumblebee.  The Bumblebee angle was originated when Garvin brought a giant box to the television studio to taunt Randy Savage.  This box had the initials "C.B."  on it and was said to contain the Bumblebee .  When Whatley and Savage timidly opened the box, expecting Crusher Broomfield to be in it, they were surprised by a midget dresses up in a bumblebee outfit.  They tried to corner the small person in the studio but the faster midget got away.  This made the two heels furious, as they looked silly chasing this individual around the studio. 

But this was not the last we saw of the giant wooden box in the ICW story line.  Near the turn of the year 81, Macho Man was set to introduce his new valet/manager, Ms. Macho Man.  He announced on a TV show that the next week his new team member would debut. But in the middle of his speech, Garvin and Leaping Lanny interrupted Macho.  Garvin stated he had Savage's new Ms. Macho Man for him.  He proceeded to wheel the big wooden box (sometimes referred to as the mystery box) into the TV studio.  Thrashing and struggling noises could be heard from within the box.  Savage back peddled as Garvin promised Savage would love his new Ms. Macho Man, not knowing what was in the box.  As the box was opened for the studio audience it was revealed that Garvin and Lanny had hog-tied pistol Pez and dressed him up as a woman and locked him in the box.  This was one of the more humorous situations the fans had seen in a while, as Whatley and Savage looked ridiculous due to Garvin's actions.

On the next show Savage did get to present his new Ms. Macho Man. It was a woman the promotions fans were familiar with, Ms. Brenda Britton.  She had acted in the past as Hustler Rick Roger's valet, as she was Roger's real life wife.  She did not play a role as a heel character and I don't recall her ever interfering on the world champion's behalf.  

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