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 - Steve Webber

To begin with I'd like to talk a bit about some performers I left out of previous installments. There's no telling who else lurks back in the cobwebs of my mind.

El Bracero: Not a big guy; he was athletic and worked pretty well. The first time I saw him on TV he was competing against Ox Baker before succumbing to the heart punch. He also worked a short program with Pez Whatley and got a few wins. I assume he had probably worked WWA and/or Detroit, since most of the guys who came through worked either there or the southern territories before.

Rick Zarta (sp?): A big (for the time) guy from Spain. In fact, they called him "The Man From Spain." Creative, huh? He looked like he had potential, but disappeared without rising above early-card status.

Rick Link: How could I forget this guy; Man Mountain Link, The Beastmaster, Sir Rickton Link. He appeared sporadically, and always as a jobber. His jobber status, however, did not stop him from juicing like a stuck pig. I was surprised when he beat Jerry Lawler for the Southern title. His physique brought to mind the Dick Tracey villian "Pearshape."

Gary Young: Not "Gorgeous" Gary Young of USWA and World Class Fame. This 300 pound jobber never won a match that I'm aware of. He was billed as being from Samoa. He was a frequent victim of The Miser. 

Jimmy Dean: Billed as "The World's Fastest Wrestler." I only saw him once; he wrestled The Miser and spent most of the match running around the ring. The Miser caught him, applied the neckbreaker, and got the pin. 

I mentioned earlier that big names such as The Sheik, Ernie Ladd, and Ox Baker visited ICW for short periods of time. They also brought in not-too-big names like former Cleveland Brown Walter Johnson. OK, Johnson was a big name to football fans, but as a wrestler he left plenty to be desired. Apache Lu (Luis Martinez) also came through for a brief visit.  More...

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