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I figure it is time to talk about the members of the Front Row and this is as good a time to start as any.
I first met Bruce Mitchell in 1985 at the comic book store I was working for.This was the old Acme Comics store in downtown Greensboro, a local hang out where I met a lot of other wrestling fans.
In those days, I guess I was the loudest guy many fans had ever met. I was always talking about wrestling and went to all the shows. One day this skinny guy kept jumping into my conversations asking questions about who did what and how I knew that.
I will always remember the fact that this square was wearing a Duke sweatshirt. I had never seen one before, so I figured he was either misguided or retarded so I was nice to him and answered all his questions.
Every week or so this same guy would show up to buy comics and talk wrestling. I finally told him to join in the conversation and a friend was made. It turns out this poor guy was living in Oxford and then moved to Beckley, West Virginia and driving down every week to get his books and talk graps. Some people are a lonesome lot so we kept up the talk always about Mid- Atlantic Wrestling. Bruce was really dying to sit on the front row. Any front row. He had never sat that close before so I got him an extra ticket.
Well here we are at Wrestling night and Bruce comes strolling in dressed in a suit. At that time, he was managing a Belk's store and had driven in from West Virginia, 4 hours one way, and didn't have time to change. I now knew he was really a fan.
The show started and Bruce was just blown away by the hard-hitting action. Front Row Section D was the place to watch Wrestling. The Wrestlers really loved the fans and the signs and man o man did we get a great show every night, probably the best shows of the tour.
Anyway, Bruce turns and asks me,"Can the wrestlers hear you when you yell at them?"
I said why don't you try it and find out.
Well, Bruce did not know that the match he was going to try this was the Rock and Roll Express match. And I had been giving Ricky and Robert Morton shit for years.
Those guys were THE hot faces in the promotion and they were not used to being cheered against - it was the wrong thing for Bruce to do. But a guy has to get experience in life so I let him have his moment with the R and R.
Bruce stood up and yelled, "Hey Morton! You suck!"
A great moment in wrestling history, folks. Bruce Mitchell learning the realities of the Front Row. Man, was the Rock and Roll waiting for that one!
Ricky Morton runs across the ring like a madman and yells at the top of his lungs, "Hey Four Eyes! I have turned down more pussy in one day than you will get in your whole fucking life!"
Bruce is now the deer caught in the headlights and he froze totally shocked at the heated reaction.
What Morton said was true. Hey, It was true with anyone in the business for that matter. But that was not the issue. Morton was attacking the Front Row and I could not stand for it.
So I yelled back, "Hey Morton! Are we talking legal pussy here or any under aged teeny boppers in t-shirts and training bras or any farm animals you might have banged on the way here?"
Morton went nuts. Gibson even said something on that one. This was rare because I could never tell where that guy was looking.
Bruce just turned, sat down and looked at me and said, "Man, he really hates you!"
"Wait until you see Dusty," I said.
The rest of the time Morton ignored the match and yelled bloody murder at us and we loved every minute of it. After the show was over Bruce never missed a show and moved to Greensboro. I think it was because of the wrestling. He would say a teaching job and The ACC Basketball. Being the center of the universe, who are you going to believe?
The Front Row really started to take hold with more of a regular cast of characters. Obin, Big Eddie, Bruce, KC O'Connor, Russ, Angie, Lisa, Bud, Cheryl, Diamond Dan, Stamper, Harry, Doug and a few others. This crew was the solid Front Row Section D that became a Crockett TV backdrop for the next 6 years.
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