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Jerry Allen and the WWF
The WWF had a house show in Winston-Salem one night in 1988 and a few of the Front Row crew decided to check out the competion. Obin, Big Eddie and yours truly jumped into my car and made the thirty-minute trip.
We had gotten lucky with Front Row seats as the place was about two thirds full. The first thing that really stood out was that the ring in the WWF is very small compared to the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling rings. It looked like a playpen instead of a ring and it was about half the distance to the floor. This visual made the wrestlers look a lot larger and taller and I was stunned just how bad the wrestling was in person. Most of these guys did a planned routine that was real bland.
The first match was Outback Jack verses some jobber that I cannot remember. I really try to forget the painful things in my life. This was one that I could not shake. Out House Jack was a big guy from Australia and his music was this crappy song from down under, Tie the Kangaroo Down Boys!
I decided to light this guy up and really started in on him. Within three minutes Jack really blew up bad and after the match, he walked over to me really winded and asked me if it really was that bad?
Yeah, it was.
Then in the middle of the show out walks this job guy named Terry Gibbs. Gibbs was a very valuable hand for the WWF for about ten years. He wore these really cool black leather boots with black knee protectors. I figured this was the "bore the fans before the Hulkster match." This was the "bring the crowd down" match that would grind down the action so the fans could get some pizza or a drink and have a bathroom break.
Why they did this crap was a great mystery to me personally because all the matches so far bored me and couldn't they just bring out Out House Jack again? That would do the trick. Well, out of this mess I decided to give Gibbs some ribbing. I yelled out at him, "Hey, is this the bore the fans before the Hulkster match? What did we do to deserve this? We are already bored with this crap!"
I really hit a nerve with that line because it was the truth and Gibbs was in a mood to play. Terry Gibbs just exploded across the ring and started to scream at me. He wanted me to sign a contract to fight him in the ring. I told him that I wanted to start at the top not the bottom so I couldn't wrestle a jobber like him. That would be a step down in my career goals. After all, he had never won a match on TV so what was in it for me?
Then out to the ring came Gibbs opponent, another loser name Jerry Allen. I had a field day with that! I told Gibbs if he could beat Jerry Allen then he could have a match with me. But I called his opponent, "Jerr- RAY Allll-en!"
This back and forth between Gibbs and myself went on for the whole match. Gibbs attacked Allen and worked him over for about three or four minutes and the whole time he continued to banter with me. He then knocked Allen out of the ring and grabbed a hold of referee Earl Hebner. Gibbs then yelled, "This old man could even kick your ass!"
I went off and yelled, "Personally I think Hebner could kick your ass! The guy is great at his job unlike you!"
Suddenly, a bunch of other fans tried to get in on the action and began to heckle Gibbs too. He would have none of it. He looked at this loud mouth with a New Jersey accent and screamed, "I am yelling at this jerk, not you, so sit down asshole"
As this went on, Jerry Allen climbed up on the top rope, was waiting for Gibbs to turn around. I saw what was going to be the big finish and I told Gibbs to turn and face his opponent because he could not face me until he beat Jerr- Ray Alll-en.
Gibbs turned around swearing at me and was hit with the cross body for the pin. The place went nuts cheering, It was a perfect moment and I started counting with Hebner one, two, three right at the defeated Gibbs. Gibbs sold this like he had just lost a championship match, which made it even more hysterical. Then Earl Hebner ran down to me at ringside and held up my hand declaring me the winner! Hebner looked at Gibbs and said, "The Winner! He kicked your ass and I could too!"
Now that my friends that is making something out of nothing.
And people stay magic is dead.
There was an intermission after that match and when they came back to start the matches again, Earl Hebner came up to me and said, "Terry said he had a blast and we need to do that again real soon!"
I told Hebner to tell Gibbs that it was a great time and I would be game anytime. Is that cool or what? Gibbs knew I was working him as hard as he was working me.
The main event was Ricky Steamboat verses Randy Savage and it was just like their Wrestle mania Three match. I started in on both of them. I could not understand how these two guys could take a back seat to Hogan. They were ten times the wrestlers of that over rated jerk but I got no reaction from either of them.
Another night, another adventure, and if you ever see Big Eddie or Obin ask them about it.
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