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Again, it was time for wrestling at the Greensboro Coliseum; this was about 1990-91 and wrestling was really in the crapper for WCW at this time.

The attendance was around 2500 people in a building that held 23,000 so the place looked like a ghost town. It was pitiful but the show must go on so, knowing this could be a bad show, we naturally went anyway.

We are wrestling fans; the few, the proud, we had to go. It is our life.

Sniff, sniff...

We found out through the grapevine that it was Jim Cornette's birthday and that a few of his wrestling friends would wrestle early and get to Charlotte for the birthday party.

So the first match was Bobby Eaton verses Cactus Jack Mick Foley. And I cannot think of two better wrestlers in the curtain jerker. Both guys wanted to scoot so we decided that, during their match, we would sing Happy Birthday to Jimmy.

Now I never said that we could sing very well but it truly was a solid effort. And you could hear us clearly. The thing I remember most about this match is that the front row seats were full for about five rows and the rest were totally empty. I guess Bobby and Mick took it as a personal challenge to see just how many empty chairs they could knock down during the match. It was amazing to watch these two guys use each other's bodies as bowling balls, throwing each though twenty or thirty chairs at a time.

It was a riot to watch and believe it or not, they seemed to enjoy killing themselves for this sad sparse crowd.

After the show, an old buddy Mike Gunter said he was going to the after-party. Mike gave me Cornette's home phone number and said I should call and wish the guy a happy birthday. This was a tough call for me to make because I had never met the guy. I had fiven him a t-shirt and a Parts Unknown hat once but that ain't calling a guy up cold!

Well, I finally got up the courage to call and believe it or not Cornette was happy to hear from a member of the good old Front Row. So happy that he quickly handed the phone to Cactus Jack. / Mick Foley. I was thrilled to talk to him and he told me a very flattering story about the Greensboro Front Row.

Foley told me when he first went to the Mid-Atlantic Territory he was riding to the shows with Larry Zybzco and Arn Anderson. All of them were bitching about the sad attendance to the shows. And the crowds were really laid back. Arn looked at both of them and said not to worry because Greensboro was coming up soon and both guys began to laugh.

Mick then asked if the stories were true about how crazy the Greensboro fan were? Larry turned around and said that he had a story! At one show he was wrestling a tag team match with Arn and when he tagged in all the fans began to quietly chant, "Stall, stall, stall," And this chant began to grow louder and louder. He then began to stall and he said those crazy fans popped like crazy cheering him for doing nothing!

I remembered that night - it was very funny to watch the ultimate stall master at work. I think Larry could do more with nothing than any man alive. Or was he just lazy?

Then Larry said that Greensboro was Arn's town! Arn who was driving just smiled and said he loved Greensboro and those fans with the signs really were a lot of fun.

Turns out most of the wrestlers looked forward to Greensboro while on these long road trips and they all began to wonder just what those signs would say. Mick Foley then told me that no matter how bad things got that we should keep making those signs because all the guys really enjoyed them. Some of the wrestlers began to bet on who would get the best signs! And Arn always won.

So after that call you know why we kept keep making all those signs. That and it was so much fun being a small part of the action.

Next Time,
One more Shoot!








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