Top 50 good guys in wrestling history

#23 The Crusher & The Bruiser

Dick the Bruiser and Reggie “The Crusher” Lisowski were as blue collar as a case of Schlitz and a cheap cigar. Mainstays of Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association from the late ’50s until the early ’80s, the brawling cousins bashed rivals like The Blackjacks and The Valiant Brothers to win five AWA Tag Team Championships and become the Midwest’s unlikeliest heroes.

Villains apart, Da Bruiser & Da Crusher turned into idols together as they stomped to the ring to the “Beer Barrel Polka” and pounded Pabst Blue Ribbon long before “Stone Cold” cracked his first “Steveweiser.” In a territory where the majority of the good guys were “Minnesota nice” Olympians, the duo bucked the trend by smoking stogies on the way to the ring and training for matches by eating sausages and dancing with Polish barmaids. “The World’s Most Dangerous Wrestler” and “The Wrestler Who Made Milwaukee Famous” proved that being good guys didn’t mean you had to be bland. How ’bout ’dat? — R.M.