Matt Striker's Wrestling Lesson of the Week for 8/07/07
In life, we are confronted with many things. Howsoever we arrive at our decisions we can never deny facts.
FACT: George W. Bush is a great leader- regardless of what the television and your brainwashed friends and family may say.
FACT: Kindness and compassion are good things that NEVER go unrewarded.
FACT: Matt Striker is a handsome man.
Let us look at that last fact for a moment. Women everywhere have "types" - granted I am EVERY woman's type - but some women have stronger preferences than others.
Some women like bald men. Examples of bald men that women find attractive are: Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bobby Lashley and Tommy Dreamer.
Some women fancy short dark hair on a man. Such as: John Cena, Randy Orton and of course, Matt Striker.
Still others favor long, flowing fair-haired locks such as Triple H or Shawn Michaels.
The one man who may arguably be the most desired athlete amongst women was one of the most popular wrestlers during the mid-1980s.
Of course an argument can be made for the likes of Ricky Morton of the Rock-n-Roll Express or Ricky Steamboat, whose unfurled coif and exotic good looks sent women into a frenzy- but NO ONE set the women's hearts ablaze more than:
"WILDFIRE" Tommy Rich!
A charismatic fan-favorite in the mid-1980s, "Wildfire" enticed the females with his boyish good looks, his trademark platinum blonde hair and unmatched fire. (Hence the name- DUH.)
Tommy Rich was more than just easy on the eyes. He was a Georgia National Champion, a World Tag Team Champion and after defeating Harley Race, he became World Heavyweight Champion - before losing the championship to the "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, five days later.
Yes, for one workweek, Tommy Rich was the best of the best.
The main accomplishment on Rich's dossier that stands out to me is his involvement in a match that would serve as the foreshadowing to one of the most violent, career- threatening concepts in our sports history- HELL IN A CELL!
Rich had a heated rivalry with one of the toughest, most maniacal men to ever step into a ring; "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer.
Rich and Sawyer fought all over the country nary scratching the surface of a resolution to their differences.
Finally, at the world famous OMNI in Atlanta, Wildfire and the Mad Dog ended their feud in a steel cage- with a ceiling of steel on top.
Wrestling fans had never seen such a sight. One-way in, one-way out.
In most Steel Cage Matches you can escape, or run by getting a good jump on your rival and simply climbing out of the cage.
In the OMNI on that historic night, that was not the case. The ceiling of steel was put into place to insure that one man had to batter his opponent to a point that all they had to do was merely walk out of the carnage and into history.
Women cried and shrilled as Tommy's adorably round face was marred by the mal intent of the Mad Dog.
In the end, amidst the blood, the emotion and the pieces of flash dangling from the cage, Tommy "Wildfire" Rich cemented his place in wrestling history and proved he wasn't just a pretty face.
Just like me. Matt Striker. Your teacher.
"She said get a hold of yourself.
I've got that hold
with my hand on the front of my pants
Perhaps Ill dare to dance
and if you take the chance to see the stance I've made
I might even help you and yours find yourselves some shade".