The story of my connection to "The Destroyer" Dick Beyer is just a token of the impact Beyer had on popular culture, professional wrestling and his community in Western New York. See a terrific bio by Mike Mooneyham here. Also, I recommend purchasing the Destroyer's biography, Masked Decisions, for a complete retrospective on Beyer's life … Continue reading Standing in the Light of a Legend: The Intelligent, Sensational Destroyer
In light of the passing of "The Destroyer" Dick Beyer earlier this month, I thought I would share the full quotes I got from Ric Flair about Beyer for a press release I put together in 2017. Beyer had been awarded the Stanley Weston Award, the lifetime achievement honor from Pro Wrestling Illustrated in late … Continue reading RIC FLAIR: ‘THE DESTROYER’ IS MY HERO
"That really pissed me off. I thought that was a coward message to try to get a win without fighting. I was really mad. And I was ready to take a knockout or a loss or whatever it took, but I wasn’t going to chicken out of this one."
Instead of like, sitting back and thinking, "Oh man, Greg’s got that market cornered, Greg has the handicapped market cornered, he’s taking my spotlight" or whatever selfish thought I was thinking at the time, I realized that if we joined forces here this could be something bigger than the both of us and we could actually help out a lot of people and plant seeds of inspiration all over the country and all over the world at every opportunity.
"It wasn't a set of rules that I molded my life to fit, (the concepts behind straight edge) were things I already believed with a movement running parallel."
“Wrestling has such a bad stigma as it is, you know. ‘It's fake it's choreographed’ whatever people want to say. I think when people see something that looks absolutely real, we aren’t talking about a really well-timed bodyslam… (this was) something that looks like, ‘Oh shit, that guy might not stand up!’ I think that's what got their attention,” he said.
There's so many songs about feeling guilt or pressure or the weight of the world in that regard, but I thought it was kind of a crazy notion to kind of turn the tables on the situation and throw all the responsibility the other way. I don't know, I'm surprised we haven't caught more flack about that song than we have over the years, everybody seems to like it, oddly enough, girls seem to like it as much as guys.