Category Archives: 1999

Jesse The Ref: A Million Bucks?

St. Paul Pioneer-Press – July 15, 1999
By Patrick Sweeney

Gov. Jesse Ventura will return to the wrestling ring as a referee next month for a payday that will allow him to donate $100,000 to charity and perhaps pocket $1 million more in fees and royalties.

Ventura joined officials of the World Wrestling Federation on Wednesday at Target Center to announce that Ventura will be the guest referee Aug. 22 in the SummerSlam, a pay-per-view event that will decide who is the WWF’s latest champion. Continue reading

Ventura Defends Participation

Associated Press – July 13, 1999
By Rochelle Olson

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Gov. Jesse Ventura defended his return to professional wrestling Tuesday, insisting he’s entitled to a life outside politics. Ventura bristled when asked whether his renewed ties to the World Wrestling Federation threatened the dignity of the governor’s office.

“If I were a nightclub singer in Caesars Palace, would you ask the same question?” he asked. Continue reading

Ventura Jumps Back Into The Ring

St. Paul Pioneer-Press – July 13, 1999
By Patrick Sweeney

Gov. Jesse Ventura, who first achieved fame as a pro-wrestling bad guy known as “The Body,” will return to the ring next month in a pay-for-view extravaganza sponsored by the World Wrestling Federation at Target Center.

Ventura and his spokesmen refused to say Monday whether he’ll participate as a wrestler, referee, ringside announcer or perhaps as a color commentator for the television broadcast of the event. Continue reading

Ventura Body Slams His Critics

New York Post – July 15, 1999
By Gersh Kuntzman

Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he didn’t have to wrestle with his conscience before deciding to go back into the ring – and slammed his critics as a bunch of spoilsports.

“There’s no rule that says a governor can’t have fun,” the former pro wrestler said, defending his planned appearance as a referee in the World Wrestling Federation SummerSlam event on Aug. 22 in Minneapolis. Continue reading

Body’s Back… Where He Belongs

St. Paul Pioneer-Press – July 15, 1999
By Bob Sansavere

As he approached the stage, Jesse Ventura walked slowly and appeared to be biting his lip. He seemed nervous, even sheepish.

Could it be common sense finally had whacked him upside the head, and he was realizing he was about to embarrass himself as well as his state?

No such luck. Continue reading

Bruiser Brody, Remembered

Dallas Morning News – July 15, 1999
By Cody Monk

Even in death, Frank Goodish didn’t follow the beaten path.

It was 11 years ago this week that Goodish, better known as Bruiser Brody, was stabbed while in the shower at Bayoman Stadium in San Juan. He died a day later.

Jose Gonzales was charged with the murder but acquitted later when witnesses refused to testify.

The motive behind Brody’s death remains a mystery. To those who knew him well, however, the way he died was not surprising. Continue reading

Pro Wrestling – A Ritual With A Bad Attitude

Orlando Sentinel – March 24, 1999
By Ramsey Campbell

I’ve never understood folks who look down on professional wrestling because it is rehearsed.

It kind of reminds me of when I was a kid reading science fiction novels and my mother occasionally would ask if I believed that stuff with the wild illustrations of UFOs and Bug-Eyed Monsters. Continue reading

Woman Recalls Grandmother Who Wrestled

Jefferson City News-Tribune – December 26, 1999
By Jon Detrixhe

Maudie “Mae” Wiseman Bartel Schaffer was a professional wrestler in the 1920s and ’30s.

She billed herself as “Mae Stein, the Jewess from Cleveland,” but to Geraldean Mae McMillin, Jefferson City, she will always be “Gram.” Continue reading

Wrestlers To Square Off At The Orleans

Las Vegas View – March 3, 1999
By Kirk Kern

When “Buffalo” Jim Barrier staged the first graduation/exhibition for Buffalo Jim’s Wrestling School, more than 2,200 people showed up.

“At that point, I figured we’d better get an arena and put on a big show,” Barrier said.

Barrier chose the arena at The Orleans for the first Buffalo Wrestling Federation card, scheduled for March 20. Continue reading

‘Rowdy’ Wrestler Has Family, Riches And Fame

Edmonton Sun – August 6, 1999
By Shelley Decker

Wrestling giant “Rowdy” Roddy Piper’s biggest blows are reserved for the WWF.

These days, wrestling has been transformed into action that should be found under the big top, believes Piper, who’s in our city to play Daniel Boone in an episode of the family TV series Mentors.

“I hate it. I absolutely despise it,” said the soft-spoken Canadian, who helped spark unrelenting world attention for wrestling when he and “Mr. Wonderful,” Paul Orndorff, climbed into the ring to battle Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in Wrestlemania I in ’85. Continue reading