March 23, 2007 – SmackDown!: Michael Cole & JBL paid tribute to WWE Hall of Famer, the late “Golden Boy” Arnold Skaaland..
Dave Meltzer (WrestlingObserver.com) wrote: Arnold Skaaland, a fixture on the Northeast wrestling scene dating back to the 1940s, passed away yesterday at the age of 82. A former part owner of Capital Wrestling Corporation, the parent company of the World Wide Wrestling Federation, Skaaland’s public persona during the 70s was as the long-time prelim wrestler who was the public manager of champions Bruno Sammartino and later Bob Backlund. He was also the regular heel manager for Andre the Giant for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he served the role as Andre’s caretaker and Vince McMahon Sr.’s business representative, since McMahon Sr. was Andre’s booker.
He promoted wrestling in White Plains and worked the box office and was in charge of taking the receipts from the shows and depositing them during the 60s and 70s, among his other jobs. That job shows the level of trust the other owners would have had in him in such a cut-throat business. We remained working behind the scenes with the company up to the present time.