Join CAC Executive Board Member Morgan Dollar and his radio cohost David Buckler as they welcome Mr. Rico Mann to the program. Rico talks about his partnership with Dave Millican and Reggie Parks and how they have created championship belts for the world’s largest wrestling promotions. Rico also talks about working with superstars such as Madonna and KISS, the one-of-a-kind CAC Honoree belt they donate to the club every year. and how much he enjoys coming to the CAC Reunion. In addition, Morgan and David spend some time discussing the 2014 award nominees, William Moody’s inclusion in the WWE Hall of Fame, and much more. We hope you enjoy the program!
“I Ain’t No Pig Farmer!” by Dean Silverstone, edited by Scott Teal
“I suddenly felt the earth tremble, as if we had been hit by an earthquake. I began to wonder if a natural disaster would be my savior and help me escape what I thought would be my Waterloo. But, no. It wasn’t an earthquake. It was the wild-eyed, out-of-control human beings breaking the ring apart from the outside. The wrestling ring, which weighed close to 1,800 pounds, was being shaken back and forth and side to side by the angry mob.”
In an era when few people were allowed into professional wrestling’s inner circle, Dean Silverstone pitched the idea of publishing an arena program to Harry Elliott, the wrestling promoter in Seattle, Washington. Harry gave him permission and Dean’s career as a wrestling publicist began … when he was only 14 years old.
An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Dean wrote, created, printed, and sold the programs at Seattle’s Senator Auditorium and Masonic Temple for the next 11 years. During that time, he also would promote spot shows, referee, write and handle publicity for Elliott’s promotion, act as box-office manager, and run a few towns of his own.
Dean never wanted to be in the spotlight. He simply wanted to write about, referee, and promote the superstars of wrestling. When Elliott closed shop, Dean went into business for himself and formed Super Star Championship Wrestling.
Dean tells about putting together a roster of talent and struggling to build his company, despite opposition from other promoters, who considered him to be an outlaw. In the process, he faced anti-Semitism, unpredictable actions from his talent, crowd riots, warnings from the Hell’s Angels, collapsing rings, the tragic death of one of his top wrestlers, and even a Molotov cocktail. Through it all, he developed a rapport and trust between himself and the wrestlers he employed.
His story includes opening Golden Oldies Records — a retail business venture which would eventually grow to eleven stores in all parts of Washington state — hosting an annual reunion for veteran and retired wrestlers, and working on the board of directors for the Cauliflower Alley Club.
Finally, the story of Chris Colt’s time in Washington is told here for the very first time. The story fills an entire chapter and contains many of the sordid details of one of wrestling’s most eccentric characters.
This is the story of a self-made man, who, in his own words, was “born at just the right time in history.”
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The official 2014 honorees are…..
“Iron Mike” Award
One of the people most important to Trish Stratus‘ development in and out of the ring is being recognized by the wrestling industry this year.
On Wednesday, the Cauliflower Alley Club announced that Ron Hutchison would be receiving the first ever CAC Trainer’s Award as part of their annual Honorees.
On this edition of CAC Radio, David and Morgan bring you the 2013 Seasons Greetings edition of CAC Radio. Our first guest is the President of the CAC, a WWE Hall of Famer, and former AWA world champion, the legend himself Nick Bockwinkel!
Our second guest, Dan Kroffat is a Canadian wrestling legend and a major supporter of the CAC. From the Hart Dungeon to the squared circle, Dan has done so much in the wrestling industry. Listen to this interview and find out first hand how Dan became the original innovator of the “Ladder Match”!
Jason Sanderson – The Most Interesting (Wolfman) in New Hampshire
This wrestler-turned-novelist might be the only bishop with a beer named after him!
Some stereotypes stick harder than others — and professional wrestlers are forever stuck with the brawn-over-brains label. When he was the underdog candidate in the Minnesota gubernatorial election, former WWF star Jesse “The Body” Ventura posed as the Auguste Rodin sculpture “The Thinker” in a campaign ad while the narrator outlined his positions on education reform. Jesse “The Body” had become “Jesse The Mind.”
On this edition of CAC Radio, David and Morgan welcome CAC member and 2007 CAC Honoree Cowboy Bob Kelly. Cowboy is also the President of the Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion. From Kentucky to Mobile Alabama sit back and find out how Cowboy got started and what the CAC and the GCWR means to him.
Listen to the interview here:
Welcome to OWW Radio! Each week hosts David (@dlb19338) and Alex (@AlexGoff84) will provide perspective to the WWE, TNA, and everything else making news in the world of professional wrestling. A new episode will be posted each week. This week David is joined by Morgan Dollar. Morgan is an executive board member for the Cauliflower Alley Club. He is also the CAC banquet coordinator. David and Morgan talk about the mission of the CAC, the fun times at the reunion in Las Vegas, and Morgan’s career as an award-winning referee.
Listen to this episode here:
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the sports section of www.vernonmorningstar.com. It was written by Kevin Mitchell. Great to see the 2011 CAC Future Legend doing so well!
Clean the dorms for an hour to start the morning. Clean the dojo for an hour. Group training begins at 11 a.m. and includes 300 push-ups and squats, 60 back extensions, and 50 crunches and leg raises. Takes 90 minutes.
Then you wrestle, with short water breaks, for 90 minutes.
It was all part of a three-month Japanese pro wrestling camp with Noah Wrestling, an outfit which scouted Kelowna’s Kyle Sebastian last October at the Harley Race Wrestling Camp in Missouri.
Enjoy these great photos from the 2013 CAC Reunion, including this one of Ata Johnson, Lisa Moretti, and Little Egypt! The photos are courtesy of Scott Romer and Mike Lano.
Check out the photo gallery here:
All of this year’s award winners are listed on the 2013 CAC Reunion page: