Greg Oliver from SLAM! Wrestling today announced the passing of Charlie Fulton. Here is an excerpt from the well written story by Greg.
Charlie Fulton, who died yesterday, was a role player in the wrestling business, making his way up and down cards on a full-time basis from 1968 to 1985, and then occasionally donning the tights until 1992. While he was proud of his longevity, there was a “What If?” factor for Fulton too.
“The way I worked, if I had been born about 10 years earlier—I was born in 1949—and if I was born in ’39, this might sound silly to you, but right around 1959, 1960, if I had gotten into the business, I would have been working, and that’s when guys like Buddy Rogers and Buddy Austin and Magnificent Maurice, Johnny Barend, and all these guys were. I’d have loved to have been in that time,” he confessed in 2011.
The Ohio native graduated from high school in 1967 and went to learn the wrestling business under Lou Klein’s watch outside Detroit. “There was no real ring inside. It was like a 2×4 platform, plywood on top of it, with padding on top of that,” he recalled. “You learned how to take bumps. That was hard as a rock. He put ropes up on one end, but they really weren’t, it was more like steel cable with hose on it—it was like you would see in a ring, but there was no turnbuckles, so there was no, what you call, give. It was just a little loose.”