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« on: March 05, 2011, 08:32:21 PM »

1. Bobby Heenan
2. Jimmy Hart
3. Mr. Fuji
4. Captain Lou Albano
5. Classie Freddie Blassie
6. Sunny
7. Sensational Sherri
8. Paul Bearer
9. 'Playboy' Gary Hart
10. Slick

Paul Ellering, The Grand Wizard, and Missy Hyatt
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2011, 12:10:40 AM »

A few obvious omissions:

Jim Cornette
Paul E. Dangerously
JJ Dillon

and, of course

The legendary Downtown Bruno Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2011, 02:07:03 AM »

The greatest manager of all time is J.J Dillon.  I am not sure why he needed to manage the Horsemen, but he did.

Number two?  "Prescious" Paul Ellering.

If there needs to be a third it would go to Paul Jones.

Honorable mention to Jim Cornette and Gary Hart.

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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2011, 06:22:24 AM »

I've always thought that Cornette's best work was done behind the scenes - he had a good head for the business.
A lot of very good workers came out of SMW - and they weren't all cookie cutter clones like today.

In regards to Ellering, it's my opinion that the RW's made him what/who he was.
Take nothing away from him, but as a manager, I doubt he'd have been as over managing other guys.
RW's, on the other hand, were incredible with or without him.

As for Downtown Bruno, at least the guy had an action figure...as someone...eventually.
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2011, 07:20:46 PM »

I'll always be a mark for "The Brain."

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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2011, 05:40:31 AM »

Brain is tops but I enjoyed them all back in the eighties. Jimmy Hart with his infamous megaphone, Fuji with his cane and lets not forget one that was mentioned...

Lucious Johnny Valiant.... Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011, 06:09:14 AM »

I can't believe that nobody's mentioned Johnny Polo.
Who else could have gotten Adam Bomb over the way he was?

WTF, guys?

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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2011, 06:27:03 AM »

A few others in the mix......Skandar Akbar, Sir Oliver Humperdink and Percy Pringle.

In regards to Ellering.  I think he was a perfect compliment to the RW's and actually did serve as a real manager, not just on camera.  and when he started out in GCW, he had an incredible stable....the original Legion of Doom w/Spoiler, Bundy, RW's, etc...  as well.

JJ Dillon also served as more of a "real" manager to the Horseman.  What I really thought he did best for them was give them that voice of "business as usual" and blended so well with the Horseman's bragging about their lifestyle. 

Jim Cornette with the Mid-Night Express was incredible.  Neither guy, regardless of the team, could talk at all and he got them over big-time.

Man, these lists just remind me of how far things have fallen.   Almost ALL of these guys really enhanced the product, not just walk to the ring and stand around.  Sad era to see gone.

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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2011, 10:07:20 AM »

A few others in the mix......Skandar Akbar, Sir Oliver Humperdink and Percy Pringle.

In regards to Ellering.  I think he was a perfect compliment to the RW's and actually did serve as a real manager, not just on camera.  and when he started out in GCW, he had an incredible stable....the original Legion of Doom w/Spoiler, Bundy, RW's, etc...  as well.

JJ Dillon also served as more of a "real" manager to the Horseman.  What I really thought he did best for them was give them that voice of "business as usual" and blended so well with the Horseman's bragging about their lifestyle. 

Jim Cornette with the Mid-Night Express was incredible.  Neither guy, regardless of the team, could talk at all and he got them over big-time.

Man, these lists just remind me of how far things have fallen.   Almost ALL of these guys really enhanced the product, not just walk to the ring and stand around.  Sad era to see gone.


Lol...I knew I forgot a few and I somehow knew you would save the day, Show.  Grin

Great choices here.
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2011, 03:14:59 PM »

i would have to go with lou albano,or the brain.
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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2011, 05:02:20 PM »

On the mic... the Brain

At Ringside... Jimmy Hart

Agree with the comments on Ellering- seemed more like a true manager, teaching the guys how to manage money and be smart, as a character, the RW were great with or without him.
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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2011, 06:59:08 PM »

On the mic... the Brain

At Ringside... Jimmy Hart

Agree with the comments on Ellering- seemed more like a true manager, teaching the guys how to manage money and be smart, as a character, the RW were great with or without him.


Jimmy was animated and took some decent bumps.
So did Heenan, for that matter.

I always loved, too, the way Heenan reacted to the ring action.
Oftentimes, he sold the moves better than the guys in the ring.
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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2011, 10:22:27 PM »

In his prime, Ellering had one of the best physiques in wrestling. Even today, he'd be one of the best.



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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2011, 02:47:20 AM »

A few others in the mix......Skandar Akbar, Sir Oliver Humperdink and Percy Pringle.

In regards to Ellering.  I think he was a perfect compliment to the RW's and actually did serve as a real manager, not just on camera.  and when he started out in GCW, he had an incredible stable....the original Legion of Doom w/Spoiler, Bundy, RW's, etc...  as well.

JJ Dillon also served as more of a "real" manager to the Horseman.  What I really thought he did best for them was give them that voice of "business as usual" and blended so well with the Horseman's bragging about their lifestyle. 

Jim Cornette with the Mid-Night Express was incredible.  Neither guy, regardless of the team, could talk at all and he got them over big-time.

Man, these lists just remind me of how far things have fallen.   Almost ALL of these guys really enhanced the product, not just walk to the ring and stand around.  Sad era to see gone.



X2.  Remember the tennis racket and when he used to talk about Mama?  It don't get much better.

I guess the funny thing about Ellering is he was not that good.  But he certainly was better than the Road Warriors.  I guess that is why I remember him as being better.

No love at all for my man Paul Jones??  He carried our boy Wahoo.
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« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2011, 10:01:02 AM »

In his prime, Ellering had one of the best physiques in wrestling. Even today, he'd be one of the best.



Holy Cow! I had no idea Ellering ever looked like that!
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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2011, 10:39:38 AM »

Holy Cow! I had no idea Ellering ever looked like that!

I'm pretty sure he actually competed in some bb shows......"Precious" Paul looked great, could talk, but his ring work was very so-so....he did wrestle in GCW for a while before moving exclusively into managing.
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« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2011, 11:15:21 AM »

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« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2011, 11:56:17 AM »

Holy Cow! I had no idea Ellering ever looked like that!
Ellering was a decent size and always RIPPED as hell.
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« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2011, 06:19:22 PM »

gotta agree ellering probably had one of the top five physiques in rasslin.
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« Reply #19 on: March 09, 2011, 06:47:14 PM »

wild red berry


Okay, I got Billy March in your other thread, but you really stumped me with this one.
I can honestly say I've NEVER heard this guy's name mentioned before now.
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« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2011, 07:45:48 AM »

wild red berry
Sounds like a flavour at Baskin Robbins.  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: March 10, 2011, 12:39:32 PM »

Paul Bearer
Eddie Gilbert
Paul E Dangerously
Missy Hyatt
Sullivan
Baby Doll
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« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2011, 03:11:10 PM »

Does Elizabeth count? and other guys I liked not mentioned were Bill Alfonso and Col. Parker.
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« Reply #23 on: March 12, 2011, 03:59:31 PM »

Does Elizabeth count? and other guys I liked not mentioned were Bill Alfonso and Col. Parker.


It's Liz's CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to count as a manager.
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« Reply #24 on: March 12, 2011, 04:24:20 PM »


It's Liz's CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to count as a manager.
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