He was hot-tempered, overly aggressive and tough as a
So is there any wonder why Manny Fernandez was nicknamed
“The Raging Bull?”
Fernandez earned his mat moniker the old-fashioned way —
by learning the ropes from the likes of Terry Funk and Dick Murdoch, being the
last one standing in bar fights, and shedding buckets of blood in rings from
the Carolinas to Japan.
On the last count, Fernandez, now 58 years old, relates a
story of a particularly brutal bout with Wahoo McDaniel at the UIC Pavilion in
Chicago in 1988. It was an Indian strap match and so bloody that ESPN wouldn’t
“The ring was covered in blood from corner to corner. The
people went crazy,” Fernandez recalls.
There was no way that the main event between Jerry Lawler
and Kerry Von Erich could follow it. That bout, ironically, was stopped due to
“They had one little trickle of blood,” says Fernandez,
who adds that neither Lawler nor Von Erich wanted to put the other over. “Wahoo
and I lost it. Wayne Bloom, Mike Enos and Ray Stevens had to hold me to the
ground to keep from getting at them. I wanted to kick their butts so bad.”
The fans booed, he says, and the promotion never came
back. It would be the first and only AWA show to be broadcast on pay-per-view.
broadcast the Extreme Rules PPV from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO.
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Johnny Rodz, Charles Wright (a/k/a Papa Shango), and Mike
Bennett celebrate birthdays today.
Emile ‘King Kong’
Czaja died at the age of 61 on this day in 1970, and Andy Kaufman was 35 when
he passed in 1984. Little Coco passed away when he was 40 on this day in 1993.
Shoichi Arai died at 36 on this day in 2002, and Alex ‘Big Dick Dudley’ Rizzo
was 34 when he passed that same day. Ricky Cortez died at the age of 83 on this
day in 2008.