Wrestling Loses Two Greats That Everyone Loved To Hate

Submitted by: 5cats 1 month ago Sports

We've lost two great old school wrestlers these last few days -- George "The Animal" Steele passed away on February 16, and Ivan "The Russian Bear" Koloff left this mortal coil on February 18.

I grew up watching these guys, they were consummate, professional entertainers. And very bad! Booooo! Booooo! Both were "heels" and always the villains and what memorable villains they were!

Ivan (Oreal James Perras) went on to become a born-again Christian minister, dedicating his life to worthy charities. George ( William James Myers) did some acting after his wrestling career was over. He played Tor Johnson in "Ed Wood" -- a remarkable role.

We loved to hate them! Now they can wrestle with the angels.
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Male 333
They were simply the best at what they did. Every saturday night on WOR-tv. 
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Male 3,475
When "Fake" wrestling was good.
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247
Oh my god... I forgot the body fuzz. So much fuzz...
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Male 20,029
barry9a That's what shocked me most. it's like he's wearing a mohair cardigan.
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Male 97
i wanted to be sad, but after reading their bios and finding out they went on to live long, full lives, it became more bittersweet.
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Male 37,248
From pro-wrestling's 'Golden Age'.
It's important to remember how critical the 'bad guys' are to most entertainment. From the visiting team to The Joker, no hero or victory is complete unless someone gets defeated. These men, and many like them, provided a clear villain that was easily identified, yet they weren't push-overs! And they were real characters too :-)
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Male 1,859
I was going to post something about George "The Animal" Steele, but I didn't see anything about Ivan Koloff...so said.  Old School Wrestling is pure entertainment.

Anyone remember this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig5phtP3Z_0
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Male 97
kalron27 Wow.  What a flashback.   Hmm...  i wonder what his theme song would be today?
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