Thursday, December 26, 2013
The Goodbyes Of 2013
A sampling of those we lost in 2013 includes Count Billy Varga, Mark Starr, Ella Waldek, Don Carson, Cyclone Negro, Spike of The Mod Squad, Tito Montez, Paul Bearer, Roland Alexander, Doug "Gashouse" Gilbert, Vivian St. John, Gene Petit, Angelo Savoldi, Jackie Fargo, Corey Maclin, Frenchy Bernard, Dutch Savage, Al Green, Matt Borne, Buck Robley, Hector Garza, Reid Flair, Ron West, Dennis Hall, and Geeto Mongol.
Three of the names above, although varying in age, are still particularly shocking to me because of the vibrant appearances that they made at various types of wrestling functions not that long ago. The first of the three to pass, Paul Bearer, is probably the one that received the most mainstream press as well.
Matt Borne was yet another man who breathed three-dimensional life into what could have been a very one-dimensional character. Doink the Clown was another '90s WWF personality that is remembered by many fans, but it's the hardcore devotees who recall that Borne's portrayal of the character was what really made it great. Borne was Doink when the character was two things underneath the grease paint: a pure wrestler and pure evil. His exceptional in-ring skills were greatly backed up by Borne's ability to show that this was not a nice clown at all. Taking nothing away from Ray Apollo who took over the role, Matt Borne WAS Doink. Taking nothing away from Borne, who had a stellar career in various other promotions, Doink WAS Matt Borne.
Not a comprehensive list by any means, this was just a small remembrance of some of the fascinating wrestling lives lost this year. May they all find eternal peace, something that some of them were unable to lock onto in life. And in the case of Mr. Fargo, who I still cannot ever imagine resting, may they keep on strutting towards that great ring in the sky...