• Old School WWF Legend Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WWF Legend Jesse “The Body” Ventura celebrates his 69th birthday today.
The former Navy Seal became a professional wrestler in 1975, most famously performing for Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association, before he joined the World Wrestling Federation full-time in 1984.
Jesse Ventura retired from active professional wrestling and became a color commentator, often teamed with play-by-play commentators Gorilla Monsoon or Vince McMahon.
Jesse is still widely considered to be one of the Top-3 color commentators of all time, with the other two being Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Jerry “The King” Lawler. No one else ever came even remotely close to those three.
Ventura, who also worked as an actor in several movies, such as Predator, The Running Man, Demolition Man, and Batman & Robin, was elected the 38th Governor of Minnesota in November 1998 and stayed in office for one term between 1999 and 2003.
In 2004, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his own son, Tyrel Ventura.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSE VENTURA!
• Bret Hart Compares Himself With Hulk Hogan, Rates Hogan’s Wrestling Skills 2/10
On the latest edition of “Confessions Of The Hitman”, WWE Hall Of Famer Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart discussed how he rates wrestlers. He rated himself and Hulk Hogan as an example.
Hart rated Hogan more than himself as a complete Superstar, but he rated himself as a better Wrestler than Hogan.
Below is what Bret said:
“In my case, I’d say my look, I wasn’t Hulk Hogan. I never pretended to be. I didn’t have the kind of build. I would say I was a 7/10. I didn’t have a bad look. I looked like an athlete, and I was pretty fit, and I was pretty strong. Yeah, I evolved into a good look. My look wasn’t holding me back.
I had a decent gimmick. And then, it’s like, ‘Okay, is he a talker, Bret Hart?’ And it’s like, well, that’s his weakest point. I did get better, and better, and a lot better. I sometimes had great mic moments in my career, but it was my weakest area and I knew that. I would give myself a 4/10 or a 5/10 on promo skills. Maybe in my prime, when I was in my best years near the end, I would give myself an 8 or a 9, so there is some evolution there, but it was my weak spot.
And then, it’s like the third category is, how good can he, Bret Hart, actually wrestle? I think on that scale, I’d give myself a 9, maybe a 10. I could wrestle anybody, any shape. You could put me in there with big, huge guys. I could wrestle Andre. I could wrestle Roddy Piper. I could wrestle any size guy. I could wrestle and have a great match with just about anybody.
And when you add all those up, like, each category, I think of Hogan, if you give him a 10/10 on his look, you give him 10/10 on his promo, but his actual wrestling skills, you might give him a 2, so you give him a 22/30 and that’s what I would give him.”
Hart giving Hogan a 22/30 is still pretty generous of him, considering he thinks Hogan is a ‘phony piece of sh*t.’
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