• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (September 7, 2003) – Old School Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2003, we lost Old School Wrestling Veteran The Great Antonio (Real name: Antonio Barichievich) at the age of 77 due to a heart attack.
During the 50s, 60s & 70s, he worked for various Canadian territories, as well as a few matches for Vince McMahon Sr.’s ‘NWA Capitol Wrestling’, which eventually became the World Wide Wrestling Federation (later WWF/WWE).
In 1977, while on a tour for NJPW, he wrestled the legendary Antonio Inoki, but during the match for some reason refused to sell for his his opponent and at the same time stiffed him with some heavy punches.
As a reaction to Antonio refusing to work a proper match, the legitimate Martial Arts fighter Inoki responded by shooting (fighting for real) on him, taking Antonio down and kicking his face in, leaving him a bloody mess.
REST IN PEACE GREAT ANTONIO
• Rob Van Dam Reveals Chris Benoit’s Opinion On Marijuana
During a recent edition of Unsanctioned Podcast, former WWE Champion Rob Van Dam talked about his discussion with Chris Benoit about Marijuana.
RVD was telling his research on Marijuana to Benoit and Benoit wasn’t against it. Below is what RVD said:
“I remember telling Chris Benoit in Mexico, one of the last times I talked to him, and I was surprised to hear that he was open to it. Not to him taking it necessarily, but him open to the research that I was recording and he was believing that it wasn’t that bad.
I don’t remember him expressing much interest in his own personal use, but it was something that everybody knew that RVD is a stoner or whatever, and I’m telling him something. I don’t know, I get on my soap box sometimes and I start preaching.
Chris was into it and would just say like, ‘yeah I don’t think that’s so bad for you.’ I was just getting through to him in having a conversation and he didn’t disapprove of it.”
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