• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (September 25, 2003) – Old School ECW Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2003, we lost Old School ECW Veteran Pitbull #2 (Real name: Anthony Durante) at the young age of 36.
Pitbull #2 wrestled for ECW Extreme Championship Wrestling from 1994 till 1997, teaming with Pitbull #1 Gary Wolfe as ‘The Pitbulls’.
In 1998, they had a very brief stint in the World Wrestling Federation, where they put over The Headbangers on WWF Shotgun Saturday Night.
On September 25, 2003, Anthony Durante and his girlfriend died of a Fentanyl overdose, but the bodies were found days later, while their kids, an 8 month old girl and a 21 month old boy, were alone in the house with their dead bodies.
† REST IN PEACE PITBULL #2
July 26, 1967 – September 25, 2003
• Steve Austin Gives His Views On Paul Heyman Running RAW
During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin gave his views on Paul Heyman running RAW as the Executive Director.
Below is what Austin said:
“That is the right guy for the job. Paul E. has a vision of what this business should be. He’s working under the watchful eye of Vince McMahon, but Vince is looking at so many big pictures while Paul is going to focus on this.
Paul E. is really close to the pulse of the product. He understands where and why the business should be, and how it should feel. You should feel something when you watch that show. Paul E. is hungry to bring back this industry to its heyday. There is already more of a sense of urgency and importance of the World Title.
Emotion sells tickets and draws ratings. If you don’t care, then why watch? If you care, you’re invested in those characters. So slow it down a little bit. You can move as fast as you want in the ring, but to me, the business is built on characters, emotions, and depth. When you have great action on top of it, that’s even better.
Right now, those guys and gals are operating at such a high speed and high level of athleticism. It can’t get any higher than it is right now, so they need to keep finding ways to make people care about them. That will elevate the business and make it resonate with the audience.”
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