• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (February 4, 1987) – WrestleMania Celebrity Passed Away
On this day in 1987, we lost Old School WrestleMania Celebrity Liberace (Real name: Wladziu Valentino Liberace) at the age of 67 due to an AIDS related-pneumonia.
In 1985, Liberace appeared on the first ever WrestleMania as one of many celebrities (including Muhammad Ali & Cindy Lauper) and was used as the special guest time-keeper for the main event of the night, Hulk Hogan & Mr. T versus Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff.
He’s one of the many former WWF celebrities, who are currently not inducted into the ‘Celebrity Wing’ of the WWE Hall of Fame (yet).
† REST IN PEACE LIBERACE!
May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987
• WWF Veteran Says The Kliq Held Wrestlers Down & Got Them Fired
During a recent interview with Sporting News, Old School WWF Veteran & current ROH wrestler PCO (Pierre Carl Ouellet) talked about The Kliq doing whatever they could to keep the spotlight on themselves in the WWF.
Below is what he said:
“They had Vince McMahon’s ear, I still think I was okay with Vince because he gave the Jean Pierre Lafitte character a lot of support and allowed me to work with Bret Hart on a regular basis.
Today in 2019, it’s very easy to blame the likes of Diesel and Shawn Michaels for whatever happened back then, but I could’ve handled the situation a lot better too.
The main issue for me is that these guys were playing around with the livelihoods of so many people and they didn’t care about what financial pressures people were under.
The amount of wrestlers they kept down or got fired just so they could keep the money and spotlight on themselves was something that I thought needed to be spoken up about. My biggest falling out with them came when I refused to do a job for Diesel when we were working in Montreal.
I’d been told the plan was to go back there at some point for another match and I don’t believe it made sense for me to lose clean. This made them all go a little bit crazy and soon after I was gone from the WWF.
Vince still held me in some regard because he came to me with other ideas, but it wasn’t a nice place to work and I got my release a little bit later.”
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