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NFT: RIP Wrestling legend George "The Animal" Steele

DanMetroMan : 2/17/2017 9:40 am
Per Hulk Hogan's twitter feed. He was 79. True legend.
Lots of childhood memories of him eating the turnbuckle  
Britt in VA : 2/17/2017 9:49 am : link
and always trying to kidnap Miss Elizabeth.

Ironically, he was a very smart and well spoken guy. A college professor, I believe.

R.I.P.
he played a big part in  
Enzo : 2/17/2017 9:54 am : link
one of the most beloved matches of all time...the Ricky Steamboat vs. Macho Man match for the IC title at WM 3. And of course him eating the turnbuckle was always hysterical.
One of my favorites  
Marty866b : 2/17/2017 10:09 am : link
Loved this guy. Had a great act.May he rest in peace.
RIP Mr. Steele  
A-Train : 2/17/2017 10:12 am : link
Great memories of him wrestling. Lovd the wild look in his eyes as he looked around the arena after chewing the turnbuckle. Him and Ivan Putski were my favorites.
My favortie wrestler back in the day  
PatersonPlank : 2/17/2017 10:18 am : link
Used to love watching him and Sgt Slaughter
He was a fave  
Gap92 : 2/17/2017 10:25 am : link
growing up for sure. I always liked the unusual wrestlers/gimmick like George, Kamala, the Missing Link, the Great Kabuki...

He actually had a master's degree in education before he became The Animal.
RE: He was a fave  
Enzo : 2/17/2017 10:33 am : link
In comment 13364103 Gap92 said:
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growing up for sure. I always liked the unusual wrestlers/gimmick like George, Kamala, the Missing Link, the Great Kabuki...

wrestling back then always did a good job with the little details. Like saying a guy was from "parks unknown". That always killed me.
dont forget  
tator : 2/17/2017 10:38 am : link
his green toungue oh and that bald head of his..

One of my favorites  
BIG FRED 1973 : 2/17/2017 10:53 am : link
he was my guy in 1982 or 83 right before the WWF blew up .One of the only legends I did not have a chance to meet that was still alive .Had a chance in 2013 or 2014 at one of the legends of the ring conventions but he cancelled his appearance due to travel issues
Aw that sucks  
Steve L : 2/17/2017 12:40 pm : link
He was great to watch,

RIP
God bless you George  
weeg in the bronx : 2/17/2017 12:58 pm : link
He was HS teacher and football coach for a large chunk of his wresting career. A true wrestling icon.
Wow  
Johnny5 : 2/17/2017 2:13 pm : link
So he was already pretty old (well, for a wrestler) when I watched him! RIP
RE: God bless you George  
dpinzow : 2/17/2017 3:05 pm : link
In comment 13364300 weeg in the bronx said:
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He was HS teacher and football coach for a large chunk of his wresting career. A true wrestling icon.


Math teacher by day, legendary turnbuckle eater by night! RIP
He was a favorite for me  
dune69 : 2/17/2017 4:57 pm : link
He made wrestling fun!! RIP George!
RIP to one of the legends, indeed  
mfsd : 2/17/2017 5:01 pm : link
I'd heard the story of him being a teacher when not in "character", but didn't realize till I just looked him up that he went to Michigan State to play football. Apparently football career ended due to knee injury
Annoucer, "George, say something."  
MTN-G-man : 2/17/2017 7:20 pm : link
George, "Something."
Your know we're getting old, friends  
B in ALB : 2/17/2017 7:31 pm : link
when our WWF heroes are dying. Loved George. He was awesome. It's just like yesterday.

USA Network, Sunday at noon, spaghettios on my tv tray, Dad chilling on the couch watching with me. Some of the greatest moments and memories of my life.

Man it goes by fast.
He was great  
ChathamMark : 2/17/2017 7:32 pm : link
I'm older, and remember watching wrestling when it was only on TV at midnight on Saturday on WOR-TV in the New York area!
He was perfect as Tor Johnson  
PEEJ : 2/17/2017 7:45 pm : link
in "Ed Wood"
RIP....Part of my childhood.  
drkenneth : 2/17/2017 8:22 pm : link
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My absolutely favorite wrestler of all time.  
short lease : 2/18/2017 12:31 am : link
And, nobody is a close 2nd (for me) ... loved that look of astonished bewilderment on his face when he was in the ring ... only to have it change to extreme rage when he would attack his opponent.

I wonder why the refs could never find his "candy cane" ...

RIP!
Cause of death  
TheGhostofBlueGuy : 2/18/2017 1:08 am : link
was listed as excessive turnbuckle foam consumption...
Ivan  
DanMetroMan : 2/18/2017 10:49 am : link
Koloff died today, he was 74
Legendary old-school WWF  
dpinzow : 2/18/2017 11:59 am : link
with a little Ricky the Dragon Steamboat interference
George the Animal Steele vs. Macho Man - ( New Window )
The Russian Bear  
B in ALB : 2/18/2017 9:44 pm : link
RIP. Damn.
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