Today WrestleRumble.com presents today’s Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling featuring wrestling legend, “Outlaw” Ron Bass. Ron Bass, a true old school tough guy and former “brass-knuckle” champion wrestled in all of the major territories including Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, New York and also internationally for Giant Baba’s All Japan Pro Wrestling. In the following excerpts from episode #221 John and Chad hear some hilarious stories of the Outlaw’s travels in Japan with Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen as well as his feud in the WWE with Brutus Beefcake and their vicious blading angle that is still recognized by one of the most vicious ever produced by WWE.
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Outlaw Ron Bass Talks Drinking With Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen In Japan:
Outlaw Ron Bass On His Feud w/ Brutus Beefcake and The Impact Of Their Blade Angle:
Going to Japan with Stan Hansen and Bruiser Brody:
“I had been wrestling over here a little bit and Stan would go over to Japan and every March or April I'd go and we'd be teammates over there. Brody was working for a different promotion. We worked for (Giant Baba) and Brody was working for (Antonio) Inoki but whenever we there at similar times we would go and meet Brody and we'd go out and have a pretty good time.”
A memorable drinking story in Japan with Hansen and Brody:
“We were sitting around and had us a couple of knock-backs and Stan said lets go get some "doodles" and I said where at, so we went down to a little stand and walking by we could hear some karaoke singing. Now, karaoke had been happening for a long time there before it hit over here. We looked inside and there is Harley Race and Hector Guerrero. Hector was on the mic singing so we go into the little bar and with Harley Race (that son of a gun) he got us drinking tequila and boy when I got back to my room I was so drunk and I knew I should have done the old finger down the throat but I didn't. The next morning Stan came in and told me we needed to go. I said screw it, I ain't going so just leave me here because boy I was out of it. Stan had come in, opened the window and I stood up and couldn't get to the bathroom so I ran to the window and I just projectile puked all over that street and you've never seen anything like the Japanese running away and that was one of the best times I'd ever been around (Stan) and Frank.”
The impact of using a spur to cut open Brutus Beefcake on television in 1988:
“That's because at the time it just wasn't happening up there and I was surprised that we did it. It worked out great but I never really found out who was against it in the end that had some say because they cut it a lot shorter than it could have been. We could have worked that thing for a year up there because you're in a different town and different state every night. We could have got a lot more mileage out of that one but it worked out well and with Beefcake I had known him and Hulk Hogan since they were Terry and Eddie Boulder just getting started in the Tennessee territory and it was a good run for us and he is a good guy.”
Their hair vs. hair match being a showcase on one of the highest rated Saturday Night’s Main Event of the 1980s:
“It wasn't the first time that I had ever done it (shaving his head) and it's funny because when you talk about that Saturday Night "Live" (show) that is one of the highest paid deals I ever had because I got residuals off that show for a long time. I got paid through the New York office but also got paid through Saturday Night (NBC) and it was a pretty good and lucrative deal for us.”
Did he see Hulk Hogan ascending to the level he did after first meeting him in Tennessee:
“When you put yourself over how you present yourself and I don't know where Hogan learned it but he had it. He had the looks, he's 6'6 and weighs 315-320 pounds at the time and he could talk. The only drawback he ever had was his hair (laughing) because he was bald from the first time that I met him. But he wore the bandana and he made it work. He was the total package and history speaks for itself.”
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