Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Bill Eadie, Brutus Beefcake, RickMcGraw & More
January 15, 2021
Dedicated to the memory of Kenneth Steven Maynard (3/26/57 – 1/9/21)
My apologies for the lack of reading material over the past few days. It’s been a hell of a week and I’m exhausted. I’ll do what I can when I can and eventually, things should get back to normal. Lord, I hope so. Let’s do this.
Paul Orndorff – better as a heel or face?
Mr. Wonderful was definitely a better heel than as a baby-face. I remember he and Jimmy Snuka when they first came to Crockett as vanilla baby-faces and they were good wrestlers with a great look, but kind of bland. Orndorff was a bland, vanilla performer as a face. But give him an attitude, a manager, and the cockiness that can only come from being called “Mr. Wonderful” and he was a totally different person. Give me the “bad-guy” Orndorff anytime.
Who is the most underrated superstar in WWE?
Right now, I would say Cesaro. The man is amazing in the ring, can talk as well as anyone and better than most, and the fans love to get behind him because he is that good. But WWE doesn’t seem to see it or want to give him any kind of substantial singles run. He’s easily as good as or better than Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, etc and that’s not a slap against them, but just how good Cesaro really is. WWE is majorly dropping the ball with this man.
Bill Eadie has been diagnosed with Covid. What is your favorite character portrayed by Eadie and favorite Eadie wrestling moment?
My favorite character, portrayed by Eadie, who worked as One of the Mongols, The Masked Superstar, The Super Machine, and Demolition Ax, was when he put on the mask and dominated Georgia and the Mid-Atlantic region. And my favorite moment, of which there are many, is when he and former foe Blackjack Mulligan defeated Paul Jones and Baron Von Raschke to capture the NWA World Tag Team Championships. That was a great moment to a young 11-year old boy that I’ll never forget.
Who would you like to see show up as a surprise at the Royal Rumble?
On the men’s side, I’d say Brock Lesnar, The Hurricane, The Mean Street Posse (as a unit), and Disco Inferno. I’m still hoping. As for the women’s match, I’ll go with Ivory, Victoria (Lisa Marie Varon) and how about Jazz?
Thoughts on Rick McGraw?
I remember McGraw as a young scrapper job-guy here in Crockett that could always be counted on to give the big stars a good fight. He wasn’t a big man, but he looked good and had a charisma that was second to none in that ring. For most fans though, I think McGraw is best remembered as a jobber in the WWF was just beginning to get a push of sorts, but passed away from a heart attack in his mid-twenties. His last opponent was Roddy Piper and Piper brutalized him so badly in their TV match that McGraw was carried out on a stretcher. Then he passed away a few days later and Piper’s character was blamed. All the energy, the heart, and the ability, but unfortunately, this was before the Cruiserweight era so he was before his time. A talented young man who could have been big.
Thoughts on Ed Leslie. What was your favorite Ed Leslie character and moment?
The man of a million characters and loyal friend to Hulk Hogan. I think Leslie was a good mid-card wrestler, had good charisma, and was a solid performer. As for my favorite character, I’d have to go with either Dizzy Hogan, which he portrayed early in his career and looked like a mini-me Hulk Hogan who had been left in the dryer too long. He was a jobber, but he had charisma and stood out from the crowd. And then Brutus Beefcake. That was his biggest character and in many ways, his best. A strong part of the WWE mid-card and tag team division for that time and his team with Greg Valentine was one of the all-time best of that era.
Would Rick Steamboat have been a good heel? And did WWE drop the ball by not giving him a run as Champion?
I think Steamboat could have been an awesome heel if given the chance. It would be so out-of-character from what the fans knew and expected, it would have been bigger than when Zbyszko turned on Bruno, or when Hogan joined the nWo. Too bad that never happened. As for the WWE, then known as the WWF and the championship, Steamer would have been good for a short run and maybe as a transitional champion, but his style was not flashy or as over-the-top as WWF fans expected with characters like Hogan and Ultimate Warrior. Steamboat wrestled the NWA style of wrestling with great matches and athleticism and WWF hadn’t had that since Backlund. Plus the travel schedule of the WWF as the time and Steamboat was trying to take time off to be with his family and that would have been a problem for the WWF management as well.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts, or questions you’d like to see addressed are welcome. Until the next time, take care of yourself and each other. Tell your family and friends that you love them because one day, you may not have the chance. I’ll see you at the matches.