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Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

Disclaimer: This is a tribute to a wrestler, so if you’re not a fan, you’ll probably be bored.

Earlier this week the wrestling world, and I dare say the entertainment world lost one of the all time greats. Captain Lou Albano was a fixture in wrestling for more than 50 years. He’s also the guy who coined the phrase that’s the title of this blog.

My first memory of the Captain was in 1984 when I first started watching wrestling. I remember it was the dawn of the Rock n’ Wrestling Connection. Lou was in Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” video. He played her dad. Anyway, the story line was Lou created Cyndi’s success and the two had a “falling out” on the talk show Piper’s Pit.

Eventually, Albano would reconcile with Lauper and Piper smashed a framed record over his head in Madison Square Garden during a wrestling show that aired on MTV. This would set up “The War to Settle the Score” which then lead to the first Wrestlemania in 1985.

He was a big part of the popularizing of WWF and wrestling in general. His character was on the popular Hulk Hogan’s Rock n Wrestling Connection cartoon that aired on CBS. I still have my LJN Capt. Lou action figure from when I was a kid.

The Captain!

The Captain!

He sang on the Wrestling Album, an album I still have today (on vinyl and CD).

While he spent most of his career as a bad guy or heel, by the time I got into wrestling, he was a face or good guy. He managed many teams through the years, and when I started watching, he managed Barry Windham & Mike Rotunda. Then moved on to the British Bulldogs (my favorite team), and George “the Animal” Steele. He wrestled a few times, in tag team matches with Andre the Giant and Hillbilly Jim.

He retired in late 86 or early 87 and returned to help manage the Headshrinkers to yet another tag team title in the mid 90’s. In 1996, he was rightfully inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. The last time I saw him on TV was a couple years back on Mr. McMahon Appreciation Night on Monday Night RAW.

So, while he’d been out of the limelight for a while, I’ll still miss the Capt. Rest in Peace, Lou.


One Response to “Often Imitated, Never Duplicated”

  1. WOW Kev.. so proud of u AND what u have accomplished.. good luck on the rest of ur venture!!

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