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Stan Hansen is an interesting fellow. Considered by many to be one of the best overall workers in the history of the business. His runs in Texas, the AWA, a short sting in WCW, and big runs New Japan and All Japan Pro Wrestling have made him legendary.
Known to have influenced such workers as Barry Windham and John “Bradshaw” Layfield (both of which incorporated the “Lariat” into their arsenal of moves), Hansen seems to be a forgotten legend to most casual fans. I can’t blame them too much though; he was before their time.
He knew how to sell, he knew how to put together a main event caliber match, and he knew how to make everything he did look real. His punches looked like they would knock your head off, and at times they did. It was a well-known fact that Hansen was blind. I mean, not Helen Keller blind, but he couldn’t see very well. So when he’d throw out his arm for a looping right hand or a Lariat, he swung it as hard as could and made sure it connected. He would rather have knocked somebody unconscious and protected the business than have missed completely and made it look fake. This subsequently led to Hansen accidentally knocking Vader’s eye out of it’s socket in a match in Japan.
Fight Game Blog is saddened to hear of the passing of Playboy Buddy Rose, real name Paul Perschmann.
According to F4W/Wrestlingobserver, he was found dead today by his wife at his home in Portland, Oregon. We still don’t know the cause but apparently he’s been having issues controlling his blood sugar. Rose was a known diabetic.
Buddy was known as one of the mid to top stars in the AWA and all along the northwest promotions. Rose also had a run in the WWF and will be most remembered as the masked “Excecutioner”, wrestling Tito Santana in the very first match of the very first Wrestlemania. Other than that, most current fans will remember his work on AWA (since ESPN has shown AWA Classics) with his tag team partner Doug Somers. He was involved in a blood feud in the mid 80s with the Midnight Rockers – Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty. This was one of the first major feuds of HBK’s career.
On behalf of myself, GG, Alan, Duan, and all who contribute to FGB, we send our condolences to the family of Mr. Perschmann.