Baby Boomers, who loved watching rasslin’ in the ’50’s and 60’s, will remember the name Verne Gagne. My recollection that in the world of ‘rasslin’, which is an awful lot like Congress these days, Gagne was one of the “good guys.” The bad guys he rassled were the The Crusher and Mad Dog Vachon. Why is it I can remember those names, but forget names of people I see every day now? A Boomer malady I guess.
Well, some habits are hard to break, unlike a guys hip. 82 year old Gagne was in a nursing home and his roommate apparently looked at him sideways and Gagne body-slammed him.
That would be the punch line, except the 97 year old slammee croaked. Gagne has dementia and police are unsure whether to press charges, mostly likely because everybody knows ‘rasslin’ is fake and nobody gets hurt.
Here’s a tidbit to baffle your Baby Boomer friends with: Verge Gagne trained Hulk Hogan. He bribed the Iron Sheik to break Hogan’s leg when Hogan wanted to move to the upstart WWF under Vince McMahon. This led to the creation of Hulkamania.