Tuesday, April 08, 2008

So long, Nature Boy


You're the reason I became a smart wrestling fan. Thanks for all the memories.

So long, legends


WITH the retirement of "Nature Boy" Ric Flair at Wrestlemania XXIV, it seems better late than never to say farewell to another wrestling legend, Aussie veteran Wayne "Lofty/Punisher" Pickford.

His farewell match took place atUWA Punishment on Sunday, February 24 at Seven Hills/Toongabbie RSL. Pickford challenged UWA Ultimate champion Will Phoenix and put his career on the line. Just like in a match held several weeks later, Phoenix won and The Punisher's long career was over.

It was a strong match and a great way for Lofty to end his career, which began when he was trained by original Fabulous Kangaroo Roy Heffernan many, many years ago.

A great old-school heel, Pickford always added that extra element of heel magic to any show he was on. And he was a hard-hitting bastard, too.

Loved yer work, Lofty. Enjoy your retirement.