Verne Gagne passed away this week. The guy was a legend in the business and he was an extremely influential man in the business. I don’t know if wrestling would have ended up with some of the stars that it did if it weren’t for the AWA and what Gagne did for that organization.
Of course, having said that, his refusal to change with the times and watching his roster get raided on a monthly basis also resulted in the AWA closing up shop. But after providing a great launching pad for Rick Martel, Curt Hennig, Vader, Scott Hall, the Road Warriors, the Rockers, and numerous others…it certainly did a lot for the business.
So for those who never really got the chance to see Gagne in action, here’s a classic for you to enjoy.