I’ve been trying to figure out a way that I can have a regular “Throwback Thursday” post that actually speaks to me as a 30+ year wrestling fan, especially where most videos are now on the WWE Network and not available on YouTube. I’ve decided that I’ll do my best to give an idea of what kind of fan I was “back in the day” by talking about some of my favourite wrestlers growing up. The key will be that they won’t all be superstars like Randy Savage or Jake Roberts.
Today, let’s kick things off with a wrestler I was truly intrigued by when I was a kid…
The Missing Link
The Missing Link was actually Dewey Robertson, a longtime Canadian wrestler who had a pretty decent career throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, at one point being managed by “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers and battling the likes of Greg Valentine, Ken Patera, and Harley Race.
In 1983, he changed his look from “generic wrestler” to a crazy gimmick and debuted as Max the Missing Link in the Mid-South area. He moved on to World Class as The Missing Link and wrestled as part of Skandor Akbar’s Devastation Inc faction.
He proceeded to do well with the gimmick and wrestled the Von Erichs and the Fabulous Freebirds, giving him the spotlight that he never really got as “Dewey Robertson”.
On April 29, 1985 Link had a full-page photo appear in Sports Illustrated (in an issue that had Hulk Hogan on the cover and told the story of Vince McMahon‘s new strategy for professional wrestling). Two weeks later, Link was on his way to the World Wrestling Federation…this was when I first saw him on television.
It was crazy. Here was a jacked-up dude with green face paint and a half-shaved head. He’d use the tuff of hair on the back of his head as something to grab with his hand as he used his head as a weapon. And that, my friends, was about all he did inside of the ring because his offense was probably 99% headbutts. I suppose he was going with the gimmick that as an insane “missing link” type of person wouldn’t actually know how to wrestle very well, despite the fact that he could.
He debuted under manager Bobby “The Brain” Heenan (I mean…the guy didn’t talk or anything so he NEEDED a manager) before being “traded” (along with Adrian Adonis) to Jimmy Hart in return for King Kong Bundy. Unfortunately, drug issues cut his time extremely short in WWE. It’s strange to realize that he was only in the federation for less than a year because his impact stayed with me for so long.
He went back to World Class before moving around to Universal Wrestling Federation and WWC in Puerto Rico with various managers (Percy “Paul Bearer” Pringle, Sunshine, and Dark Journey) as both a babyface and as a heel. Pringle probably had the longest “relationship” with the Link and managed him for a number of years through a number of territories.
So while this guy was never a main event player with a dozen world championships on his resume (nor were his matches really that good at all), his gimmick was one that has always stayed with me and he remains one of my favourite childhood wrestlers.