Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Jack Brisco, 1942-2010: R.I.P.

Professional Wrestler Jack Brisco, whose career spanned the late 60's to the mid-1980's, has died in Tampa from complications resulting from open heart surgery.

I was born and grew up in Florida during that time period, and was fortunate enough to see Brisco wrestle live on a few occasions, along with following his career on the TV show Championship Wrestling From Florida. He was tremendously exciting to watch; a great technical wrestler (competed in college as an amateur) rather than a bruiser, he routinely fought in that era when 30-minute live matches were common. He was one of the earliest Native American wrestling stars, with handsome looks that made him a natural "babyface." He won and held the NWA World Championship belt for several years.

Here is a link to a 70's match in which Brisco lost his World Championship belt to Terry Funk. Calling the match is the incomparable Gordon Solie.

1 comment:

Mrs. Widget said...

Oh I remember him too.

Shame now on wrestling there are no good guys.