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Early Legend Verne Gagne Dead at 89
« on: April 28, 2015, 10:27:25 am »


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) One of professional wrestling's most celebrated performers and promoters, Verne Gagne, has died at age 89.

Gene Okerlund, who was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame with Gagne in 2006, says his longtime friend died Monday in Minnesota.

WWE says Gagne turned professional in 1950 and won several regional championships before heading to the newly formed American Wrestling Association in 1960.


Re: Early Legend Verne Gagne Dead at 89
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2015, 07:14:23 pm »

My early favorite.  One night my dad told all the wrestlers they could come out to our steak house in Nebraska and have steaks on the house after their show in our town.  Several showed up and of course we got to meet them.  I was little but remember Ernie Dusek and Verne and Reggie Parks.  They were so nice and I got to take pictures the next week to show and tell.  Verne was a great athlete and participated in Olympic wrestling and played for the Green Bay Packers.  The end of the AWA was sad and then in the old persons home he killed another old guy( supposedly in a sleeper hold) .  I bet I have seen 200 or so of his matches on tv (Monday night in Omaha) and maybe 40 in person.  His style was simple and effective.  He and Danny Hodge are in my top 5 as far as wrestlers I grew up with.

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Re: Early Legend Verne Gagne Dead at 89
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2015, 06:53:19 am »

A great american.  Along with danny hodge he set the standard for old school bullies that would come along years later.
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