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all-star wrestling 3/20/1976 - retro wrasslin'

Capt. Lou Albano argues a bit with Pat Barret before leaving the ring. He remains ringside. Barrett starts off and gets in a few shots on one of the Executioners. Albano complains to the referee about it. Side headlock by Barrett on The Executioner. He uses his speed on The Executioner who heads to the outside to get a break.

The Executioners double-team Barrett and knock him down. One of the Executioners lands a knee off the ropes on Barrett. Albano and The Executioners choke Barrett on the ropes. Barrett gets fired up and fights back against The Executioners. Rivera gets in a few chops and is finally tagged in. Rivera and Barrett whip the Executioner into the corner but he tags in the other Executioner. Quick tags by the Executioners on Rivera. They go to work on their left arm as Albano mocks Barrett.

The Executioners beat on Rivera. They continue to work on Riveras left arm. More kneedrops across Riveras chest. Hard right hand at Rivera knocks him down. Barrett runs in to help his partner but the referee gets him out of the ring and The Executioners continue their attack on Rivera. Rivera gets whipped into the ropes and gets backdropped. Albano gets in a cheap shot on Rivera. Pat Barrett chases away Albano. He tries to help his tag partner but The Executioners continue to attack him.

Barrett finally gets involved. Capt. Lou returns ringside. Rivera gets thrown over the top rope by one The Executioners. Albano lays in a few kicks. Barrett chases Albano away again. The Executioners beat on Rivera. They each get Rivera in the Giant Swing. Top rope knee at Riveras mid-section. The Executioner pins Rivera for the win.

They lock-up but have to break quickly due to reaching the ropes. Rodz gets in a punch on Williams when they lock-up a second time. He does it again a third time and the referee warns him. He starts to stomp on Williams. Knocks him down with a few punches. Rodz climbs up to the middle rope and lands an elbow. He follows that with a middle rope knee drop followed by another middle rope elbow drop.

Rodz tosses Williams into the corner and continues to beat on him. Williams reverses a whip and sends Rodz into the corner. Rodz kicks Williams and then lands a middle rope stomp on him. He covers Williams for the pin but he kicks out. Rodz continues to beat on Williams. They exchange punches with Williams getting the advantage. Williams whips Rodz into the ropes and gets in a punch. Rodz kicks at Williams and again gets in a middle-rope stomp. He follows with legdrop and Rodz covers him for the pin. Referee stops the count at two. Rodz slams Williams and again goes for a middle rope stomp.

Rodz continues to punish Williams with more punches. Williams fights back and gets in a few more punches on Rodz! Rodz cowers away and begs him to stop before kicking at Williams. Another big stomp on Williams. More shots at Williams but he makes a comeback. Frank Williams gets the momentum and slams Rodz head-first into the turnbuckles. Rodz puts a stop to it and slams Williams. He slams him again and then lands a legdrop on Williams for the pin.

Tony Parisi & Louis Cerdan join Vince McMahon for an interview. They both brought their WWWF World Tag Team Championship Belts. Tony Parisi mentions that he sometimes likes having singles matches mixed in between tag team matches to keep their minds sharp. He mentions some tough competition in the area. Parisi also mentions that hes lost some weight for endurance purposes because of the size of the competition they faced. Cerdan was impressed by The Executioners and thinks they are their biggest threat. Parisi agrees with Cerdan but hes bothered that they have Capt. Lou Albano in their corner.

Sanchez with a quick takedown on Akbar to start the match. Akbar attacks Sanchez and takes him down to the mat. He starts to choke Sanchez but the referee gets him to stop. Akbar stomps on him and tosses Sanchez to the outside. Blassie gets in a few shots at Sanchez.

Akbar and Blassie take turns attacking Sanchez. Akbar gets in a few punches and forearms on Sanchez near the ropes. Blassie follows with another cheap shot. Akbar kicks Sanchez back to the floor. Blassie kicks at Sanchez. Akbar throws more forearms at Sanchez but Sanchez fights back! He throws some punches at Akbar and finally gets in the ring! Sanchez hiptosses Akbar and follows with a pair of dropkicks!

Akbar catches Sanchez with a kick. He picks up Sanchez and it looks like hes going to go for atomic knee drop but instead drops Sanchez onto the top rope. Referee calls for a DQ on Akbar. Akbar tosses Sanchez to the outside. Dominic DeNucci comes out and helps Sanchez.

Crusher Blackwell gets in a big forearm across Sullivans chest. Blassie holds onto Sullivans leg so that Blackwell can continue his attack on him. Side headlock by Blackwell. He gets him in the corner and again Blassie holds Sullivan as Blackwell charges into Sullivan. Punches exchanged by both men. The police come out and escort Blassie to the locker room to the delight of all the fans. Sullivan gets the advantage on Blackwell and knocks him down.

Sullivan with a knee at Blackwells mid-section. He follows with more punches at Blackwell! Down goes Blackwell and Sullivan goes for the pin but Blackwell kicks out! More punches thrown by Sullivan. Blackwell gets in a cheap shot on Sullivan and knocks him down. Big legdrop by Blackwell on Sullivan. Fans start to cheer for Sullivan. Blackwell continues his attack. He chokes Sullivan who starts to make a comeback before Blackwell gets him in a side headlock.

Crusher Blackwell continues to beat on Sullivan. Sullivan fights back and tosses Blackwell into the corner. He snapmares Blackwell and follows with a footstomp. He goes for the pin again and gets a two-count. Elbow drop by Sullivan but again Blackwell kicks out! Blackwell whips Sullivan into the ropes and hits him with a hard forearm that knocks Sullivan down. More forearms thrown by Blackwell. He chokes Sullivan without the referee seeing. He goes back to choking Sullivan again on the ropes. Sullivan fights back and gets in a few more shots at Blackwell!

Sullivan whips Blackwell into the corner. He continues to punch at Blackwell. he whips him into the other corner but Blackwell kicks Sullivan. He uses the middle rope to choke Sullivan. Blackwell continues to beat on Sullivan. The bell rings. Blackwell and Sullivan continue to brawl! Sullivan tosses Blackwell who heads to the outside. The match went to a time-limit draw. Referee awards win to Kevin Sullivan.

Police security show up and argue with Ernie Ladd. He stays ringside though. Brazil gets McGraw in a side headlock. He knocks McGraw down off the ropes. McGraw armdrags Brazil. Ladd tried to go after Brazil but stopped. He gets warned by the referee. Ladd tells the fans to shut up. McGraw gets in a few forearms in the corner at Brazil. He kicks at Brazil and whips him into the corner.

Bobo makes a comeback on McGraw and gets in a few shots. He kicks the top of McGraws head near the ropes. Brazil with a few headbutts at McGraw. He goes for the pin but Ernie Ladd runs in. Pete Sanchez, Louis Cerdan and Tony Parisi all run out to help Bobo Brazil. Bell rings. The match is announced a no-contest due to outside interference from both sides.

Vince McMahon interviews Bobo Brazil. He says he should have told the referee to send Ladd to the back and was thankful his friends were there to give him a hand. He vows that Ladd will pay for what he did.

Show Thoughts: Good show. I find the combination of Vince McMahon and Argentina Rocca a bit weird but amusing at times on commentary. It almost seems like Roccas only there for part of the show. Best match on the show was the Crusher Blackwell vs. Kevin Sullivan match. Everything else was kept pretty short.

wrestler of the day: jerry blackwell - ...of the day - dvdvr message board

Jerry Blackwell is awesome. I don't even know where to begin. He's just this crazy bumping, versatile, great promo, insanely credible looking offense, charismatic machine. He might be the most overlooked guy in wrestling history, relative to his importance and talent. I mean I get why someone might overlook Chris Colt, but Blackwell's on a different level.

We need more guys in wrestling like Jerry. 400 pound dudes who could go up for slams light as feather and throw a dropkick right on your chin. Shame his look wouldn't get him through Vince's door today... figuratively and quite possibly literally.

Tried to find one of Blackwell's matches against Brad Rheingans, and this was the best I could do. Apologies to anyone offended by the presence of Buck Zumhofe. (At least this match was before he started fucking his own daughter.)

Of all of the truly great "fat guys" in wrestling, Jerry Blackwell is my absolute favorite. He's a perfect example of "don't judge a book by it's cover." The dude could GO in the ring with damn near anyone and was equally great as a face or a heel. I absolutely agree about how tragically underrated he really is.

Different styles of babyface "hulk ups" always interest me. You get Piper's punch drunk version for instance, or Lawler dropping the strap. Blackwell's was surreal. He did this thing where he would just start to freeze and absorb blows, like a giant marshmallow man or something. Just dead eyes and a crowd that knew he was about to potato some poor bastard.

9/3/84 Blackwell, Bruiser Brody vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Genichiro Tenryu (AJ/NWA Int'l Tag Title Tournament Final)11/84 Blackwell, Jimmy Garvin vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Genichiro Tenryu (clipped)11/84 Blackwell eats a dozen hamburgers and a gigantic bowl of salad at a restaurant6/29/85 Blackwell, Stan Hansen vs. Giant Baba, Takashi Ishikawa7/6/85 Blackwell vs. Killer Khan7/13/85 Blackwell, Stan Hansen vs. Giant Baba, Jumbo Tsuruta7/20/85 Blackwell, Texas Red vs. Giant Baba, Masa Fuchi7/27/85 Blackwell, Stan Hansen, Texas Red vs. Riki Choshu, Killer Khan, Yoshiaki Yatsu8/10/85 Blackwell, Harley Race vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Motoshi Okuma3/13/86 Blackwell, Harley Race vs. Tiger Jeet Singh, One Man Gang8/17/85 Blackwell, Destroyer vs. Giant Baba, Takashi Ishikawa11/19/88 Blackwell, Phil Hickerson vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Yoshiaki Yatsu (Real World Tag League)

Because I'm from Idaho, the land that wrestling forgot, I'm trying to somehow imprint my state on the fake fighting that I love. Please, won't someone help me turn a stiff punch that lands from "potato" to "Idaho baker?"

I had no idea about this until I read his Wikipedia page. I was just wondering why Blackwell never made it in the WWF and One Man Gang, who started in the IWF as a complete Blackwell clone, did. I never cared for Gang in WWF because I felt he ripped off Ronnie Garvin's longtime nickname and Garvin deserved better. Unfortunately, he got saddled with "The Man With the Hands of Stone." Anyway:

Blackwell considered joining theWorld Wrestling Federation(WWF) during the promotion's expansion in 1984. Before being signed, wrestlers were required to recordpromos, but the large number of wrestlers wanting to join the WWF made for a long lineup on a day while the interviews were being recorded. Blackwell got so frustrated with standing in line that he left, claiming that he was a wrestler and did not want to feel like he was punching atime clockfor a corporation.

Blackwell and Cyclone Negro is an amazing combination. It's really too bad there isn't more Negro footage out there, because he ruled hard, as a face or a heel. And was there ever a lamer top babyface than Johnny Weaver?

Giggled the first time I saw Blackwell. My wee mark self was amused by this absurdly doughy dude who was as wide as he was tall, and, as a face, had such a serene smile. He looked as intimidating as a mall Santa and bigger than one, too

Blackwell and Cyclone Negro is an amazing combination. It's really too bad there isn't more Negro footage out there, because he ruled hard, as a face or a heel. And was there ever a lamer top babyface than Johnny Weaver?

Holy shit, the only reason to watch AWA back in the day was for the Jerry Blackwell vs. the Al Kassie army matches. Verne knew that Greg did not have the charisma to lead wolves to raw meat so he'd stick Greg in tags with Sgt. Slaughter and Jerry so that he could try to get over by proximity.

what's in a pro wrestling name?

Whats in a pro wrestling name? Thats a question that gets asked every time an independent favorite gets put through the wringer, deloused of all his/her trappings, and given a new appellation by the NXT Name Generator. It happened with Antonio Cesaro, Kassius Ohno, Luke Harper, Adrian Neville, and now, the process turned El Generico into Sammy Sane. Most of these names have left fans a bit underwhelmed.

The same could be said for the crop of names in WWE as we speak right now. Dolph Ziggler? Evan Bourne? Kofi Kingston? Theyre fine after theyve been beaten into your head, but none of them really scream old school wrestling. Obviously, theres some subjectivity here. Some of those names are quite fetching for someone in the wrestling industry. Cesaro, for instance, sounds like the kind of dude who belongs in wrestling from Europe.

Maybe its the old school fan in me, but Ive always dug the aesthetic of names from the 80s and early 90s, pre-gimmick age. Yeah, nostalgia is a dangerous drug and all, but listening to Episode 37 of the Wrestling Culture podcast made a good point. Wrestling used to have awesome names like Crusher Blackwell, Ricky The Dragon Steamboat, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Superstar Graham, Andre the Giant, and even Mongo McMichael (great name, awful wrestler). The real charm of these names wasnt in the first name/surname combination. Thats a crapshoot. There isnt a whole lot of difference between, say, Rick Martel and Daniel Bryan.

But I cant help but wonder how much more memorable some of these guys today would be if they had nicknames or ostentatious first names that really werent first names as much as they were descriptors. Wade Barrett is nice, but what if he were named Knuckles Barrett? I mean, it all begins with the presentation, right? It would be nice if the guy actually styled himself in the ring like a bare knuckles brawler too, but thats a whole other post. What if they emphasized a nickname like Show Off for Dolph Ziggler? Instead of just saying he steals the show, or instead of making those two words as a one-off catchphrase, why not announce him as Show Off Dolph Ziggler?

Theres evidence that it works, both in wrestling and in other fields similar to it. Brodus Clay, for example, is a very kid-friendly wrestler, and a lot of that has to do with his presentation and nickname, the Funkasaurus. Thats not the only thing that endears him to younguns, but its a good entree. The other examples can be found for more mature audiences in MMA. While in most cases, its inadvisable to compare the two, a lot of the presentation elements are the same. MMA promoters and fighters, within UFC in particular, have taken a lot of cues from pro wrestling in how to promote and present. Its no surprise that nicknames are such parts of fighters personae. Rampage Jackson, Shogun Rua, Chuck The Iceman Liddell, and Jon Bones Jones are all examples of guys who give off larger than life auras due to the extra pomp around their names.

It wouldnt be a panacea for what ails wrestling (although I think that a lot of the bluster around whats wrong with wrestling is just that, bluster), but I think it might make the guys in the ring actually feel more important, more memorable. Nicknames can do a lot for wrestlers, even ones processed by the dreaded NXT Name Generator.

Tom Holzerman is a lifelong wrestling fan and connoisseur of all things Chikara Pro, among other feds. When hes not writing for the Camel Clutch Blog, you can find him on his own blog, The Wrestling Blog.

Tom Holzerman is a lifelong wrestling fan and connoisseur of all things Chikara Pro, among other feds. When hes not writing for the Camel Clutch Blog, you can find him on his own blog, The Wrestling Blog.

10 shared wrestler nicknames | wwe

Steve Austin will always be Stone Cold. Bret Hart will always be the Hit Man. And its doubtful there will ever be another Y2J. Since the early days of territorial wrestling, grapplers have always adopted nicknames to match the characteristics of their personas.

But some of the rings most well-known nicknames are not associated with only one Superstar. And, sometimes, a brawler became so identifiable with a particular moniker that he felt it necessary to fight the imposter for the rights to the name.

WWEClassics.com looked to the hard-nosed style of Mid-South Wrestling, the class and elegance of the AWA, the excitement of WWE and beyond to find the most egregious instances of wrestlers who shared nicknames politely or not.

One of the rings most gifted big men, Bam Bam Bigelow might be the most criminally underrated talent in the history of wrestling. A six-foot-four, 400-pounder, The Beast from the East dominated WWE, WCW and ECW by executing moonsaults and other dazzling maneuvers that no man of his size should have been able to accomplish. Nevertheless, Bigelow left the wrestling world without a major World Championship on his resume.

While his theme music may have claimed Bigelow as Bam Bam, the legendary Freebirds member Terry Gordy also adopted the nickname throughout his lauded in-ring career. The six-foot-six, near 300-pounder from Badstreet, USA, was nearly as imposing in the ring as Bigelow, and just as prolific, locking up in major wrestling organizations around the country with or without Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin.

The two faced off in a Battle of the Bam Bams at the ECW Arena during Gordys brief stint in the Philadelphia-based organization. The bout which was advertised relentlessly by announcer Joey Styles during ad breaks on ECWs Hardcore TV ended after outside interference from The Eliminators, leaving Bigelow as the victor but both he and Gordy will go down in history as Bam Bam.

Few Superstars are as closely associated with their nickname as all-American Jim Duggan. Known as Hacksaw for more than 30 years, Duggan wasnt always the flag-toting fan favorite hes remembered as today. In Bill Watts Mid-South Wrestling organization, the Glens Falls, N.Y., native was a member of The Rat Pack a villainous cadre led by a pre-Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase.

When Hacksaw Butch Reed entered Mid-South in 1982, the two grapplers had a score to settle. Which competitor was the better Hacksaw? Their rivalry was one of the most heated during a period of intense brutality in the era just before Hulkamania ran wild. Duggan eventually emerged victorious, frustrating Reed, who turned on the fans proclaiming that, Butch Reed is going to start looking out for Butch Reed. He named himself The Natural, formed an imposing tag team with Ron Simmons and enjoyed success in WWE.

Duggan learned from his cruel ways, aligned himself with The Junkyard Dog in Mid-South and eventually became one of the most endearing heroes in the history of WWE. Still, its interesting to think what would have happened if it was Reed who became synonymous with a wooden 2x4.

When most wrestling fans think of the Living Legend, the first name that comes to mind is the one and only Bruno Sammartino. And rightfully so. The longest-reigning WWE Champion earned that coveted nickname through tireless representation of himself both in and out of the ring. Bruno had a protg under his wing by the name of Larry Zbyszko. The newcomer had an eagerness to become an in-ring performer, and, despite his busy schedule, the beloved Sammartino was more than willing to oblige with help.

In 1973, Zbyszko made his pro debut, and three years later was a more than capable competitor in WWE. But frustration eventually set in for Zbyszko, who so dearly wanted to be his own person, not forever known as Sammartinos protg. He challenged Sammartino to a match. When Bruno said no, Zbyszko contemplated retirement. The Italian Superman finally agreed and frustrated Zbyszko in the match, which led to Zbyszko brutalizing his mentor with a chair. The traitor then rubbed salt into Brunos wounds by proclaiming himself the new Living Legend. Six months after the attack at New Yorks Shea Stadium, the two combatants settled their differences inside a steel cage. Sammartino got the best of his former protg and exited the cage in triumph.

A combination of flashiness, cockiness and bombastic behavior were prevalent in the three personalities that took on the nickname of Nature Boy. The first to adopt that moniker was WWE Hall of Famer Buddy Rogers, who was given the name by wrestling promoter Jack Pfefer in the 1950s.

The innovative Rogers was an NWA Champion and became the very first WWE Champion in 1963. Two decades later, Ric Flair adopted the Nature Boy persona in the mid-1970s and took it (and Buddys patented Figure-Four Leg Lock) to even greater heights than his predecessor. The two "Nature Boys" locked up in the late '70s, but Rogers was well past his prime at that time.

Completing the Nature Boy trifecta was Buddy Landel, who took on the name during the 1980s. Landel mostly competed within the southeastern United States, and he, too, had a rather pompous persona that the fans did not care for. With Landel infringing on Flairs territory, the two had a series of matches in 1985, and again in 1990, to determine the one and only Nature Boy. Of course, it was the only two-time WWE Hall of Famer who emerged victorious.

Neither Crusher might be familiar to todays WWE fans, but during the heyday of the American Wrestling Association, few competitors were as feared as The Crusher. Hard as nails, the beer-swilling Milwaukee native was blue collar tough long before Stone Cold Steve Austin or The Sandman doused the squared circle. A multi-time champion in the AWA, no one messed with The Crusher.

Then why did Jerry Blackwell attempt to steal the barrel-chested brawlers nickname? Sure, he was a mountain of a man at 470-plus pounds, but did the Stone Mountain, Ga., native really want to upset the apple cart by going around calling himself Crusher Blackwell? To be expected, the original Crusher took exception and battled the behemoth on several occasions during the early 1980s for the rights to his long-held nickname. The rivalry resulted in a legitimate crushing when Blackwell once leapt off the top rope, landing on his opponents arm, causing The Crusher to miss a year of action.

Each of the three individuals who took on the nickname of King Kong had decidedly different ring personas. King Kong Brody used the name during the early stages of his career, which took him to a number of territories, including WWE, where he gave Bruno Sammartino a run for his money. His unorthodox brawling style garnered him a name change to the more familiar Bruiser Brody, and he enjoyed continued success in World Class Championship Wrestling and beyond.

Angelo King Kong Mosca made a successful transition from the Canadian Football League into the wrestling arena, bringing his rough reputation along with him. Moscas no-nonsense, raw-boned, rugged style made him a feared competitor for more than a decade.

King Kong Bundy debuted in World Class during the early 1980s before venturing to WWE in 1985. An imposing presence in both size and stature, Bundy who Gorilla Monsoon dubbed the walking condominium made an immediate impact. Demanding that the referee administer a five-count to cement his victories, Bundys deliberate methods inside the squared circle sent fear into many an opponent, including Hulk Hogan in the main event of WrestleMania 2.

Frank Goodish didnt find success right away. Originally employing the monikers of The Hammer and King Kong Brody, the wild-eyed savage eventually settled on Bruiser Brody. Competing around the world and developing something of a mythic reputation, Brody has become one of the most endearing personalities to devout fans of the sports-entertainment genre.

One man who didnt take too kindly to Brodys adopted nickname was cigar-chomping tough guy Dick the Bruiser. A former lineman for the Green Bay Packers, Dick became the AWA Champion for one week in 1966, but is mostly remembered for his five reigns as AWA Tag Team Champion alongside The Crusher.

When Bruiser Brody entered Dicks territory of Indianapolis, Chicago and neighboring cities, the barroom brawler took exception. The two Bruisers faced off on several occasions across the Midwest with neither settling their differences nor emerging as the one true Bruiser. One thing is settled now: Each competitor is among the most revered to have ever stepped into the squared circle.

The word Superstar in todays landscape is a well-known descriptor for individuals that practice their craft under the bright lights of WWE. But turning the clock back in time, Superstar was a nickname that came to prominence with number of individuals, two of which attained a level of success at their own respective levels.

There was only one Superstar Billy Graham, whom many feel was far ahead of his time. He had it all: looks, personality, flamboyance. When he spoke, people listened. As he said, Superstar was the man man with the power and too sweet to be sour. The revolutionary Graham went to the top of his game on April 30, 1977, when he dethroned the mighty Bruno Sammartino for the WWE Championship.

Another Superstar was Bill Dundee, an Australian talent who began wrestling in the United States in 1974. Like Graham, Dundee could also talk up a mean streak and his biggest success came in Memphis, Tenn., during a classic and tumultuous rivalry with hometown hero Jerry The King Lawler.

Two WWE Hall of Famers took on the Handsome nickname, and both did so during the early part of their careers. In 1965, Harley Race entered the AWA and joined forces with Larry Hennig. They took it up a notch by nicknaming themselves Handsome and Pretty Boy, respectively. The arrogant pair constantly broke the rules en route to winning the AWA Tag Team Championships on three occasions.

Prior to becoming the bearded and unpredictable Boogie Woogie Man, tag team specialist Handsome Jimmy Valiant enjoyed a great deal of success in the WWE. In 1972, Valiant turned on his tag team partner Chief Jay Strongbow and quickly became one of the most despised individuals by legions of fans. In 1974, Handsome Jimmy enlisted the services of his brother, Luscious Johnny. Together, The Valiant Brothers who were later joined by a third brother, Gentleman Jerry wreaked havoc on opposing teams nationwide throughout the remainder of that decade.

In the wrestling industry, nicknames dont always go with someone worthy of that distinction. In the case of Playboy Gary Hart, his wrestling lifestyle completely overshadowed whatever playboy activities he enjoyed. His expertise was managing, and he was darn good at it. Having guided close to four dozen performers in his career, the mustachioed Hart displayed shrewdness and savvy that complemented his talents penchant for success. His greatest triumph was during the 1980s in World Class Championship Wrestling, managing King Kong Bundy, Gentleman Chris Adams and The Great Kabuki, among others.

From an in-ring standpoint, Playboy Buddy Rose was one of the best. Rose made his mark in the northwestern United States before entering WWE rings in 1982 where he engaged in heated battles with WWE Champion Bob Backlund. As time went on, Roses weight ballooned to more than 300 pounds. When announced as such, the Playboy would immediately correct the ring announcer to announce him at a slim, trim 217 pounds. Despite his wrestling talents, Rose is mostly remembered for his salesmanship in promoting the Blow Away Diet.