The articulate, dignified, well-educated Arman Hussein was an immediate hit with fans. A star of the 1960s and 1970s, Hussein’s confident persona and cool demeanor led him to success in several territories,” wrote Julian L.D. Shabazz in Black Stars of Professional Wrestling.
His real name is not known because he changed it to Arman Hussein to better reflect his Muslim religion. No one can pin point his place of birth or his age. No family showed up to his funeral either. His name pops up in 1959 in Minneapolis as maybe his place of debuting. He was like Kirk Lazarus, to the point of never breaking character in front of ANYONE. In 1966 he had a baby face stint in WWWF, he tried suing a Los Angeles promotion for not using him properly. He traveled all over in the 60’s and 70’s and really was a journeyman.
according to Scott Casey. “When you stop to think about it, we were all a little crazy to do some of the things we did,” Casey told Scott Teal in a Whatever Happened To … ? interview. “Arman Hussein and I wrestled on TV. He had a long fingernail on his right hand. When we locked up, his fingernail went into my cheek, all the way to the bone. We were only thirty seconds into the match. I picked up a chair and beat him to death with it. I was so mad. I had my girlfriend take me to the hospital. That was on my 33rd birthday.
He broke his hip in a bad car wreck which ended his in ring career, he told everyone Roddy Piper did it to him in the ring. He became a manager with Gary Hart and they co-managed under the name H & H Limited.
Jose Lothario- Not much is found about him though he is still alive. The name might ring a bell if you remember who trained HBK for Wrestlemania Iron Man match. He was known to win in the NWA and was a champion for WCCW when it was Big Time.
Al Madril- Is known for getting HBK into Elvis’ music. He began wrestling in the 1970’s making his rounds on the southern and western parts of the country. Winning numerous tag titles along the way, he teamed with Jose Lothario on many occasions. He has been rumored to deny ever being in wrestling.As the match starts the announcer Bill Mercer says Fritz has proof Kerry was purposefully injured by Gary Hart and the Greak Kabuki. Checkmate starts it off with some catch-as-catch-can type stuff, which makes sense because he says wrestling is human chess. Lothario and Madril “the New Mexicans” try and out wrestle Checkmate but that shit ain’t happening. The crowd starts paying attention to Bugsy McGraw who is selling merch to them. This commentary team is miles ahead of Vince McMahon on WWF. They get the character over, The back story on each competitor, the story of the match, and hype for what’s to come. Dragon hits back hand chops which are called martial arts and Asian type wrestling. Madril is in a hammerlock and runs around in circles until he dives and shoots Dragon out of the ring. Dragon gets back into the ring and they meet each other with flying shoulder blocks. Jose and Checkmate both tag in, Lothario goes for a back body drop but Checkmate flips out of it. Hussein gets involved so the heels get the advantage. Jay says “Armen can speak six languages, it helps seeking international talent, Gary Hart should be proud of Armen, interrupting at the right moments.” That covered so much with so little said. It adds credibility as to why Hart would have such an eclectic group of guys, and puts over Hussein as a valuable asset to have. Dragon comes in and does this sequence. So what happens is Dragon hits Al in the corner, he runs up the corner and does a backflip off of the top rope into a back handspring, seamlessly into a Superkick then he runs to the top rope and misses a front flip senton! HOLY SHIT!! That sequence looks great in any era but this guy musta blown minds in the early 80’s. Checkmate gets tagged in, wrestling happens, good guys go for Checkmates mask. The match breaks down and ends in a time limit draw. And I’m Like… Holy wow, that was fun! I don’t have much else to say. Bill Mercer brings us a video from World Champion Ric Flair, who Bill says put the bounty on the Von Erichs. This could be the reason we start at episode 43! Ric Flair Interview-
- Says Kerry will be out 5-6 weeks, if your not tough enough for this sport than get out.
- Each Von Erich has an individual bounty of $10,000.
- Flair says he is wealthy, $10,000 ain’t a thing to him. If he wanted it done it would be done.
- “Kerry as great as you think you are, your not in the same class as Ric Flair. Thirty-one years old, filthy rich, custom made, and the greatest wrestler ever. Get a contract and give me some incentive and I’ll be there Hallelujah!”- Ric Flair
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