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    A lot of pro wrestlers also talk shit about Ric Flair.

    Dory Funk on Billy:

    'I was terribly shocked and saddened to hear the news yesterday of the passing of Billy Robinson. Following is only 1 of many experiences with Billy Robinson.

    Calgary Stampede July of 1969 NWA World Championship Match Myself and Billy Robinson - We rode in the parade, Billy, His Wife and I on the back of an open Cadillac Convertible with the top down. Would you have thought it unusual for 2 professional wrestlers going to face each other for the World Championship riding through the streets of Calgary in a parade together?

    The credibility of Billy Robinson and his wrestling skills made it the natural thing to do. In front of us was the ring being pulled by a tractor with all the rest of the wrestlers in the ring. Of course right in front of the grandstand, the ring did break down holding up the entire parade. The convertible easily made its' way around the ring full of wrestlers and to the finish line.

    It was totally acceptable to the wrestling fans for Billy and I to be together even though we were wrestling against each other that week in the Main Event.

    I was in the Calgary Territory (Promoter Stu Hart) for 8 days. I wrestled Billy Friday to a 1 hour draw in Calgary to set up the return for the following Friday. (Billy and Myself) Saturday in Edmonton we wrestled to a 1 hour draw and the same in Regina, Saskatoon, Lethbridge and somewhere else on Thursday and back in Calgary for the return match for the NWA World Championship Friday and yes you guessed it a 1 hour time limit draw. All matches drew capacity houses.

    I will never forget the trip from Saskatoon back to Calgary. Billy and I made the trip in the booker Dave Rhule's car. He had a clogged fuel filter and Dave's car would speed up to 80 miles per hour and back down to 20 miles an hour then back to 60 and back to 30. Dave had a case of Canadian Beer and one cassette tape that he played over and over, Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee. We arrived in Calgary at 9:00am with a show that night.

    That week with Billy Robinson was a learning experience in a different style of wrestling. Not amateur style but shoot style, Billy was for real mentally and physically as tough as they come, like a champion should be and that helped me tremendously through my next 4 years as NWA World Champion.

    My thanks and appreciation to Billy Robinson, a friend I will remember and cherish the time we were able to spend together.

    My condolences to the family of Billy Robinson.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrWinstonChurchill View Post
    A lot of pro wrestlers also talk shit about Ric Flair.'
    Not disputing that, but the quote was from Ken Patera, not Flair himself.
    Only posted it because I'd said how well respected Billy was in a previous post & then came across that quote.

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    It's more the nature of pro wrestling.

    Billy had been inducted into a number of HOFs within wrestling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moogie101 View Post
    After me saying about how everyone loved Billy Robinson it appears I need this correction. Whilst I recall Dynamite Kid talking him up in his book, I was rereading Flair's bio & came across this quote from Ken Patera about Billy.

    Robinson was a prick, that's why he had trouble in different places where he wrestled. Sailor White punched him out in Montreal, then pissed into his wounds. The Rock's grandfather, Peter Mavia, nearly dug out his eye in another fight. Verne & Robinson were close, but outside the AWA, nobody wanted to work with Billy. They were afraid he'd fuck them up with cheap shots. And chances were that he would.

    It appears not everyone loved him!
    I was quite shocked at how dangerous a lot of those ten moves looked; and it makes sense to me that those particular moves were outlawed when catch evolved into freestyle wrestling. It's a shame though that they threw out the baby with the bath water and outlawed all the submission holds as well
    Any opinions I express on this forum are entirely personal opinions and it should not be assumed that they reflect the official view of any organisations I am connected with

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