10 Facts About Reggie "The Crusher" Lisowski

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10 Facts About Reggie "The Crusher" Lisowski

Post by Riddick » 06-08-2024 03:00 PM

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ON what would have otherwise been Crusherfest weekend had not promoters made it a biannual event, you can still eat a Polish sausage, drink a few brewskis & read this fact sheet in remembrance of The Man Who Made Milwaukee Famous

1 He was the epitome of the working class wrestler.
Learning to wrestle in the Army in Germany during WWII, he came back & played semi-pro football before going into wrestling, even as he for many years was also holding down jobs at Ladish, Drop Forge, Cudahy Packing House & as a bricklayer.

CRUSHER ATTACKS!
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2 He wrestled for over a decade before becoming the Crusher.
Known for tag team successes in the '50s, circa 1960 Reggie re-invented himself as a singles wrestler with a crew-cut, even beefier body and menacing moniker, propelling him into wrestling's superstardom stratosphere over the next decade.

3 Fans were cheering him on, even though he was a heel.
While his early days "bad guy" deeds were detested by many fans, even then the no-nonsense 'don't mess with me' Crusher had more than his share of supporters, like the century old lady he posed for a picture with as he signed an autograph.

TAG TEAM TURMOIL
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4 He & Dick The Bruiser were fictional 'kayfabe' cousins.
As with teaming with Stan Holek as the Lisowski Brothers in the '50s, he & Dick Afflis weren't related, yet they did look enough alike to be believable cousins. The fearsome duo's roughhouse style went over great in America & the Orient.

The Crusher cuts up Mad Dog Vachon
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5 BLOOD!
There's no denying Crusher wore more than a few crimson masks in his time but it's also true his nemeses were doing the same, the most notorious case being a scuffle where Mad Dog Vachon bled from an artery so bad he could have died

Crusher Vs Mad Dog: THE AWA'S BITTEREST FEUD EVER...
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The Crusher and Baron Promo
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6 CAGE MATCHES!
When it came to settling scores? Crusher took to caged rings like ducks to water. He'd pressure officials to get the stipulation. No interference fight to the finish! No way in, and no way out until the match is over, except maybe on a stretcher.

The Crusher Taunts Bruno Sammartino
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7 COMICAL PROMOS!
Long before scripted interviews became the norm, Crusher was one of the best mic workers in the business. Having a talent for trash talk & knack for expertly timed & crafted ad-lib comedy & insults, he evoked many a laugh with his sense of humor.

The Crusher Tops Bill In The Battle Of The Conductors
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8 He conducted the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Regrettably in his one-night stint as guest symphony leader, the orchestra didn't perform his favorite polka tune - That aside, if called on at any time and despite his gravel voice, he could bang out "Roll Out The Barrel" like a boss you betcha!

South Milwaukee Gears Up For DA CRUSHER Statue
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9 He passed in 2005, but LIVES FOREVER in bronze.
Bronze Fonz AAy? No way! Henry Winkler was an actor playing a character. Reggie was a real-life performer living the role. He WAS, & forever will be MILWAUKEE'S FAVORITE SON - THE ONE, THE ONLY, THE Crusher. Take that, ya Turkeynecks!

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10 He HAS YET to enter the WWE Hall Of Fame.
Sadly, Crusherfest organizers have yet to wage a successful campaign to have him added to this list of squared circle luminaries. That said, unless & until they induct him into their HOF, WWE well deserves to be in every Crusher fan's Hall Of Shame.

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