this photo makes me happy
The Four Pillars. Sadly all done wrestling, and one of them no longer with us.
On one such booking, on a Saturday evening on March 7, 1964, Louis wrestled Gino Brito in a benefit match in Garden City, Michigan. After the bout, he returned to the dressing room and within 10 minutes had fallen to one knee. He yelled to Bert Ruby for help and medical assistance arrived shortly.
He was given an injection and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by a doctor. The fire department also worked on him for 30 minutes with a resuscitator without success. Sister Lenore Gibb, a Catholic nun and family friend, recalled that several fans ran to a neighboring church for a priest to perform the last rites.
A massive heart attack had pinned Louis Papineau for the three count, a feat that many opponents had failed to do for 17 years.
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Miracleman 14 (1988)
Cover illustration by John Totleben.
Warrior 3 (1982)
Johnny Bates revealed his true nature in this striking page illustrated by Garry Leach and written by Alan Moore.
Thank you Akira Taue!
After 25 years of competing as a professional wrestler, Akira Taue saw this chapter of his life come to an official close as he finally retired from in ring competition. Taue will now be dedicating himsself full time as Pro Wrestling NOAH’s president.
Taue was joined by many fellow wrestlers for this special occasion to honor all the years he has dedicated to the sport and with his retirement comes the close of “Four Devas Era (1990’s All Japan)”, with Misawa, Kobashi, and Kawada all no longer actively competing in the ring.
Taue has been a multi-time champion from the AJPW Triple Crown Championship, AJPW World Tag Team Champion, Champion Carnival winner, AJPW World Tag League Winner, and then lastly as a former GHC Heavyweight Champion in NOAH.
8,500 spectators were apart of today’s show at the Ariake Colosseum which also saw all of the GHC belts defended in the second half of the show. Taue teamed with his fellow students in Takeshi Morishima, Takashi Sugiura, and Genba Hirayanagi as he took on Genichiro Tenryu, Tatsumi Fujinami, Masao Inoue & Kentaro Shiga. Taue officially won the match after pinning Inoue following his trademark “Ore ga Taue (I am Taue)” chokeslam.
Akira Taue retirement match