So this week I was thinking, “if I were able to step into the squared circle in this day and at my age what role or character would I be”? My best bet would be the role of a manager. In wrestling, the role of a manager is just as important as the wrestler they represent. The manager has the job of selling the wrestler’s strengths, ability, and character without the wrestler needing to say a word. For the most part, a manager was usually placed with a wrestler, or vice versa, because the wrestler may not have the mic skills or the vocal charisma to put him or herself over. Managers at times overshadow the wrestler with their words and personality, but in the end, the wrestler had to back up the words of their manager. Paul Bearer, who recently passed away, not only put The Undertaker and Kane on the map with his creepy but enticing promos, but he also became a part of the development of these men with his ringside theatrics and recognizable gestures. “Classy” Freddie Blassie, who might not have been considered classy at all, used his quick wit and catch phrase “Pencil Necked Geeks” to rile up a crowd and draw the heat for his wrestlers. These past few months I am happy to see the manager or sidekick role being used more in promotions. Steve Corino has been an excellent voice box for his SCUM faction in Ring of Honor and Zeb Colter in WWEhas been the lead antagonist with Jack Swagger in his feud with Alberto Del Rio and now Dolph Ziggler. He has been a much needed boost to the wrestling scene in which we haven’t seen in quite some time. So this week, I bring to you…
Face/Heel Managers of All Time
Face Manager of All Time: Captain Lou Albano
It’s not easy to find a face manager seeing as though the majority of managers are heels. Well, “The Captain” was known as mainly a heel manager, but Lou Albano did have his moments as a face manager. After his feud with Cyndi Lauper, Albano became mainstream and was recognized as the man of the people with his outrageous looks, loud interviews, and his disconnect with factual information. First on the East Coast and then nationwide, Albano was easily recognized with his short but large appearance and his signature rubber bands hanging from his face. Albano was known to manage singles wrestlers such as Ken Patera, Andre the Giant, and even Hulk Hogan. But Albano was truly known for being in the corner of great tag teams such as The U.S. Express, The Machines, and The British Bulldogs. The Captain was loud, brash, and fun to watch.
Heel Manager of All Time: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
Honestly, I am sitting writing this and I am laughing to myself all the ridiculous things “The Brain” has said and done through the years. From being placed in the weasel suit on numerous occasions or the classic line he spoke during the Michaels/Jannetty segment of The Barber Shop, Bobby Heenan has been involved in many memorable moments in wrestling history, The man had a sharp wit and a mind for the business and I do not believe there will ever be not only a manager but a man the same caliber as Heenan. The Heenan family grew almost weekly because of the talent in which Bobby could put over. Heenan was the type of man who could sell chocolate popsicles to a man wearing white gloves. He was also great at the commentator post as well. His big moment, no pun intended, was when he was with Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III against Hulk Hogan. If Heenan wasn’t on top of the world then, he definitely was at that point. Oh, and by the way, that classic line Bobby spoke after Shawn Michaels threw Marty Jannetty through the glass window of The Barber Shop was, “Jannetty tried to dive through the window to escape”! You gotta love to hate “The Weasel”.
- Santy's Face/Heel Of The Week (4/14/13-4/20/13) (mytakeradio.com)
- Santy's Face/Heel Of The Week (4/21/13-4/27/13) (mytakeradio.com)