Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Eric Westlund
After an extended hiatus, I’m back
with another exciting chapter in the saga of Angelo Poffo’s ICW
wrestling. We were reliving late 1982 with the terrorizing of Ratamyas
dominating the airwaves of the ICW. But several other feuds, which had
been brewing for years, were also gaining steam as they catapulted to
The leaping Lanny Poffo –Rip
Rogers hatred had been a constant in the promotion since its inception.
They both laid claims to the
Pez was loud, proud and could hold
his own in any kind of foray the team fell into .He had learned various
ways to protect the belts from Randy Savage while partnering with The
Macho Man in late 1981. The fans loved to see Pez embarrassed after his
fall from grace, and this served Ronnie Garvin several opportunities to
make Pez reconsider his decision to leave the ranks of the faces.
Ronnie Garvin lacked a strong
opponent about this same time and a Pez Whatley –Garvin program was
initiated. This was originated in the summer of 82, as Garvin took
several partners in attempts to wrest the tag titles from the new
Blondes. George Weingeroff, Walter Johnson and Thunderbolt Patterson
were all cohorts of Garvin in matches where the belts were up for grabs
against the blondes.
Later in the year Pez took on a new
persona. In the Poffo’s ever-constant attempt to dig at the Jarrett
promotion, Pez became King Pez Whatley. He even was granted a court to
serve his kingly needs .The court members, of course, had to kiss his
feet as a signature of their devotion to the pistol man. Members
instituted into the court included Rip Rogers, Big Boy Williams and
possibly Fazil Dean. I don’t recall too many angles spun off of this
unit, as they didn’t seem to be given enough airtime to justify their
position. This possibly also could have been a result of the TV station
change about this same time, which I will touch on later.
Pez also was given the role of
accompanying a new ICW wrestler to the ring about this same time. Mike
Doggendorf was a monster of man, at 6’6” and the former starting
middle linebacker for the
Evidently, the two had some kind of
falling out quickly as matches between the two are featured several
weeks later in the same towns.
Several new combatants were given to
the wrestling public for their consumption near the end of 1982. Mighty
Mouse, a muscular short black wrestler debuted for the group. Johnny
Reeves, whom I have no knowledge of, also splashed upon the ICW early
bouts. Danny Fargo ,who recently passed away, reemerged in the group
after a two year vacation. Kabooki was another man who showed up
prominently on the cards I have from the time frame discussed here. He
was Rey Urbino, a veteran of the ring who had performed for several
decades all across the
For no apparent reason, two matches
of an intergender nature were presented to the public in late 1982. In
I will tie up some loose ends and elaborate on information received in researching ICW advertised cards.