Monday, November 9, 2009

RIP Captain Lou Albano

By Rick Morris

I regret that we did not get around to posting this sooner, but we do want to pay tribute to one of the greatest pro wrestling managers of all time, Captain Lou Albano, who recently passed away.

His antics were a natural bridge between the old days of territorial wrestling and the new era of "sports entertainment" that materialized in the mid-1980s. He is one of the few figures that the business has ever had with substantial name recognition even among non-wrestling fans.

Of course, he started his career as a wrestler before Bruno Sammartino saw his potential as a manager. This clip showing him in a rare late-career match against Superfly Jimmy Snuka in 1982 shows what a great all-around performer he really was.

Lou Albano was an outstanding entertainer, a successful fundraiser for charitable causes and a man much beloved by his peers -- a man of great character. RIP, Captain Lou.

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