Tom Magee

Noah and I saw Tom Magee work a Youngstown C team show in 1986. He did a backflip, he was huge and we always wondered what happened to the guy. For years, we were like, that guy was so over and he just went away.

Well, here’s a little about him, thanks to pwchronicle.blogspot.com.

Tom Magee’s opponent that night was a young mid-card heel by the name of Bret Hart, incidentally the son of the man who trained him. Before the match, Bret Hart was said to have told Magee to only worry about doing his three best offensive moves, and Hart stated that he would do the rest. In what has been described as one of the most incredible jobs of carrying an opponent in wrestling history, Bret Hart got a match so good out of Tom Magee that not only was the Rochester crowd hotter for it than any other match on the card that night, but Vince McMahon was ready to groom Magee to be the next Hulk Hogan.

Watching his monitor backstage, McMahon shouted to anyone that could hear him “That’s my next champion!”. When Magee walked through the curtain, McMahon and Pat Patterson showered him with praise and signed him immediately. McMahon was said to gloat about his new acquisition for weeks, and when everything was in order, McGee was eager to begin with the WWF. He was placed on the C-level shows, the WWF tour that featured the least amount of star power and ran in the smallest venues –often times high schools and community centers — and was often used to give young talent valuable experience while keeping them out of the public eye. Tom Magee was given the nickname “MegaMan”, and would be put over in every single match on the tour en route to becoming a runner up for the Pro-Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year award in 1986.

Tom Magee spent the next eight months working with Terry Gibbs and defeating him in short, one sided matches that showcased Magee’s acrobatic offense. Gibbs wasn’t looking like the wrestler that tore the house down with Bret Hart in October of last year, and no one quite knew why.

The reason I am posting this match? It’s legendary. In fact:

Perhaps the last high profile match of his career came in late 1988, when he took on Japanese Sumo legend Hiroshi Wajimi in what was widely considered to be perhaps the worst professional wrestling match of all time when it happened.

Me? I say this is one of the most entertaining matches ever. Ever. Just great. Watch it and see.

-Sam

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