It is with a very heavy heart that I write this short column for this week.
As a young man growing up in Flint, Michigan, we had access to a TV station out of Windsor, Canada, some 60 miles away. Every Thursday night, wrestling would be on at 9 p.m. It was the only weeknight I was allowed to "stay up" while going to school.
I watched stars like Dick "The Bruiser," Wilbur Snyder, Pepper Gomez, Dr. Timothy Goehagen, The Sharpe Brothers, The Brunnetti Brothers and many other stars that came to wrestle in the Great Lakes area.
Probably the duo that I didn't like the most was the pairing of manager Bronko Lubich and Angelo Poffo. Bronko was a cane carrying, tuxedo wearing man that injected himself into many matches when Angelo was getting the living snot beat out of him by guys like Snyder.
Poffo's signature move was the "Italian Neck Breaker," but, sometimes, the match was won by the maniacal cane swinging manager, Lubich.
Following a run of over three years as the United States Champ, Angelo and Lubich beat all the competition they could muster from the various promoters and moved on to greener pastures. Angelo went to Kentucky and headed up his own promotion, and Bronko went to Dallas, Texas to work in the wrestling office there.
Bronko was a mainstay in WCCW as a head referee and was part of the booking team that supplied wrestlers to all the towns under the Dallas based promotion.
His passing will leave a huge void in professional wrestling as well as in his own private life. Bronko was a friend to many and enemy of none.
May the ring ropes in the sky open up for this great man of our business. Rest in Peace, Mr. Lubich.
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