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ribera steakhouse

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According to Stan Hansen, Bruiser Brody discovered the Ribera Steakhouse while on the lookout for an American-style dinner during a tour of Japan sometime in the late 70s / early 80s. The hole-in-the-wall restaurant gained a legendary status shortly after that, and it became a rite of passage for pro wrestlers to pick up the satin jacket with the distinctive bull logo whenever they visited.

You can credit the Road Warriors for being the first to realize how amazing the jacket looked with a pair of Zubaz.

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where the ultimate warrior died

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Warrior (aka The Ultimate Warrior and formerly James Hellwig before he legally changed his name in 1993) collapsed on April 8, 2014 while walking with his wife in this residential-style hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at the age of 54.

Two days prior he was at Wrestlemania 30 as he had just been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He had only recently reconciled with Vince McMahon and the WWE, and the day before he died he made his first appearance on RAW in 18 years.

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gramma b’s (former)

from road warriors, rick rude, barry darsow, eddie sharkey posted in pro wrestling by nevereatshreddedwheat

A former pro wrestler named Eddie Sharkey was bartending at Gramma B's in Northeast Minneapolis in the early 1980s when a few of the young bouncers caught his eye. Just to give you an example of the big men keeping an eye on the place, Richard Rood, even at 6'3" and 235 lbs, was still outsized by several others including Joe Laurinaitis, Michael Hegstrand, Barry Darsow and John Nord. Laurinaitis, would later recall that Gramma B's, frequented by bikers, wasn't your friendly neighborhood bar.

Sharkey, who had wrestled for the AWA in the 60s, decided to start a wrestling promotion in 1982 called Pro Wrestling America. He plucked the bouncers from Gramma B's as talent, opened a school in the basement of a church and trained Rood, Laurinaitis, Hegstrand and Darsow to become pro wrestlers.

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gramma b’s (former)

from road warriors, rick rude, barry darsow, eddie sharkey posted in pro wrestling by nevereatshreddedwheat

Laurinaitis (aka Animal) and Hegstrand (aka Hawk) would go on to form the Road Warriors tag team. Rood would become "Ravishing" Rick Rude, John Nord would wrestle as the Berzerker in WWF and Darsow would gain fame as Smash, one half of the tag team Demolition.

A few of the many other wrestlers later trained by Sharkey include Scott Steiner, Sean Waltman and Jerry Lynn.

Gramma B's was eventually closed in 1984 for failure to pay taxes. This spot is currently occupied by the tiki bar Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge.

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robbinsdale high school (former)

from rick rude, curt hennig, barry darsow posted in pro wrestling by nevereatshreddedwheat

The Minneapolis suburb of Robbinsdale was at one time a breeding ground for future professional wrestlers.

AWA founder Verne Gagne attended Robbinsdale High School in the 1930s and Larry "The Axe" Hennig attended in the '50s.

Later graduates of the high school include:
Rick Rood (aka "Ravishing" Rick Rude) - class of '76
"Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig - class of '76
Tom Zenk (½ of the Can-Am Connection) - class of '76
Dean Peters - class of '76
Scott Simpson (aka Nikita Koloff) - class of '77
John "The Barbarian" Nord - class of '77
and Barry Darsow (best known as Smash from Demolition and probably worst known as the Repo Man) - class of '78

Robbinsdale High School closed in 1982. This location is currently the Robbinsdale Middle School.

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