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PierSixer - November 03rd, 2008 04:03 GMT



  Could someone tell me more about "Big Money" Hank James and his run in Detroit?
Blakedel - November 03rd, 2008 21:31 GMT


At the time, it seemed to me like he got a push overnight.  One day he's a jobber, next day he's giving interviews.  I remember that even as a kid I was surprised by the quick turn-around.
horhna - November 03rd, 2008 23:25 GMT


Greetings.....

You can divided "Big Money" Hank James (as he was billed in Detroit) Detroit career into two parts....there was the before Amarillo and after Amarillo parts. Before Amarillo he was little more than a glorified jobber. After his Amarillo run as "Hurricane" Hank James and his bloody feud with Terry Funk he came back to Detroit as a upper mid card talent and had a nice on going feud with Bulldog Don Kent. He always had a program with Rev. Tim Hampton...though it's his work with Kent that I remember.  He was billed as Bobo Brazil's half brother (which apparently is true) and had three separate tag team title runs with Mighty Igor, Flying Fred Currey and Captain Ed George. He also tagged a lot with Brazil on TV. He was pushed on TV and even had a program with Sheik for the United States Title. Seems like he disappeared near the end of 1977/early 1978....don't remember him at the end of the promotion last days. He was very popular in Detroit.....always a face here.....just the opposite of the blood thristy heel he played in Amarillo.

thanks

PierSixer - November 04th, 2008 01:49 GMT



Great answer Horhna. Thank you.
Beyond Salem - November 04th, 2008 04:16 GMT


Hank James was an enhancment talent in Toronto/Hamilton  from around 1969-72.

He may have even been in the WWWF in the early 70's as an enhancment talent.

It was always stunning to read on KFM that James had a wild bloody feud with the Funks in Texas around 1972-73.

Hank came back into Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens in the fall of 1976 as a winner.

Some photos of his battles with the Sheik at Detroit's Cobo Hall indicate large crowds came out to see Hank vs The Sheik.

Shah - November 04th, 2008 14:20 GMT


Does anyone remember what angle they used to turn Hank from heel to face?
horhna - November 05th, 2008 03:36 GMT




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Does anyone remember what angle they used to turn Hank from heel to face?
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The beauty of the kayfabe era....."Big Money" Hank James was always a face in Detroit....nobody around these parts knew anything about "Hurricane" Hank James and his bloody feud with Terry Funk. James....along with Bobo Brazil was one of the most popular and over faces in the promotion.

thanks
Shah - November 05th, 2008 04:51 GMT



No, not true. Hank after going from jobber to pushed wrestler started out as a heel and was managed by the original Dr. Jerry Graham.  After Graham disappeared from Detroit, again, he turned face, but i can't recall any angle they used to do that.



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Does anyone remember what angle they used to turn Hank from heel to face?
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The beauty of the kayfabe era....."Big Money" Hank James was always a face in Detroit....nobody around these parts knew anything about "Hurricane" Hank James and his bloody feud with Terry Funk. James....along with Bobo Brazil was one of the most popular and over faces in the promotion.

thanks

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horhna - November 05th, 2008 20:15 GMT




------ QUOTE from  Shah, November 05th, 2008 04:51  GMT ------

No, not true. Hank after going from jobber to pushed wrestler started out as a heel and was managed by the original Dr. Jerry Graham.  After Graham disappeared from Detroit, again, he turned face, but i can't recall any angle they used to do that.



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Does anyone remember what angle they used to turn Hank from heel to face?
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The beauty of the kayfabe era....."Big Money" Hank James was always a face in Detroit....nobody around these parts knew anything about "Hurricane" Hank James and his bloody feud with Terry Funk. James....along with Bobo Brazil was one of the most popular and over faces in the promotion.

thanks

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thanks...never knew that Hank James was a heel in Detroit. learn something everyday.
Blakedel - November 06th, 2008 00:19 GMT


I too remember Hank as an arrogant heel always talkin' 'bout his money and flashing it around.  
Big Jim L - November 06th, 2008 05:39 GMT


  According to my limited records, I see Hank James showing up at Cobo for the first time Oct. 10, 1970, when he and Chico Garcia lost a handicap match with Luis Martinez.
    I have listed some cards from my research in Dayton, Ohio, involving Hank. He was gone from this area by spring 1971 and I believe it was around then he appeared in Texas.
  IRRC his babyface turn came when he saved Bobo Brazil from something dastardly The Sheik was doing to him. I remember James working the main event in Dayton against The Sheik on Christmas night in either 1976 or 77. They drew a big crowd that night, but always did on Christmas.

1970 Dayton, Ohio

Saturday, Nov. 7
1st Chico Garcia & Hank James drew
2nd Boris Kosloff over Jim Paturalski with stomach claw
3rd Sonny King & Mickey Doyle over The Bounty Hunter & The Executioner (Donn Lewin)  King pinned Executioner with roll up
4th Bull Curry pinned The Stomper in a Brass Knuckles Match

Saturday, Nov. 14
1st Mickey Doyle over Hank James with spinning toe hold
2nd Sonny King & The Bounty Hunter drew 15 minutes
3rd Flying Fred Curry pinned Boris Kosloff with drop kicks
4th Bull Curry vs Lou Klein ruled a No Contest
5th The Stomper & Ben Justice over Don and Johnny Fargo (Don Fargo & Greg Valentine)  Justice pinned Johnny Fargo with roll up


Saturday, Nov. 21
1st Boris Kosloff & Mickey Doyle drew 15 minutes
2nd Johnny Fargo pinned Hank James with elbow smash
3rd Chico Garcia pinned Jack Murphy with big splash
4th The Stomper & Ben Justice over The Bounty Hunter & The Executioner (Donn Lewin)  (Stomper over Executioner with sleeper)
5th Bull Curry over Don Fargo by DQ

1971 Dayton, Ohio

Friday, Jan. 8 Dayton
1st Ben Justice pinned Hank James with roll up
2nd Sonny King over Killer Tim Brooks with head claw
3rd Jim Paturalski over Johnny Fargo (Babyface Nelson) by DQ
4th Flying Fred Curry pinned Don Fargo with a Flying Body Press
5th Bull Curry over Haystacks Calhoun by DQ
timtass - November 06th, 2008 15:47 GMT


I just remember how skinny he was when I was a kid and wondering how on earth his punches could hurt!!!  
Big Jim L - November 07th, 2008 02:53 GMT


    Hank was indeed rather slender. In the business, those are called "buggy whip" arms. Bob Harmon aka Beautiful Bobby and other such as Tommy Rich had that same disease.
    Its been known to allict the legs of many wrestlers. Any times a wrestler wore long tights it was usually because they had skinny, ugly legs. Think about your favorite stars and their build, and it will make sense.
ltjr98 - November 16th, 2008 07:20 GMT


I always remember the angle where he wore his street clothes in the ring....there was a big write up in one of the apter mags.  "clothes don't make the man", lol
Skorzeny - March 02nd, 2009 20:36 GMT


I remember Big Money Hank James. He always wore really colorful print pattern tights. He wore the long tights and then the one strap over the shoulder. He also always had his hair pomade back into a ducktail kind of hair cut. Hank wasn't an exceptionally big wrestler. He was tall but he was really lanky. He was an ok worker for that time but not a great worker by any means. Most of the time I saw him he was a babyface. He was one of those guys that they pushed as a big star but I think he was pretty much a midcard level guy. He was better than the enhancement guys cause he had color and charisma but his work rate wasn't that great.
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