Published on October 10th, 2015 | by Pro Wrestling Stories0
A Day in the Life of the WCW Traveling Circus in Europe
“Shoe thieves, wisecracks, and catcalls.”
Gary Michael Cappetta offers a tremendous insider’s view of professional wrestling. Having spent more than 20 years in the middle of the pro wrestling ring as a ring announcer and backstage interviewer for companies such as the WWWF/WWF, AWA, NWA, WCW and Ring of Honor, he has seen it all.
Cappetta’s self-published autobiography Bodyslams: Memoirs of a Wrestling Pitchman covers the nature of the environments behind-the-scenes as well as shares stories about Ric Flair, Vince McMahon Sr., Vince McMahon Jr., Mick Foley, The Undertaker, Verne Gagne, Bruno Sammartino, and scores of others in-between. I would highly recommend this book to any fans of pro wrestling, past or present. Through his book, you receive an intelligent and honest view of the inner and outer workings of the business. Additionally, there are numerous entertaining stories shared, much like the one featured below, which takes place during a particularly odorous WCW Europe trip in 1991.
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“In the States, the wrestlers travel by rental car with their buddies, lodge wherever they please (or could afford) and eat at their favorite spots; when we toured Europe, everybody was required to conform to a set itinerary. This was a drill that was foreign to them. And it didn’t take long for the personal animosities that independent travel had tempered to escalate from verbal attacks to hostility and eventually to brutality.
The average traveling performer of other entertainment forms would scoff at the wrestlers who complained about life on the road. Unlike those who travel with a circus or tour as a musical act, many of the wrestlers, making top money, just didn’t appreciate how well they were treated.
Customarily, being part of a traveling unit of circus performers or rockers requires everybody to travel together, to room in the same place and often to eat together. It is a self-contained community that roams from place to place with the neighborhood squabbles that are a natural part of communal living resolved quickly and forgotten, knowing that “the family” will be moving on with you or without you.
Pro wrestling is a self-contained community that roams place to place with squabbles quickly resolved and forgotten – unless you’re with Mr. Hughes!
But it took only one 161-mile bus trip for the wrestlers to begin turning on one another in Europe. The first guy to shatter the brotherhood’s brittle bond was Curtis Hughes.”