Posted: Dec 3, 2003 11:42 pm
Rick Rude--best scumbag heel EVER. GREAT as a champion, too--deserved to have held more straps with longer reigns than when he did have 'em.
Yep, Mr. Perfect is gone. He was wrestling an indie show in Florida and one of the other wrestlers stopped by his room to no response. He was dead when they found him. Accute cocaine asphyxiation, or something to that effect. Awful.
As for Demolition, Barry Darsow (the dude who played Smash) went on to wrestle for awhile in WCW after his WWF tenure. He wrestled there under his real name, and with this stupid golfer gimmick for a short while. He was the Repo Man for awhile, as well.
The dude who played Ax (can't remember his name) went on to wrestle the indies after WWF. He sued WWF a couple years ago over the rights to Demolition--WWF was rumored to be planning around that time putting together a new version of Demolition with different guys. I don't know if he's still with us or not--haven't heard an update on him in some time.
Brian Adams, the guy who played Crush, went on to wrestle for awhile in WCW. His biggest push there was as part of NWO when it split into "black & white" and "wolfpac"--he was on the white team. He was also the original "Demon" character in WCW (the KISS wretler, in Gene Simmons' facepaint) but didn't like the time that went into getting costumed up. So, he only appeared as the character during the unveiling with KISS playing in the arena, and the role was later passed to Dale Torborg. Adams went on to try his hand at professional boxing but his first fight was cancelled shortly before it went down. Now, he is some sort of bodyguard/assistant for "Macho Man" Randy Savage (who just released a rap album--no shit).
Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy is another crushing wrestling death from the last several years. The section on him in Mick Foley's first book broke my heart.