So the other day I was up at like 5 AM and Good Morning America came on and it was a segment on What Are Your 1980s WWF Stars Up To These Days?
With all due respect to the vast majority of 1980's WWF stars who to my knowledge died of complications of steroid use, I thought this was going to be a rather short segment, but it focused more so on: Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and George the Animal Steele who all are still alive.
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, who's real name is Edward Leslie was said to be working in the Pool Supply Business industry and still wrestles on the side for more intimate performances in small town crowds as more of a special appearance bout.
I personally would have guessed that Brutus would have gone on to own some barber shops or at least get his own trademarked hair clippers.
Rowdy Roddy Piper, the Scottish bad ass apparenty is not even Scottish at all. His trademark red kilt that we all thought was such a bold statement of his Scottish cultural pride is nothing more than a sham.
It turns out Roddy is actually Canadian and if focused on acting. He is currently starring in Tina and Tony's Wedding at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
When the words Rowdy Roddy Piper and actor come together the only thing I can think of is that horrific yet so bad it's good sci fi horror 1988 film They Live, where Roddy says one of the most infamous lines of all cinematic history:
"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum."
Finally, last but definitely not least was George the Animal Steele. Now with all due respect, I seriously thought George was mentally retarded or seriously had some serious mental disability all these years.
The man behaved like a gorilla in the ring and was as hairy as one too. I thought Vince McMahon let George wrestle just to fill the quota for mentally disabled people to expand WWF's audience all these years, but to my amazement George the Animal Steele, who's real name is William James Myers is not mentally retarded at all.
He was just a really convincing actor that whole time. He even went on to become a teacher for 25 years. Imagine being taught by George the Animal Steele. If the class misbehaved he could always just get into character as George the Animal Steel and freak out and scare the bejesus out of his students to all study hard and get all A's.
They disclosed that George made $250,000 in '80s and saved and invested his money wisely. He is now 71 years old and is retired in Florida.
One thing always bothered me about George the Animal Steele though and that is...why the hell was his tongue GREEN?