If you look at the photo that accompanies this story, it's funny to think that two Jewish wrestling personalities changed the face of sports entertainment forever from a little bingo hall in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Tod Gordon, a 2nd generation pawn shop owner in Philadelphia ("Carver W. Reed" a very famous store) and Paul Heyman, the son of a New York attorney and Holocaust survivor, teamed up to take the wrestling world to the extreme.
In an article posted on Canada's "Slam Wrestling" website, former WWE writer Dr. Ranjan Chibberr wrote about anti-semetism in pro wrestling, a story he was inspired to write after accompanying Heyman to the United Nations for Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Heyman talks for the first time about his mother, Sulamita Heyman, who recently passed away. She was a survivor of Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen, and his father Richard who was in the US Navy in World War II.
The story even published a photo that Heyman allowed to go public of his mother Sulamita teaching his daughter (Sulamita's granddaughter) Azalea Heyman to read when Paul's daughter was 2 years old. That story was actually published by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter (www.wrestlingobserver.com) a few weeks ago.
Heyman's mother passed away February 27.
The article includes Heyman recalling a brutal encounter with Cowboy Bill Watts. When Watts was in charge of, the Ted Turner owned, WCW, and was angry that the Heyman and Madusa's segment drew the highest rating of the show in the early 1990's.
Watts's comments, now part of pro wrestling folklore, are astonishing to read even today.
Read the story here: http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2009/03/31/8956556.html