Sad news coming from SEScoops.com, as it appears former WWE star Virgil has fallen on some real hard times and is peddling memorabilia at a New York City subway station.
The article states:
In a strange “Where Are They Now” sighting, former WWE superstar Virgil is currently selling his wrestling memorabilia in New York City subway stations. A fan at the Markedout.com message board posted the following on Friday:
“Yesterday I was on my way home from work. I was navigating the subway station just as I usually do, however something was different. Instead of the usual guys selling toys or making balloon dogs, there was The Man, The Myth, The Legend…. He had his usual stack of photos and 2 name placards. I was in such shock I doubled back, just so I could get this video for you guys.”
Overall, I have to say that this is terrible news for the former wrestler. Especially considering, he has been making appearances at legit autograph sessions for some time now. Unfortunately, the lines for his tables are usually empty, as documented by the Lonely Virgil Twitter account, set up by radio personality "Prime Time" Sam Roberts.
That being said, it leads me to wonder how he fell so far from fame. Don't get me wrong, I get that Virgil was simply Ted DiBiase's "bodyguard" side kick. However, there is still a market out there for guys like that.
Keep in mind, we live in a world full of Comic Con's and Indy wrestling promotions that love to dust off stars from the past and bring them back to some form of relevance. Yet, for some reason Virgil has not managed to profit off of this phenomenon.
Let's not forget, it was only three years ago that fans witnessed his WWE return. Sadly, that stint did not last very long, as he was ousted from his storyline within a month. Even though his comeback was short lived, it should have garnered him some extra event bookings.
Ultimately, we may never know what caused Virgil to fall on such times. That being said, I am hopeful that he finds some sort of steady gig that gets him out of the subway.
In the end, this story all but proves that big time wrestling promotions need to come up with something for stars from the past.