Asylym won his earlier bout in a table match
against the good guy, Rico Montana. Darka and
Crazzy Steve also put on an entertaining show,
along with Cody Deanear, Griswald Liverpool,
Atlas, Otis Idol and Tyler Tirva.
And when the GCW returns to the Legion
hall for a matinee show on Nov. 30, Brutus “The
Barber” Beefcake, another popular former
wrestler out of the WWF stable, will highlight this show. He will be joined by the popular
Tammy Sytch, known as “Sunny.”
Born as James Ware in June of 1957, the
Birdman took to the sport in his hometown of
Union City, Tennessee when a group of his 16-
year-old friends began training.“I peeked through a door and saw them training
and the first thing I thought was, ‘Hey, I want
to do that.’”
He presented a release form signed by his parents and the budding star gained his internship.
In search of a monicker, Birdman relates, “I
remember one of the players on my high school
football team saying to me, “You are my cocoa.
And I thought, ‘Hey, why not the Cocoa Kid?“I stuck with that name for a number of years but, sooner or later, I wasn’t a kid any more.
I saw a sign in Jamaica that said Koko. I liked
it so I went from Cocoa to Koko and later Jim
Ross said if Koko is in the ring, the opponents
better beware.“And that was it, Koko B Ware.”
Undoubtedly his shining moment was at the
dome in Pontiac, Michigan before more than
93,000 wrestling fans in 1987.
did lose to The Natural, Butch Reed, “It was the
best opportunity any wrestler
could have in front of a crowd
Koko, who appeared each outing in bright garb and colorful
sunglasses, did have a
bird friend with him whenever
he stepped into a ring, a
macaw known as Frankie.
Alas, Frankie perished in a
house fire in 2001 while the
Koko family was attending
church.“McMahon liked the bird
gimmick,” Koko smiles.
said, ‘Great, first we have a snake (Jack The Snake
Roberts) and a bulldog
(British Bulldogs). Now,
we’ve got a bird. But it took
off like a rocket.”
And a footnote to Koko’s
history in the ring: he became
the first wrestler to fall victim
to the Undertaker’s
Tombstone Piledriver in his
debut match, this occurring
during the 1990 Survivor Series.
Koko went on to form a
tag team match with the late
Owen Hart, known as High
The team was disbanded
in 1993 following a knee injury to Hart.
While wrestling does
prove to be a viable tool for
the ardent fans, Koko does
harken to the realities of life
and, in fact, does have one
regret that has nothing to do
with entertainment.“I wasn’t there for Chris Benoit at a time
when he needed to talk to somebody.
me the ability to wrestle, but I only wish I was
there for him to discuss what he was going
through,” he observes.
Benoit, at the top of his wrestling profession,
killed his wife and seven-year-old son in June of
2007 before committing suicide.“When that happened, it seriously hurt our
wrestling family and most definitely the fans. I
mean, we were
I only wish I
had the opportunity
to talk to
him. Pray for
him. It hurt us