Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Masked Superstar vs. The Mighty Igor (Part 3)

by David Chappell
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

(Catch up on what you missed in PART 1 and PART 2.)

David Crockett and JCP lawyers were demanding the Masked Superstar present a doctor's note as to why he couldn't wrestle the Mighty Igor.

Later on the same TV show, announcer Bob Caudle spoke to Igor about the earlier segment involving the Superstar.  Igor said, “Mr. Crockett was kind enough to get lawyers to make him show certificate… blueprint.  He don’t wanna show it because there’s nothing wrong with his leg, you see. He’s afraid of Igor and I’ve been chasing him all this time. But I must thank Crockett, Mr. Crockett, thank you very much! Because this way he’s got to show his face to wrestle Igor! No more runnin’ away from Igor…the kielbasa is good! And I feel good ‘cause Mr. Crockett really helped me!!” Igor then started lavishing kisses on Bob Caudle before the announcer could escape the affection of the Polish strongman!

On the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling TV program the next week, taped on June 8, 1977, the issues between the Masked Superstar and the Mighty Igor had become so serious, that the President of Jim Crockett Promotions, Jim Crockett, Jr., became involved in a television segment with the two adversaries. Jim Crockett started off the show by telling the fans, “I have an important signing right now. The Superstar has taken his cast off, for whatever reason. He knows, to wrestle again, he must sign a contract to meet the Mighty Igor, who is also here.”

The President then directed Igor, saying, “Mighty Igor, sign your name.”  An ecstatic Igor joyfully responded giggling, “I will…I love you!” The Superstar, not happy in the least barked out, “What happens if he can’t write…can’t sign his name? And get your stinkin’ kielbasa out of here!” An indignant Igor explained to the masked man, “My mother taught me how to write…what’s the matter with you? I’ve waited a long time for this moment, you’re gonna get it now because Mr. Crockett fixed it up for me…you gotta wrestle me first! And don’t knock my kielbasa…my momma make that!” Superstar retorted, “Get your kielbasa outta my face.” Igor pushed back saying, “I’ll put this [fist] in your face instead of the kielbasa. This is a moment I’ve been waiting for, for such a long time!”

With all of Igor’s yapping, the Superstar was worried the Polish powerhouse couldn’t even execute the contract, as he told Mr. Crockett, “Make sure he signs that properly!” Professor Malenko had similar concerns stating, “I’d like to take a look at that, I’d like to take a look at moment here I want look at this. This doesn’t state where this is going to be held at.” An agitated Jim Crockett curtly replied, “I will decide when and where the Superstar will meet the Mighty Igor, not you.” Malenko answered by saying, “You’re trying to railroad us…that’s exactly what you’re doing.”

The masked man echoed Malenko’s position saying, “I don’t like this situation at all. I’m being pushed back into a corner, this has happened time and time again…” Fed up, Jim Crockett interrupted with an ultimatum, “Just sign it or don’t wrestle…it’s that simple.” Malenko complained, “You’ve got our backs up against the wall! We can’t make a living unless we do…we’ve tried every promoter there is in the country.” The Superstar backed up his manager stating, “We’ve called all over this country, and you’ve gotten ahead of us at every phone call…you know I’m not allowed to wrestle anywhere on account of this man and on account of YOU!! I don’t like it one bit!”

The Mighty Igor had heard enough belly-aching insisting, “I don’t care what you like…you sign your name you creep. Chicken…Super-chicken.” Jim Crockett further infuriated the Superstar by chastising him for attempting to sign his name on the wrong line of the contract, instructing the Superstar, “Don’t mess up the contract…sign right here.” At this point, the Superstar was livid and shot back at Mr. Crockett, “I’m getting quite tired of your insolence…and I’ll sign it, but that doesn’t mean I like it.” Bob Caudle, amazed that the contract signing actually happened said to the fans and David Crockett, “Alright fans, there it is, Superstar is putting his signature on it, and that’s it. He has done it…it’s all signed, sealed and delivered, David!” David Crockett enthusiastically replied, “Fantastic…so the Superstar has to meet the Mighty Igor.” Caudle excitedly added, “It’s gonna happen!”

What happens now that the Superstar has been forced to sign the contract?
Stay tuned as the Masked Superstar / Might Igor saga continues in Part 4!