Badseed's Bottomline Supplemental #11
By Gary Michael Cappetta
This Article Was Republished With the Permission of YBFREE.com
Gary Michael Cappetta has entertained us for years, but he does not drop bows on them nor is his story one of drug use and heartbreak. Cappetta was the first announcer to really make a personality for himself in the world of wrestling. Even before The Fink made a name for himself on WWF television, Cappetta was entertaining fans and letting people know announcers have a role in the company other than announcing a match. He is the first damn announcer I have heard of with his own fan club.
Cappetta's Bodyslams, which describes the world of wrestling from the days of Bruno Sammartino to the days of Buff Bagwell and Booker T. Cappetta has announced for the independents, the AWA, the NWA/WCW and of course, the WWF. In the amount of time he did his job, he was privy to a whole lot of information none of us were aware of until today. Bodyslams allows us to see what people were really like and how the business was actually run.
Some of the things we discover is how much of a real asshole Vince McMahon has always been, and how Eric Bischoff was just as bad, if not worse. He lets us in on how bad Bob Backlund was insulted by fans and how he took exception to the nickname, Howdy Doody. We are even given the lowdown on what really went down when Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious went at it in the hotel room brawl that saw Arn go to the hospital and Sid Vicious fired from WCW. We even get a look at The Undertaker that is far different from the way we see him today. In addition to this, we find out that Buff Bagwell was always a whiner and not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Guess the WWF should have read this book before signing him to a contract? There is even a story about a crazed stalker who almost made life miserable for the young announcer who entertained us all with his over exaggerations and comedy skits with Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and George "The Animal" Steele.
You will enjoy this book because it is an intriguing look at the business of wrestling. Cappetta was a master of negotiation and was one of the highest paid announcers before he stuck to his guns, quit the game and decided to write this book. Read humorous stories about road trips, crooked promoters and a wrestling bear. It's not just about sports entertainment, it's about life.
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