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Thursday, December 6, 2012

FIGHTS: The controversial Eddie Mansfield threatens Texas wrestlers, horns in on Kahagas title run

by Bowie Ibarra


Looks like some old dogs from pro-wrestling's past can smell money.

Eddie Mansfield, the controversial grappler from the 80s, has joined the camp of Kahagas and set his sights on dominating the wrestling rings of Texas.  Mansfield claims he was one of the greats in Texas, and perhaps he was.  But he is most remembered as one of the people who participated in the infamous John Stossel 20/20 segment where he allegedly outed some of the 'secrets' of pro-wrestling.

I would like to know the working relationship between manager Dontay Brown, who finagled Kahagas to the controversial NWA title win, and Mansfield.  Brown would be foolish to let Mansfield in on his contract with the Tokyo Monster.  But I'm not sure if Brown still has a hand in Kahagas' pocket, or if he's transferred managerial rights to Mansfield.

One thing's for sure, Mansfield is nothing but trouble.  And if he's looking for fights in Texas, he's got them.  There are plenty of Texas wrestlers who are worthy of a shot at the 'ten pounds of gold'.  Texas heavyweight standouts include Scot Summers, Mike Dell, Jax Dane, Ryan Genesis, Ray Rowe, Jaykus Plyskin, Michael Faith, Ann Dromeda, James Claxton, among many others.

No disrespect for Kahagas, he's good.  The question is, if Mansfield is going to run him hard like this across Texas, how long can Kahagas put up an effective offensive against the state.  He'll be scouted every match, and weaknesses will be assessed by each subsequent competitor.

Careful what you wish for, Mansfield.

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BOWIE V. IBARRA is the author of the 'Down the Road' zombie horror series from Permuted Press and Simon and Schuester.  His combat sports themed book, Pit Fighters: Baptism by Fire , features a boxer from Scotland who transitions to mixed martial arts competition.

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