Due to the fondness of these memories I still, from time to time, throw in a classic Wrestlemania or Royal Rumble on DVD. I make fun of the aforementioned girlfriend for watching dumb shit like "Say Yes to the Dress" on TLC and she responds with "Well, what are YOU watching?" I lower my head in a bit of shame and mutter..."Summer Slam 1988." I know it's a guilty pleasure (now that I'm an adult) and I SHOULD know better. It has everything to do with me clinging to the glory days before car payments and man boobs.
So when Bottleneck Gallery asked if I would like to be a part of their I Love You Man exhibit (a tribute to guy friends in pop culture), I figured this was finally my chance to pay homage to a lifelong love. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and his stable of heels will forever be immortalized in the minds of wrestling fans of this era. Heenan is often considered to be the greatest manager of all time with his chauvinistic attitude and overall ability to rile the audience. He also managed some of the most colorful characters from Mr. Perfect to Ravishing Rick Rude to Andre the Giant (at his villainess peak). You simply loved to hate them. This stable of wrestlers represent a big period of classic WWF and therefore, the fondness of my childhood. There's the Brooklyn Brawler, Mr. Perfect, King Kong Bundy, the Brain Busters, Hercules, Haku, Ravishing Rick Rude, Big John Studd and Andre the Giant. I present to you...The Family.
This poster is currently available for $40 exclusively at Bottleneck Gallery's website here. I'll have a small portion available on my site very soon.