Rip Oliver promo picture from the Portland Sports Arena
When I was a kid, I hated this guy! Which is probably the highest compliment you could pay to someone who dedicated much of his wrestling career to being the top heel (Bad Guy) in any territory he wrestled in.
One Christmas, Rip dressed as Santa Claus and walked around the arena passing out Candy Canes and eventually made it to the ring where he attacked Billy Jack Haynes. I was so mad I spit out that perfectly good candy cane!
Thanks for all of the great entertainment you provided and putting your heart and soul into your work. You will be missed.
Rip Oliver and his son Larry Oliver at the Portland Sports Arena
@classicportlandwrestling (on Instagram) is displaying his Portland Wrestling Collection at Wyrd War, 3505 SE Broadway, Portland. You can see the display Saturday and Sunday 12-7pm through March 21st. This Saturday, Top Gun will be appearing from 5-7pm. He'll be taking pictures and signing autographs.
I visited the display last weekend, and there are some pretty awesome items, including ring worn trunks from Buddy Rose and Roddy Piper, as well as tons of photos and PNW belt replicas.
There is also a Blue Collar Wrestling event happening on Sunday night which will feature Top Gun and CW Bergstrom. That event is held at a Lodge at 7611 N. Exeter Ave. in Portland at 6pm March 15th. AND..... Top Gun will be doing a seminar about the wrestling business on Monday, March 16th. Contact Blue Collar Wrestling for more information and tickets!
Did you know that the Rock just bought partial ownership in our very own Salt & Straw Ice Cream chain? Of course, we know his dad, Rocky Johnson, wrestled here in Portland in the early 80's. I've always wondered if Dwayne was living here with him at the time. Turns out they were living in Vancouver and he ran wild around the Sports Arena. Probably just a few years before I was running wild around the Sports Arena! He also mentions that his uncle Siva married Kathy Peterson, Tom Peterson's daughter.