No, I knew Merced through his cousin, Aminta Cavazos, but we weren't friends.
Funny thing about Taz talking 401-k's...that guy could pinch a penny so tight Lincoln would scream in pain.
The Sportatorium was one of the all-time toilets when it came to a wrestling arena. No air-conditioning, trough urinals, and lousy food. But that place could rock when the Von Erichs and the 'Birds were in the ring.
Quick story about Murdoch: I met him when I was up in grad school in Michigan. He and Funk had a match with Abby and Sabu in Taylor, and they tore that place down. All the front row chairs were in the ring, tables were destroyed, and someone had brought a canoe paddle to the show that Terry broke across Abby's back (oooooh, the big man was pissed about that!).
My friend Dom and I were walking back to our car after the show, and who shold be sitting on the trunk of a Saturn rental, but Captain Redneck. He had the trunk open, and there was a cooler full of Lone Star beer in the trunk (I still don't know where the hell he found Lone Star in Michigan). We stopped to talk to him, and he asked, "You boys want a beer?"
I didn't drink beer, but I wasn't going to say no to him. We each took a can. Murdoch opens his and quaffs the whole can in one gulp (not the Steve Austin style, either, but the WHOLE CAN). He crushes the can, reaches for another, looks at us and says, "Godd*mmit, boys! Don't you know how to drink beer?"
He downs that one, and then another. Terry is walking out of the arena at that point, his head stitched up. Murdoch gives him the keys, looks at me and winks.
"Be careful where you put your p*cker, son!"
Sounded like good advice.
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Yup, when we were in their home towns, some of the guys would pick up the tab for dinner for the crew from time to time. When we were in NYC, Tazz took us to McDonalds (and only that after the other guys ribbed him really hard for never taking anyone out). I used to love listening Dewayne Johnson tell stories. He had some good ones about his life at the U.