With the talk of pro wrestling, I wanted to create my own thread discussing some of my favorite wrestlers. With all of the YouTube videos it's really a treat to re-watch stuff I haven't seen in years or even better...catch great stuff that I've never seen before. While some things have changed and one can argue that fans are more 'sophisticated', it never ceases to amaze me how I pop for old wrestling that I have never seen before when it is well thought out and/or well executed. I was going to label this as 'YR's Underappreciated Wrestler of the Day', but that may draw the ire of fans who appreciate them. And I also wanted to look at wrestlers that weren't underappreciated and give my take on them as well. Hopefully this will bring old school wrestling fans in the fold and perhaps get some younger fans some old school wrestlers to look at because the WWE narrative tends to overlook much of what pro wrestling was. First up, JJ Dillon. Dillon was a former wrestler, but was mostly known for his time as a manager and mostly managed in the South, particularly for Eddie Graham in Championship Wrestling from Florida and later on with the Crockett Promotion...most notably with the 4 Horsemen. What was unique for Dillon is that despite still wrestling, he didn't take a lot of bumps as a manager. I heard Paul Heyman talk about how he didn't appreciate Dillon when he was a young manager because he thought Dillon didn't do much of anything. This is likely due to Heyman coming from Memphis where he and Jim Cornette were protege's of Jimmy Hart and Jimmy Hart loved to bump around the ring in matches and Cornette and Heyman followed in Hart's footsteps. The same goes for another mentor of Heyman's...Captain Lou Albano who would gig himself at the drop of a hat. But, I'm always amazed at how so many people praise Lou Albano as a manager and neglect to mention Dillon's name. Albano's schtick was a bit old and he liked to repeat the same phrases ad nauseum (i.e. you have a brain the size of a dehydrated bee bee). Albano had more of that rambling and incoherent mad man gimmick while Dillon was a very thoughtful and cunning character. They say that good actors are like painters that have a color palette to choose from. Instead of using one primary color (anger or sadness) they use all of the colors in the palette and create shades and different hues for each color. This is one of the brilliant parts of JJ Dillon. Whereas Lou Albano was coloring with 1 broad stroke, Dillon was using all of the hues and shades he had on him. He was cunning, deceitful, pompous, smug, a brown noser, a bit of shyster and unethical. But, he didn't hit you over the head with those parts of his personality. He just gave you enough to hate the man while taking him seriously whereas Albano came off as more of an obnoxious goof. Many people talk about the 4 Horsemen and they talk about how big of a loss Ole Anderson's retirement was and then how they could never quite get the Horsemen off the ground with Barry Windham who was younger and a superior worker to Ole. But, the loss of JJ Dillon played a far bigger role. Dillon was the mastermind behind the Horsemen and it made more sense that the Horsemen could outsmart the faces with somebody like Dillon pulling the strings. And Dillon was such a great promo that he could give a 'state of the union' type promos explaining what happened, why it happened and what the plans were from there. Watching Dillon's work versus Albano's work was like watching The Wire and trying to compare it to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Both had their fans, but as far as intrigue and sustainability Dillon's work had it.