Remember those days when wrestling was wrestling? When you feared the Ultimate Warrior more than shaving your nutsack? Well I do and I must admit a little part of me was lost a week ago when wrestling legend, and fellow Captain, Captain Lou Albano died at the age of 76.
Yep. This is going to be a tribute to Captain Lou. Hold onto your butts.
Captain Lou Albano is best known for being a manager in the World Wrestling Federation when all the characters were pretty bad ass. I guarantee you Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Tatonka could whip John Sena’s ass any day of the week. But that is neither here or there.
Captain Lou managed and guided fifteen teams to the WWF World Tag Team Championships, including The Valiant Brothers, The Wild Samoans, The Blackjacks, The Moondogs and The Executioners. If I met any of these supposed tag team groups in a bar or alley, I’d fear for my life and I’m sure I that has a lot to do with Captain Lou’s management skills and his penchant for Hawaiian shirts. You really can’t fuck with someone that dresses in floral the majority of the time. In addition to being a manager, he was also a bad ass wrestler himself. He was bad ass enough to win the tag team wrestling championship as The Sicilians which actually put the mafia on guard.
In the 80’s, Captain Lou struck is big by playing Cyndi Lauper’s Dad in the MTV music video “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”
Little known fact, but he’s also in her “Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” and motivated Chunk to do the truffle shuffle gaining entrance into Mikey’s pimp ass house with the Spanish maid that for some reason couldn’t just open the door for him. Her name was Rosalita.
After his wrestling career slipped away once managers began losing their role in Vince McMahon’s WWF, he looked to the silver screen and did some acting continuing to rock his trademark Hawaiian shirt. During this time, he was enshrined into the Wrestling Hall of Fame. He continued on quietly from there on until his recent passing.
It was his Hawaiian shirt and the rubber band barrette for his massive goatee that will make many of his old fans remember him, but for the Captain’s it’s that and much more. Captain Lou had an influence on 80’s pop culture that will never be forgotten through the wrestlers he managed or even for his part in the Goonies which may be Steven Spielberg’s best work, ever.
So Captain Lou Albano rest in peace and thank you for the memories.