WRESTLING WITH HISTORY: Apter and Resnick on Albano's rubber band face rings and his legendary drinking

Posted on 4/30/121 by VOC Nation

On the latest edition of Wrestling with History, Bill Apter
and Ken Resnick talked about their time with WWE Hall of
Famer Captain Lou Albano. They touched on his early
career, his love of drinking, the reason for his rubber
bands, and much more. Here are some highlights:

Resnick on King Curtis run in the WWF managing Kamala: He
would kind of come in and do his interviews. He was kind of
a wild and crazy guy. It got to the point where in the
interview room, they would bring him in, (have him) do his
interviews, and then take him back to the dressing room
because he would distract the other guys. Sometimes we
would be doing an interview and he would be trying to tell
someone a story and you could hear him laughing and wed
have to do it over again."

Resnick on Albano drinking and dropping his pants during TV
Tapings: (He was) gregarious, welcoming, fun loving Lou
was a great storyteller; (he) was great on the interviews
(with) whoever he was managing. For anybody that knew and
spent any time around Lou, you generally had to do his
interviews early before he was able to get time with
whatever flask he had in his bag. Lou pretty much wore his
Hawaiian shirt and sweatpants; that was Lous attire 99% of
the time. As the day progressed and Lou would pop in and
out of the interview room, Lou would have a habit of somehow
losing those sweatpants in front of somebody in the middle
of an interview There were so many times when those
sweatpants were down around his ankles and he was basically

Apter on Albanos career aspirations: He wanted to be like
Bruno (early in his career) but he wound up being one of
Brunos most hated rivals Albano, the (Grand) Wizard, and
Fred Blassie were constantly feeding guys to try and beat
either Bruno or Pedro Morales back then, and Albano was
involved in one of the greatest moments in pro wrestling
history the night that Ivan Koloff beat Bruno Sammartino
in front of 21,000 fans at Madison Square Garden. Albano
was the manager (of Ivan Koloff).

Apter on Albano being part of the WWWF office: He was
actually not an official part of Vince Srs office, but he
was an unofficial part (of the office). He used to hang out
with Vince, Gorilla, and Arnold Skaaland at the old Holland
Hotel wrestling office; they would all smoke and play cards
and everything, and he was part of that group.

Apter on why Albano wore the rubber band earrings on his
face: He was very strong into the fight against multiple
sclerosis with Cyndi Lauper. He said that he would wear
these things in his cheeks until (MS) was cured.

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