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2014-03-06 11:58:51 AM
Will he be facing Zach Gowen anytime soon?
 
2014-03-06 01:05:59 PM
www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com

I can't hear you! Seriously, I can't hear you.
 
2014-03-06 01:20:42 PM
I wish I was good enough at these things to make an animated GIF of someone signing "It's still real to me, dammit."
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-03-06 01:20:53 PM
When I was in high school the American School for the Deaf had a good wrestling team. (Real wrestling, not costumed prancing.)
 
2014-03-06 01:33:57 PM
WHAT?!?
 
2014-03-06 01:34:06 PM
Why the hell wouldn't a deaf person be able to succeed at wrestling?  If they can fake fighting, surely they can do it in such a way that a hearing impairment isn't an issue.
 
2014-03-06 01:34:07 PM
WHAT?!
 
2014-03-06 01:36:42 PM

The Bestest: WHAT?!


Raced ya.
 
2014-03-06 01:37:21 PM
more power to him.  started training at about 33 years old, looks like he's 170 pounds soaking wet...his mask has a nose hole and those look silly.  Wrasslin' in high school gyms all around the world.  Good times.
/he can't hear the laughter anymore
 
2014-03-06 01:48:22 PM
Anne Frank approves.
 
2014-03-06 03:13:46 PM
"Excessive masturbation can make you deaf Monsoon."

"WHAT?"

"Yeah I always thought so..."

"What did you always think?"

"Hmm?"
 
2014-03-06 03:25:31 PM
Being deaf doesn't stop The Silent Warrior
By CALEB SMITH

In a sport where cutting an intense interview or trying a cool catch phrase is paramount, Louis Long won't do it. He might even seem like he is ignoring the fans. The focus he displays in the ring is laser-like, blocking out all noise. Why does Louis Long act this way? It is because he is deaf.

The 37-year-old Long, known in wrestling as The Silent Warrior, has been deaf since birth. He became infatuated with the sport of wrestling as a child watching the WWF on television. "I loved Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant," said Long. "I looked up to them and I think they are true heroes."

Louis grew up as many other kids did in Buffalo, New York, playing soccer, basketball and participating in track and field. Still he was drawn to wrestling. "My brother and I loved wrestling in the backyard," recalled Long. He was determined to be around wrestling. "I first got involved in professional wrestling as a ringside photographer."

In January 2010, Long began his training with Empire State Wrestling. It was there that he was taught by Brandon Thurston, Pepper Parks and Blackjack Phoenix. His trainer, Parks, has been impressed with Long's attitude: "I respect how much Louis loves pro wrestling and how hard he works and promotes himself."

"I am strong hearted," implored Long. "I wanted to prove to them all that a deaf individual could do it (wrestling) as well."

There have been a few deaf wrestlers in the history of wrestling. David "Silento" Rodriguez was of Latino background from Monterrery, California, and rose to be a high mid-card wrestler in Texas. Alan Kilby, a deaf-mute from England, was a successful mid- and light-heavyweight in the 1960s. "Silent" George Hubert started wrestling in the 1950s and kept going on and off for another 40 years. Harry Kendall and Colin Williamson were another couple of Brits who were deaf. Fans of Maple Leaf Wrestling in the early 1980s remember Silent Brian Mackney getting bounced around.

Sometimes, Long has been plagued by negative people who doubt that he can succeed in the sport. "I never see myself as disabled because I can do anything, except I can't hear. I don't need ears to wrestle." In fact he feels that he can give greater concentration to a match because he does not have background noise to distract him.

Some might be wondering how Long, as The Silent Warrior, communicates with his opponent in the ring. "I use eye contact, expressions on the face to tip off what will happen next," explained Long. Prior to the match he would meet with his opponent and use American Sign Language (if his opponent is deaf) or write his ideas and thoughts on a notepad in order to communicate. Since wrestlers are very dramatic, Long uses those cues to react during the match.

On his right arm The Silent Warrior has a tattoo of his wrestling mask. "I was fascinated with The Destroyer growing up," said Long. "He inspired me and was one of the first American masked wrestlers to work in Japan and now I am the first masked U.S. deaf wrestler to work in Japan."

"My oldest boy and I watched him wrestle in Japan," remembered the Sensational, Intelligent Destroyer Dick Beyer. "I said to Louis, 'Your body is your gimmick.' He had a mask but Louis had something I didn't and that is being a deaf wrestler."

Dick Beyer is certainly proud that Louis has been making a name for himself internationally and has great respect for the Silent Warrior. "I thought he was terrific," said Beyer. "He has come over to my house for advice about working in Japan. He even brought other deaf wrestlers to the Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion and the CAC provided them with an interpreter."

His introduction to wrestling internationally started in 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. Long wrestled for Touroumon Japan Pro Wrestling and in his debut on November 26, 2011, he defeated Sawaterio. Since then he has returned to Japan, wrestled in the Philippines and Canada, as well as throughout the USA.

Soon after joining the professional ranks, Long started the Deaf Wrestler Alliance which ties together deaf wrestlers from across the globe. "Now we have challenges from Japan and they come to the USA," said Long. "U.S. deaf wrestlers also accept challenges from the Japanese and go there."

A cook for the Buffalo Sabres organization, Long has been enjoying the sizzle of professional wrestling. "This gets me excited!" exclaimed Long. "So many people have said, 'Oh, he can't do it.' I just can't hear. I will be a great wrestler."

Louis Long is a man who isn't defined by what he can't do. Rather, he is defined by what he can do -- and that is wrestle.
 
2014-03-06 03:33:05 PM
If a deaf man can do MMA, a deaf man can do rasslin'

i626.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-06 03:55:42 PM

ZAZ: When I was in high school the American School for the Deaf had a good wrestling team. (Real wrestling, not costumed prancing.)


Costumed prancing, good one.  I wonder how many costumed prancers have amateur wrestling backgrounds?
 
2014-03-06 03:57:05 PM
Entertainment tab ---------->
 
2014-03-06 04:02:07 PM

Gunny Highway: ZAZ: When I was in high school the American School for the Deaf had a good wrestling team. (Real wrestling, not costumed prancing.)

Costumed prancing, good one.  I wonder how many costumed prancers have amateur wrestling backgrounds?


Pro wrestling = costumed prancing

"real wrestling" = homoerotic dry humping for repressed closet cases

six of one...
 
2014-03-06 04:02:09 PM

Klippoklondike: If a deaf man can do MMA, a deaf man can do rasslin'

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How important is it for MMA guys to communicate with someone during the fights?
 
2014-03-06 04:07:54 PM

idesofmarch: Why the hell wouldn't a deaf person be able to succeed at wrestling?  If they can fake fighting, surely they can do it in such a way that a hearing impairment isn't an issue.


Actually, I would think that it would be somewhat difficult.  Unless the match is fully scripted how would you communicate with your opponent which move is coming next?  You'd need some kind of visual/physical feedback depending on how you're both positioned, but it'd have to be subtle enough not to take the audience out of it.

Real wrestling (amateur)...  yeah, I don't see how it would be that big of an obstacle for a deaf guy.
 
2014-03-06 04:10:21 PM

Mercutio74: Unless the match is fully scripted


FTFY
 
2014-03-06 04:12:10 PM

idesofmarch: Mercutio74: Unless the match is fully scripted

FTFY


You dont know what you are talking about and that is okay.
 
2014-03-06 04:16:02 PM

idesofmarch: Mercutio74: Unless the match is fully scripted

FTFY


You literally think these guys are mapping out and choreographing sometimes 20 mins worth of complicated flailing around into some intricate homoerotic dance?  General the end of the match is figured out and maybe a few key moments... the general plot, if you will.  But the moment to moment action is generally the result of surreptitious communication between the performers in the ring.
 
2014-03-06 04:16:07 PM

Mercutio74: idesofmarch: Why the hell wouldn't a deaf person be able to succeed at wrestling?  If they can fake fighting, surely they can do it in such a way that a hearing impairment isn't an issue.

Actually, I would think that it would be somewhat difficult.  Unless the match is fully scripted how would you communicate with your opponent which move is coming next?  You'd need some kind of visual/physical feedback depending on how you're both positioned, but it'd have to be subtle enough not to take the audience out of it.

Real wrestling (amateur)...  yeah, I don't see how it would be that big of an obstacle for a deaf guy.


Also, I'd like to point out that the two of us both have Fark handles with Shakespearean origins, and here we are talking about actors, on a stage (kinda), pretending to be in conflict with one another for the enjoyment of a live audience.  Shakespeare's writing was better, of course, but hey, more similarities than I would have guessed.
 
2014-03-06 04:18:00 PM

idesofmarch: Also, I'd like to point out that the two of us both have Fark handles with Shakespearean origins, and here we are talking about actors, on a stage (kinda), pretending to be in conflict with one another for the enjoyment of a live audience. Shakespeare's writing was better, of course, but hey, more similarities than I would have guessed.


I acknowledge that, and am amused.

/Hopefully now we won't look at how many times I used the word "general" or "generally" in my last post so I don't look like a moron.
 
2014-03-06 04:18:36 PM
Mercutio74:  moron.

moran.

/FTFM
 
2014-03-06 04:18:40 PM

Mercutio74: idesofmarch: Mercutio74: Unless the match is fully scripted

FTFY

You literally think these guys are mapping out and choreographing sometimes 20 mins worth of complicated flailing around into some intricate homoerotic dance?  General the end of the match is figured out and maybe a few key moments... the general plot, if you will.  But the moment to moment action is generally the result of surreptitious communication between the performers in the ring.


Yeah, yeah, I've seen 'The Wrestler.'  Still, it's for those reasons you point out that my original argument stands: if it's all done through planning and surreptitious communication, there's no reason a deaf performer couldn't do it just as easily as someone who can hear.
 
2014-03-06 04:20:29 PM

idesofmarch: Yeah, yeah, I've seen 'The Wrestler.' Still, it's for those reasons you point out that my original argument stands: if it's all done through planning and surreptitious communication, there's no reason a deaf performer couldn't do it just as easily as someone who can hear.


Actually there is... whispering to someone you have in a headlock won't be effective if it's the deaf guy.  It's not impossible, but it makes it more difficult.  You just need more prep time.
 
2014-03-06 07:27:00 PM
And yet, I'd rather see him in the WrestleMania main event more than Batista. :/
 
2014-03-06 07:28:10 PM

Captain Steroid: And yet, I'd rather see him in the WrestleMania main event more than Batista. :/


At least Batista is a heel now.  This could be fun.
 
2014-03-06 07:36:17 PM
Still a better wrestler than...

"... from the Harley Races, to the Barry Windhams... to the Ric Flairs..."

"Never mind that shiat, here comes Mongo!"


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//Nobody is better than Mongo.
 
2014-03-06 07:53:57 PM

Mercutio74: idesofmarch: Mercutio74: Unless the match is fully scripted

FTFY

You literally think these guys are mapping out and choreographing sometimes 20 mins worth of complicated flailing around into some intricate homoerotic dance?  General the end of the match is figured out and maybe a few key moments... the general plot, if you will.  But the moment to moment action is generally the result of surreptitious communication between the performers in the ring.


Actually, the way of constructing a match that you described is how it was until roughly the late-1990s. Maybe the guys laid out a fishbone of a match beforehand, if they were able to communicate at all, and did the rest in the ring.

However, since WWE became it for wrestling, most of the wrestlers now go over in great detail all of their stuff beforehand, because they don't know any better. It isn't like the old days where Ricky Steamboat and Ric Flair could go in the ring and put on a 60 minute broadway after receiving only the finish from the booker, with no other communication whatsoever before they got in the ring. Now, most of them really do need to lay it all out and plan meticulously.

/listening to the Steve Austin and Jim Cornette podcasts and hearing them biatch about this sort of thing is fun.
 
2014-03-06 08:10:05 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Mercutio74: idesofmarch: Mercutio74: Unless the match is fully scripted

FTFY

You literally think these guys are mapping out and choreographing sometimes 20 mins worth of complicated flailing around into some intricate homoerotic dance?  General the end of the match is figured out and maybe a few key moments... the general plot, if you will.  But the moment to moment action is generally the result of surreptitious communication between the performers in the ring.

Actually, the way of constructing a match that you described is how it was until roughly the late-1990s. Maybe the guys laid out a fishbone of a match beforehand, if they were able to communicate at all, and did the rest in the ring.

However, since WWE became it for wrestling, most of the wrestlers now go over in great detail all of their stuff beforehand, because they don't know any better. It isn't like the old days where Ricky Steamboat and Ric Flair could go in the ring and put on a 60 minute broadway after receiving only the finish from the booker, with no other communication whatsoever before they got in the ring. Now, most of them really do need to lay it all out and plan meticulously.

/listening to the Steve Austin and Jim Cornette podcasts and hearing them biatch about this sort of thing is fun.


Deaf guy is never going to be in WWE though.  If you are doing four shows in four towns against four different guys, there is no way you can plan out a match totally.  The indies are a different world.  I am sure for bigger events they do some preplanning though.
 
2014-03-06 08:58:32 PM
Is this the NXT/TNA thread now?
 
2014-03-06 09:08:51 PM
sobrul28 IS IN THE IMPACT ZONE!

/just in time for a Dixie Carter promo, oh joy
 
2014-03-06 09:16:03 PM
Hey look, a wrestler doing the "What?" chants instead of the crowd!

His dream is to work with John Cena, because Cena's the only one who calls spots loudly enough for him.

He may not make it to the WWE as a wrestler, but they are interested in having him listen to customer complaints.

Still a better promo than Orton.

He asked RoH alumni Fast Eddie if he wanted to form a tag team, but Eddie couldn't see his argument.
 
2014-03-06 09:17:47 PM

robsul82: sobrul28 IS IN THE IMPACT ZONE!

/just in time for a Dixie Carter promo, oh joy


That's enough to make you envy the deaf guy.
 
2014-03-06 09:41:40 PM
How many shows worth of matches did they get during that UK tour. This stuff is Old.
 
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