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Posted December 2, 2012
RIP, Chris Klucsarits (1970-2010)
Who's better than Kanyon?!!
This is a story about a man chasing his dream to be a wrestler. It's difficult enough with the pounding, the traveling and worrying about your "spot". But Chris had much more to worry about than all of this.
Chris was bipolar, and gay. Promoter's and wrestlers throughout wrestling history had used homophobia by having wrestlers act over-the-top, foppish, prissy and predatory (examples range from "Gorgeous" George Wagner, Adrian Adonis, Goldust, etc) to make money. And it almost always worked.
Chris, on the other hand, was just a closeted gay man that, when he came out and inquired to his bosses at WWE about just playing a wrestler who just happens to be gay, he was terminated in 2004. He sunk into deeper bouts of depression until he became a motivational speaker of sorts, and seemed that he was going to be fine after all.
Sadly, this isn't a story with a happy ending. On April 2nd, 2010, after other failed attempts, Chris committed suicide. He was only forty.
But if you have read all of my drivel, I implore you to get this book and read it. Despite the tragic ending, there are many funny and inspiring stories in here.
And to Jim Mitchell, the man who was his best friend (also his manager for a while in WCW), I have this to say: I'm pissed at you, you old devil. You made me cry in your introuction.
One more time:
WHO'S BETTER THAN KANYON??
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