Ken Dunlop - Retired professional wrestler and businessman
(Part 2) - August 2017
Dunlop and Wayne 'Lofty' Pickford
who are your favorite pro wrestlers from the different
asked about favorite wrestlers, all from different
eras , Aussie's Ken Medlin, Johnny Gray, Lofty Pickford,
Psycho (Con) from Melbourne and Ricky Diamond. King
Curtis, Mark Lewin, Bruiser Brodie, Ric Flair, Ricky
Steamboat, Harley Race, Terry Funk. The best pure
wrestling match l have ever seen was a 57 minute 2
out of 3 falls match with Ric Flair v Ricky Steamboat.
l must have watched that match 20-30 times. l gave
every young wrestler l taught a copy of that match.
Lofty and l once tried to copy it in a 45 minute match,
l had bruising on my chest from the chops for 2 weeks.
asked what social good, hopefully l have already answered
alot of that l have always been there for my boys
and always tried to steer them in the right direction
and give them good advice.
You always have to have a life plan after sport. l
told all the boys to put a little bit of money aside
from every match for the future. Most sporting careers
don't last that long but wrestling you can last up
to 30 years.
retired in August 1988 at Ingleburn RSL, in the previous
month on the 15th of July l was asleep in bed and
woke up with the most incredible pain in my chest
it was like someone had put a burning hot knife in
me, l went to hospital and was told l had suffered
a mild heart attack. l was 37 and it scared the shit
out of me. l stopped training straight away and for
some stupid reason l did a tag team match early in
the August and then retired. However l did do 2 matches
in Nov 2000. Luckily l had no damage to the heart
but l have been on medication for it ever since and
have to get checked out every 3 years, my family has
a very bad history of heart disease so l have to be
would you like to be remembered?
would like to be remembered as someone who always
tried hard, was always honest and respected by my
have not been involved in the business for 17 years
except l did compare a show in Melbourne last year
which l did enjoy. I have no desire to be involved
anymore plus l haven't got the time
Wrestling was always good to me and l have the greatest
memories and respect for the business.
side note Greg maybe you can put in earlier some of
the wrestlers that l have been on tour with over the
years, Andre the Giant, Don Muraco, Killer Khan, Cyclone
Negro, Spiros Arion, Kerry Brown, The Cuban Assassin,
Mark & Jay Youngblood, Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks
and a few more l can't remember.
since my my last post to you l have found out that
my younger brother Allan who as you know wrestles
as Red Hot Ricky Diamond is being inducted into the
Australian Wrestling Fall Of Fame in Melbourne on
November 4 this year. I am so proud of him and I'm
pretty sure that we will be the only brothers in the
Hall Of Fame in Australia, very proud.