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Holly abuses sacred trust
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun


Tough guy Hardcore Holly

In wrestling, you "give your body" to your opponent. To entertain the audience, you put your life in someone else's hands and trust that they will do everything they can to keep you safe.

So what happens when some jacked-up idiot decides to abuse that position of trust?

Twenty-year-old Rene Dupree found out last Sunday during his match with Bob Holly at a non-televised WWE show in New York.

The action was going according to plan until Holly, a 15-year ring veteran, suddenly snapped. Without any warning, he sucker punched Dupree and began thumping him in the face with full-force blows. A visibly shaken Dupree tried to roll out of the ring to protect himself, but Holly kicked him in the head.

The crowd, realizing this wasn't part of the show, went quiet.

Dupree's eye began to swell shut as Holly smashed a steel chair into his skull with such force that it left a dent in the metal.

Dupree then made a run for the relative safety of the locker-room, but several reports claim the beating continued backstage.

The story going around is that Holly was looking for payback. Apparently, Dupree got a speeding ticket in Holly's rental car a few weeks ago, causing poor Bob Holly to have to deal with some complicated legal red tape.

Rather than complain to WWE management or ask Dupree to reimburse his expenses, Holly, who is 250-lbs of solid muscle, decided to take matters into his own hands.

In any other environment, it would be criminal assault.

And it wouldn't even be a first offence.

Back in 2002, Holly flipped out on the set of Tough Enough 2. He was scheduled to work a basic match with Matt Capotelli, a rookie with only a few weeks of wrestling training. Instead, Holly attacked Capotelli for real, bloodying and bruising him in front of an MTV camera crew.

Apparently, Holly felt it was part of some stupid honour code, to teach Capotelli respect.

Well, Bob Holly doesn't deserve anybody's respect.

In his entire 15-year career, despite multiple main event pushes, he has never drawn a dime for WWE. He is boring in the ring, monotone on the mic, and a bona fide ratings killer.

So, perhaps realizing he'll be lucky if he is even remembered as a trivia answer, Holly set out to prove what a legitimate tough guy he is.

Hey, if the fans don't respect him, then at least the wrestlers will.

So, he assaulted an untrained Tough Enough rookie who didn't know any better than to just take it. Then he roughened up his ring style, causing several wrestler injuries, including Carlito Colon's recent shoulder separation.

And last Sunday, he attacked a 20-year-old kid from behind, in a situation where he knew Dupree would not and could not fight back.

People trusted him with their safety and he abused that trust to make himself look like a tough guy.

Unfortunately, Bob, REAL tough guys don't attack kids who can't defend themselves.

That's what bullies do. And you're nothing but a gutless bully.

Sadly, no one will ever exact physical revenge on Bob Holly. He has too many friends in high places, which is why this loser still has a job while plenty of more talented and more valuable wrestlers have been let go.

Someday, he will realize that despite his jealous hazing tactics, the wrestlers he picked on ended up being bigger stars than he ever was.

Having to live with his insignificant career is the payback Holly deserves. And no matter how many defenseless kids he beats up along the way, he won't be remembered as a success story.

He won't be remembered as a rugged veteran.

He will simply be remembered as a jerk.

Live with that, tough guy.


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