June 29, 1986
Siki still wonderful ... just ask him
By TOM GODFREY -- Toronto Sun
|Sweet Daddy Siki in a publicity photo for his country & western career.
The self-proclaimed "Irresistible Sweet Daddy" Siki digs into his well-worn suitcase and proudly produces a tape of his new theme song.
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It's a catchy honky-tonk number he wrote to accompany his "Siki Strut" upon entering the wrestling ring.
"It drives the women nuts when I come strutting into the ring," he said in his Texas drawl. "Now with this new tune ..."
Siki, in his 40s, is best known for his head-hammerin' "coco butt" and "neck breaker" holds. These days, however, he uses them sparingly.
"It messes with my hair," he jokes, stroking his platinum blonde locks. "Gotta look good and keep the ladies happy. Can't let them down."
Siki was a top draw in the '60s and '70s. Today he wrestles across the Maritimes and in small Northern Ontario towns. He also teaches the craft at Sully's Toronto Youth Athletic Club on Sundays.
At his peak, Siki was a main card attraction at Maple Leaf Gardens and drew fans by the busloads. Then, he earned up to $3,000 a bout and got bundles of mail from fans around the world.
"Wrestling has been good to me," says Siki, reaching for a cape from the caseful of gloves, mirrors, sunglasses and other "pretty boy" props lying on the floor.
"I have traveled all over the world and have been places I never would have dreamed of."
Along the way, he has accrued six major wrestling belts, including the Austra-Asian championship, thrice winning the North American championship, the Texas championship and the tag-team heavyweight crown.
And those belts did not come easy.
He has plenty of scars to show for it: He's suffered two broken ribs, had his hands broken twice, his ankle and leg broken and half his face paralyzed.
"But I'm still here and the ladies still love me," he says, smiling and flexing his 250-lb. body. "I am so proud of what I see every time I look into the mirror."
If that's not enough for his ego, just mention music. Country music, that is.
Siki enjoys boasting about his three C&W albums and his new theme tune.
"I though I would write my own theme song," he says. "After all, I am such a God-given great writer."
Not surprisingly, his theme song's entitled I Am So Proud Of What I see.
"I remember when I was the most recognizable wrestling in the world," he says. "People are always stopping me on the street."
He says the reaction is still the same. "I even see some ladies out there with note pads writing down my every move."
His secret? "My style is irresistible," he boasts. "When I step into the ring people love me. I can do no wrong."