May 15, 2004
Coombs gets set to battle any foe
By BRET HART - SLAM! Wrestling
Well, it's that time of year. People passing by my father's house aren't all that surprised to see me and my pug Coombs heading down to the dungeon for a little sparing session.
The last time Coombs came with me to the dungeon, it was to ensure Astrid Kuhn, the weather girl from A-Channel, didn't pull anything underhanded when they showed up to film a little wrestling piece down there.
Yeah, even the wrestling Hart dogs came out of the dungeon.
At last year's Pug Fest, it came as no great surprise to me when Coombs cleaned up and took first in the arm-wrestling event!
Every year, people ask if Coombs -- who is a three-time Mexican dog wrestling champion -- is thinking about hanging up his famed boots.
Dog wrestling has been banned in most countries but, in Mexico, the spectacle flourishes. Needless to say, it's a dog-eat-dog world.
I know you're probably wondering just how the heck they get those little masks on those dogs. Being a pug, Coombs, who wrestles under the name El Bandito, has his own mask. But don't let that fool you. Coombs has an impressive winning record that includes upset victories over everything from coyotes to 'roided-up pit bulls.
And he had one particularly sweet win when he managed to subdue an overconfident Great Dane to win the undisputed Mexican dog wrestling title.
Sometimes when people drive by my house, they point and say, "That's the champ's house." It took me a while to finally realize they weren't talking about me, they were talking about El Bandito.
You'll never see a happier pug than when Coombs heard Gemini Award-winning filmmaker Paul Jay hinted he may do a new dog wrestling documentary, tentatively titled Barking With Shadows, that would expose the seedy underbelly of the Mexican dog wrestling business.
At this point, the bulk of the documentary would deal with the tough question of whether Mexican dog wrestling is even real at all or if the matches are predetermined.
All I can tell you from my own personal experience of seeing Coombs routinely stretch Dobermans, pit bulls and the occasional St. Bernard, I have no doubt in my mind he is legitimately the toughest dog I've ever seen.
But don't let that fool ya, Coombs always makes time to say "hi" to his fans and shake a few paws after the show.