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Bobo Brazil a ring legend


By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
One of the most popular wrestlers of the 1960s and 1970s has taken his final three count.

 Bobo Brazil, who participated in the first professional wrestling match involving a black wrestler when he battled Tim Anderson on May 15, 1963, suffered a stroke last weekend and passed away on Tuesday. Brazil, whose real name was Houston Harris, was 74.

 Brazil, named to the WWF Hall of Fame in 1994, often appeared in Toronto and was featured on televised shows. But he had to struggle at the beginning to establish himself as black wrestlers were rare and at the beginning, they did not enjoy the popularity of their white confreres. Based out of Detroit, Brazil, the master of the coco bonk, was still wrestling into the '90s on independent cards.
 
 BATTLE OF THE GIANTS: Two of the wrestling's best meet tonight.

 And while Bret Hart and Ric Flair would be the headline match on most cards, the main focus on NWO's Souled Out will be the battle of the giants.

 There is no title on the line, but the Giant will be out for revenge against Kevin Nash, who has spent the majority of the past month taunting his opponent.

 There have been all kinds of rumors swirling about the Giant's future in WCW and if he loses tonight, they will no doubt intensify.

 He's a young talent who basically was a walk-on a few years back and was quickly thrust into the spotlight as the WCW battled to get a leg up on the WWF. Now that WCW clearly is No. 1 in the U.S., the Giant has found himself pushed into the background as Hollywood Hogan and his NWO pals, including Nash, have strutted around.

 And there may be a surprise tonight -- Rowdy Roddy Piper is supposed to make an appearance and no one knows exactly what the Hot Rod is going to do.
 
 HERE AND THERE: Greg Valentine will be the featured performer at the RWA show tonight in Brantford as he takes on Wildcat. Bell time is 7 p.m. at the C.A.W Hall, 7 Erie Avenue. Call 519-752-8880 for details ... King Kong Bundy, who worked a couple of RWA cards, is back working independent shows in Pennsylvania and New Jersey ... Crush will be given a new persona once he signs with WCW ... Davey Boy Smith will be appearing on a WCW show soon ... That burning casket at the Royal Rumble was exciting and all, except for the people who saw the Undertaker slip out a slide panel and walk out of the arena ... Just wondering how mad Mike Tyson really was at Steve Austin on Monday night. Tyson was seen in the back of the Frenso Arena all smiles with Austin and Shawn Michaels, posing for a cover shot for a magazine ... The Quebecers are back in the WWF. Why? ... Randy Savage is not returning to the WWF.