Wrestling legend Bill Eadie is mostly recognized today for being part of the popular WWF tag-team Demolition of the late 80’s and early 90’s. However, Eadie also experienced great success as a singles competitor before becoming Axe of Demolition. Eadie wrestled as the Masked Superstar and gained wrestling fame and success throughout the various territories in the late 70’s and early 80’s. On Saturday, Fight Sports Examiner spoke with Bill Eadie about his wrestling career, success of Demolition and what he’s currently involved in.
In August, Bill Eadie will be appearing at the NWA Legends Fanfest in Atlanta, Georgia. Eadie will be honored for his prestigious career by being inducted into the Hall of Heroes on Friday, August 5th; A career that began in the early 70’s as he got his first break working with Ed Farhat better known as The Original Sheik. Eadie shared a few comments about The Sheik and breaking into the business.
“He gave me my first chance to work in a regular territory. I broke in with Geto Mongol, Pittsburgh. I was teaching and coaching at that time in Ohio. The Sheik ran towns in Ohio and gave me a chance to work weekends for him while keeping my teaching position. He treated me decent and paid me well for my position.”
Eventually, Eadie would end up on the east coast wrestling in various NWA promotions. One of his most memorable feuds in the early part of his career was against legendary wrestler BlackJack Mulligan. The two men put on a series of steel cage matches that have yet to be duplicated. They would wrestle 60 to 90 minute matches inside a steel cage and brutally beat up each other. Eadie commented on his popular feud with Mulligan:
“It started out as a long series following a bounty placed on Mulligan by Flair. We had a long series of singles, gimmick matches such as Lumber Jack, Street fights, Bull Rope then into a cage. We had a series of I believe10 to 12 cages ending in a one hour draw. Going back with a 90 minute time limit with 2 refs. It was leading up to a point where I would be leaving for short time to Ga. Then a few guys would jump Mully and he would call me back to help clean house.”
Eadie continued to comment on Mulligan and praised the big man for his in-ring work:
“We had some real good matches. Mully was very good in the ring, good ring sense, great on the mike and was very athletic for a man who at that time the second biggest man, after Andre. I have nothing but good memories of that time and we had success. Each crowd grew and the pay checks were excellent as well.”
This wasn’t the only popular encounter with Mulligan. In the mid to late 1980s, Eadie teamed up with Mulligan as members of the “Machines” in the WWF. The team also had Andre the Giant as a member as they all wore masks. When asked if there was a more powerful trio than these 3 men, Eadie had the following response:
“I am not sure. The entire gimmick was to be a short lived gimmick to help New Japan and Antonio Inoki get back at two wrestlers that left his company to jump to Old Japan. We had fun with it and all the fans were supposed to know who each of us were.”
Speaking of Andre, many wrestling fans nowadays don’t know that Eadie was one of the first wrestlers to ever slam Andre. Most fans believe it was Hulk Hogan who slammed Andre at WrestleMania 3 in arguably the most popular wrestling match of all-time. When asked if he felt overlooked in wrestling history as being one of the first to slam Andre, Eadie had the following genuine response:
“I am not sure they overlook it but they simply don’t remember or even care what happened years ago. It isn’t important to them or they were not interested in the history. As usual some real hardcore fans remember and I appreciate that but life is so very short and as I get older some things that seemed important back then don’t seem so important today, so it is relative I guess to each of us.”
As a member of the Machines, Eadie continued his career wearing a wrestling mask. Bill had spent many years wrestling with both a mask and without a mask. When asked if there were any differences wrestling with or without a mask, Easie had the following response:
“I felt more secure under the mask because it provided me with personal freedom that many of the other wrestlers didn’t have. I could be two people and have my wrestling career and also and for me more importantly have family time.”
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