MISSY HYATT — MEMORIES OF TOMMY ROGERS

Posted June 1st, 2015 by 1Wrestling News Team

Two people who were very influential in my career were Tommy Rogers and Bobby Fulton. I never got to thank them, which is an oversight on my part in recent years. I never got to thank them on an almost nightly basis during 1985 thru 1987. I probably had none to very little conversation with both of them when I worked together with them in World Class and UWF due to separate locker rooms during the kayfabe era.

My first two years I managed several combinations that had John Tatum, Jack Victory, Sting, Rick Steiner, Eddie Gilbert, and various partners against The Fantastics. I learned every night to be at the right place, when to interject myself in to the match, and most of all in ring psychology. I was so fortunate to have the ultimate learning experience being at ringside managing against The Fantastics.

All of those matches were put together with just a finish, a few spots, and the rest were called in the ring. Maybe I’m being bias, but those matches were great during that time period. Keep in mind John Tatum was green and learning on the fly, which is a testament on how The Fantastics made him elevate his game.

Eddie Gilbert with a torn rotator cuff with Ron Simmons had a hell of a match with The Fantastics at a live Clash Of Champions in which they incorporated a real injury to tell a compelling story, which shows how all of those guys knew how to play off of each other for over thirty minutes.

I learned from ringside on how a match should be paced. The Fantastics worked a fast pace match that didn’t go over board in doing more stuff than the fans could process. Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers could take turns selling in the same match or on different nights, which made them in my opinion more superior to The Rock N Roll Express.

The Fantastics could have a four star technical match with various incarnations of The Midnight Express, Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson, etc. They could work fast paced-stiff Japanese style matches in AJPW. They could have brawls with The Sheepherders.  Even in 2015 I could watch a Fantastics match and it can still hold up to my standards for in ring action and story telling. Tommy Rogers had a drop kick at 5’10” that ranked up with Kazuchika Okada for you current fans.

I strongly urge anybody who never seen The Fantastics to check out my favorite matches that involved them that are probably on youtube. Fantastics VS. Sheepherders from Crockett Cup 1986, Fantastics & Terry Taylor VS. Sheepherders & Jack Victory: Barbed Wire Cage, Fantastics VS. Midnight Express Clash Of Champions #1, Great American Bash 1988, and their 43 minute World Wide match.

I hope Tommy Rogers is at peace. My sympathy goes out to his loved ones. Better late than never, thank you Bobby Fulton for teaching me so much without ever realizing it.

Missy Hyatt

1st. Lady Of Wrestling

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