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CLOVIDleaf (Cloverleaf) Radio's host, "The Host with the Most" "The King of the Quarantine" welcomes longtime (retired) Professional Wrestler, Davey O'Hannon!
As he once said in a ringside interview, Davey O'Hannon has a "Ph.D. in professional wrestling." During the 1970s and 80s, O'Hannon wrestled in territories across the
United States and Puerto Rico, and toured internationally in Japan, Canada, and Hong Kong. In more than 3000 matches spanning an 18-year ring career, O'Hannon faced
off with a who's who of opponents in shows at Madison Square Garden and other major arenas. Today, O'Hannon is considered one of the top "workers" of his generation.
"If there was a Hall of Fame for 'workers,' Davey would be inducted in one of the first classes," said Tony Vellano, IPWHF Vice President. In professional wrestling
terms, this distinction means that O'Hannon possessed the rare ability to consistently deliver high-quality matches with a diverse set of opponents. Most of the time,
O'Hannon performed the role of "heel," or villain, and fans would delight in seeing him defeated by their heroic "babyface."
Though he had a talent for drawing "heat" from wrestling audiences, Davey O'Hannon is undoubtedly a good guy and friend to the IPWHF. "He is a true gentleman,"
Vellano said, reflecting on their two decades of collaboration. O'Hannon was an early and active supporter of Vellano's work, serving on the board of his first pro
wrestling museum (formerly in Amsterdam, NY) and contributing significantly to the success of that project. O'Hannon has continued to advocate for a distinguished
hall of fame for his fellow professional wrestlers, which he will now help to create with the IPWHF. A native of New Jersey, O'Hannon knew he wanted to be a pro wrestler at seven years old. He remembers being in the audience when Bruno Sammartino defeated Buddy
Rogers for the world championship at Madison Square Garden, and how that moment inspired him to pursue his own wrestling carer. "I started bugging the promotors,"
says O'Hannon. That's when he met Arnold Skaaland, an agent with Capitol Wrestling, a New York-area promotion that operated the World Wide Wrestling Federation and
later became WWF/WWE. "Skaaland told me to go to college and then come back and see him," O'Hannon remembers.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jianetwork/support