Friday, November 8, 2013

the last book I ever read (David Shoemaker's The Squared Circle, excerpt twelve)

from The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling by David Shoemaker:

After the infamous Montreal Screwjob in 1997, all of the Hart family, except for Owen, left WWF for WCW, where Smith teamed with Bret’s former partner Jim Neidhart. During a match at 1998’s Fall Brawl, Smith landed on his back awkwardly; it turned out that WCW had installed a trap door for the Ultimate Warrior’s special entrance later in the night and not told any of the other wrestlers. Smith contracted a staph infection in his spine, and he was fired, via FedEx, while lying in a hospital bed recuperating from surgery.

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