Monday, March 17, 2014

George Steel(e)?

One of my favorite wrestlers growing up was George “The Animal” Steele. His ongoing feud with Macho Man Randy Savage over Miss Elizabeth were epic. The matches usually ended up the same way, with Steele winning Miss Elizabeth would get his attention and Macho Man would snatch the win from the child-like Animal.
George Steele, real name Jim Myers, is a highly intelligent man, which you probably would not ever figure if you saw his wrestling persona. He has a Master’s Degree in Science from Michigan State University, he was a high school teacher and he coached both football and wrestling while he was a teacher and he is currently a motivational speaker.
After all this you would assume that even at 76 years old he is awfully busy, so busy he doesn’t sign his name correctly. Looking through the 2012 Leaf Wrestling Originals it appears that he has left off the “e” at the end of Steele. I have looked at his signatures over the years and he has at times signed with the “e” at the end while other times he just adds a loop on to the “l”, which appears to be the case here.
His signatures are definitely better than Sid or One Man Gang’s signatures in the set, though both of their signatures are better than Chris Johnson's autograph and Teddy Bridgewater’s new autograph.


  1. Those were the days.. I was an Iron Sheik guy but nothing compared to Pipers Pit the day Snuka got blasted..

  2. I too grew up rooting for The Animal. Beautiful collection of autographs.