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WWE: Lou Albano

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posted on Jun, 27 2004 @ 01:40 PM

"Often imitated, never duplicated," was the way Lou Albano described his wrestling career. Despite his penchant for outlandish claims, this boast was fairly accurate. The disheveled, bearded manager with rubber hands pierced through his face was one of a kind.

As a member of The Sicilians, with Tony Altimore, Albano became co holder of WWE's United States tag team title in 1967. But it was as a manager that he truly attained superstar status, guiding Ivan Koloff to the WWE championship in 1971, and more than a dozen duos to the tag team gold including the Valiant Brothers, Wild Samoans, Mr. Fuji and Masa Saito, and British Bulldogs.

His greatest contribution to the sport of kings occurred when he met pop star Cyndi Lauper on an airplane, and she decided to include him in her seminal Girls Just Wanna Have Fun video. Soon, Lauper was appearing on WWE broadcasts with Albano, and became a lightning rod in what was dubbed "The Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection."

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