Bill Eadie










Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Gateway lobby

M-A Gateway: When you came back to Jim Crockett Promotions in early 1980, you teamed up with John Studd as the Superstars #1 and #2. But Mulligan was still the big rival, right?


Superstar: Yes, at first it was John and I against Mulligan and Andre a good bit. It was always against Mulligan, and whoever Mulligan would get as his partner.


M-A Gateway: Around this same time you won a television tournament for the NWA Television Title, beating Mulligan in the finals. This was your first title in the Mid-Atlantic area, as before you always said your mask was more important than a title belt. Why the decision to put a title on you at this point?


Superstar: I don’t think there was a lot of thought behind that. They may have thought the belt would mean a little more if it was on me…I think every night the title was up for the first 15 minutes. That allowed me and somebody like Rufus to go to a smaller town and have a title match headline the card there.


M-A Gateway: Another masked man, Sweet Ebony Diamond, came in during the spring of 1980. Why weren’t there more “Mask versus Mask” matches between you and Rocky Johnson, or earlier between you and “Mr. Wrestling” Tim Woods?


Superstar: I don’t think George Scott wanted it. George was sort of a stickler on things like that. If two guys were going out there with the same colored tights on, one of them would have to change. That was especially true on TV….if two guys were out there in the same colored tights, he would stop the show and you’d have to change. So…there wouldn’t be much sense for me to be in there with another masked man because the masks wouldn’t mean as much then.


When I came down here to Georgia, the situation was a little different…there were a hundred masked men in here. Ole worked a deal where I would eliminate the masked men one at a time, and it finally ended up with just me and Mr. Wrestling II. We would go after each other’s masks, and people would actually want to come and see that.


You mentioned Tim Woods….I did work with Tim on occasion. Tim was a good wrestler. But you really had to stay in Tim’s ear. You had to tell him verbatim what to do, because if you let him think for ten seconds, he’d be gone. (everybody laughs) You’d be working on his arm, and all of a sudden he’d be doing cartwheels and everything else. (everyone laughs) You always had to be telling him, ‘Boy you’re doing good, we’ll do this and that.’ If you stopped doing that with Tim, you were in for big trouble.


M-A Gateway: Well, since we are talking about masked wrestlers now, I don’t guess any interview with you would be complete without asking you why you wore a mask.


Superstar: I enjoyed the anonymity of wearing a mask. Honest to goodness, Flair and Mulligan would go to a restaurant and couldn’t even eat a meal. I’d be two tables over from them and nobody knew who I was. It was great. I could take my wife and kids to the amusement park and have a good time, and never be recognized.


M-A Gateway: So you really enjoyed the mask more so for personal reasons, as opposed to in-ring reasons?


Superstar: Oh yes…I could be two people. Once I got down the road, I would take the mask off and I’d be ‘me.’ I was always ‘me,’ but when I was wrestling I was the ‘other guy.’


M-A Gateway: Speaking of ‘guys,’ you became a ‘good guy’ in the late summer of 1980 when you had the incident with Ray Stevens, Jim my Snuka and Gene Anderson interrupting your TV interviews. Describe your babyface turn, which was pretty amazing at the time.


Superstar: George Scott really wanted me to be a babyface from the get-go….and to take the mask off. But as I said, I enjoyed the anonymity of wearing the mask.


But, really, the people actually turned me. As a babyface, I was very conscious of what I said on interviews. I never promised anything I knew I couldn’t back up. Don’t say you’re going to go out and break a guy’s leg, unless you go out and break his leg. Rather, a lot of times I would say I was going out to ‘hurt’ a guy’s leg…I can always ‘hurt’ something. There’s a big difference between ‘breaking’ and ‘hurting.’


As a babyface, basically I tried to think like a fan would think. When I promised something, it had to be realistic. It’s just basic psychology. Because when you don’t live up to those promises, it just nibbles away at you. Fans start thinking, ‘Oh, don’t believe that…he says that all the time.’ Like these announcers today that say every Pay Per View is the greatest wrestling extravaganza of all time…the fans know better.


M-A Gateway: You actually hooked up with your old rival, Paul Jones, and won the NWA World Tag Team Titles in Greensboro on Thanksgiving night 1980. You also promised to take your mask off at this time as you and Paul pursued the World belts around the area. Tell us about the victory and the unmaskings.



Paul Jones and Masked Superstar win the NWA

World Tag Team Championships in Greensboro NC.


Superstar: The change was in Greensboro, but believe it or not, in most of the towns for about a week after we won the belts…people didn’t want me to take the mask off. They didn’t want to know what I looked like. There was a lot of mystery behind it…people could see my eyes and use their imaginations beyond that.


I did take the mask off, but I put it right back on…very few people saw who I was. It didn’t really affect anything. A lot of people around ringside told me they didn’t even look.  But there again, I made a promise to the fans in a number of towns that I would take my mask off win or lose. If I wouldn’t have followed through and done it, they would have never believed me after that. Afterward, I often got asked why I unmasked and my response was that I promised the people that I’d do it, and I think that always stuck in their minds.