Birthdays still outnumbering deaths today 2-1
Steve “Mongo” McMichael turns 61 today. Best known as a Hall of Fame Defensive Tackle for the Chicago Bears, Mongo turned to pro wrestling after his football career ended. His first venture into sports entertainment was at Wrestlemania XI, appearing ringside during the Lawrence Taylor-Bam Bam Bigelow match. He provided guest commentary with Vince McMahon and brawled with Kama Mustafa, the future Godfather. He became a broadcaster with WCW, and anyone who watched at the time will remember his dog Pepe.
Mongo would eventually join a new iteration of the legendary Four Horsemen.
Mongo left WCW in early 1999 after the Horsemen were disbanded. He made one final wrestling appearance in TNA in 2008. Happy birthday Mongo.
Christina Crawford, known is WWE as Caylee Turner, and the younger sister of Alicia Fox, turns 30 today. She was on the 2011 revival of Tough Enough, and was eliminated from the competition but still signed to a contract. She was released while still the FCW Divas Champion during FCW’s rebranding as NXT, making her the final FCW Divas Champion. Since then, she’s done some indie wrestling and also worked as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader. Happy birthday Christina.
Here’s a grainy-as-hell video of Mike Fever wrestling Sterling Golden in Georgia Championship Wrestling. Many wrestling fans will recognize Sterling Golden as Terry Bollea’s first gimmick before he became Hulk Hogan. Fever was a jobber in GCW, WCW, and WWF as well as other territories in the 1980s. He later became a WWF referee. He died of a heart attack on October 17, 2009 at the age of 53.