Three pro wrestling poems // Guillermo Rebollo Gil
Rick Rude vs. Barry Windham
[WCW Saturday Night, 11/7/92]
Windham wears cowboy boots
and plain black trunks. He traps
Rude in a bear hug.
You imagine them kissing,
but that can never happen.
Rude rakes his eyes and escapes.
He makes a muscle for the crowd.
Then he delivers a neck breaker
and attempts a pin, but he only
gets a two count.
Windham gets up and catches Rude
in a sleeper hold. Again he escapes.
They exchange blows to the head.
They fall out of the ring.
You imagine them later that night, alone.
Rude watches over Windham as he sleeps.
Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Abdullah the Butcher
Abdullah won after Bigelow drove
into a piece of plywood face-first.
There were no special stipulations for the bout.
The loser, however, would die
from a drug overdose four years after.
Abdullah’s real name is Larry.
Bam Bam, like The Flinstones.
Sadistic Steve Strong vs. TNT
That was the year I turned ten.
The ring ropes were covered with barbed wire.
Strong bit the wire.
It’s like having an adjective for a last name.
Back then I didn’t know what ‘sadistic’ meant.
I just knew I wasn’t strong.
Guillermo Rebollo Gil’s poems have appeared in Fence, Mandorla, The Caribbean Writer and Anthurium. He is the author of Fire Island