Juan Kachmanian, best known as Pampero Firpo, who headlined in virtually every major wrestling arena from the late 50s through the early 80s, passed away on 1/9 at the age of 89.
Firpo, who was the inspiration for the interview style of Randy Savage, was one of the most believable crazy man of his era. Because of his voice and mannerisms, he was the type of wrestler who made the biggest impression with kids. When I was in fifth and sixth grade, for example, and wrestling was huge with children, pretty much every male kid not only knew Firpo, then called The Great Pampero, but imitated him, repeating his promos verbatim. Before I was even a fan, the phrase “Mr. Harrice,” delivered like Firpo, which is what he called announcer Walt Harris, was pretty much a multi-time a day line kids would throw around at each other. Firpo’s promos about biting off his opponents’ ear and eating it were legendary. He never actually did it, but he would claim to have done it in another city outside of California.