Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Kelly Twins

Wildman Dave McKigney proves he was ahead of his time with this shot of The Masked Destroyers in 1983. Long before the days of Photoshop he would paste a masked face (the same one!) over each Pat & Mike Kelly for his summer Programs. Likely using a photo left over from previous tours with the Kellys as themselves.

A similar shot to the one he used -below

The covers of his programs were creative too featuring a slew of famous names that never worked shows for him. Mil Mascaras, Terry Funk, Superstar Graham, Dick The Bruiser, Ric Flair, and Bob Backlund among others.

The Kelly Twins meanwhile would appear regularly over the summer of 1983 with manager The General taking on Bobo Brazil, Sweet Daddy Siki, Tiger Jeet Singh and others. The brothers would re-surface in the area on the 1986 Mosca-Mania card facing Angelo Mosca and Vic Rossitanni



  1. I saw the Kelly twins wrestle live in person once. Late November of 1981 in Chicago at the Ampitheatre. The Kelly Twins vs Dick The Bruiser & Wilbur Snyder. Bruiser & Snyder were so old by then that it wasn't a good match. No fault of the Kelly Twins though. Nobody could have done anything with Bruiser & Snyder that night.

    That night was the first time I realized wrestling was changing. Bruiser was way way past his prime. So was Snyder. Verne Gagne had his second retirement match that night against Adrian Adonis. Verne didn't look good either but he was still better than Bruiser & Snyder.

    Hulk Hogan was on that card against Jerry Blackwell in a bodyslam match. Hulk was new to the AWA and Rocky III had not been made yet. So it was not obvious Hulk would be the next big thing. It would be obvious several months later though.

  2. Yes I liked the Way Dave "made up" his ads. they were always interesting to say the least! It is still exciting when I have to chance to find more of his ads doing research and find out something different or a new name on one of his old ads. always neat to see Von Raschke's picture on his early 80's ads instead of Killer Karl Krupp's pic. found a new clip[ today from '81 with Main event Dave vs. Kent in a chain match, other small pic on ad is of early 70's Heenan bleeding.