Skip to comments.George 'The Animal' Steele, WWE legend and Hall of Famer, Dies At Age 79
Posted on 02/17/2017 10:18:43 AM PST by drewhEdited on 02/17/2017 10:42:18 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]
Hall of Fame wrestler George “The Animal” Steele has died, according WWE.
Steele, real name Jim Myers, had been battling health problems for years, including kidney failure. He had been moved into hospice care shortly before his death.
Portraying a green-tongued, bald-headed wildman, Steele was known for “eating” turnbuckles -- ripping them open with his teeth and throwing the shredded padding at opponents. He enjoyed his greatest fame near the end of his three-decade career as part of the 1980s WWE (then WWF) roster that included stars like Andre the Giant, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
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I used to love watching this guy as a kid. The rumor was that he was a college professor who put on this “animal” act. One time I saw him, he had brass knuckles and smacked his opponent in the ring. The crowd went wild and screamed at the ref to make him forfeit the match. The ref went over and Steele held the brass knuckles behind his back. The ref said “Let me see your hand” and Steele put his one hand out. Then the ref said “let me see your other hand” and Steele put the brass knuckles in his first hand (behind his back) and put the other hand out. The ref, satisfied that he had seen both of Steele’s hands, let the match go on. The crowd went wild. It was classic 1980s professional wrestling.
Wow I have not heard that name in a long time! Hope his last years were good and may he rest in peace.
The last time I watched the Saturday Morning WWF (at the time). Think I was 9 or 10 years old?
Between the matches I would see dumb promos like this one.
He had a website where he would interact with fans. We talked about wrestling, football and faith. He was a great guy but couldn’t spell worth a lick.
A devout Christian. He’s chewing up turnbuckles in Heaven!
I’m tired of losing WWE legends every few weeks! Another tribute as the bell tolls for the animal on Monday Night Raw... USA 9pm eastern... (:
He was actually a high school teacher in Michigan, that’s why so many of his WWE periods were during the summer.
He’d come in with a manager, quickly squash opponents, get a month of title matches, and then disappear for the rest of the year.
God Bless George the Animal Steele and his family! He was one of my favorites to watch and brought many laughs to me during George’s Wrestling Career.
I think a math teacher?
RIP and thanks for the great funny memories. The WWE was much better back in those days before all the ‘roid freaks and anti-heroes took over.
That is comforting to know.
Early on before he adopted the moniker “The Animal”, he was known as the “Detroit Destroyer”.
Just a little trivia for you folks...
I loved this guy, he was great. Especially loved when he carried around his stuff animal in the ring, “Mine.” He was also great playing the legendary Tor Johnson in “Ed Wood.”
You watched the WWE? (I ‘member it used to be WWF).
In the ‘80s to early ‘90s when it was WWF. It was great, cheesy entertainment for us boys when they ran the shows packaged on the weekends on the USA Network (back before every damn show was politicized).
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