Crush was my favourite wrestler growing up! Hawaiian Crush is the name that will live in infamy however.
Not Demolition Crush, not Japanese sympathizer Crush, not Convict Crush, not Nation of Domination Crush, nor Disciples of the Apocalypse Crush. Hawaiian Crush.
A long History
I would have been ten years old when I first saw him in 1992, and looking back I cannot explain what it was that appealed in particular to me about the guy.
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His theme music is clearly still awesome, his garish tights would appeal to kids, I suppose. He used a nice mix of power moves, which is the kind of stuff that appeals to the young WWE fans.
Was Crush the prototype John Cena? Was I a prototype Cenation member? Perish the thought.
At the time, I was unaware of the real-life Brian Adams’ history as the third member of Demolition when Ax developed a heart condition.
Upon the arrival of The Legion of Doom (the team that Demolition were a rip-off of, anyway), the team’s time was up.
Ax retired, Smash became Repo Man and Crush kept his name as Hawaiian Crush, He had an okay run, but nothing spectacular.
At Summer Slam ’92 he faced ex-team mate Repo Man and came out victorious before losing to Doink the Clown at WrestleMania IX.
Shawn Michaels beat him at the first King of the Ring event and a lost to Yokozuna began his run as Japanese sympathiser Crush where he feuded with the legendary 'Macho Man' Randy Savage.
He went through several gimmick changes whilst always retaining the name Crush during his time with the company.
In WCW, he broke the habit of a lifetime and wrestled under a new name: his real name Brian Adams.
He mainly worked in a team called Kronik along with Bryan Clark who you may remember as Adam Bomb from the WWF.
They were clearly just put together because they were both called Brian/Bryan - They weren't very successful and would make the jump back to WWE once WCW had been purchased by Vince McMahon.
Apart from challenging The Undertaker and Kane for the WCW Tag Team Titles at Unforgiven 2001, they achieved nothing of note on their return to New York before being released following the conclusion of the infamous Invasion.
That brought to an end, Crush's time in the spotlight.
A new life
A back injury whilst wrestling in Japan led to his retirement in 2003 and there was a brief dalliance with boxing/MMA, and thoughts of opening a health club, but nothing major.
On August 13 2007, Brian Adams sadly passed away from mixing the wrong two prescription medications together.
The autopsy found that they were both taken at a safe level individually, but had become lethal when combined. He was 43 years old and tragically left a wife and son.
I don’t know whether many people remember Crush, or even rate him, But I still think that he was a decent worker in his younger years, and his versatility was plain to see with all of the gimmick changes he went through.
Considering some of the questionable names that're in the Hall of Fame, it’s a travesty that Crush isn’t in there yet, in my opinion.