"Santa Rip" Attacks Billy Jack (1985)


December 21, 1985 - This is the infamous "Santa Rip" incident from Portland Wrestling. That match itself wsn't anything special. Both Billy Jack & Rip Oliver had been out of Portland for a few months. This was Billy's first match back. Nobody expected Oliver back. This was a surprise to everyone because "Santa" had been walking around the arena for over an hour tossing out candy to kids, as you'll see at the beginning of the clip. Also, as you'll see, Portland TV cut away before Santa hit the ring as they didn't want kids at home to see Santa Claus take a tire iron to Billy Jack's head. I was actually sitting in the "Crow's Nest" TV interview area on this night. I was about three feet away from Oliver during his interview, so I also got pelted with the candy & trash that fans were throwing at Oliver. The two wrestlers in the ring with BJH are Tom Zenk & Steve Pardee.

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