Dawn Marie & Bill Watts Comment On 'Dr Death', More


Cowboy Bill Watts sent out the following statement on the passing of Steve Dr. Death Williams…
Steve ‘Dr. Death' Williams…the bell tolls… December 30, 2009…

Another ‘stud' has transitioned to be with God in Christ… and one thing ‘I know for sure'…

Jesus Christ is Steve's Hero… so he no longer is having to fight the cancer… Steve right now is in Heaven's rest…forever… and he was met there by His Savior…Jesus Christ…

He fought that fight against cancer…like Doc fought everything that challenged him… with the heart of a champion… and he thought he had overcome it…when he went back to MD Anderson at the 5 year anniversary for what he felt would be ‘his last check-up' that would pronounce him cancer-free…but instead was told…'it was back'…

And he set out to ‘beat it again'… he so wanted to live for his son…

Scandar Akbar called to tell me he was just with Doc two weeks ago back east… and Ann from WWE also called…and she saw him there too…

There is to be a ‘reunion' of the wrestlers from the Golden Years at OU…on Jan. 22nd… and Doc would have loved that… he will be missed…

At my age… it seems like we are losing so many of our peers… but to hear of one ‘younger transitioning' is really sad…

Yes…knowing Doc is with the Lord… is to know in Christ we have victory over death…but still we mourn his passing…

I remember when he was a freshman at OU…and my good friend…Stan Abel… his wrestling coach there…called me and said…you must get down here and meet Steve…he will be a fabulous ‘professional wrestler' once he has finished his eligibility here at OU…

And …he ‘ALREADY' has ‘the name'… of ‘Dr. Death'…

He was named by his teammates and classmates in high school in Colorado…when he was wrestling…and had broken his nose…so wore a ‘hockey mask'…and they started calling him Dr. Death…

He also played football for Barry Switzer's OU Sooners…and made the All-Big Eight team as a guard… and later played in the World Football League professionally in NJ.

But as an amateur wrestler at OU…he was a 4 time All-American!

I saw him compete at the NCAA Championships in Iowa his senior year… (He had injured his sternum in the Nebraska game in football…so was limited in his workouts that wrestling season)… but he beat the reigning and returning Heavyweight Champion…Banack in the semi-finals…and was ‘out-pointed' by Baumgardner in the finals… (Baumgardner went on to become an Olympic Champion too…and had a long and illustrious amateur wrestling career)…while Doc went ‘pro' in both football….and then in wrestling…breaking-in as my protégé in Mid-South Wrestling…

Another amateur wrestling memory…Doc had played with the Sooner football team at a ‘Bowl Game'…and flown right into Baton Rouge for a wrestling match against LSU…

Now ‘wrestling shape' and ‘football shape' are two completely different things… and being in great wrestling shape is much more demanding…especially in just the constant ‘gripping' of your opponent…those muscles wear out so fast… plus the aerobics …as there ‘is no time between plays…

I was there that night…and figured ‘Doc' would just do ‘as good as he could'…for the team…since he was NOT in wrestling shape…

But Doc toughed it out against a good Heavyweight…and beat him! And that impressed me…

His career in ‘the pro-wrestling business' is legendary…

But…his heart too was as big as he is… and he even saved his friend…Bam-Bam Terry Gordy…once in Japan…when Bam-Bam was overdosing on some substance…and he even got Bam-Bam into the gym…and working out…and helped motivate him to fight his substance abuse problems for a time… Doc would ‘give of himself'…

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