February 13, 2004


E TU, BRUTUS THE BARBER?: Another former pro wrestler is in trouble with drugs, though this time the Department of Homeland Security may need to get involved as well. According to the Boston Herald, 46-year-old Ed Leslie, known in the '80s by the ring name Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, inadvertently caused a bioterror scare on Monday when he left a bag of white powder (cocaine) in the Downtown Crossing subway station in Boston- where the former wrestler now works as a fare collector. Police thought the cocaine was anthrax, causing the evacuation of the station pending the arrival of a HAZMAT team; the ex-grappler has since entered rehab.
Leslie/Beefcake was one of the WWF's biggest stars in the mid-late '80s, where he was known for knocking out opponents with his patented sleeperhold, after which he would give them "haircuts" with his barber-accented pruning shears. He was knocked out of action in 1988 when he had every bone in his face shattered in a parasailing accident, though he returned to the ring several years later, in the meantime hosting an interview segment called "The Barbershop"-where he presided over the famous moment in which Shawn Michaels kicked Marty Jannetty through a glass window.
Ironically, the week of Beefcake's arrest the #1 movie in the country is "Barbershop 2."

Posted by Stephen Silver at February 13, 2004 02:24 PM

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