Best of bulldog
Chapter One: Early Days
Our story begins in Minnesota, circa 1974. A young Cookie Monster injures his arm while in training camp for the Minnesota Vikings. After trying his hand at various jobs (bouncing at nightclubs, personal trainer, cookie baker), a friend suggested the fuzzy blue monster try out professional wrestling.
After graduating from Verne Gagne's wrestling camp in an all-star class that included "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, Tony "Cannonball" Parisi, "Whipper" Billy Watson, "The Alaskan" Jay York and Oscar "The Grouch", Cookie debuted wrestling in armories, VFW halls and high school gyms throughout the U.S. Midwest.
Initially wrestling under a hood as the luchador sensation "El Cookie Monstiero", he eventually dropped the mask to the delight of fans in the territory. His straight-forward, no-nonsense style was an instant hit with crowds.
Cookie was like a fuzzy blue sponge, soaking up valuable experience while tangling with established greats and legends in the making. It was during this time when he began battling to one-hour draws across the circuit with a still-wet-behind-the-ears "Nature Boy" Ric Flair.
However, the promoter's stingy payoffs, even at the main event level, forced him to make a change of scenery.