“So it’s going to be a tremendous night for anyone who’s a wrestling fan, and people, who aren’t wrestling fans or haven’t been to a wrestling show, will thoroughly enjoy it, too, because it’s going to be one heck of a show.”
Craig DeGeorge may even make an appearance.
As a youngster out of college, Craig DeGeorge worked a couple of years for the WWF. A storied sports broadcasting career post-WWF, Craig (DeGeorge) Minervini is now working for Fox Sports Net Florida on Miami Marlins games.
“Wrestling has changed so much, but back in the day, he would do the interviews in a hotel room with all of us for upcoming shows for each individual town, about 120 interviews a day, before a show that night,” Knobbs said. “All the boys know him, and he’s definitely been around the block.”
Knobbs recently watched a YouTube video with Craig DeGeorge interviewing Brutus the Barber Beefcake and Honky Tonk Man with Jimmy Hart and Peggy Sue (Sensational Sherri Martell).
So Minervini (DeGeorge) is in good standing with the wrestling veterans, but Marlins mascot Billy the Marlin, don’t know.
During the 2009 baseball season, The Nasty Boys performed a Pit Stop on Raymond, the Tampa Bay Rays mascot. Basically, Raymond’s face met The Nasty Boys armpit without the Axe.
“Raymond was getting a little bit pushy, so he had to get introduced to pity city,” Knobbs said. “Don’t push the Nasty Boys too far. Hopefully, Billy the Marlin doesn’t get too pushy, or he will be getting pity city, just like Raymond did...and we won’t have to worry about any long pointy bill poking us, because he won’t have any after we get through with him.”
We’ll see Billy the Marlin’s allegiance on Aug. 24. As for Marlins starting pitcher Tom Koehler, he is a big-time pro wrestling fan.
“The Nasty Boys, we’re definitely Marlins all the way, so I don’t think we’ll have a problem with any of the Miami Marlins,” Knobbs said. “If we get in any trouble, maybe we can tag one of them in, and they can give a big boot or a sleeper and help The Nasty Boys to victory that night.”
Knobbs knew Sags ever since they were 10-years-old in Whitehall, Pa. in Lehigh Valley, competing for the Stiles A’s, a youth baseball team in Stiles, a small town nearby. Allentown is the big city, so The Nasty Boys were billed from Allentown, but actually Whitehall is their hometown.
Sags played first base and Knobbs left field.
“Everyone would throw them in the dirt, because Sags was a big guy, but he didn’t have that stretch, and the ball would hit him in the mouth,” Knobbs said. “When I first met him, his tooth was already chipped from that, and he doesn’t have that tooth now because he hit the steel post in Las Vegas in 1987.”
As they grew, they became too big physically for baseball, even though they loved it. When they attended Whitehall High School, Sags competed in football and Knobbs wrestled (amateur style). Following high school, Sags played football at NCAA Division III Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va., and Knobbs opted for the Army.
A few years later, they connected again in Whitehall. Sags’ uncle, John, was friends with Matt Milan, who played in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins and later a general manager for the Detroit Lions. Milan is older than Knobbs and Sags, but they were all from the same neighborhood. Milan played a role in the formation of The Nasty Boys, Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Tag Team of the Year in 1994.