Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring my friends who have met celebrities. With Wizard World Chicago on the horizon, I present a special Wizard World Edition of Friend Encounters.
Johngy's Beat Contributor Extraordinaire Matt Parker would be a lock for the first class if Johngy;s Beat ever does Hall of Fame inductions. He has been instrumental in virtually every p[art of Johngy's Beat over the years.
At Wizard World a few years ago, Matt and I met "The Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase and Virgil. DiBiase was very happy to put Matt in "The Million Dollar Dream," his version of the sleep hold.
Yes, I know wrestling is scripted, but the sleeper hold is a legit maneuver that can cause unconsciousness. If properly applied, it can cut off blood flow through the carotid arteries. It doesn't require a lot of strength, as it is all about compressing those arteries. It can legit work.
Granted, DiBiase doesn't clamp down and squish the carotid arteries of the fans as he puts on the hold, but he does give you a little taste of it and he does it with glee. With a little pressure, you quickly realize how potent that hold can be.
Matt's expression is partly cause by DiBiase catching him a bit off guard in slapping on the hold. Plus, it's always cool to be in one of the most famous pro wrestling finishers.
As noted, DiBiase's expression is his mischievous side showing. He loves catching fans like this.
Virgil's happiness is unexplained. I think it's just that he is part of the whole scene. Virgil's comic con experiences are legendary.
Wizard World invade Chicago August 22-25. I'll be there as always. Go to WizardWorld.com for more info and scheduling on Chicago and elsewhere.
Virgil, Matt Parker and Ted DiBiasi in Rosemont, IL-August 2011.