SGT. Muldoon Celebrates
35 years in the Wrestling Business.
June 1979, 18 year old John Callahan entered the Salem Y.M.C.A. as he met the man that would be his trainer, mentor, coach, spiritual advisor, making a dream become reality and forever change his life. That man was the legendary Walter “Killer” Kowalski.
Callahan had a passion for the wrestling business. Within two months Callahan had his first match which was taped for a nationally syndicated show on NBC called “Real People”. Six months later he appeared for the first time on the WWF’s Championship Wrestling program, teaming with Johnny Rodz against Tito Santana and Ivan Putski. The second night of television taping saw Callahan wrestle Mr. USA Tony Atlas. Within a year he would wrestle in sold out arenas throughout the northeast against the best in the WWF. Sgt. Slaughter, Hulk Hogan, Domenic Denucci, Swede Hanson, and Killer Kahn just to name a few. He traveled to Montreal to wrestle against Jacques Rougeau, Dino Bravo, and Sailor White and he would appear on several national television programs, including NBC’s Games People Play, PM Magazine, and The Tomorrow show with Tom Snyder.
In the first 18 months of wrestling he had his thumb broken by Killer Kahn, and his shoulder dislocated by Hulk Hogan. Neither of these injuries slowed him down or stopped him from following his passion. The next day after both injuries he showed up with his bag to wrestle. After the Hogan incident Callahan had to show Gorilla Monsoon that he was ready to wrestle.
“Gino asked me how I felt and how much pain I was experiencing. I said “I’m fine I can go tonight”. He asked me to raise my arm over my head. I tried but I couldn’t do it. My arm wouldn’t go up even half way. Monsoon looked at me shook his head and said “You’re not wrestling until that shoulder heals. Here’s a bell learn how to ring it”. At the time I was totally humiliated how could I have sunk so low? I became a time keeper… really ?