Erik S. Hanley, Now News Group Published 12:22 p.m. CT Jan. 24, 2018 | Updated 4:10 p.m. CT Jan. 24, 2018
SOUTH MILWAUKEE - He may have been known as “The Man That Made Milwaukee Famous,” but Reggie “The Crusher” Lisowski was actually from South Milwaukee and may soon be honored there with a statue.
"How 'bout 'dat?" as The Crusher, or sometimes stylized as "Da Crusher," used to ask.
A GoFundMe titled “’Da Crusher Statue Memorial Fund” was started in December 2017 with a $40,000 goal to fund a bronze, life-sized statue of the man with the “100 megaton biceps.”
In just over a month, 16 people have raised nearly $3,500.
"’Da Crusher embodies the spirit of American life and his hometown,” said Chris Smith, the organizer of the GoFundMe. “He is a local hero and example of the heart, mind, and body of all those who cheered him on.”
The Crusher wrestled professionally for over 40 years, starting in 1949. He earned many championships during his run, including being a three-time American Wrestling Association (AWA) Heavyweight Champion and a five-time AWA Tag Team Champion with Dick the Bruiser.
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I used to watch those Vern Gagne wrestling shows on UHF. I've been to a few matches, but I never saw the Crusher live. He had brutal matches with Mad Dog Vachon. The Crusher had a zipper on his forehead and he could bleed spontaneously. A kid shouldn't see so much blood.