On the eighth day God created Wrestling…
For many years athletes have entered the squared circle to entertain the fans. For every Suplex or Bodyslam these men have found their way into the heart of the fans. However there is always a price for fame and fortune as these men have put their bodies, their careers, and their life on the line with no fear of the result that could leave them injured, crippled, or even result in death.
The Gods of Thunder is a symbol of the history of professional wrestling as well as a symbol of the Hell one must go through to entertain the fans and achieve greatness. This piece of artwork was created to remember some of the greatest legends, gimmicks, announcers, territories and managers of all time. It covers every era of wrestling dating back to the early 1900’s by featuring Frank Gotch and going to the future stars of today with wrestlers like Randy Orton to John Cena to Kofi Kingston and so on…
There are 355 wrestling legends on this painting !
This painting took nearly 3 years to create and every wrestler was carefully placed onto the painting. In addition to the thousands of hours that went into painting this, there was also an equal amount of time spent on research on the background of each wrestler. Personal feelings and politics were taken out in the decisions that were made on deciding who was to be on this painting. There is a story behind these legends that has in one way or another been a part of wrestling for the last one hundred years.
This painting started out as a small project that just kept getting bigger and bigger. With nearly thousands of wrestling legends to chose from the decisions that were made were very difficult and to make this painting stand out some were left off because of a look that was just too similar to others. Our goal was to cover wrestling as a whole by taking legends from the United States, Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and so on. Territories were also important since as a fan there were so many in the 70’s and 80’s that wrestlers could develop from. The announcers also deserve credibility as they made wrestling more exciting and thanks to one man Jim Ross “He’s Bleeding Profusely “ became my favorite phrase. St Louis is recognized since that is where both the artist and myself grew up and had it not been for Wrestling at the Chase and our grandfathers neither of us would be fans. Taking a quote from Ric Flair “If you want to make it in this business you have to go through St. Louis” and that holds true as some of the greatest wrestlers started their careers in St. Louis.
Many fans may or may not agree to who is on the painting but let’s face everyone is entitled to an opinion. Had it not been for Vince McMahon wrestling may never have escalated to what it is today. He is one businessman who knows how to make money and took a vision and made it happen and for that I want to personally Thank Mr. McMahon. “THANK YOU VINCE”
To all the Legends of Wrestling without all of you this painting would never have been a vision, and to the artist The Icon without you my vision would never have become a reality.
I have been a fan for over 35 years and I have so many memories that these legends have left on me that will last me a lifetime. I hope that all of the wrestling fans will appreciate this artwork since this is the first of its kind and one can spend hours and hours starring at this. The wrestlers look may or may not be of what you remember but they were picked from an era or when they were in their prime. There will be special edition Giclee’ prints that will feature wrestlers that are not on the picture and will be available for the serious collectors.
To Purchase this one of a kind print click here.
I received a copy of the painting from Ed and the artists that did the painting. I first received a call from Ed about three years ago telling me about his project. Being in the wrestling game business for years I listen to what he was telling me and thought I was just hearing just another person with dream that would go nowhere. I never heard from Ed until in May of this year while coordinating the Legends on Tour 2010 in St Charles. I was standing there talking with Cowboy Bob Orton and this guy, who I never had seen before introduced himself to me and then showed me the picture. I must say I was impressed with it. It took three years and it turned out great. All the Legends that were with us received a copy of it and they were impressed just like I was. It goes to show you if you have a dream and follow it good things will happen. I wish Ed all the luck with this painting and hope others will follow.
Pro Wrestling Promoter Herb Simmons