An occasional feature in which we honor the sport's fallen and examine their legacies. Today: Brian "Crush" Adams, who died in 2007 after accidentally ingesting a lethal mixture of prescription drugs.
Brian Adams's mainstream wrestling career started in medias res. A former military man who'd learned how to grapple while stationed in Japan, Adams was plucked out of the indie scene of the Pacific Northwest and thrust into top-level WWF storylines as the third member of Demolition, one of the most successful acts in the WWF. Demolition were themselves a semi-sanitized, cartoon version of the Road Warriors — smaller spikes, less anabolically grotesque physiques — and the connection was perhaps even stronger than that. Demolition swiped their look from The Humungus of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, the very film from which Hawk and Animal lifted their post-apocalyptic shtick. (I guess I'll point out here that there was a wrestler, or rather, several wrestlers, who went by the name "Lord Humongous" in Mid-South and the CWA and probably a bunch of other places. They looked exactly like the guy from the movie, except when promoters got lazy and it was just a guy in a hockey mask. Sid Vicious played Humongous at one time, as did — allegedly — Scott Hall.)