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PHOENIX, ARIZONA, NOVEMBER 1936: blood brother O’Brien spent an evening in reformatory after he pulled a handful of paper from his trunks, set it ablaze, and rubbed the flaming soot in opponent Al Haffert’s eyes. Then he knocked out the referee. He used to be arrested for beginning a fireplace in a public development. SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA, SEPTEMBER 1937: Police stored shield as greater than 2,600 stressed lovers milled round an area for greater than an hour after blood brother O’Brien handcuffed LaVerne Baxter to the ropes and beat him mindless with damaged items of a ringside bench. EL RIO, CALIFORNIA, JANUARY 1938: blood brother O’Brien used to be entombed in 4,800 kilos of ice in an alleged try to holiday the world’s freezing list of 26 mins, forty seconds, yet lasted basically just a little greater than a minute. while he got here out, the gag approximately changed into calamity, while a 300-pound cake of ice skidded around the mat and nearly beaten a feminine spectator. To O’Brien, born Arland C. Miller in upstate ny in 1909, that kind of mayhem got here obviously — in truth, it used to be an extension of his character out of the hoop. “He was once a showman. He begun loads of that, the way in which they do wrestling these days. actually, he used to be worse than they have been nowadays,” his more youthful brother, Stuart Miller, stated, guffawing. “He could do whatever. He was once regularly prepared for hassle. yet he had a tremendous center. ” O’Brien got here from a major kin — he had 13 brothers and sisters. Early in his existence, he threw himself into workout, working up and down railroad tracks close to the family’s domestic outdoors of Wellsburg in New York’s Southern Tier. “He should have been 16 or seventeen then, yet i will be mindful him education, operating up and down the railroad tracks within the wintertime, shorts on, a couple of gloves. That’s what he did,” Miller acknowledged of his 146 the professional WRESTLING corridor OF popularity: THE HEELS Courtesy Miller kin older brother. brief and stocky as a fireplug, O’Brien began as a boxer within the within reach Elmira zone, with little luck, and headed to California as a wrestler in the course of the nice melancholy. He picked up the surname simply because he appeared Irish, and, very important to a villainous wrestler, bled simply from his nostril — for this reason the nickname “Bloody” blood brother O’Brien. by means of 1936, the captivating rogue used to be thought of one of the country’s elite welterweights in Ring magazine’s annual ratings, in a small workforce trailing basically champions Jack Reynolds, Johnny Stote, and “Wild” purple Berry. As he moved to main-event prestige, his presposterous activities grew into the stuff of legend. In a fit opposed to well known Nick Lutze, O’Brien hired numerous choke holds, flooring powder from a tobacco sack into Lutze’s eyes, threw a stool at his foe, after which choked him with a towel after the fit was once over. That exhibit introduced “six or 8” enthusiasts into the hoop to attempt to rip into O’Brien, in line with one information record. His ashes-in-the-eyes gambit in Phoenix, which earned him a place within the “Ripley’s think It or no longer” strip, got here a similar month as a Ventura, California pass judgement on fined him $100 for inciting a rebellion — he had tossed a sack of flour in Kaimon Kudo’s eyes after police demanded O’Brien vacate the premises.