Pepper Gomez, bodybuilder from the late 1940s and early 1950s, died today at the age of 77. Most of his fans know him as a professional wrestler from the 1950s through the 1970s.
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I remember him from his wrestling days as the man with the cast iron stomach. He wrestled Killer Kowalski, the man with the claw hold. Killers claw wasn’t effective on Pepper (LOL). This took place at the now demolished Olympia Stadium (home of the Detroit Red Wings) in the late 50′s or early 60′s.
I grew up on Big Time Wrestling in Sacramento, California as a young child in the 1960s. Pepper Gomez was of my idols. I clearly remember his introduction “hailing from Mexico City, Mexico at a weight of 220 lbs”. I also remember his finishing holds – the Mexican drop immediately followed by the Mexican cradle.
One evening after the wrestling matches at the Memorial Auditorium, two of my friends and me were walking to the place where my Mom was picking us up. We bumped into Pepper Gomez and another wrestler named Cowboy Jack Lanza as they were about to enter their car. I remember saying “hey, there’s Pepper Gomez”. We went up to Pepper and said hi and asked him for his autograph. He did better than that. He opened up the truck of his car, and gave each of us an autographed 8 x 10 black and white glossy of him posing with a champtionship belt around his waist.
I am saddened to learn of us passing and will include his soul and his family in my prayers.
I grew up in the 1950′s and 60′s watching professional wrestling and one of my favorite wrestlers was Pepper Gomez;the others were Antonino Rocca and Pat O’Connor. I identified with Pepper because he was Hispanic and he was an Idol to all the Hispanic people because of his sincerity, goodwill and love for all humanity.Since I am named “Jose”–thats even better! I remember that he had rock-hard abdominals that not even Killer Kowalski with his famed Clawhold could make him subdue. God Bless Pepper Gomez. He will be missed.