Farewell Dewey Robertson - The Missing Link Passes Away
Thursday, August 16th, 2007
As many of you have heard, The Missing Link (Byron "Dewey" Robertson) passed away this past Thursday morning after a long battle with cancer. While we lost a good one, he's no longer in pain. . .
There are many interesting "behind the scenes" type stories that go on here in the MWF. As we were preparing for the Link's debut at SOUL SURVIVOR III, his doctors weren't big on the idea of him competing as his cancer was worsening. Despite his doctors warnings, Dewey lived by the old school mentality and kept his commitment. That's what angers me when we have gutless pussies like Billy Kidman and Jimmy Hart no-showing events they chose to accept a booking for, disappointing fans. This man was battling cancer all over his body and got on that plane, took part in the Q&A, signed autographs, posed for photos and wrestled a match. Dewey hated the match he was in (due to his opponent) and wanted the chance to stretch him down the line. I got a big kick out of that. . .at least he didn't have the chance to be offered a clam plate from him. . . Dewey was also eager to make the event as he was trying to finish up his autobiography "BANG YOUR HEAD." Paul Bearer is a longtime friend of Dewey's and wrote the forward to the book. I had a chance to flip through a few of the hundreds of handwritten pages of notebook paper Dewey brought to the venue and the book did not disappoint. We have it available for sale in the MWF Store, and it's also available at book outlets everywhere. The book was actually a great help to me realizing a friend of mine in life outside of wrestling had developed a drug problem. The Link goes into tremendous depth and detail about his drug use and abuse, along with the side effect. When I confronted the person, they were shocked, as I've never used illegal drugs and wouldn't guess I'd pick up on the tendencies. When I shared the story with Dewey, he took great pride in the fact that his book was indeed helpful, even if it was just to one person.
Even though the Link only made one MWF appearance (part of Ox Baker's evil Army), we remained friendly via telephone before and after the event. To show how much class this man had, each time we spoke, he always asked how my physical disability was coming along. As banged up as I was (and am) a man that was in pain and slowly dying from cancer took a minute to see how I was doing. While he had his demons, he had great character and heart. . .
I feared that he wasn't doing well when we were preparing to do some publicity for BANG YOUR HEAD on MWF TV last summer when it was released. I had a chance to spend some time with Dewey in Vegas for the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion, and while he was absolutely thrilled to see so many old friends, you could tell his battle had taken it's toll on him, only eight months or so after I last saw him. We set up numerous interviews to help promote the book and he had to cancel each of them.
Not only do I feel like a friend as gone, someone from the brotherhood that is (or should be) professional wrestling, I feel like the fans lost one of the tremendous characters of this generation. As a kid who started watching wrestling in the first grade back in 1986, I thought the Link was one of the coolest things around. I was a huge mark for World Class and the Link had one of the best looks going. A lot of fans in the northeast might not be very familiar with him as he only had one short stint with the WWF, but he was very, very good. His book chronicles some of the bad choices he made during his life and career, including leaving the WWF after an event at the Boston Garden.
Dewey, thank you for your contributions to the sport of professional wrestling and your working with the Millennium Wrestling Federation. I'm sure you have a lot of friends waiting to see you. . .