Wrestling Kiss Demon returns for a retirement match
Twenty-two years after his debut, the “Demon” of professional wrestler Kiss bowed out at a triumphant retirement match in Las Vegas.
The Demon, a monster in Gene Simmons makeup played by Brian Adams, made his World Championship Wrestling debut in an episode of WCW Nitro on August 23, 1999. The appearance was a failed hearing, and Adams was replaced by Dale Torborg, who has held the role for the past two decades.
Torborg reprized his iconic role in Impact Wrestling On the road to glory a la carte event, which took place on October 23 at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas. The Demon appeared as the surprise participant in the Call Your Shot Gauntlet match, where he took out Johnny Swinger.
Torborg reflected on the experience in an emotional Facebook post. “What a crazy way to end my 40th birthday and celebrate my 50th birthday in Las Vegas by returning to the ring at Impact Wrestling’s On the road to glory pay per view, “he wrote.” I was the surprise participant in Call Your Shot [Gauntlet] Meet. We kept it very quiet so no one knew I would be there. It worked because the crowd was completely shocked. … It was an incredible way to end my wrestling career. “
Images shot by fans of On the road to glory shows the Demon entering the arena. Fans stood up and pulled out their phones as the announcer said, “From Detroit Rock City, the demon!” Torborg then walked down the track, blood spurting from his mouth, before stepping into the ring. You can see the video below.
Torborg also wrote a tribute to Francis Stueber, Paul Stanley’s longtime guitar technician, who died of COVID-19 on October 17 at the age of 52. âI wanted to pay homage to Fran in a little way, so I put ‘RIP Fran’ on my gloves that I was wearing this week in the ring,â he said. “I donated the gloves to the Kiss Monster Mini Golf Museum located at the Rio Hotel and Casino. The gloves will be on display there and I [am] honored and delighted that these gloves are seen by so many people, keeping the memory of Fran alive. Fran, so many people miss you. “
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