Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bringin' the Thunder

Cory McCloskey is our "Smack Down" Hero! Cory McCloskey '83 better known by his ring name "Whirlybird" is an American film and television actor and professional wrestler. After Wheaton, McCloskey got his start on-air at a small station WGEM-TV doing Saturday Night Wrestling in Quincy, Illinois in 1989. Before that he spent several years in show business. McCloskey has played East Coast stages from New York to Washington, and also appeared on NBC’s "Another World." As a wrestler, he provided voice work for several national commercials. Cory's had the privilege of opening a Suns game with the national anthem. Outside the ring he occasionally performs in an a cappella quartet, "Good Medicine." McCloskey earned the name "Whirlybird" after a whirly smack down of an 8-year old who flipped the camera "the bird."

McCloskey wrestled for several well-known wrestling promotions such as World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and most famously, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), which later became World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2002. Cited by and owner Vince McMahon as the most popular wrestler in the company's history, McCloskey gained significant mainstream popularity in the WWF during the mid-to-late 1990s as "The Whirlybird" Cory McCloskey, a blonde, antihero who routinely defied McMahon, his boss. This defiance was often shown by McCloskey hitting
McMahon with his "McClocker" his finishing move. McMahon inducted McCloskey into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009. McCloskey held nineteen championships throughout his professional wrestling career, and is a six-time WWF Champion. He was also the winner of the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, as well as the 1997, 1998 and 2001 Royal Rumbles. McCloskey and his wife, Mary Jane(not a stage name), live in Surprise, Arizona with their three daughters, two dogs, cat, gerbil and lizard.

Oops, apparently we've pulled a "Curry" - Cory isn't a wrestler! He is the weather man for the Fox affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona. Cory handles the weather duties on "FOX 10 Arizona Morning" weekdays from 5am to 9am and during "FOX 10 News @ Noon." He not only does the weather, he brings a slice of life from around Arizona into each newscast. Sorry Cory, sunny days ahead!

(HT Nomination: C.V.) 


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