Last night on CBC, The Fifth Estate program offered what I personally thought was a well-balanced piece on the life and death of Chris Benoit.
The one thing that stood out the most to me, however, was a segment where they ran down recent deaths in professional wrestling. As they listed off names, they included a picture of each deceased wrestler.
My question to all of you out there is “Is this the same man?”
The picture on the left is the photo they ran when reading off the name of Greg Gillies, aka: Mr. (Dobie) Gillis, who passed away in late December 2007. I have mentioned him here previously.
The picture on the right is a screen capture from the recent tribute video I posted here. The footage that it was captured from was shot in December 1997 if my memory serves me correctly.
I don’t ever recall Dobie Gillis sporting bleached hair and a small goatee on his chin. In fact, when I first met Gillis in 1994, he had a mullet and no facial hair of any sort. He had wrestled in many territories in the ten years prior to this time, but it’s safe to say that by the mid-1990’s he had settled in the Vancouver area. By trade, Gillis was a welder and made good money outside of wrestling, and seemed to focus only on wrestling in BC until the end of his days in the ring.
The picture on the left, taken from the CBC special, clearly shows a man that is no spring chicken. It can’t have been taken after Gillis’ time in ECCW, as in his last few years wrestling there, his appearance changed drastically due to decorating his body with scores of large tattoos, which the man on the left clearly does not have.
I’m not saying it’s IMPOSSIBLE that the two pictures are of the same man. I’ll even go as far to say that the two pictures carry many simalarities. Who supplied CBC with the picture in the first place? Is it possible they made a mistake?