On Novemeber 19, 2011, the East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) will hold the very first annual K-CUP TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT in Newark, Delaware. The K-CUP is basically the SUPER 8 for tag teams. The K-CUP will be part of double-header event on Nov 19th at the Boys & Girls Club in Newark, with an afternoon card at 4PM and the K-CUP at 7PM.

The teams competing in the inaugural K-CUP are:

#1- The returning Matt & Bryan Logan!
#2- “Flatliners” Asylum and Matt Burns
#3- ECWA/TWA Unified Tag Team Champions, “FUSION DS” Damian Dragon & Matt Saigon
#4- “All Money I$ Legal” K-Pu$ha & K-Murda
#5- “The Midnight Sensations” Chris Rockwell & Sam Shields
#6- “Team MackTion” TJ & Kirby Mack
#7- “The Slop Hunters” Alex Reynolds & Johnny Silver
#8- Bandido Jr & Azrieal

The ECWA named the K-CUP in honor of the Fabulous Kangaroos, one of wrestling “first tag teams.” The Kangaroos, while not the first tag team in the literal sense in the United States, they were one of the first to work as “tag team specialist.” They were one of the first to use a team or unit name, and a name that lived on with different incarnations with different members. They also were one of the first early adopters of entertainment aspects of pro wrestling using ring entrance music (Waltzing Mathilda), and also their native Australian ring jackets, hats and flag. They also used to make and throw out cardboard boomerangs to the crowd and were great self-promoters.

If you love the Super 8, or if you love tag team wrestling or loved the Crockett Cup Tournament in the 80’s, DO NOT MISS the K-CUP. For more info on the K-CUP, visit our EVENTS PAGE here. In the meantime, read this article by Donnie Liable to learn more about the contributions of the Fabulous Kangeroos to the pro wrestling industry.

The Fabulous Kangaroos

Although they may not have known it at the time they began as a unit, the Fabulous Kangaroos became one of wrestling’s first full-time tag team specialists.

Giacoma Costa, who later changed his name to Al Costello, came up with the idea of the Kangaroos while learning his craft in his adopted Australia. It was in New Zealand that this fiery wrestler of Sicilian extraction got his first break in the game. Between the years of 1950 and 1956, Costello made a name for himself and collected several singles championships while competing in New Zealand. It was during this time he first met the former Mr. Australia bodybuilding contestant and budding wrestler Roy Heffernan.

It wouldn’t be until the two crossed paths while working for Stu Hart in Calgary, Canada that the first formation of the Fabulous Kangaroos would occur. Quickly the new duo became favorite draws on the international mat scene. It had always been Al’s dream to come to America and work in Madison Square Garden. His childhood dream was realized when promoter Vince McMahon Sr. called the Kangaroos to work for his Capital Wrestling company. Hours before their first MSG appearance, Costello and Heffernan dispensed 10,000 flyers, personally putting one on every other seat in the arena, proclaiming the Fabulous Kangaroos’ achievements and arrival. On July 21, 1960 in Washington, D.C., Al and Roy copped the World Wide Wrestling Federation United States tag belts from Red and Lou Bastien.

After Heffernan returned to Australia, Al Costello continued to be a stellar tag team performer with partners Don Kent, Ray St. Clair, Al Snow, and Dennis Kass. Managers “Wild” Red Berry and “Crybaby” Gearoge Cannon helped to carry the Fabulous Kangaroos to innumerable ring victories.

Roy Heffernan passed away on September 24, 1992 and Al Costello died at age 80 on January 22,2000.

-Don Laible

You can read more about the Fabulous Kangaroos here:

The Original Fabulous Kangaroos: Roy Heffernan, Wild Red Berry and Al Costello

The Kangaroos were way ahead of their time with their self promotion and marketing techniques, such as the cardboard boomerangs they would throw to the crowd.

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