Professional Wrestler Robbie Ellis Retires at 69. Yes, you read right, 69 years old; and up until this week we all thought he’d wrestle forever. For almost 50 years Robbie has entertained fans all over the world with his quick jabs and dives, as well as his ability to be both likeable and scary in the ring.
Recently his fans learned that he is hanging up his boots. A sad day for many and one we may all have thought would never come; but after much reflection Robbie has decided that now is the time to stop suiting up and stepping into the ring – for himself, his family, and his health.
Now, if you thought this article would be filled with fabulous facts about Robbie Ellis’ awesome wrestling career, think again. I couldn’t begin to tell you all the good he has done for this sport and all the fans he’s touched, just by being him.
If you do want some insight into Robbie’s wrestling career please feel free to check out Canvasman , the famed 52 minute documentary about how Robbie Ellis began his wrestling career and the love affair that continued for decades. Directed by Gary Robinov and sharing intimate moments throughout (all of) Robbie’s life, it is sure to have you laughing and crying and rooting for Robbie.
To that end I share with you my thoughts about Robbie Ellis, the man, the myth, the legend.
Robbie Ellis is a wonderful friend and family man who shares his life with his best friend Annette, to whom he’s been married for almost 50 years. They have endured ups and downs (as have we all) and in the end credit their long committment of love to and for each other with a healthy dose of honesty, communication, and dedication.
Robbie Ellis, famed art dealer by day, scrappy wrestler by night – he’s done it all. Spending as many years as he has inside the ring has brought him a whole lot of joy and pain (it is a contact sport) and a fan base that spans the world. His fans and his friends know that with Robbie, what you see is what you get and it is good!
For almost half a century Robbie Ellis has entertained people around the world with his wrestling prowess and nerve. He is as kind and gentle in person as he is fierce in the ring and having seen him take on guys half his age and win, he is one cool and very competent contender.
I hadn’t planned on penning this piece but I was on Facebook this week and saw your note to your many fans. Having already heard the news, I was glad to be able to wish you the best publically but felt compelled to do so in a bigger way – here now.
I’m just not sure what to say (oh, it will come, I am certainly full of words, you know). I do want you to know what an amazing person you are and how you have touched the lives of all those fortunate enough to have met you and spent time with you.
You aren’t just wrestling, you aren’t just art. You aren’t just a wonderful husband and father. You aren’t just a good friend to have at any age.
You are all those things and more. For those of us lucky enough to know you, you are everything we are searching for and hope to achieve in life.
My sincere hope as you enter this new chapter of your life is that it is everything you wish it to be, for yourself, your family, and your friends. I do know that however you go forward it will be with the passion for life you have sustained so honestly all these many years.
I want to thank you for being a great friend to Gary and for giving him – by word and gesture – your wisdom and wonderful style.
I want to tell you from the bottom of my heart that I am so very lucky to have met you and gotten to share in the beauty of your life.
I want you to know – and I speak for all your fans here – that you have touched our lives in so many ways and with true intentions at every turn.
I wish you good luck and great courage as you turn this corner. Please know that we all support you, love you, and wish you the best this life can give you. Yes, Robbie, you darn well deserve it.
Canvasman – The Movie
Gary Robinov – Filmaker
Robbie Ellis – Facebook