Ludvig Borga didn’t last too long in the WWF (his total run was less than a year), but the company obviously had big things in mind for him. As we’ve seen over the years, Vince McMahon loves his evil foreign invaders who hate America. Borga was one of the mid-’90s versions of that trope and he was gifted with a big push out of the gate.
During his run he defeated Marty Jannetty at SummerSlam, ended the winning streak of Tatanka in dominant fashion and was given a featured role at Survivor Series that year as a member of The Foreign Fanatics. He was the last man standing on the heel side. Things were looking good for the Finnish superstar until an ankle injury took him out of action, which nixed a WrestleMania match against Earthquake. He soon left the company and never came back.
Besides all that, he wrote books, recorded an album that somehow sold a ton of copies and even became a member of Parliament. However, he also brought a lot of controversy with him and had a troubled last few years. Even Jim Ross couldn’t find anything nice to say about him after his passing in early 2010 (caused by suicide):
"I won't speak at length about those that have passed away but Tony obviously had issues and was not a great guy to be around. Perhaps others have a different view of this man but I personally found him to be somewhat obnoxious and he could be a bully if allowed to be such. Guys like Halme don't mix well in any locker room and need to be removed from the 'team' sooner rather than later.”
Still...maybe a little photo on TV wouldn’t have been such a bad idea for the multi-talented man?
As Rust Cohle from True Detective said "Life's barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you're good at."
Sadly, I can't solve a murder like Rust...or change a tire, or even tie a tie. But I do know all the lyrics to Hulk Hogan's "Real American" theme song and can easily name every Natural Born Thriller from the dying days of WCW. I was once ranked 21st in the United States in Tetris...on the Playstation 3 version...for about a week.
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