GA Cancer Patient Meets “Girlhood Crush”, Tommy “Wildfire” Rich

Bill Behrens

The Times-Georgian published an article about Susan Taylor, a cancer patient, who got to meet her girlhood crush, Georgia Wrestling Legend, Tommy "Wildfire Rich".  She met Rich prior to an recent Georgia indy show.

The article says:

He was Taylor’s first girlhood crush. He had “beautiful blond hair,” she said, and she went to every match within several hours drive in which he competed. She never was able to say more than a few words to him, only enough time to push a piece of paper in his direction, only enough time for a quick autograph, and then he was gone.

“He was my favorite wrestler back in those days. Whether he was on the good side or the bad side, I loved him,” she said. “I thought he was the handsomest man in the world. I’d go out every Saturday night so I could see him, and I’d sit as close as I could, and it was wonderful. I was just crazy about him.”

Though it took three decades to meet the man that meant the world to her so long ago, it was far from her last wish on this earth. If she had one last wish, it would be for something much different.

“My last wish would be to not have cancer anymore and to be able to spend time with my children,” she said.


Photo Caption: Susan Taylor hugs professional wrestler ‘Wildfire’ Tommy Rich prior to his wrestling match at the VFW Fairgrounds Saturday night. Family members arranged for Taylor to meet Rich, the object of her first girlhood crush, after she was diagnosed with cancer in January. ‘I wish I could have met him when I was 16,’ said Taylor. (Photo by Thomas O’Connor/Times-Georgian)

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