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The New York Times has published a feature story on Phillip Thies, who formerly competed for WWE as Damien Demento.

At the Tachi Gallery in TriBeCa, a show of his paintings and sculptures opened on Thursday. The former WWE Superstar hopes his show will be “an open slap to the art community,” but that he also hopes art world insiders would find his work “provocative and sincere.”

After his semi-professional football career tanked, he entered the professional wrestling industry in 1987 as Jonn Reinhart before settling on the eccentric Damien Demento persona with WWE. Billed as hailing from “the outer reaches of your mind,” Thies faced a number of famous wrestlers including Bob Backlund, Tatanka, Mr. Perfect, Virgil and most notably The Undertaker in the main event of the debut episode of Raw. He left the organization in 1993 and ultimately wrestling altogether following a dispute about drug testing.

Thies says he would consider a full-fledged wrestling comeback if a “decent offer” came along. He still trains at the same wrestling school in Brooklyn he started at years ago and has participated in several matches in recent years.

“It’s like an old girlfriend — you only remember the good stuff,” Thies says.

  • santino sicilian cool

    @ kamala’s foot

    i am offended over the fact you have used the screen name kamala’s foot, a man due to illness had to have his foot amputated & i see this guy who thinks “wow wouldnt it be funny to name myself after someone else’s misfortune” add in practicly all of your posts are just there for foulness sake.

  • Venoms Little Jimmie

    Venom is my hero….without him I wouldnt have two nuts to stand on!

  • santino sicilian cool

    @ bastion boogeyman my beef is with kamala’s foot & not you.

    now yes i am not in charge but i do have the right to air my opinion when i find something offensive & i find kamala’s foots name extremely offensive.

  • Bastion boogeyman


    Who the fuck put you in charge you ignorant fuck.

  • santino sicilian cool

    @ kamalas foot just change your name alot of your posts are just foul & i think they are there for the foulness as for your name you have named yourself after a mans misfortune & alot of people find it a bit offensive.

    you would be alot more credible with any posts that you place up if you had a different name as for now people look at your posts & think this kamala’s foot is a ficken joke of an idiot.

  • shawn

    if course i wont comment on that. the person’ll do it again anyways. nope. uh-uh.

  • “The Arrogant One” CM Prick

    Kamala’s Foot is a genius. He’s almost as smart as me.

  • voice of reason

    i don’t mind venom he seems to know his stuff

  • voice of reason

    @ kamala’s foot do you realise how disrespectful your name is either change your screen name or just destroy or sell anything with internet capabilities in your house or trailor.

  • PIG

    and venom talks like someone cares what he says…..

  • “Bad Man” Bigelow

    “In the ring from the outer reaches of your mind, weighing 258lbs, Damien Demento.”


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