Friends and fans and followers of Kenny “Starmaker” Bolin got a scare last night when his son Chris (aka “Catbox”) posted on Kenny’s Facebook page that his father was back in the ER. I’m happy to report that Kenny was sent home to continue resting and recovering.
Kenny recently had major surgery that doctors hope will help him get back to a healthier state. This is not the first complication he’s had as a result of the surgery, and he’s been under the knife at least once more that I know of to deal with some of these issues. There was some concern he might have had an infection, but the doctors found no sign of this before they sent him home.
If all goes well, Kenny will come out of all this lighter and fitter than he has been in years. No, he won’t be in ring shape, but the Starmaker’s days in the ring and beside the ring are done anyway. The goal is to get his weight down and get back to a healthier physique so that he can fulfill the number one item on his bucket list: to outlive Jim Cornette.
Long live the King!
Word has been circulating for the last few days about Rico Costantino’s health issues. If you’re looking for the real story, here it is.
Rico has been ill for a long time now, and his health problems have come to a head. He is suffering from heart trouble and has a blood clot in each lung. He’s been out of work since May and has no income to speak of right now.
At least two GoFundMe accounts have been set up for Rico, but as of this writing, they have not been verified by anyone close to Rico. Attempts have been made to contact the people behind these fundraisers and inquire how they plan to get the money to its intended source, but no one is responding.
This is NOT intended to say that these accounts are fraudulent; I do not have enough information on them at the moment to say either way.
The best way to send money to help with Rico’s medical bills is through his Paypal account, wweRicoConstantino@gmail.com. If you do not have a Paypal account, you can send an email to the address above, and they will invoice you through Paypal. You can then pay with a credit card without setting up an account. You can also contact Kenny Bolin through his Facebook page, and Kenny will make sure you get an invoice to send payment.
Rico is one of the genuinely nice guys in the business. It was my pleasure to interview him for Kenny Bolin’s book, and I can tell you, he is a humble guy with no axes to grind and nothing but gratitude for the opportunities he had in professional wrestling. He had nothing but love and good thoughts about his former manager, who has spearheaded the Paypal fund drive, and the feelings are mutual between the two. Despite being almost the same age, Bolin considered Rico to be the son he never had.
This is no gag, no money grab. This is a guy with a big heart reaching out to help the brother and friend who would never ask for it, even in his most desperate time.