Hamming it up in the stacks at the Cross Lanes Public Library, security guard Bill Bitner slips into the role of Death Falcon Zero, the name he uses as a professional wrestler.
"From the first time I stepped through those ropes, ...
... I thought, I am home. ...
... I loved it."
In 1979, Bill Bitner graduated from Fairmont State College with a degree in English. He was playing in a rock 'n' roll band.
A picture depicts Charleston wrestlers Danny Boyd and Bill Bitner in their tag team roles as the Grapes of Wrath.
In this wrestling promo poster, Bill Bitner shows off the AWA northern and southern division belts he won in his villainous role as Death Falcon Zero. "Nobody had ever won both of those before," he said.
9.25x6.21 BITNER2 Bill Bitner INNERVIEWS photo by chris dorst