updated 04/21/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 04/21/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
William "the Refrigerator" Perry was king of the ring when he tossed Bret Hart over the ropes and stalked past Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart at Wrestlemania 2 in Rosemont, III. Later the Fridge wound up airborne at the hands of Big John Studd. Good thing he remained unscathed. Perry, who reportedly earned $150,000 for the night—half of what the Bears pay him per season—had given the football team permission to cancel his contract if he were seriously injured while wrestling.
Despite behind-the-scenes squabbles and nightmarish logistics, the promoters of Hands Across America still hope to form a coast-to-coast chain gang of 6 million at 3 p.m. EST on May 25. At a dress rehearsal in New York, some 600 supporters (including Debbie Allen, Lily Tomlin and Joe Piscopo) warmed up for the clasp act, a benefit for the hungry and homeless.