The New York Daily News just reported that Captain Lou Albano — permanent fixture of the wrestling world, father figure to Girls who Just Wanna Have Fun, and most importantly, the human incarnation of Mario (Super Mario Bros. Super Show) — has warped to the great World 8 in the sky. He was 76.

Albano, whose repeated self-tagline was “often imitated, never duplicated,” brought beloved video game character and plumber to life for Nintendo product enthusiasts the world over. He also appeared in several films, and a few episodes of Miami Vice.

Captain Lou was inducted in the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Hame in 1996. In 2008, his 75th birthday party at a Yonkers restaurant turned into a “drunken battle royale”. At Reject HQ, we’re paying homage to Captain Lou today in three ways: 1) another, more teary Super Mario Brothers Super Show marathon (interestingly enough, Dr. Abaius blasted through these a few weeks ago), 2) several rounds of co-ed string bikini wrestling, and 3) our own drunken battle royale.

Join us in honoring the good Captain by doing the Mario at home/cubicle:

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