Ric, sometimes known as Rick Savage, Pro Wrestler, is the professional name of Frank Huguelet, who achieved fame in the wrestling world in the 1990′s. He performed in the Professional Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling (WCW), United States Wrestling Alliance, National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), National Championship Wrestling, as well as many tours of duty with smaller and local, independent wrestling circuits. Ric Savage wrestled under various names and guises all across the Eastern seaboard of the United States, without ever really breaking through to national recognition.
, a television program on Spike TV, which features him touring across the country with a metal detector, in search of precious historical artifacts. His interest in historical, and especially Civil War related, artifacts has been growing ever since he left the wrestling world in 1997. The first professional appearances he made outside of his wrestling career were in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (site of the the battle of Gettysburg, the great turning point of the American Civil War, and also where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address), where Savage performed a live, interactive story telling, one man show called Haunted Gettysburg.
Magazine, which focused on avoiding the pitfalls of acquiring faked historical items, especially supposed Civil War relics. His column was very popular in the magazine. However, it was also the source of numerous controversies. Many archaeologists and historical experts felt that Savage’s heavy handed approach to digging in areas where he may not have had a permit to delve into was a violation of the historian’s and archaeologist’s code. They felt that Savage was simply ripping apart these historical sites in search of quick treasure to put on the market place and sell for a handsome profit. Recently, a further outburst of such complaints and controversy has led to Savage’s permanent removal from the staff of the magazine.However, none of this seems to matter to Savage, who has bounced back as the host of American Digger
, the television show. He has recently received an order from Spike Lee to film and air 13 additional episodes of this very popular new reality show for Spike TV. Despite the fact that the Society for American Archaeology and the American Institute of Archaeology have routinely accused him of illegally looting historical sites and, in fact, helping to actively destroy “America’s shared cultural heritage”, Savage has brushed off all complaints of meddling, heavy handedness, and general avarice and greed, and has survived all controversy thus far.