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Antonino “Argentina” Rocca stands as a paramount figure within the annals of professional wrestling, heralding an era of innovation and spearheading the domain of “high-flying” grapplers. Beyond his groundbreaking wrestling technique, Rocca emerges as an unrivaled box office draw, securing his position as the preeminent attraction of his time. At the pinnacle of his celebrity, “Argentina” Rocca transcends the confines of wrestling to become a universally recognizable sporting icon. Antonino, also acknowledged as Antonio, plays a pivotal role in the surge of wrestling’s popularity spurred by the advent of television, standing as a quintessential figure of the “Golden Age,” inspiring generations of wrestlers.

Real Name: Antonino Biasetton
Stats: 6′ 0″, 224 lbs.
Born: April 13, 1921


Early Life

Born Antonino Biasetton on April 13, 1921, in Treviso, Veneto, Italy, Rocca found himself living in the midst of a post-World War I village in recovery. Years later, his family moved to Rosario, a city in the province of Santa zFe in Argentina. As a young man, he was considered very talented in both soccer and rugby and starred in rugby for Rosario University before graduating in 1949 with a degree in electrical engineering.


He was purportedly trained by the great Polish legend Stanislaus Zbyszko, and because of his athletic prowess, he eventually came to the attention of Karl Nowina, a promoter in Buenos Aires, debuting in 1942. in 1945, nimble, agile, and acrobatic, he came under the eye of wrestler Kola Kwariani who once wrestled against Jim Londos in front of more than 80,000 fans in Greece. While Kwariani would become his booking agent years later, it was Nick Ellitch, a Yugoslavian-born wrestler popular in the 1930s and 1940s, who coaxed Rocca to journey to the United States. He arrived in 1948 under the moniker “Argentina” Rocca and began working in Galveston, Texas, and on August 6, 1948, in Houston, Texas he defeated Dizzy Davis for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship. He held the belt for six months and then recaptured it later that year. His regional title put him on the map, and the young wrestler was soon taking on some of the top men in the business, including Kwariani, Angelo Savoldi, and the great Lou Thesz, whom he wrestled several times for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
By now, Kwariani was booking him throughout the Texas area, but the word of his showmanship put him in the focus of Joseph “Toots” Month, the powerful Northeastern promoter who was looking to pack the fabled Madison Square Garden. Mondt became his exclusive promoter but did loan him out to other promoters on occasion. The exposure to performing in New York City caused him to become a national sensation.
Rocca was unlike any performer before him, at least nationally. He demonstrated incredible high-flying maneuvers, from flying dropkicks to victory rolls to a version of the modern-day hurricanrana. Crowds were dazzled and packed auditoriums to see him.
While contemporaries often cast Rocca as a marquee attraction but an average wrestler, he defied the mold. Not just an exhilarating entertainer for his era, Rocca illuminated the prospect that a wrestler can infuse humor while commanding respect. The wrestling world was dominated at the time by brawling tough men or technical wrestlers specializing in submission holds. Rocca, instead, was an aerial specialist, wrestling only in his bare feet. “I was poor,” he once said. “I didn’t have enough money to buy shoes. I wrestled barefoot. By being barefoot, I get a better grip on an opponent and have better balance.” A signature spectacle involved him slapping an opponent’s visage, using bare feet to administer a humiliating flurry instead of hands. Beyond entertainment, this maneuver and his exceptional dropkick epitomized his extraordinary balance and coordination. He also originated the Argentine Backbreaker (similar to a modern-day torture rack). Additionally, Rocca expertly entangled adversaries in “pretzel holds,” eliciting delight from his legions of fans.
Mondt introduced him to Vince McMahon, Sr., who ran the Northeaster territory his Capitol Wrestling Corporation. While arenas in major cities like Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia were major stages for Capitol’s performers, Madison Square Garden was indeed the Mecca of venues. Rocca, with roots in both Italy and Argentina, appealed greatly to the ethnic population in the New York/New Jersey area. “I am their hero,” he once said of the city’s Spanish-speaking population. “Poor people identify with me,” Rocca said. “I wrestle, and I beat a bad, bad man, and they are glad.” He was presented as a blue-collar hero, pitted against heelish opponents such as Buddy Rogers, Gene Stanlee, Dr. Jerry Graham, and Dick the Bruiser. The latter two opponents were so villainous that in a tag-team matchup on November 19th, 1957, Rocca caused the Bruiser to submit while in the Argentina Backbreaker hold. As Rocca and his tag team partner began celebrating in front of the largely Puerto Rican crowd, Graham punched him in the face, causing him to bleed. An infuriated Rocca grabbed the larger man and began bashing his head against the ring post, opening up a cut on Graham’s forehead that turned him into a bloody mess.
Hundreds of fans rushed the ring, and Graham and the Bruiser had to legitimately fight for their lives. Eventually, seeing the dangerous nature of the situation, Rocca and Carpentier had to fend off many of the fans to protect their opponents.  With the crowd having tasted blood, more than 60 members of the New York City police department had to wade into the melee. Finally, Rocca had to get on the public address system and plead for calm before Graham and the Bruiser could be led to safety. The fans lifted Rocca onto their shoulders and carried him through his adoring fans.

Rocca Being Carried by Fans at Madison Square Garden.

So frightening was the riot that had taken place that the four participating wrestlers had to appear at a hearing in front of the New York Athletic Commission, where they were fined $2,600. It was estimated that more than 500 fans had been involved, and the four were suspended until the fine had been paid. In the aftermath, there were calls to ban professional wrestling in the state of New York, but instead, it was decided that children under the age of 14 would be banned from attending matches, a ban which lasted for 20 years.

Antonino Rocca, Eduoard Carpentier, Dick the Bruiser and Jerry Graham Attend the 1957 the New York State Athletic Commission Hearing.

 Notwithstanding his prominence and tenure at its zenith, Rocca gained only a few championships during his career. More than this being an indictment of his capability to carry the title belt, it was more of an indication that his popularity and drawing power were not dependent on a belt. Nonetheless, he carried the belt for several promotions, including the old American Wrestling Association (Ohio) World Heavyweight Championship in 1953 and the Montreal World Heavyweight Champion in 1954. Furthermore, he held belts with his frequent tag team partner, Miguel Perez, including the Capital Sports’ version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship in 1957 and the World Wrestling Council North American Tag Team Championship on September 11, 1976.
His partnership with Perez made for a lucrative run within in the New York market. Perez was Puerto Rican and helped to draw from the strong ethnic fan base that Rocca had already tapped into. From 1957 to 1960, the tandem headlined Madison Square Garden 28 times, battling the likes of The Grahams, the Fabulous Kangaroos, the  Tolos Brothers, and Johnny Valentine and The Sheik.


As a show stopper everywhere he went, Rocca was in high demand from promoters, fans, and other wrestlers. From his earliest days, where he worked in main events with Lou Thesz and Verne Gagne, he would match up against the biggest names in the sport over the years, including Johnny Valentin, “Classy” Freddie Blassie, Jerry Graham, Dick the Bruiser, Buddy Rogers, Karl Gotch, Gorilla Monsoon and  Killer Kowalski.


In late 1959 or early 1 960, promoter Jack Pfefer brought in Kwariani and Rocca to help him run the Madison Square Garden wrestling booking office as McMahon was pushed aside. They met with great early success as Rooca drew a Garden-record 21,950 fans for a singles match against a wrestler named “The Amazing Zuma.” Subsequent matches also drew well, but eventually, business soured as Rocca began to show his age.
McMahon fought his way back in and took control of the MSG wrestling office. He decided to go in a different direction as he featured showman Buddy Rogers as his champion and brought in Pittsburgh strongman Bruno Sammartino as his new ethnic drawing card. Relegated to third in the pecking order, Rocca left Capitol Wrestling and branched out, booking himself in territories through his company, “the World Booking Agency,” and ran a competing promotion based at the Sunnyside Arena in Queens, New York, and supported by Jim Crockett. 
While he succeeded in this endeavor (including booking some acts at the 1964 World’s Fair), Rocca suffered financial losses due to bad investments. Lou Thesz recalled in his autobiography “Hooker” that “The picture crystallized when I unearthed Rocca’s deal with the New York cabal (Vincent J. McMahon, Toots Mondt, and Kola Kwariani), which secured Rocca a 25% stake. Given that the enterprise’s finances pivot primarily on Rocca’s bookings, his partners claim 75% of his earnings.” He was forced to take on some side jobs (often working as a security guard). He still tried to wrestle in the Ohio and upstate New York territories but saw his career wind down until he decided to retire in 1969. But like most wrestlers, he couldn’t stay away from the ring, wrestling in California in June 1972 and a reunion tag team match alongside Miguel Perez in Puerto Rico in October 1976. His final foray in the sport came when he rejoined Capitol Wrestling (now known as the World-Wide Wrestling Federation), working as an announcer for McMahon’s television shows.

Personal Life

Antonino was married twice, the second time to Joyce. He had three children: Natella, Eric, and Antonino Jr.
His popularity extended beyond his work in the ring. He was very active with local charities and was noted for visiting sick children in local New York hospitals. He participated in community events, supported local businesses, and gave speeches to youth groups. His popularity extended beyond New York, however, as he appeared on national tv shows and even appeared on the cover of the August 1962 edition of the Superman comic book, where he through the Man of Steel out of the ring in a charity exhibition match.
At one point, Rocca had his legs insured for $250,000 and earned $100,000 a year for a while. He carried himself as a star and was an impeccable dresser. He often slept more than 12 hours a day and, occasionally, for as much as 30 straight hours before a match. He bragged that he would live to be 100. “And why not,” he once said: “Next to good blood circulation, the secret of life is rest. I expect to live to be at least 100.”


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After experiencing severe abdominal pain, Rocca checked himself into Roosevelt Hospital in New York. He passed away two weeks later due to a urinary infection on March 15, 1977, at the age of 55.

Awards & Titles

Antonini Rocca remains a distinguished member of the WWE Hall of Fame (1995), the Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame (1995), the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (1996), and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum (2003). In recognition of his impact on Latin fans, Rocca was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame in 2000, cementing his legacy as a true icon of Latin culture.


 Antonino Rocca’s legacy in the world of professional wrestling is a profound one. He was not only one of the most talented wrestlers of his era but also helped redefine the sport itself, pushing the boundaries of what was possible in the ring and inspiring countless wrestlers who came after him. Vincent J. McMahon said of him, “Next to Milton Berle, Rocca sold more TVs in the country than anyone else. He was wrestling on five different TV stations at that time. There was never a more likableand more personable fellow in sports. There was nothing phony about Tony.”


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Frequently Asked Questions

Antonino Rocca, also known as “Argentina,” was a transformative figure in the world of professional wrestling. He was acclaimed for his innovative, high-flying wrestling style and was a significant box office draw. Outside of wrestling, he became a universally recognized sports icon.

Born on April 13, 1921, in Treviso, Italy, as Antonino Biasetton, Rocca grew up during the post-WWI era. His family moved to Rosario, Argentina, where he excelled in soccer and rugby. He graduated from Rosario University in 1949 with a degree in electrical engineering.

Rocca was renowned for his high-flying maneuvers and was an aerial specialist. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he wrestled barefoot. He was known for moves like the Argentine Backbreaker and was applauded for his extraordinary balance and coordination.

Yes, he had major matchups against stars like Lou Thesz, Buddy Rogers, Jerry Graham, Dick the Bruiser, and many others.

Rocca retired initially in 1969 but made occasional appearances later on. He finally left the ring and joined Capitol Wrestling (later the World-Wide Wrestling Federation) as an announcer.

Rocca is remembered for redefining wrestling with his unique style. He is inducted into several Halls of Fame, including WWE and the Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame. Vincent J. McMahon once said that Rocca, along with Milton Berle, sold more TVs than anyone else during his time.

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Embarking on a journey through the wrestling world
, one name stands tall, casting an imposing shadow that few could ever hope to eclipse – Andre the Giant. A titan not only in stature but in impact, Andre’s story is interwoven with the very fabric of professional wrestling lore. From humble beginnings in France to the electrifying arenas of global wrestling, this blog post aims to delve deep into the life, the myth, and the legend that is Andre, painting a portrait of the man who truly became the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Join us as we step into the ring with a giant.

Real Name: André René Roussimoff
Stats: 6′ 11″ 450 lbs.
Born: April 24, 1916

Early Life

Born in the picturesque village of Molien, France, on May 19, 1946, André René Roussimoff was the third of five siblings in a hardworking farming family. As a child, André’s extraordinary size, a result of a rare condition called acromegaly, quickly distinguished him from his peers. Despite facing ridicule and bullying, he maintained a gentle demeanor and found solace in the rural life, assisting his family on the farm and developing an affinity for the outdoors. Young André’s life took an unexpected turn when a local wrestling promoter discovered him at the age of 18. Enthralled by the world of professional wrestling, André seized the opportunity and embarked on a journey that would eventually lead him to become the legendary André the Giant, a global phenomenon who would capture the hearts of millions.



Recognizing his potential, the promoter introduced him to the world of professional wrestling, where André’s extraordinary size and strength would prove to be valuable assets. Initially wrestling under the name “Géant Ferré” in France, André honed his skills and gained experience in the ring. His impressive performances caught the attention of wrestling promoters across Europe, and he soon started competing in the United Kingdom, Germany, and other European countries. During this period, he adopted the name “Monster Roussimoff” and built a reputation as a formidable and captivating wrestler.

In 1971, André traveled to North America to further his wrestling career. He worked primarily in Canada, wrestling for the Montreal-based Grand Prix Wrestling and the Vancouver-based All-Star Wrestling promotions. During this time, he first used the moniker “André the Giant,” which would become synonymous with his legendary wrestling persona.

André’s remarkable size and his natural athleticism and charisma made him an instant sensation in the wrestling world. In 1973, he signed with the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), later known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and now WWE. This marked the beginning of his rise to superstardom, as he quickly became one of the most beloved and iconic wrestlers in the history of the company.

André the Giant’s early wrestling career was filled with significant matches that showcased his incredible size, strength, and skill. He worked in France and all over Europe before journeying to the United States. His first significant matches in North America took place in the early 1970s, primarily in Canada. He wrestled for Montreal-based Grand Prix Wrestling and Vancouver-based All-Star Wrestling, where he first used the moniker “André the Giant.” Some of his early feuds in Canada were against notable wrestlers like Don Leo Jonathan, Killer Kowalski, and Gilles “The Fish” Poisson. These wrestlers were considered large for their size at the time, so Andre towering over them, it allowed his size to make up for his lack of experience to the fascinated crowds. 

André the Giant’s debut in the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) in 1973 marked a pivotal moment in his career. His first match was against Buddy Wolfe, where André showcased his immense size and skill, defeating Wolfe in a dominant performance. He then feuded with Black Gordman and Great Goliath. Because of his inexperience, Andre would be showcased mostly as a novelty in these early years. While his size was a tremendous drawing card for him, it put promoters in a bind because it would seem impossible for regular-sized wrestlers to defeat him. Therefore, the prospect of him reigning as a title-holder became a double-edged sword for each promotion. How could you hope to draw fans expecting a competitive match for the title between an average-sized wrestler and an opponent that weighs almost twice as much as him. As a result, Andre was used mostly as a novelty, never challenging for a title reign. Instead, he often traveled from territory to territory, staying fresh in the eyes of the public, thus not allowing them to become bored by his dominance. Over this period of time, Andre enjoyed a prolonged winning streak (which was estimated at over 15 years).

He toured the world as his own traveling one-man show, boosting sales in each territory his visited. Billed as a giant, he became a favorite of children in each city he visited. He had a great business relationship with Vince McMahon, Sr. and the WWWF for a while served as his home wrestling base. But other wrestling promoters across the United States would often contact McMahon and ask him to loan the Giant to their struggling promotion for a short-term boost in sales. This helped these promotions but also helped McMahon and Andre because it prevented him from becoming stale in the Northeastern United States.

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Andre would also take part in tours of other countries where crowds were not used to seeing a man of his massive size competing against their usual wrestlers. In addition to his early tours across Europe and North America, he also toured Japan during his early wrestling career, competing for promotions like New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW). These tours allowed him to experience Japan’s unique wrestling styles and traditions, further expanding his in-ring abilities and international appeal. He would eventually maintain a continuous worldwide tour, competing in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and various countries in Africa and the Middle East. These tours helped solidify André’s status as an international wrestling icon and further increased his fan base.

 In 1984, Andre signed an exclusive contract with the WWF (although he was allowed to wrestle on occasion with NJPW). He began to feud with Big John Studd that year over the claim of who was the “true giant” of professional wrestling. The two would culminate the feud in a match at Wrestlemania I on March 31, 1985, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He and Studd engaged in a “Bodyslam Challenge” in which the first man to bodyslam the other would win a $15,000.00 prize. Andre slammed Studd to the audience’s delight and then proceeded to throw the prize money into the crowd until Bobby “the Brain” Heenan snatched the bag of money away.

The following year, Andre began to suffer from the effects of the advancing deterioration from acromegaly, the disease that had spurred his enormous growth. In the midst of a feud with Studd and King Kong Bundy, he requested a leave of absence from the promotion. His absence was explained by his suspension for failing to attend a match. When he eventually returned, he did so under a mask where he wrestled as the “Giant Machine. Eventually, Andre would shed the mask and return as himself. He was thereafter reinstated by the promotion, curiously with the approval of Heenan.

In early 1987, on an episode of Roddy Piper’s “Piper’s Pit,” Hulk Hogan was being honored for holding the WWF World title for three years. Andre was on hand and “heartily” shook Hogan’s hand. A week later, Andre was honored with a smaller trophy for being “the only undefeated wrestler in wrestling history.”. Hogan came to reciprocated and congratulated Andre but big-footed him, drawing the attention to himself. Annoyed, Andre walked off, leaving Hogan standing awkwardly, applauding. A week later, on February 7, 1987, Andre appeared on Piper’s Pit to clear the air with Hogan. When Andre arrived, he was accompanied by his new manager, Bobby Heenan. Andre remained quiet while Heenan accused Hogan of ducking the Giant. A stunned Hogan tried to reason with Hogan, but a challenge was issued to Hogan for a match at Wrestlemania III. To put a personal stamp on his challenge, Andre snatched a crucifix off of Hogan’s neck, drawing blood from his chest.

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Andre Facing Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania III.

Wrestlemania III was the most important event in the history of the WWF, and the promotion’s very existence depended on its success. The match between Hogan and Andre was set for the main event. While it was also remembered for the tremendous match between “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat, the event was most remembered for the battle between “the Hulkster” and “the Giant.”

As the promotion was wanted to do, it exaggerated the attendance (93,173, when in reality it was estimated around 78,500) as well as Hogan and Andre’s height and weight (Hogan at 6′ 9″, 302 lbs and Andre at 7′ 4″, 520 lbs.). In a back-and-forth match, dominated by Andre, ogan made his patented comeback, “Hulking Up” and body-slamming the Giant before securing the pinfall. WWF announcers proclaimed this to be the first time that Andre has ever been body-slammed. In reality Andre had been slammed numerous times over the years, notably by Stan Hansen in Japan and even by Hogan himself.

Andre stepped away from the promotion to tend to the pain caused by his disease. He returned, howeever, when the WWF came up with an angle where the “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase set his sights on obtained the WWF title belt. He hired Andre to win it for him. On the Main Event, to air 5 February 5, 1988 of NBC’s Saturday Night Main Event, Andre defeated Hogan with the help of Earl Hebner (who snuck in to referee the match after his twin brother Earl had been kidnapped by DiBiase). Andre immediately sold the belt to DiBiase, and the title was declared vacant soon thereafter.



Andre continued to wrestle over the years, but his health continued to deteriorate. He wrestled in the United States and Mexico but chose Japan for his final match on  December 4, 1992, where he teamed with Giant Baba and Rusher Kimura to defeat Haruka Eigen, Masanobu Fuchi, and Motoshi Okuma.

Even outside of the squared ring, Andre chose to entertain his fans. His size made him a unique character in Hollywood. Starred as Sasquatch in an episode of the Six Million Dollar Man in 1976, followed by episodes of B.J. and the Bear, the Fall Guy, and the Great American Hero. After appearing as a youth in a french boxing movie, he appeared in the Arnold Scwarzeneggar epic Conan the Destroyer, followed by a role in Harold and Maude. His theatrical highlight, however, was his appearance as Fezzik in the Rob Reiner-directed classic the Princess Bride. He received rave reviews and was heartened by the respectful treatment by the cast and crew.


Andre the Giant is the inaugural inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1993. Additionally, he’s been honored with inductions into the Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame (1995), Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (1996), Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum (2002), and the Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame (2016).


Personal Life

André the Giant’s personal life was marked by both extraordinary experiences and challenges stemming from his immense size and unique position as a global wrestling icon. While much of his life was spent in the public eye, several aspects of his personal life are worth discussing. His extraordinary size resulted from acromegaly, a rare hormonal disorder that causes an overproduction of growth hormones. This condition led to numerous health issues throughout his life, including chronic back and joint pain and difficulties with mobility. Despite the challenges posed by his condition, André maintained a positive attitude and continued to perform in the wrestling ring for many years.

Born into a humble French farming family as the third of five siblings. He maintained a strong connection to his family throughout his life, often returning to France to visit them when he wasn’t touring or competing. Although André never married, he had one daughter, Robin Christensen-Roussimoff, who was born in 1979. The two never had a real relationship as she saw him only five times in his lifetime. 

Despite his immense size, André deeply appreciated fine food and was known to be a connoisseur of French cuisine and wine. His fondness for alcohol was legendary. He was alleged to have once consumed 119 12-US-fluid-ounce  beers in a six-hour period, and he once told TV host David Letterman that he once drank 117 beers. A documentary about his life explained that because of his immense size, doctors struggled to measure the amount of anesthesia to use for his surgery in 1987. Doctors made an educated guess after Andre allegedly told them ““It usually takes two liters of vodka just to make me feel warm inside.”

Andre owned a ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina, looked after by two of his close friends. When he was not on the road, he loved spending time at the ranch, where he tended to his cattle and played with his dogs.



Andre the Giant died at age 46 of congestive heart failure and an apparent heart attack in his sleep ina hotel rrom in Paris. He was in Paris to attend the funeral of his father. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered on his ranch. He left his estate to his daughter Robin.



In the annals of professional wrestling, Andre the Giant looms larger than life, not only for his astounding physical stature but also for his indelible impact on the sport. An emblematic figure, Andre’s journey from rural France to the pinnacle of wrestling stardom epitomizes the global allure of the squared circle. Dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” his unmatched in-ring prowess and his innate ability to captivate audiences worldwide solidified his position as a transcendent icon, ensuring that his legacy would forever be etched in the pantheon of wrestling greats.

Frequently Asked Questions

Andre the Giant, also known as André René Roussimoff, was a professional wrestler known for his impressive stature and significant impact on the wrestling world. He was often referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and is intertwined with the very fabric of professional wrestling lore. He was born on May 19, 1946, in Molien, France.

Born in the picturesque village of Molien, France, André was the third of five siblings in a farming family. He had a rare condition called acromegaly which caused his extraordinary size. Despite facing challenges and bullying, André was kind-hearted and enjoyed rural life. At the age of 18, he was discovered by a local wrestling promoter, marking the start of his legendary wrestling career.

Andre began his career in France under the name “Géant Ferré” and later adopted the name “Monster Roussimoff” while wrestling in Europe. He moved to North America in 1971, eventually adopting the name “André the Giant.” In 1973, he joined the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), which later became WWF and now WWE. Andre toured worldwide, wrestling in various countries and became an international wrestling icon. One of his most notable matches was against Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania III.

As Andre’s health declined, he chose Japan for his final wrestling match in 1992. Outside of wrestling, Andre was involved in entertainment. He had roles in several TV shows and movies, with his most iconic role being Fezzik in the film “The Princess Bride.” He was also inducted into several Hall of Fames, including the WWE Hall of Fame in 1993.

Andre’s size was a result of acromegaly, a condition leading to an overproduction of growth hormones. This brought about various health issues, including chronic back and joint pain and mobility problems. Despite these challenges, he maintained a positive spirit. He was also known for his love for French cuisine, wine, and notably, his exceptional alcohol consumption capabilities, once claiming to drink 117 beers in a sitting.

Besides wrestling, Andre ventured into Hollywood. He starred in episodes of various TV shows like “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “B.J. and the Bear,” “The Fall Guy,” and “The Great American Hero.” Additionally, he appeared in films, with his most memorable role being Fezzik in the classic film “The Princess Bride.”

Andre had acromegaly, which caused his significant size and related health issues. He was the third of five siblings in a French farming family. He had a daughter named Robin Christensen-Roussimoff, though they didn’t share a close relationship. Andre was also known for his love of fine food, wine, and his legendary alcohol consumption. He owned a ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina, where he spent time when not touring.

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The tale of “Exotic” Adrian Street is a captivating one for any true wrestling fan, even though his name might be unfamiliar to the casual fan. Despite his smaller size in the world of professional wrestling, his flamboyant, effeminate character, complete with savage tendencies, never failed to elicit a strong reaction from the crowd. By creating this highly provocative, controversial persona as early as the mid-1960s, Street broke the boundaries of professional wrestling. At a time when U.S. and European societies were particularly conservative, his cross-dressing, hyper-sexualized character, accompanied by Miss Linda, pushed every envelope possible to create controversy and stand out in the industry.

Real Name: Adrian Street
Stats: 5′ 7″ 235 lbs.
Born: December 20, 1940

Early Life

A flamboyant and controversial figure in the world of professional wrestling, Street was born on December 5, 1940, to a coal miner in Blaenau Gwent, Wales. Growing up in a place with few opportunities for fun, he was already working in the mines at fifteen years old. The young Street wanted nothing to do with his father’s contemptuous behavior or the elder Street’s miserable existence. At the age of sixteen, he left behind his troubled home life to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Moving to London with few possessions, the 5’7″, 150 lb. teenager worked out at a local YMCA and learned the art of submission wrestling by grappling with experienced matmen at Johnny Kilroy’s Gym. His first big break came when I was introduced to promoter Ted Beresford, who took me under his wing and helped him to get his first matches.

Although he was smaller in stature compared to other professional wrestlers, Street’s effeminate, kiss-blowing, prissy, and incredibly savage pseudo-transgender character never failed to garner a significant reaction from his audience. By developing this highly risqué, controversial persona in the mid-1960s, the cross-dressing, highly sexualized character that Street created genuinely pushed the limits of professional wrestling. Well before “Adorable” Adrian Adonis and Goldust & Marlena, there was “Exotic” Adrian Street & Miss Linda, blowing kisses to his most masculine ringside detractors, sporting makeup and women’s clothing, and striving to push every hot button he could to differentiate himself and create controversy, all during one of the most conservative periods in modern US and European history.



Street made his professional wrestling debut in 1957, wrestling under the name Kid Tarzan Jonathan and billing himself as “The World’s Youngest Wrestler.” He gradually developed a reputation throughout the tough British independent wrestling circuit while gaining much-needed experience as a professional wrestler. At the time of his debut in 1957, professional wrestling in Britain, while still a relatively underground form of entertainment, was thriving, and it was not uncommon for dozens of wrestling shows to take place throughout the country in bars, hotels, and small arenas on any given night. However, unlike their American counterparts, British wrestlers were notoriously understated in both their appearance and demeanor and, for the most part, lacked the individuality or flamboyance associated with professional wrestlers. The young Kid Tarzan decided to combine the best of both worlds and focused on creating a character that could wrestle with the best of Britain’s no-nonsense technical masters while being as charismatic and entertaining as Gorgeous George, “Mr. America” Gene Stanlee, Ricky Starr, Buddy Rogers, or other flamboyant American stars that he admired from afar.

After a few years on the independent scene, Kid Tarzan Jonathan’s unique look and style garnered attention, and he soon found himself wrestling in countries across Europe, including France, Germany, and Spain. He began using his birth name and transformed himself from an athletic and young, albeit somewhat ordinary, wrestler into something rather distinct. Initially, Street displayed his individuality through a platinum blonde hairdo and a colorful wardrobe reminiscent of his idol Buddy Rogers, which was enough to set him apart from his drab countrymen. Known as “Nature Boy” Adrian Street, he provoked such a negative response from conservative, working-class English audiences that it became increasingly clear which way the former Kid Tarzan should take his new persona. To Street, it was evident that the more he pushed the boundaries, the more the crowd reacted. Inspired by the glam rock scene in the United Kingdom, he would wear outrageous costumes and glittery makeup and even carry a mirror to the ring. People hadn’t seen anything like it before in wrestling, which certainly got people talking. By acting as feminine, prissy, and snobbish as he could but then backing it up with solid technical wrestling mixed with plenty of “illegal” tactics, Street received unprecedented crowd responses and was soon the talk of the European wrestling scene.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Adrian Street continued to push boundaries and win championships, solidifying his flamboyant look and captivating audiences. Professional wrestling was still a male-dominated sport, and Adrian’s flamboyant persona didn’t always sit well with his peers. He faced much backlash from other wrestlers, but I never let it get to him, he was determined to stand out and make a name for himself.

He won the European Tag Team title with “Beautiful” Bobby Barnes, as well as the European Middleweight, European Light Heavyweight, the British Welterweight Championship, and European Heavyweight titles on multiple occasions. In 1969, he also introduced his valet, the beautiful and dangerous Miss Linda, unprecedented in England and America at the time. After over two decades of climbing the ranks in the European wrestling scene, he left his coal mining days behind.

Street went to North America in 1981, almost 25 years after his wrestling debut. He had a brief stint in Canada before heading to Mexico, where he and Miss Linda had a successful feud with Mil Mascaras and Dos Caros. They eventually arrived in the Los Angeles territory under LaBell, where Street again stirred up controversy and won the Americas Heavyweight and Tag Team championships.

In the mid-1980s, Street formed the Skull Krusherz tag team with his partner, “The Monster” Rip Rogers. The duo terrorized opponents with their ruthless in-ring tactics and flashy attire. The Skull Krusherz captured the Continental Wrestling Federation’s Tag Team Championship, further cementing Street’s legacy as one of wrestling’s most accomplished performers.

After Tennessee, Adrian Street and Miss Linda joined Eddie Graham’s Florida-based promotion, one of the top territories of the NWA. There, Street pushed his effeminate character to the limit, winning championships and riling up the fans with his pseudo-homosexual gimmick. He clashed with the area’s popular tough guys, including “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, and engaged in a lengthy feud with Stardust, even cutting Rhodes’ hair in a controversial bout.

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Adrian Street and his Father.

Encouraged by the negative response from Florida crowds, Street set his sights on Texas. He brought his extensive collection of gowns, robes, and makeup, along with his obedient “slave” Miss Linda, to the Lone Star State. The macho cowboy audiences were unlike any he had encountered before, and his antics such as smacking his opponents on the behind and kissing them on the mouth, incited a hostile relationship between Street and the conservative southwestern crowds. However, their mutual disdain resulted in big and memorable shows wherever The Exotic One appeared.

Overall, Adrian Street’s character was a groundbreaking departure from the traditional look and mannerisms of professional wrestlers, and his ability to incite strong reactions from crowds made him a successful and memorable performer in multiple territories across the United States. Street’s famous finishing move, the “Cobra Clutch,” became a staple in professional wrestling and is still utilized by performers today.


Adrian Street engaged in a long and violent feud with “Macho Man” Randy Savage during the mid-Eighties, just prior to Savage’s debut with the World Wrestling Federation. Savage and Street battled throughout the Memphis-based CWA, with Miss Linda often involved in the heated rivalry. At one point, Savage even tried to deliver a Piledriver to Street’s alluring valet. Street gave up a great deal of size to The Macho Man, but he was more than used to overcoming such hurdles. Savage was on the receiving end of a great deal of punishment from the 210 lb. Street during their classic battles. After his run with Savage, “Exotic” Adrian engaged in another memorable feud with the equally flamboyant “Universal Heart Throb” Austin Idol. Idol, and Street had many bloody battles during this period, and their feud was one of the hottest on the Gulf Coast circuit.

While wrestling in the Pensacola territory, Street won the prestigious Southeastern Heavyweight title not once, but four times. True to form, The Exotic One eventually had his Southeastern championship belt refitted with a custom pink leather strap. In 1986, Street signed a recording contract with Rhino Records and released the album “Shake, Wrestle and Roll.” Backed by his band, The Piledrivers, he had previously released two singles, which were included on the record, along with new material. Adrian Street also appeared in several notable films, including the award-winning Quest for Fire, Rewind, and The Canterbury Tales. He was featured prominently (along with Roddy Piper, Lou Albano, and a slew of 1980s ring performers) in Grunt: The Wrestling Movie.

Adrian Street continued his success in major wrestling promotions such as Jim Crockett’s NWA Mid Atlantic and Bill Watts’ Mid-South (later UWF), winning the Mid-South TV title in 1984. Despite his outrageous gimmick, he never competed in the WWF, possibly due to his smaller stature. However, Vince McMahon eventually created a similar character in “Adorable” Adrian Adonis during the mid-1980s, and later with Goldust and Chuck and Billy in the mid-1990s. Street’s innovative character had paved the way for many of the features we see in professional wrestling today, including face paint, spandex, and valets.

In the early 1990s, Street began to wind down his career and explore new business opportunities. He and Linda started designing ring gear and fashion with his company “Exotic Adrian Street’s Bizarre Bazaar.” This venture allowed him to combine his artistic talent with his passion for wrestling, providing unique and eye-catching outfits for wrestlers around the world. He and Linda opened a website called Bizarre Bazaar and he also opened his own wrestling training facility, the Skull Krushers Wrestling School in Florida. However, the academy was forced to close due to hurricane damage in 2004.

Adrian Street’s personal life has been marked by a long-lasting and supportive marriage to his wife, Linda. The couple had been together for over three decades, with Linda having played a significant role in Street’s wrestling career as his valet and manager (although many assumed that they were married over the years, Street actually proposed to Linda at the 2005 Cauliflower Alley Club reunion). Their strong bond and commitment to each other have been key factors in their successful marriage, providing stability and love in both their personal and professional lives.

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Awards & Titles

Throughout his career, Street received several awards for his unique gimmick and contribution to wrestling, including the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Best Gimmick Award in 1986 and the Cauliflower Alley Club’s Gulf Coast/CAC Honoree Award in 2005. After a career spanning more than fifty years, he retired from wrestling in 2010 and overcame throat cancer. Street now resides in his native Wales.


As the “Exotic” Adrian Street, he shattered stereotypes by adopting a highly effeminate and flamboyant character, wearing makeup, glitter, and outlandish outfits. Street’s gimmick was groundbreaking, as it directly challenged the traditional, hyper-masculine image of wrestlers during his time. He has been featured in various documentaries, including the acclaimed “You May Be Pretty, But I Am Beautiful: The Adrian Street Story,” which chronicles his life and career.

His enduring legacy is a testament to his trailblazing spirit and willingness to push boundaries. His innovative persona, contributions to the wrestling industry, and lasting cultural impact have shaped the sport in countless ways. As new generations of wrestlers and fans continue to discover his work, Adrian Street’s influence will undoubtedly continue to inspire and resonate within the wrestling world and beyond.

Frequently Asked Questions

Adrian Street, known by his ring name “Exotic” Adrian Street, is a legendary professional wrestler from Wales, renowned for his provocative, effeminate character that broke barriers in the industry during the conservative mid-1960s. With Miss Linda by his side, his highly controversial persona was designed to provoke strong reactions and push boundaries, making him a standout figure in the wrestling world.

Born on December 5, 1940, in Blaenau Gwent, Wales, to a coal miner, Street started working in the mines at the age of fifteen. Unwilling to settle for a life in the mines, he moved to London at sixteen, pursuing his dream of becoming a wrestler. Training at the YMCA and Johnny Kilroy’s Gym, he eventually broke into the professional wrestling scene under the guidance of promoter Ted Beresford.

In a conservative era, Street’s character was effeminate, kiss-blowing, and dressed in women’s clothing, complete with makeup. This character, accompanied by his valet, Miss Linda, created a huge stir and controversy, drawing unprecedented crowd responses.

Street secured various titles, including the European Tag Team, European Middleweight, European Light Heavyweight, British Welterweight Championship, and European Heavyweight titles. In America, he also captured the Americas Heavyweight and Americas Tag Team championships, among others.

Throughout his career, Street had intense rivalries with wrestling greats like “Macho Man” Randy Savage and the “Universal Heart Throb” Austin Idol. He also had notable confrontations with “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and Stardust.

Street’s effeminate, flamboyant character was groundbreaking, challenging the traditionally hyper-masculine image of wrestlers of his time. His persona paved the way for features in professional wrestling like face paint, spandex, and valets. Street’s gimmick influenced future characters, with promotions like WWF creating similar personas in later years.

Yes, Street delved into music, signing a contract with Rhino Records, releasing an album, and even acting in several films. He also established “Exotic Adrian Street’s Bizarre Bazaar”, designing unique wrestling outfits, and opened the Skull Krushers Wrestling School.

Adrian Street’s willingness to break stereotypes and introduce a groundbreaking, effeminate character has left an indelible mark on professional wrestling. His persona, influence, and contributions continue to inspire new generations of wrestlers and fans.

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Only in the wild world of professional wrestling could someone like Abdullah the Butcher become a huge drawing card. Known for his blood-filled matches, Shreeve was one of the originators of hardcore wrestling.

Real Name: Lawrence Shreeve
Stats: 6′ 0″ 360 lbs.
Born: January 11, 1941

Professional wrestling has been home to some of the toughest, most sadistic men in the world due to its violent nature. However, one man stands out from the rest with his sheer violence, insanity, and chaos: the “Madman from the Sudan,” Abdullah the Butcher. For five decades, Abdullah terrorized opponents with his primitive, barbaric style. He never became a scientific wrestler and always stuck to his simple, brutal ways, but this didn’t stop him from drawing blood from almost every opponent he faced on every continent. The Butcher influenced generations of brawlers with his worldwide bookings, cementing his name in the history of professional wrestling using the flowing blood of his opponents as ink.

Abdullah’s crimson-soaked feuds with Sheik, The Destroyer, Shohei Baba, Dusty Rhodes, Bruiser Brody, Harley Race, Terry & Dory Funk, Bobo Brazil, Carlos Colon, Sting, and Cactus Jack, among countless others, earned him a reputation of sadism. He didn’t care much about fans, fame, championships, or glory during his career. Instead, he thrived on being known as the most violent, unpredictable, and feared wrestler in the world. These were the driving forces behind The Butcher’s career, along with the almighty dollar. Despite using a handful of unchanging moves during his matches and showing a total disregard for the safety of both himself and his opponents, Abdullah used his fork (and hidden blade) to carve out a unique spot for himself in the annals of professional wrestling history.

Early Life

Lawrence Shreeve, known to the world as Abdullah the Butcher, wasn’t always the savage lunatic he portrayed in the ring. Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on January 11, 1941, Shreeve began his wrestling career in 1958 on the Canadian independent circuit. After rebranding himself as Abdullah the Butcher and gaining experience in Canada, he traveled the world like few others, never staying in one territory for too long.

Abdullah quickly became one of pro wrestling’s premier villains, thanks to his bloodthirsty Arabian gimmick and his extremely violent style. He was often hired as a hitman by desperate heels looking to destroy a particular territory’s top babyface, but he also feuded with many fellow villains, a rarity in those days. His battles with “Maniac” Mark Lewin and the Sheik were particularly brutal and lasted for years, as did their semi-frequent tag team.

Abdullah was a prime star and box-office draw for promoters in the NWA and AWA territories throughout the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and beyond. He traveled extensively throughout the United States, Japan, Puerto Rico, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, and his homeland of Canada.

Abdullah the Butcher, alongside wrestling legends like Andre the Giant, Bruiser Brody, and Stan Hansen, was an international superstar during a time when wrestling was highly regionalized. By portraying himself as the most violent and insane wrestler in promotions worldwide, Abdullah had a profound influence on future brawlers in countries all over the globe. This is a feat that very few wrestling legends can claim. Furthermore, he accomplished this without ever giving a traditional interview in the countries he performed in, whether it be in English, Japanese or Spanish. Instead, his constant blood-letting and entourage of handlers, such as Eddie Creatchman, The Great Mephisto, J.J. Dillon, Gary Hart, and Cactus Jack, spoke volumes on Abdullah’s behalf. His language was one of unpredictable and straightforward ultra-violence, which transcended any dialect. While Abdullah’s primary weapon was a karate-thrust to the throat, which he delivered dozens of times throughout his matches, he also possessed a surprisingly swift and accurate dropkick and a traditional finisher, the Flying Elbow Drop. His pointed-toe boots were also a key weapon, adopted by other “Arab” wrestlers. However, Abdullah’s focus was never on wrestling skills or various moves. Instead, it was on creating utter mayhem and terror and shocking the fans.

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Awards & Titles

Despite his frequent travels between territories, Abdullah the Butcher still managed to win several championships throughout his career. He won the NWA Canadian Tag Team title on October 23, 1967, with Dr. Jerry Graham, the IWA International Heavyweight championship three times between 1969 and 1971, and the NWA North American Heavyweight (Calgary) title four times between 1970 and 1973. Abdullah also held the NWF Heavyweight title twice, defeating Ernie Ladd and Victor Rivera for his two National Wrestling Federation championships. Abdullah’s most notable championship win was his PWF Heavyweight title reign in All Japan Pro Wrestling under Shohei “Giant” Baba, which he won by defeating Billy Robinson in 1978. He also won several important championships in Puerto Rico during the early 1980s, such as the Puerto Rican Heavyweight title, the Caribbean Heavyweight title (three times), and the WWC Universal Heavyweight championship in 1982.

In the United States, Abdullah won the Texas Brass Knuckles championship in 1986 by defeating The Great Kabuki while competing in World Class Championship Wrestling. He also won the Canadian International Heavyweight title in 1987, almost 30 years after his debut. In 1996, he teamed with Benkei Daikokuboh to win the T.W.A. Tag Team championship.

Abdullah the Butcher has been inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (1996), the WWE Hall of Fame (2011), and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (2019). He officially retired from professional wrestling in 2019 after a career that spanned five decades.

Frequently Asked Questions

Abdullah the Butcher, whose real name is Lawrence Shreeve, is a professional wrestler known for his barbaric style and violent matches. He was one of the originators of hardcore wrestling, having a career that spanned five decades.

He stands at 6′ 0″ and weighs 360 lbs.

Abdullah’s blood-soaked rivalries included matches against Sheik, The Destroyer, Shohei Baba, Dusty Rhodes, Bruiser Brody, and many others.

Yes, he won numerous titles including the NWA Canadian Tag Team title, IWA International Heavyweight championship, NWA North American Heavyweight (Calgary) title, NWF Heavyweight title, and many more.

He influenced generations of wrestlers with his unique, violent style. His battles across different continents ensured his place in the annals of professional wrestling history.

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He is considered by many the greatest wrestling draw in the history of the sport. His good looks and charisma combined with his technical proficiency, led him to multiple world championships and worldwide acclaim.

Jim Londos
Real Name:
Christos Theofilou
Stats: 5′ 8″ 200 lbs.
Born: 1897


Early Life

Jim Londos, was born Christos Theofilou in 1897 in Argos, Greece, the youngest of 13 children.. Londos immigrated to the United States at the age of 13 and settled in California, where he began working various jobs, including as a bellhop and a strongman in a carnival.

Before Londos began his formal training, he was exposed to wrestling through his job as a strongman in a carnival. This experience likely sparked his interest in pursuing a career in professional wrestling and allowed him to learn the sport’s fundamentals.

Early Training

To hone his skills, Londos sought out training from well-known wrestlers in the early 20th century. Two of his early trainers were Tom Draak and Ad Santel, both experienced grapplers with successful careers in the sport. Under their guidance, Londos developed his wrestling abilities and learned various techniques that would serve him well throughout his career.

Londos’ training primarily focused on catch wrestling and amateur wrestling techniques, which were popular styles during his era. Catch wrestling is a submission-based style emphasizing grappling, while amateur wrestling focuses on takedowns and controlling opponents on the mat. Londos’ training in these styles helped him develop a strong foundation in technical wrestling, which would become one of his trademarks in the ring.

In addition to learning wrestling techniques, Londos’ training also involved rigorous physical conditioning to develop his strength, stamina, and agility. This conditioning was crucial to his success as a wrestler, allowing him to compete at a high level and endure the physical demands of professional wrestling.


He made his professional wrestling debut in 1916, using the ring name “The Wrestling Plasterer” due to his day job as a plasterer. He initially struggled to gain a foothold in the wrestling world, often wrestling in smaller promotions and working his way up the ranks. During the 1920s, he began competing in more prominent wrestling organizations and started to make a name for himself. Londos adopted a clean-cut, All-American persona, which resonated with fans and helped him stand out among his peers.

By the late 1920s and early 1930s, Londos had accumulated an impressive winning streak, defeating several well-known wrestlers of the time. This success boosted his popularity, and he quickly became one of the top draws in the sport.

He won his first recognized World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Dick Shikat for the National Wrestling Association world title on June 6, 1930 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He would hold that title for 1,847 days. This victory cemented Londos’ status as a top wrestler and helped elevate him to superstar status. His in-ring ability and charisma captured the imagination of fans and laid the foundation for his legendary status within the wrestling world.
During his reign, he defended his title against a wide range of challengers, including some of the biggest names in wrestling at the time, such as Ed “Strangler” Lewis, Ray Steele, Bronko Nagurski, Shikat, and Joe Stecher.

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Londos vs Ed “Strangler” Lewis at Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

Londos’ championship reigns contributed to his drawing power and influence within the wrestling world. As a reigning champion, Londos became a major box-office attraction, often drawing large crowds to his matches. His popularity helped to increase the overall visibility and popularity of professional wrestling during the 1930s and 1940s. In one appearance in his home country of Greece, Londos was alleged to have drawn a crowd as large as 100,000 people.


As Londos’ career began to wind down in the late 1940s, he gradually started reducing the number of matches he participated in. This allowed him to slowly transition into retirement, providing a smooth exit from the physically demanding world of professional wrestling.

Londos was known for being a private individual when it came to his personal life. In 1939, shortly before his retirement, he married Arva C. Rochwite, an aviatrix from St. Louis, Missouri. At the time of their marriage, Rochwite was described in press reports as a “St. Louis Aviatrix.” The couple had three daughters and would later move to Escondido, California, where they settled on a 10-acre site nestled in an avocado grove.

Londos’ official retirement match took place on November 21, 1951, in a losing effort against Lou Thesz at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri. This match marked the end of an illustrious wrestling career that spanned over three decades.

Personal Life

After retiring from professional wrestling, Londos settled in California and focused on his family and business interests. He owned a successful restaurant called “The Golden Pheasant” in Escondido, California, which he ran with his family. Londos remained involved in the wrestling community, attending events and mentoring younger wrestlers.

Jim Londos was also known for his philanthropic activities, both during his wrestling career and after his retirement. He was particularly involved in charitable efforts to help his native Greece. Londos donated a significant portion of his earnings to various Greek causes, including relief efforts for victims of World War II and the Greek Civil War. He also contributed to the construction of a hospital in Tripoli, Greece.

Following his retirement from the squared circle in 1953, Londos dedicated the rest of his life to various charitable organizations, including his favorite, Greek War Orphans of World War II. Because of his tireless philanthropic efforts, Londos was honored by United States President Richard Nixon and King Paul of Greece.

Awards & Titles

Over his career, Londos held numerous championships and titles in professional wrestling, including the California State Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Championship (Los Angeles version) (5 times), Maryland State Athletic CommissionWorld Heavyweight Championship (Maryland version) (2 times), Minnesota State Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Championship (Minneapolis version) (2 times), National Wrestling Association NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), New York State Athletic Commission NYSAC World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship (original version) (1 time).

Jim Londos - wrestlingbiographies.comLondos received many accolades and honors, including being inducted and honored by the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum – Class of 2002 (Pioneer Era), Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996) and the WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2018), Cauliflower Alley Club Posthumous Award (2020), the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2015 and the International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame,
Class of 2022.


Jim Londos passed away on August 19, 1975, at the age of 78. Londos died of a heart attack on August 19, 1975 and is buried at Oak Hill Memorial Park in Escondido, California. His death marked the end of an era in professional wrestling, as he was one of the last remaining stars from the early days of the sport. His passing was a significant loss for the wrestling community, as he had been an influential figure who helped shape the industry during his time.


Throughout his life, Jim Londos was known for his hard work, determination, and commitment to the sport of wrestling. His legacy as a successful wrestler, family man, and philanthropist continues to inspire future generations of wrestlers and fans alike.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Jim Londos, also known by his birth name Christos Theofilou, was a legendary professional wrestler widely regarded as one of the greatest draws in the history of the sport.

He was born in 1897 in Argos, Greece.

Born as the youngest of 13 children, Londos immigrated to the United States at 13. Settling in California, he worked various jobs like a bellhop and strongman in a carnival before being introduced to wrestling.

Londos was trained by renowned wrestlers Tom Draak and Ad Santel. His training emphasized catch wrestling and amateur wrestling techniques.

He made his wrestling debut in 1916, initially using the ring name “The Wrestling Plasterer”.

Londos won his first World Heavyweight Championship in 1930 and defended it against renowned wrestlers like Ed “Strangler” Lewis, Ray Steele, and Joe Stecher. His matches often attracted vast audiences, even drawing a crowd of around 100,000 people in Greece.

In 1939, Londos married Arva C. Rochwite, an aviatrix from St. Louis, Missouri. The couple had three daughters and settled in Escondido, California.

Londos officially retired from professional wrestling on November 21, 1951.

Post-retirement, Londos ran a successful restaurant named “The Golden Pheasant” and continued to be active in philanthropic activities, particularly in support of Greece.

Jim Londos died of a heart attack on August 19, 1975, at the age of 78, and is buried in Oak Hill Memorial Park in Escondido, California.

Londos held numerous titles including World Heavyweight Championships in various versions. He was honored by institutions like the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum, Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame, WWE Hall of Fame, and many others.

Londos is remembered as a trailblazing wrestler, a dedicated family man, and a philanthropist. His influence continues to resonate with modern wrestlers and fans.

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He is considered by most the greatest professional wrestling champion to ever step into the ring, not only because of his technical prowess, but for the dignity and realism that he lent to the sport.

Real Name:Aloysius Martin Thesz
Stats: 6′ 2″ 225 lbs.
Born: April 24, 1916


Early Life

Lou Thesz was born Aloysius Martin Thesz on April 24, 1916, in Banat, Michigan. His early life was marked by his family’s relocation and exposure to wrestling at a young age, which would eventually shape his legendary career.

Thesz was of Hungarian descent, with his parents, Martin and Eva Thesz, immigrating to the United States from Hungary. When Lou was a young child, his family moved from Michigan to St. Louis, Missouri, where Thesz would first become familiar with the world of professional wrestling, as the city had a vibrant wrestling scene during the early 20th century.

Thesz’s father, Martin, was a wrestler and a greco-roman wrestling coach, which played a significant role in Lou’s early interest in the sport. Lou’s fascination with wrestling grew when he started attending wrestling matches at the South Broadway Athletic Club with his father. The exposure to the matches and his father’s guidance fostered a passion for the sport in young man.


Early Training

By the age of 16, Thesz had already begun training to become a professional wrestler under the tutelage of George Tragos, a former Olympic wrestler and renowned catch wrestler. Tragos taught Thesz the fundamentals of catch wrestling, a style focused on submission holds and grappling techniques. Thesz would later train with another legendary wrestler, Ed “Strangler” Lewis, who helped him further develop his skills.

Lou Thesz’s early life set the foundation for a career that would span several decades and earn him a reputation as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. His upbringing in St. Louis, his father’s influence, and his training under renowned wrestlers such as George Tragos and Ed “Strangler” Lewis equipped him with the skills and determination necessary to excel in the world of professional wrestling.

Lou Thesz’s training under Ed “Strangler” Lewis played a crucial role in shaping his wrestling style and career. Ed Lewis was a highly respected wrestler and multiple-time World Heavyweight Champion, known for his expertise in catch wrestling and signature submission hold, the headlock.

Lewis took Thesz’s skills to the next level, sharing his vast knowledge and experience in the wrestling business. The mentorship provided by Lewis not only honed Thesz’s technical wrestling skills but also instilled in him a deep respect for the sport’s traditions and values. Under Lewis’s guidance, Thesz refined his grappling techniques and learned the importance of ring psychology and the art of storytelling during a wrestling match. Lewis also taught Thesz about conditioning and the need for a wrestler to maintain peak physical fitness. These lessons would serve Thesz well throughout his illustrious career, helping him become a dominant force in the wrestling world. Lewis also taught Lou the art of hooking (the ability to stretch an opponent into painful positions when needed to ensure compliance in the ring). This would serve Lou throughout his career, ensuring that he would not be double-crossed and that his opponent would go along with hthe plans for the match or face a painful lesson.

Moreover, Lewis introduced Thesz to other influential figures in the wrestling business, such as promoter and manager Billy Sandow, and wrestler Ray Steele. These connections would prove invaluable for Thesz as he embarked on his professional career.



Thesz’s early career began in the 1930s and was marked by a rapid ascent through the ranks, thanks to his exceptional talent, discipline, and the strong foundation laid by his mentors. He made his professional wrestling debut in 1932 at the age of 16, wrestling in regional promotions and carnivals, often facing more experienced opponents. His technical prowess, combined with his strong work ethic, quickly caught the attention of promoters and fellow wrestlers alike.

By the time he turned 21 in1937, Thesz had become one of the hottest stars in the St. Louis territory. He was set to match up against Everett Marshall on December 29 to battle over the American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship. After three grueling hours, These emerged victorious becoming the youngest world heavyweight champion in history, just 21 years of age. Six weeks later he dropped that title to Steve “Crusher” Casey in Boston, but defeated Marshall again to capture the National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship in 1939. Nine years later he captured the same title, defeating Bill Longson.

During the late 1930s and early 1940s, Thesz continued to wrestle across the United States, honing his skills and building a reputation as a formidable competitor. He faced a variety of opponents, including both regional and national stars, which further expanded his exposure and experience in the ring. But his opportunity to become one of the greats of the sport came about in 1948.

Pinky George led a group of promoters in creating the National Wrestling Alliance in 1948 with the goal of crowning one unified World champion. Orvilled Brown who held the MidWest World Heavyweight champion was named the inaugural champion, but as part of the agreement behind the creation of the Alliance, Brown was scheduled to meet Thesz in a match for the title. Brown, unfortunately, was severely injured in a devastating automobile accident and was forced to retire from wrestling. His title as the National Wrestling Alliance World champion was then bestowed upon Thesz.

Lou Thesz’s National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship reigns were an integral part of his storied career and a testament to his skill and dedication as a professional wrestler. Thesz’s association with the NWA title helped to solidify his status as a legendary figure in the sport.

In 1952, Thesz made history by unifying multiple World Heavyweight Championships into the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He defeated the National Wrestling Association (a separate organization from the NWA) World Heavyweight Champion, Baron Michele Leone, on May 21, 1952, in Los Angeles. Later that year, on July 24, Thesz also defeated the American Wrestling Association (Boston version) World Heavyweight Champion, Gorgeous George, in Chicago. This series of victories led to Thesz being recognized as the undisputed World Heavyweight Champion.

Throughout his career, Lou held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship six times, with his reigns totaling 3,749 days (over 10 years) – a record that still stands today. His connection with the NWA title lasted for nearly two decades, from his first victory in 1948 to his final reign, which ended on January 7, 1966. He had numerous high-profile feuds and matches against some of the top stars of his era. Some of his most famous opponents included Verne Gagne, Buddy Rogers, Rikidozan, Pat O’Connor, and Dick Hutton.

As the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Thesz traveled extensively across the United States and the world, defending his title and promoting professional wrestling. He was known for his sportsmanship and technical skills, which earned him respect from fans and wrestlers alike.

Lou Thesz’s NWA World Heavyweight Championship runs were a defining aspect of his career, showcasing his dominance and mastery of the sport. His association with the title not only solidified his place in wrestling history but also helped to establish the NWA World Heavyweight Championship as one of the most prestigious titles in professional wrestling.

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Throughout his illustrious career, Lou Thesz engaged in numerous memorable rivalries that showcased his exceptional wrestling skills and contributed to his legendary status. Thesz had an intense rivalry with Verne Gagne, another highly skilled wrestler known for his technical prowess. Gagne was a two-time NCAA titleholder at the University of Minnesota and was an alternate for the U.S freestyle wrestling team at the 1948 Olympic Games before being drafter by the Chicago are of the National Football League. Gagne challenged Thesz for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship multiple times in the 1950s, with Thesz retaining the title. Their matches were praised for their high level of athleticism and competitiveness. Gagne’s inability to take the title off of Thesz and have a reign as NWA champion would lead him to establishing the American Wrestling Association promotion, for which he would headline for three decades.

Buddy Rogers, known as the “Original Nature Boy,” had a heated rivalry with Thesz. Their feud was a classic contrast of styles, with Thesz representing the more traditional, technical wrestling approach while Rogers brought a flashy, charismatic persona to the ring. Personal animosity between the two added to the drama that simmered around their matches and In 1961, Thesz defeated Rogers to win his fifth NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

In the 1950s, Thesz had a significant feud with Rikidozan, a Japanese wrestling icon who is considered the father of Japanese professional wrestling. Their series of matches played a crucial role in establishing professional wrestling in Japan, and their encounters are seen as historically important in the wrestling world. Thesz and Rikidozan’s matches were characterized by their hard-hitting, physical style, which endeared Thesz to the Japanese fans.

Pat O’Connor, a wrestler from New Zealand, had a notable rivalry with Lou Thesz during the late 1950s and early 1960s. They faced each other in a series of matches for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, with Thesz emerging victorious in most of their encounters.

Dick Hutton, a former amateur wrestling standout and skilled professional wrestler, feuded with Thesz over the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. On November 14, 1957, Hutton defeated Thesz for the title, ending Thesz’s fourth reign as champion. Their rivalry showcased two highly skilled technical wrestlers, and their matches were lauded for their intensity and grappling prowess.
These rivalries, among others, helped solidify Lou Thesz’s status as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. Thesz’s ability to engage with a variety of opponents, both in terms of style and personality, showcased his versatility and contributed to his enduring legacy in the sport.


International Tours

Thesz’s impact on professional wrestling extended far beyond the United States, as he became an international ambassador for the sport during his career. His international excursions and title defenses helped spread the popularity of professional wrestling around the world and contributed to the growth of the sport in several countries.

Thesz wrestled extensively in Canada, where he defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against various challengers. He competed in promotions like Maple Leaf Wrestling and Stampede Wrestling, facing notable opponents like Whipper Billy Watson and Gene Kiniski. Thesz’s appearances in Canada helped solidify the popularity of professional wrestling in the country.

Lou Thesz traveled to Europe several times during his career, competing in countries like the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Thesz’s international presence in Europe aided in the growth and visibility of professional wrestling across the continent. He faced local and international stars, showcasing his technical wrestling abilities and promoting the sport in these regions.

Thesz also made his presence felt in Australia and New Zealand, where he wrestled for various promotions and defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. His matches in these countries helped to popularize professional wrestling and expand the reach of the NWA title.

One of Thesz’s most significant international contributions was his role in the development of professional wrestling in Japan. Thesz first traveled to Japan in the early 1950s and competed against Rikidozan, a former sumo wrestler who would go on to become the father of Japanese professional wrestling. Their highly-publicized matches helped establish professional wrestling as a popular form of entertainment in Japan and laid the foundation for the creation of the Japanese wrestling promotions, such as New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and All Japan Pro-Wrestling (AJPW).

Thesz’s most notable and influential rivalry in Japan was with Rikidozan, a former sumo wrestler who would go on to become the father of Japanese professional wrestling. Their first encounter took place in 1957, with Thesz putting his NWA World Heavyweight Championship on the line. The match ended in a draw, but it was a pivotal moment for Japanese wrestling, as it put Rikidozan on the map and helped to popularize professional wrestling in Japan. They had a rematch in 1958, which again ended in a draw, further fueling interest in professional wrestling in the country.

Thesz’s visits to Japan and his matches against Rikidozan created a surge in the popularity of professional wrestling, leading to the formation of Japanese wrestling promotions. Rikidozan founded the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance (JWA) in 1953, and Thesz’s influence and collaboration with Rikidozan were instrumental in establishing the promotion. In the following years, more promotions emerged, such as New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and All Japan Pro-Wrestling (AJPW), which became cornerstones of the Japanese wrestling scene.

Thesz’s impact on Japanese wrestling extended beyond his in-ring performances. He also played a role in mentoring and training several Japanese wrestlers, sharing his knowledge and expertise with the next generation of talent. Thesz’s emphasis on technical wrestling and sportsmanship influenced the Japanese wrestling style, which came to be known for its strong grappling and hard-hitting action.

Even after his rivalry with Rikidozan, Thesz continued to visit Japan and compete in the country throughout his career. He faced numerous Japanese wrestling stars, including Giant Baba, Antonio Inoki, and Jumbo Tsuruta, further solidifying his status as a legend within Japanese wrestling circles.



Lou Thesz’s retirement from professional wrestling was a gradual process rather than a single, definitive event. Despite having an illustrious career spanning several decades, Thesz never announced a formal retirement from in-ring competition. Instead, he slowly stepped away from active competition while continuing to stay involved in the wrestling world.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Thesz transitioned to a more limited wrestling schedule, taking part in select matches and events. During this period, he focused more on his other interests, such as his involvement in real estate and insurance. However, Thesz continued to make occasional appearances in the ring, competing in various promotions worldwide, including the United States, Japan, and Canada.

Lou Thesz’s final professional wrestling match took place on December 26, 1990, when he was 74 years old. Thesz teamed with fellow wrestling legend Antonio Inoki in a tag team match against Masa Saito and Larry Sharpe in Hamamatsu, Japan. This match marked the end of Thesz’s in-ring career, but he remained active within the wrestling community.

Even after his in-ring career came to an end, Thesz maintained a strong connection to professional wrestling. He served as a mentor, trainer, and adviser to younger wrestlers, sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with the next generation. Thesz also attended various wrestling events, conventions, and award ceremonies, often receiving recognition for his contributions to the sport.

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In 1995, Thesz was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame, and in 1999, he was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Lou Thesz passed away on April 28, 2002, at the age of 86, but his legacy and impact on professional wrestling continue to be felt and celebrated to this day.



Lou Thesz passed away on April 28, 2002, at the age of 86. His death was a result of complications following a triple bypass heart surgery that he had undergone earlier in the month. Thesz had been in declining health for some time before his passing.

The wrestling community mourned the loss of one of its most influential and legendary figures. Thesz’s contributions to the sport, as a wrestler, mentor, and ambassador, left an indelible mark on the history of professional wrestling. His emphasis on technical wrestling, sportsmanship, and respect for the sport continue to inspire and influence wrestlers and fans around the world.



Lou Thesz is remembered not only for his numerous accolades, such as his six NWA World Heavyweight Championship reigns, but also for the lasting impact he had on the wrestling industry as a whole. His legacy lives on through the wrestlers he inspired, the promotions he helped to develop, and the countless memorable matches that defined his illustrious career.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lou Thesz, born Aloysius Martin Thesz, is considered by many as the greatest professional wrestling champion ever. He was admired for his technical skills and the realism and dignity he brought to the sport.

He was born on April 24, 1916, in Banat, Michigan.

Lou’s family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri when he was young. There, he was introduced to the world of professional wrestling. His father, Martin Thesz, was a wrestler and greco-roman wrestling coach, which played a significant role in shaping Lou’s interest in the sport.

Thesz began his training under George Tragos, a former Olympic wrestler. Later, he trained with the legendary Ed “Strangler” Lewis, refining his grappling techniques and learning the importance of ring psychology, conditioning, and the art of hooking.

Lou Thesz made his professional debut in 1932 at the age of 16.

By 21, Thesz became the youngest world heavyweight champion in history. He went on to capture the National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship in 1939.

Lou Thesz held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship title six times, with a combined reign of over 10 years – a standing record.

Throughout his career, Thesz faced wrestling legends like Verne Gagne, Buddy Rogers, Rikidozan, Pat O’Connor, and Dick Hutton.

Lou Thesz’s unmatched technical skills, sportsmanship, and respect for the sport made him a revered figure in the world of professional wrestling. His contributions helped elevate the status of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and set high standards for the wrestling industry.

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After six years as a fan favorite, Marcus Alexander Bagwell took a big step towards stardom by becoming a full fledged heel and joining the NWO. Take a look at his career skyrocketed and then crashed and burned.

Buff Bagwell

Real Name: Marcus Bagwell
Stats: 6′ 1″ 240 lbs.
Born: January 10, 1970

Standing 6′ 1″ and weighing 240 lbs., Bagwell has been described as a Georgia redneck and a pretty boy to boot. However he might be described, Bagwell is a powerhouse of talent and ability and is destined to become a huge star in the sport.

Early Life

Bagwell was born in Marietta, Georgia, and grew up in a sports-loving family. He was a standout athlete in high school, excelling in football and baseball. Despite his passion for sports, it wasn’t until later in life that Bagwell discovered his love for professional wrestling and decided to pursue it as a career.


Early Training

After high school, Bagwell began training under the guidance of wrestling legend “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. He made his wrestling debut in 1990, competing in local promotions in Georgia. His natural athleticism and charisma quickly caught the attention of promoters, and he began performing under the name of Fabian in Georgia All Star Wrestling where he teamed with Chris Walker to capture the federations Tag Team belts. One year later he moved on to Global Wrestling where he worked under the persona of the “the Handsome Stranger.” 



His good looks made him a popular figure in the organization, causing World Championship Wrestling to take notice. In 1992, Bagwell moved to the WCW where he began his career as a tag team specialist, teaming up initially with 2 Cold Scorpio. The pair eventually captured the WCW Tag Team championship, proving to be a popular team. After Scorpio left the organization, Bagwell won tag team gold again, teaming with the Patriot (under the name Stars and Stripes) and with Scotty Riggs (as the American Males.)

In 1996 Hulk Hogan helped form the New World Order of wrestling and eventually gave an open invitation to all WCW wrestlers to move over and join their ranks. The first to step up was Bagwell, who soon made the transformation from the well-liked babyface to the strutting, arrogant southern heel. It was during this time that Bagwell adopted the “Buff” moniker, and this character change propelled him to new heights of popularity within the wrestling world.

In 1998, in front of a national television audience, Bagwell was temporarily paralyzed by a move executed by Rick Steiner. Early fears were that he might never walk again but with great determination and avid support from his family, friends and fans, Bagwell returned to the ring the next year

Throughout his time in WCW, Bagwell won the WCW World Tag Team Championship on five occasions with various partners. Additionally, he held the WCW World Television Championship once. Despite never capturing the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, Bagwell remained a prominent figure in the company until its eventual closure in 2001.

Following the acquisition of WCW by WWE (then WWF) in 2001, Bagwell was one of the few WCW stars to be signed by the rival promotion. Unfortunately, his time in WWE was short-lived, with Bagwell being released just a few months after his debut due to reported backstage issues and an underwhelming in-ring performance.

After his departure from WWE, Bagwell continued wrestling on the independent circuit, competing for various promotions such as World Wrestling All-Stars and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Although he never reached the same level of success as he did in WCW, Bagwell remained a popular attraction for wrestling fans.


On October 19, 2018, Bagwell wrestled his last match, teaming with Scott Norton and X-Pac against the No New Friends at the Glory Pro Wrestling #Unsanctioned event.Throughout his life, Buff Bagwell has faced a number of legal issues that have, at times, overshadowed his accomplishments in the wrestling ring. In 2004, Bagwell was arrested for allegedly assaulting his then-wife, Judy Bagwell, although the charges were later dropped. In 2012, he was involved in a serious car accident while under the influence of prescription medication, which led to a brief period of hospitalization and legal repercussions.

In more recent years, Bagwell has continued to struggle with the law. In May 2020, he was arrested in Georgia on multiple charges, including speeding, driving with a suspended license, and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. In August 2021, Bagwell faced additional legal trouble when he was arrested on charges of providing false information to a law enforcement officer, hit and run, and other traffic-related offenses.

Despite these setbacks, Bagwell has worked to overcome his personal demons and maintain a connection to his fans. He has participated in various wrestling conventions and meet-and-greets, demonstrating his ongoing commitment to the wrestling community.

In addition to his wrestling career, Bagwell ventured into the entertainment industry, appearing in several television shows and movies. He had guest roles in popular TV shows like “Charmed” and “The Jenny Jones Show.” Bagwell also appeared in the reality television series “Hogan Knows Best” I

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In addition to his wrestling accomplishments, Buff Bagwell also ventured into the world of acting. Although he never achieved significant success in Hollywood, Bagwell appeared in several television shows and movies throughout his career. His most notable acting credit is his recurring role as Devil Hanson in the television series “Charmed” in 2001. Bagwell also made appearances in other TV shows such as “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling,” and “Son of the Beach.” These acting opportunities allowed him to showcase his charisma and talent beyond the wrestling ring.


Despite his controversial career and personal struggles, Buff Bagwell’s impact on professional wrestling remains significant. As a mainstay in WCW during its most popular era, Bagwell was an integral part of the company’s success. His memorable matches, tag team championships, and time with the nWo have left a lasting impression on wrestling fans. Today, Bagwell serves as a reminder of the exciting and tumultuous period of wrestling history in the late 1990s and early 2000s.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Buff Bagwell, born Marcus Bagwell, started his wrestling career after high school under the guidance of “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. He made his debut in 1990 in local promotions in Georgia and quickly gained attention for his natural athleticism and charisma.

Bagwell’s popularity soared after he joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1992 and became a tag team specialist. His transformation from a well-liked babyface to a strutting, arrogant heel as part of the New World Order (NWO) in 1996 significantly boosted his wrestling career.

During his time in WCW, Bagwell was a five-time WCW World Tag Team Champion with various partners and also held the WCW World Television Championship. Despite not winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, he was a prominent figure in the company.

Bagwell was one of the few WCW stars signed by WWE after its acquisition in 2001. However, his stint in WWE was brief due to backstage issues and lackluster performances, leading to his release just a few months after his debut.

After retiring from wrestling, Bagwell appeared in several TV shows and movies, including a notable role in “Charmed.” However, his life has been marred by legal issues, including arrests for assault, traffic-related offenses, and other charges. Despite these challenges, he has remained connected to the wrestling community through conventions and fan events.

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He was an immediate success, capturing the World Championship within a year of his debut in the sport. He became the biggest name in all of professional wrestling until an injury threatened to cut short his career.

Bill Goldberg
Real Name: William Scott Goldberg
Stats: 6′ 4″ 295 lbs.
Born: December 27, 1966

Early Life

Bill Goldberg followed in the long path of wrestlers who have made the transition from the gridiron to the squared circle and become a wrestling star – he just did so faster and to a greater magnitude than anyone else in history. In only his second year in the business, Goldberg became the biggest name and biggest star in the business.

Goldberg was never a wrestling fan growing up, but instead focused most of his attention on football. Born in Tulsa, Oklahomahe attended Tulsa Edison High School, where he played football as a linebacker and was a talented amateur wrestler. After high school, Goldberg attended the University of Georgia on a football scholarship, where he continued to display his athletic abilities on the field, being named an All-SEC Nose Guard. 

When his career as a Bulldog was over, he eyed stardom in the National Football League. Drafted in the 11th round (301st overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, he spent time with the team as well as with the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football. Eventually, he caught on with the Atlanta Falcons in 1992 and played for the team for two years before suffering a torn abdominal muscle, which put him out for the 1994 season. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers in 1995 but could not rebound from the injury sufficiently enough to play. He was thus forced to retire from football.


Early Training

While in a bar a year later, Goldberg met Diamond Dallas Page. Page was impressed with his size and look and recommended that he look at a professional wrestling career. Later, Goldberg was working out in a gym owned by Lex Luger and Sting and was further convinced by Sting to take a chance in the squared circle. After months of training in the WCW Power Plant, Goldberg appeared in a nationally televised fight against Roddy Piper. Months later, he made his official professional debut in World Championship Wrestling against Hugh Morrus, pinning the 300-pound wrestler. The next year and a half would be one of the most remarkable in professional wrestling history.


Goldberg began quickly mowing down his opponents with his patented spear and jackhammer combination. Eventually, he got his chance at the gold when he wrestled Raven for the WCW United States title. Showing little nervousness in his first title match, he quickly overpowered Raven and pinned him for the title belt. With his reputation and winning streak growing, everyone looked forward to a showdown between Goldberg and Hollywood Hulk Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight championship. In front of a red-hot crowd in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 6, 1998, Goldberg speared Hogan and then hit the Jackhammer to obtain the pinfall. With the championship belt around his waist, he was now the biggest name in the sport and finished the year as the PWI Rookie of the Year. Goldberg’s meteoric rise in WCW was unprecedented, as he went on a legendary winning streak of 173 consecutive victories without a single loss.

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Over the next year, Goldberg found himself battling members of the NWO and other wrestlers, striving for his title. Finally, Kevin Nash, after interference from Scott Hall (who used a tazer on Goldberg), was able to pin the champion. Goldberg subsequently placed himself in a hunt to reclaim his gold, often taking on various factions of the NWO. During one of these confrontations, Goldberg ran out into the parking lot of an arena and punched his fist through the windshield of a car. In doing so, he suffered a cut to his arm that took almost 190 stitches to close and which almost hit a nerve, seriously placing his career in jeopardy. For almost six months, he was forced to the sidelines and relegated to making publicity appearances and participating in supporting charities.  Finally, after a lot of speculation that he might not be able to return to the ring, he did so in June 2000 to a great ovation from his fans.

In 2001, WCW was purchased by WWE, and Goldberg eventually made his WWE debut in 2003. He had a memorable run with the company, capturing the World Heavyweight Championship and engaging in memorable feuds with some of the biggest names in the industry, including The Rock, Triple H, and Brock Lesnar.

Goldberg left WWE in 2004, taking a hiatus from professional wrestling to pursue other interests, including acting. He appeared in several films and television shows, such as “The Longest Yard,” “Universal Soldier: The Return,” and the reality TV show “Bullrun.”


Personal Life

Goldberg married Wanda Ferraton, a stuntwoman, in 2005. The couple has one son, Gage, who was born in 2006. Goldberg’s devotion to his family has been a driving force in his life, and he often cites them as his primary motivation for returning to the ring.

During his time away from wrestling, Goldberg also became an advocate for animal welfare and environmental causes. He worked with organizations such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Humane Society, using his fame to bring attention to the plight of animals in need.

In 2016, Goldberg made a triumphant return to WWE, embarking on a series of high-profile matches and capturing the WWE Universal Championship. This final run in the company further cemented his legacy as one of the most dominant and beloved figures in professional wrestling history.

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Throughout his career, Goldberg has been widely respected for his work ethic, intensity, and dedication to his craft. He has received numerous awards and accolades, including multiple championships and a 2018 induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. However, his career was not without controversy. Many wrestlers soured with his immaturity and failure to recognize that his success was largely due to the large push he was given by WCW management and the willingness of his fellow wrestlers to put him over despite his limitations in the ring. He got into numerous backstage scrapes (including famously with Chris Jericho) and was seen as sloppy and careless in the ring. In a match at Starrcade 1990, Goldberg kicked Bret Hart so hard in the head that Hart suffered a concussion so severe that it effectively ended his career. He was also very outspoken politically, which turned off numerous fans. However, most people who knew him described him as very nice and genuine.

Bill Goldberg’s journey from professional football to wrestling superstardom was atypical for a professional wrestler. He became the biggest name in the sport and was able to parlay that into an entertainment career beyond wrestling. But he is often remembered as a wrestler who was able to expand beyond his technical and verbal limitations in the short term but was unable to extend his popularity over the long run of his career.

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Frequently Asked Questions

After an injury ended his football career, Goldberg was spotted by wrestlers Diamond Dallas Page and Sting who were impressed with his physique and athletic ability. They encouraged him to pursue a career in professional wrestling, leading to his training at the WCW Power Plant and eventual debut.

Goldberg made an immediate impact in professional wrestling, quickly becoming a major star. Within just a year of his debut, he captured the World Championship, and his reputation soared due to his powerful in-ring style and winning streak.

Key highlights of Goldberg’s wrestling career include winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and the WWE Universal Championship. He is also known for his legendary winning streak of 173 consecutive victories in WCW.

Goldberg suffered a significant injury when he punched through a car windshield, requiring nearly 190 stitches and almost ending his career. This injury sidelined him for six months, during which he focused on rehabilitation and public appearances.

Outside the ring, Goldberg has been involved in acting, appearing in films like “The Longest Yard” and “Universal Soldier: The Return,” and television shows such as “Bullrun.” He’s also a dedicated advocate for animal welfare and environmental causes, working with organizations like the ASPCA and the Humane Society. Additionally, Goldberg is known for his podcast and has authored a biography titled “I’m Next: The Strange Journey of America’s Most Unlikely Superhero.”

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He is one of the most popular, Mexican wrestlers to ever set foot in the ring but is known North of the border as one of the most outspoken, straightforward stars in the sport.

Real Name: Carlos Ashenoff
Stats: 5′ 10″ 245 lbs.
Born: June 6, 1964

While he is considered by many a mid-level star in the United States, Carlos Ashenoff was the most popular wrestler of the 1990’s in Mexico. Throughout the 1990’s he was such a popular gate attraction that he was mentioned in the breaths as Mexican legends such as El Santo, Mil Mascaras and Perro Aguayo and he was able to crossover into musical and television success.

Carlos Ashenoff was born in Cuba in 1965 and moved to Miami as a young child. After high school, he enrolled in the United States Navy where he became an outstanding boxer and was named to the U.S. Navy Boxing Team. His time spent in the ring helped him to gain a great deal of notoriety and attention from members of the sports and entertainment community and he was approached about pursuing a career in professional wrestling. In 1987 a Mexican wrestling promoter discovered him in San Diego, California and brought him down to Tijuana, Mexico to began his training. Training alongside currents stars like Rey Mysterio and Psychosis, Charles was schooled in the art of high-flying Lucha Libre.

At 5′ 10, 245 lbs., Konnan was much larger than his counterparts but possessed great speed, quickness and athleticism. As such, he was able to compete on their levels but completely outclassed them with his brute strength. Working up and down Northern Mexico and Southern California he gained early experience and refined his skills. Finally he moved on to the number two promotion in Mexico, the Universal Wrestling Alliance. Donning a mask, he took the name Konnan, based on Arnold Schwartzennegar movie character Conan the Barbarian. Soon thereafter he moved over to EMLL promotion where he wrestled alongside Mexicans greats, including Rey Mysterio, Sr. (with whom he teamed in the 1990 Starcade pay-per-view event.) His career continued its upward flight as he faced Perro Aguayo in their famous mask vs. hair match. Aguayo won the match, and Konnan was forced to give up his mask.

Without his mask, Konnan wrestled briefly in the CMLL promotion and then traveled to the United States where he performed as Max Moon. He also made stops in several Japanese promotions (FMW and New Japan Pro Wrestling) before returning back to Mexico. He soon ventured over to the AAA promotion where he engaged in a bitter feud with Cien Caras. In the biggest match of the year in front of almost 50,000 fans in the Plaze de Toros stadium in Mexico City, Caras defeated Konnan when Jake the Snake Roberts interfered with the match. Although the stimulation for the match was that the loser must retire, Konnan refused to do so because of Roberts interference. In 1994 he came back to face Roberts in a hair vs. hair match in Tijuana, Mexico. Having become friend and tag team partner with Aguayo, Konnan shocked AAA fans when he turned on him and joined with the infamous Los Gringos Locos, a group composed of Art Barr, Eddy Guerrero and Louie Spicolli. The group bragged about the imminence of the United States and degraded the Mexican fans about their country. This created the biggest sensation in Mexican wrestling in years. It climaxed during AAA’s first pay-per-view event, “When Worlds Collide” which took place in Los Angeles on November 6, 1994. In the main event of the pay-per-view, Konnan was battered and bloodied in a cage match against Aguayo and came out of the match the loser.

During his career in Mexico, Konnan was a media star, featured in a television soap opera as well as promoting a rap album he performed on. Frenzied crowds flocked to see him wherever he was and his popularity was rivaled that of American sports and music stars. His loss to Aguayo, however, signaled a turning point in his career as he left Mexico and entered Extreme Championship Wrestling. Although he gained a following in ECW as he battled against the Sandman, he soon moved on to World Championship Wrestling where many believed he would gain stardom and on January 29, 1996, he defeated the One Man Gang to win the WCW United States Heavyweight championship (which he ultimately lost six months later to Ric Flair at the Bash at the Beach pay-per-view in Daytona Beach, Florida). Over the next few years there were numerous changes in the lineup in WCW and Konnan was often on the wrong end of the backstage politics, thus limiting his opportunity to excel in WCW. He did, however, capture the WCW World Television title (defeating Chris Jericho in Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 30, 1998) and later teamed with Rey Mysterio Jr. to take the WCW Tag Team belts from Harlem Heat. He also was a member of the New World Order group that threatened to take over WCW and his influence with hip-hop lingo carried over to almost everyone in the company. Unfortunately, he suffered numerous setbacks from injuries and personality conflicts with WCW management and his pushes seemed to get derailed. He remains very popular with fans and is now receiving credit for his influence behind the scenes and is poised to continue his success in the future.

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In the scope of wrestling history he may not go down as one of the elites of all time, but for a period of time he was perfect. A second generation wrestler, he seemed to be on the path towards multiple championships in the bigger wrestling promotions but always seemed held back behind the bigger stars.

Real Name: Curtis Michael Hennig
Stats: 6′ 3″ 235 lbs.
Born: March 28, 1960

Early Life

As second generation wrestlers go, Curt Hennig was destined for greatness. He grew up idolizing his father the great Larry “the Axe” Hennig and had as his best friend since high school Ravishing Rick Rude. They attended Robbinsdale High School in his hometown of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, alongside Tom Zenk, Brady Boone, Nikita Koloff, John Nord, Road Warrior Hawk, and Barry Darsow, who all became professional wrestlers.With such talent surrounding him, how could he possibly miss on wrestling stardom?


Curt’s father Larry was one of the top competitors in the AWA, teaming with Harley Race to win three AWA World Tag Team championships. In 1978, Larry turned his attention to working with Verne Gagne to train their respective sons, Curt and Greg Gagne. After months and months of hard work, Curt debuted in 1979 and achieved early success by teaming with a young Scott Hall and defeating Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal for the AWA World Tag Team belts on January 18, 1986.

On May 2, 1987, Curt entered the ring to face AWA World Champion Nick Bockwinkel. Controversy surrounded the outcome of the match as it appeared that Hennig was handed a roll of quarters by Larry Zbyscko and used it to knock Bockwinkel out cold. Ignoring the controversy, Curt defended the title for more than a year against such combatants as Bockwinkel, Greg Gagne, Wahoo McDaniel and Baron Von Rasche. Finally on May 9, 1988, Hennig traveled to Memphis, Tennessee where the hometown hero, Jerrry Lawler, turned the tables on the champion and defeated Hennig for the belt.
Without a title belt, Hennig decided that a change of scenery would be beneficial and he moved to the Northeast and in the fall of 1988 entered the World Wrestling Federation under the guise of “Mr. Perfect.” The WWF set the stage for his debut by creating videoclips of him excelling in numerous sports as the “complete athlete.” In 1989, Hennig, angry that he was not given a shot at the title shot against the promotion’s champion (Hulk Hogan), destroyed the championship belt and began a feud that lasted for much of the fall. After obtaining the services of Booby Heenan as his manager, Hennig entered a tournament for the vacant Intercontinental title belt in April 1990. Hennig defeated Tito Santana in the finals to become the Intercontinental champion. After losing the belt to Kerry Von Erich in August, Hennig recaptured it in a rematch on November 19, 1990. His title reign lasted for almost nine months before he was defeated by Bret Hart on August 26, 1991 at the 1991 SummerSlam Pay Per View event in New York. During the match, Curt reinjured a lingering back injury and was forced to take some time off to heal.
Curt Hennig - wrestlingbiographies.comIn late 1991 he returned as an advisor to Ric Flair. As Flair’s “Executive Consultant,” Hennig helped the “Nature Boy”to win the WWF Heavyweight championship. Their partnership seemed solid until Randy Savage asked Hennig to serve as his partner against Flair and Razor Ramon. By accepting the invitation, he thereby severed all ties with Flair. In January 1993, Hennig defeated Flair in a “loser leaves the WWF match.” While this seemed to set the stage for a big push for Curt, his back injury flared up again and he was forced to take more time off.

Hennig returned in 1995 as a color commentator at the 1995 Survivor Series matchup. In 1996, Curt served as Hunter Hearst Helmsley’s manager, but left the WWF and entered World Championship Wrestling a year later as Diamond Dallas Page’s tag team partner against Scott Hall and Randy Savage. He later took over Arn Anderson’s spot in the fabled “Four Horsemen” when Arn was forced by injuries to retire. He turned his back on the Horsemen, however, when he joined forces with he NWO at the 1997 Fall Brawl. Later that night, he defeated Steve McMichael to win the WCW United States title. He lost the belt three months later to Diamond Dallas Page, and then struggled with a knee injury for much of 1998 (although he faced WCW champion Bill Goldberg, losing both matches).

1999 started well for Hennig as he teamed with Barry Windham to briefly capture the WCW Tag Team championship. Knee injuries again forced him out of action and he was limited to non-wrestling roles for most of the year. The year 2000 was no better for him and he was eventually released by the promotion and began headlining a number of independent wrestling shows.He eventually made his way to NWA Total Nonstop Action where he wrestled a number of programs from 2002 – 2003. His last match occurred on January 8, 2003 in a win over Davd Flair.


On February 10, 2003, Hennig was discovered deceased in a hotel room in Brandon, Florida, at the age of 44 years old. The cause of his death was determined by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office to be acute cocaine intoxication, but his father suggested that steroids and painkillers played a role in his passing as well. He was survived by his wife, Leonice Leonard, and their four children, Joseph, Amy, Kaite, and Hank (Joseph and Amy worked as professional wrestlers.


Many felt it was a great shame that Curt Hennig’s career was hampered by so many injuries. A great technical wrestler, he, at the time, was among the premier performers in the business. While history may never know how great he might have become, it should judge him positively based on his talent and achievements.


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Frewquently Asked Questions

Curt Hennig, born in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, grew up in a sports-loving family, idolizing his father Larry “the Axe” Hennig, a professional wrestler. He became interested in wrestling in high school and was trained by his father and Verne Gagne, making his debut in 1979.

Early in his career, Curt Hennig found success in the AWA, teaming with Scott Hall to win the AWA World Tag Team Championship. He also won the AWA World Championship, defeating Nick Bockwinkel, and defended the title for over a year.

When Hennig joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1988, he was repackaged as “Mr. Perfect,” an arrogant yet talented athlete. He was promoted as the “complete athlete” through videoclips showcasing his proficiency in multiple sports. This gimmick became one of his most memorable roles in wrestling.

During his career, Hennig won multiple championships. In the WWF, he was a two-time Intercontinental Champion. In WCW, he held the United States Title and briefly captured the WCW Tag Team Championship with Barry Windham.

Curt Hennig passed away on February 10, 2003, at the age of 44 due to acute cocaine intoxication. His career was often hampered by injuries, but he is remembered as a technically skilled wrestler and a prominent figure in the industry. Despite not reaching the highest levels of stardom, his talent and achievements left a lasting impact on professional wrestling.

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