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Jim Londos - wrestlingbiographies.com

Jim Londos - wrestlingbiographies.com

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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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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Antonio Inoki - wrestlingbiographies.com

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He was so beloved by his fans that they elected him to the Japanese parliament after he retired from the ring. What he did inside of the ring made him a respected statesman and a great champion for professional wrestling.

Real Name: Kanji Inoki
Stats: 6′ 1″ 240 lbs.
Born: February 20, 1943

Antonio Inoki is one of wrestling’s all-time greatest competitors, teachers, and promoters, as well as serving as wrestling’s Ambassador to the World. The noble and refined inoki has made it his career-long goal to bring respect to, and acceptance of, puroresu (Japanese pro wrestling) in the mainstream. Although some accuse Inoki of having the biggest ego in wrestling, eclipsing even the Hulkster…those people could not be further from the truth. The reality is, Inoki is a man with a vision…and, oftentimes, if you want something done right, you do it yourself. Inoki has done more to help wrestling than nearly anyone in the history of the sport. He loves pro wrestling deeply…and even used the slogans “King of Sports” and “Civil Rights For Puroresu” as the mottos of New Japan Pro Wrestling when he started the federation in 1972.

Early Life

Antonio Inoki, born as Kanji Inoki on February 20, 1943, spent his early years in Yokohama, Japan. His family faced financial difficulties during his childhood, and Inoki also had to deal with bullying due to his mixed Japanese and Brazilian ancestry. Despite these challenges, Inoki was determined to rise above his circumstances and find success.

Inoki’s dedication and talent paid off, as he made his professional wrestling debut later that same year against Kintaro Oki. He quickly established himself as a formidable competitor, and his reputation grew within the wrestling community. In the years that followed, Inoki would go on to build an illustrious career as a professional wrestler, promoter, and innovator, leaving a lasting impact on the sport in Japan and around the world.

Inoki’s interest in professional wrestling was sparked by Rikidōzan, who is widely considered the father of Japanese professional wrestling. Rikidōzan’s impact on the sport in Japan inspired Inoki to pursue a career in wrestling, setting him on the path that would ultimately lead to his legendary status in the industry.

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Inoki and Rikidozan

Early Training

In 1960, at the age of 17, he began training under the tutelage of Toyonobori, a former sumo wrestler, and Karl Gotch, a European wrestling expert. Gotch, who was renowned for his technical wrestling skills and knowledge, helped Inoki hone his in-ring abilities, particularly in catch wrestling and submission techniques. This training laid the foundation for Inoki’s innovative “strong style” that later came to define his wrestling career and impact Japanese professional wrestling as a whole.Their guidance helped Inoki develop his wrestling skills, including his technical prowess and mastery of submission techniques.

Inoki’s dedication and talent paid off, as he made his professional wrestling debut later that same year against Kintaro Oki. He quickly established himself as a formidable competitor, and his reputation grew within the wrestling community. In the years that followed, Inoki would go on to build an illustrious career as a professional wrestler, promoter, and innovator, leaving a lasting impact on the sport in Japan and around the world.


On September 30, 1960 he made his pro wrestling debut, losing to Kintaro Ohki. The name “Antonio” is said to have been given to him by his mentor and hero Rikidozan, after the legendary Antonio Rocca. Before forming N.J.P.W., Inoki wrestled for the N.W.A.’s Japan Wrestling Association (J.W.A.). During those years, he gained valuable experience and learned great deal about the sport. But in 1966, he decided to try wrestling for Tokyo Pro, a rival of the JWA. Inoki’s relationship with Tokyo Pro didn’t last long, though, and by 1967 he was back with the JWA until he left to create New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Inoki founded New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) in 1972, a promotion that would go on to become one of the most successful and influential organizations in professional wrestling. Inoki’s vision for NJPW was to create a platform for showcasing the best wrestling talent in Japan and from around the world, with a unique style that would set it apart from other promotions.

Inoki’s experience as a wrestler and his training under Karl Gotch and Toyonobori greatly influenced the style of wrestling he wanted to promote in NJPW. He emphasized the “strong style,” which combined elements of martial arts, catch wrestling, and traditional professional wrestling. This innovative approach was characterized by hard-hitting strikes, submission holds, and a focus on realism, setting NJPW apart from other wrestling organizations of the time.

Under Inoki’s leadership, NJPW quickly gained popularity and began attracting top talent both domestically and internationally. The promotion forged relationships with other major wrestling organizations, such as the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE), which enabled NJPW to feature high-profile matches and cross-promotional events.

Throughout the years, NJPW has been home to many legendary wrestlers, including Tatsumi Fujinami, Riki Choshu, Shinya Hashimoto, Keiji Mutoh, and Hiroshi Tanahashi. The promotion has also been a breeding ground for the development of new stars, such as Kazuchika Okada, Tetsuya Naito, and Kota Ibushi.

The founding of NJPW not only provided an opportunity for Japanese wrestlers to compete at the highest level, but it also allowed the unique strong style to gain worldwide recognition. NJPW’s continued success and influence are a testament to Inoki’s vision and dedication to elevating the sport of professional wrestling.


Although Inoki was often linked as a rival of Baba,  he engaged in numerous high profile programs with other wrestlers that were considered some of the rivalries in Japanese wrestling history. Inoki’s feud with Indian-Canadian wrestler Tiger Jeet Singh during the 1970s was an intense and heated rivalry. Their matches were known for their brutal, no-holds-barred style, with both competitors using weapons and engaging in bloody battles. His rivalry with American wrestler Stan Hansen in the late 1970s and early 1980s was marked by hard-hitting and physical matches. The intense battles between these two warriors showcased the strong style that Inoki helped popularize in Japan, and their matches were highly regarded by fans and critics alike. In the 1980s, Inoki had an intense feud with Riki Choshu, another top star in Japanese wrestling. Their rivalry saw them clashing over various titles, including the NWF Heavyweight Championship, and their matches featured a blend of technical wrestling and brawling. This feud helped solidify both wrestlers’ legacies as icons of Japanese professional wrestling. Finally, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Inoki engaged in a rivalry with Tatsumi Fujinami, one of NJPW’s rising stars. Their matches showcased the best of Japanese professional wrestling, with a focus on technical ability and hard-hitting action. This feud helped establish Fujinami as a top wrestler and further cemented Inoki’s legacy as a living legend.

These rivalries, among others, contributed to Inoki’s status as a trailblazer in the world of professional wrestling. They allowed him to showcase his unique “strong style” and helped popularize the sport in Japan and around the globe.

Awards & Titles

During his long and successful career, Inoki won numerous titles…the NWA Texas Heavyweight title (under the somewhat insulting name of Tokyo Tom) in 1964, the NWA (Texas) World Tag Team title in 1965, the NWA (Tenn.) World Tag Team title (w/Hiro Matsuda), 4 All-Asian Tag Team titles (w/Michiak Yoshimura), 4 NWA International Tag Team titles (w/Giant Baba), and the NWA United National title in 1971. He also went on to win the National Wrestling Federation (N.W.F.) World Heavyweight title 4 different times between 1973-1981 as well as the N.W.A. North American Tag Team title twice, the U.W.A. (Mexico) World Heavyweight title, and also the I.W.G.P. Heavyweight championship, among others.

Many times throughout his career he has faced champions of other sports (Judo Gold Medal winner Willem Ruska, World Karate champion Willie Wlliams, and boxer Chuck Wepner) in an effort to bring credibility to the sport of wrestling. In 1976 he fought his famous (although somewhat disappointing) “Boxer vs. Wrestler” match with World Boxing champion Muhammed Ali. Although the match was fairly uneventful, it did give pro wrestling an aura of legitimacy.

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Inoki vs. Muhammad Ali

As a promoter, Inoki is a genuine trailblazer — bringing pro wrestling to countries like Russia, China, Korea, and Taiwan that had never had a pro wrestling event in their country, or even seen the sport on TV. The two cards he promoted in Korea drew crowds (with a little help from the Korean gov’t.) of 150,000 and 190,000! Talk about bringing wrestling to the world…

In 1979, Inoki was involved in a very controversial title switch involving Bob Backlund and the WWF Heavyweight title. On November 30, 1979 in Tokushima, Japan, Backlund was pinned by Inoki for the WWF title. The next day, the two wrestlers had a rematch, and this time Backlund regained the title. However, the WWF President Hisashi Shinma declared the match a “no-contest” because of interference from Tiger Jeet Signh. Shinma awarded the title back to Inoki, who refused to accept the championship. A match between Backlund and “Big, Bad” Bobby Duncum (of all people) on December 12, 1979 in New York City took place to decide the winner of the “held up” WWF title, with Backlund winning.

Ironically, American fans never knew of the controversy in Japan, and thought the Backlund/Duncum match was just a regular monthly title defense for Backlund. The WWF has never acknowledged the title switch, and to this day does not count Inoki as a former WWF Heavyweight champion.

The “Collision in Korea” was a historic professional wrestling event held over two days, April 28 and 29, 1995, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Organized by Antonio Inoki, the event was a joint production between his New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and the American promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW). The event was officially titled “International Sports and Cultural Festival for Peace” and aimed to promote peace and diplomacy through sports, particularly professional wrestling.

The event took place at the May Day Stadium, drawing a massive crowd, reportedly over 150,000 people on each day, making it one of the largest audiences ever recorded for a professional wrestling event. Many top stars from both NJPW and WCW participated in the event, including Ric Flair, Scott Norton, Shinya Hashimoto, and Kensuke Sasaki, among others.

One of the most notable matches of the event was the main event on the second day, where Antonio Inoki faced Ric Flair. This match was significant not only due to the high-profile nature of the two competitors but also because it symbolized the collaboration between Japanese and American wrestling promotions. Inoki emerged victorious in the match, further solidifying his status as a legend in the wrestling world.

The Collision in Korea event was a unique and ambitious effort to use professional wrestling as a means to bring people together and promote peace. The event’s success and historic nature have left a lasting impact on the world of professional wrestling, and it remains a testament to Inoki’s vision and influence in the industry.

In the early 1980s, Antonio Inoki was involved in a scandal related to his professional wrestling promotion, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). The scandal was centered around Inoki’s alleged connections with the infamous Japanese yakuza (organized crime syndicates). It was claimed that Inoki had sought financial support from yakuza members to help fund NJPW events and maintain the promotion’s operations.

The scandal came to light in 1981 when the tabloid magazine Shukan Gendai published an article accusing Inoki of having ties with the yakuza. The accusations had a significant impact on Inoki’s reputation and the public perception of NJPW at the time.

In response to the allegations, Inoki held a press conference in which he denied any involvement with the yakuza. Although no concrete evidence was produced to prove Inoki’s direct connections with the criminal underworld, the scandal tarnished his image and cast a shadow over his otherwise impressive career.

Despite the controversy, Inoki managed to overcome the scandal, and NJPW continued to grow and thrive in the years that followed.


Inoki transitioned from professional wrestling to politics in the early 21st century, leveraging his fame and popularity to enter the world of Japanese politics. In 1989, Inoki founded the Sports and Peace Party and ran for a seat in the Japanese House of Councillors but was unsuccessful in his bid. However, his political aspirations did not end there.

In 1995, Inoki ran again, this time as an independent candidate, and was elected to the House of Councillors, serving as a member of Japan’s National Diet for a six-year term. During his tenure in office, Inoki focused on issues related to sports, culture, and diplomacy, continuing the themes that had defined his wrestling career.

In addition to the “Collision in Korea” event, Inoki made numerous trips to North Korea as part of his diplomatic efforts. He also established the Antonio Inoki Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to fostering peace through sports and cultural exchanges.

Though Inoki did not seek re-election after completing his term in the House of Councillors, his political career demonstrated his commitment to using his influence to promote peace and diplomacy, particularly through the medium of professional wrestling and sports in general.

Personal Life

Inoki was married twice and has children from both marriages. Inoki’s first marriage was to a woman named Tazuko, with whom he had two children: a daughter named Hiroko and a son named Hiroaki. Hiroaki, who was born in 1972, followed in his father’s footsteps and pursued a career in professional wrestling under the ring name “Kendo Kashin.” Hiroaki gained success in the wrestling world, winning several championships in different promotions throughout his career.

In 2000, Inoki married his second wife, Mitsuko Baisho, a Japanese actress known for her work in both film and television. The couple has a daughter together named Maria Inoki, who was born in 2001. Despite the high-profile nature of Inoki’s career, his family has generally maintained a private life away from the spotlight.

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In addition to his immediate family, Antonio Inoki has a brother named Simon Inoki (real name: Kenji Inoki), who also had a career in professional wrestling and later became an executive in the wrestling industry. Simon Inoki played a significant role in the operation of NJPW Antonio sold the promotion in 2005.

Inoki converted to Shia Islam in 1990 during a pilgrimage to Karbala, the Shiite holy city in Iraq. Hdescribed himself as both a Muslim convert and a Buddhist

Antonio Inoki died on On October 1, 2022, at age 79, Inoki died from systemic transthyretin amyloidosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Antonio Inoki, born Kanji Inoki, was a legendary figure in professional wrestling, known for his roles as a competitor, teacher, and promoter. He was instrumental in popularizing puroresu (Japanese pro wrestling) globally and was known as the sport’s Ambassador to the World. He founded New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) in 1972, significantly impacting the sport’s history.

Inoki was born on February 20, 1943, in Yokohama, Japan. Despite facing financial challenges and bullying due to his mixed Japanese and Brazilian ancestry, he was inspired by Rikidōzan, the father of Japanese professional wrestling. He began training at 17 under Toyonobori and Karl Gotch, making his professional debut in 1960 against Kintaro Oki.

Inoki was known for his “strong style” in wrestling, a blend of martial arts, catch wrestling, and professional wrestling. This style, characterized by hard-hitting strikes and realism, became the hallmark of NJPW under his leadership. His promotion brought together top talent from Japan and abroad, forging important international relationships.

Inoki had several high-profile rivalries, including with Tiger Jeet Singh, known for their intense, no-holds-barred matches, and with Stan Hansen, showcasing the strong style. He also had significant feuds with Riki Choshu and Tatsumi Fujinami, contributing greatly to the legacy of Japanese professional wrestling.

Inoki also ventured into politics, founding the Sports and Peace Party and serving in Japan’s House of Councillors. He was involved in diplomatic efforts, notably organizing the “Collision in Korea” event in 1995, promoting peace through sports. He was married twice and had children, including Hiroaki, who also became a professional wrestler. Inoki converted to Islam in 1990 but also identified as a Buddhist.


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  2. History of Wrestling. “Antonio Inoki.”  https://historyofwrestling.com/antonino-rocca/
  3. Inoki Genki Factory. “Biography of Antonio Inoki.” Inoki Genki Factory, 2023.www.inokigenki.com

  4. Bosack, Michael MacArthur. “A man larger than life: Remembering Antonio Inoki.” The Japan Times, October 2, 2022.https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/10/02/national/antonio-inoki-obituary/ businessman, and politician.

  5. Legacy.com. “Antonio Inoki Obituary: Japanese Combat Sports Pioneer Dies at 79.” Legacy.com, October 1, 2022.https://www.legacy.com/news/celebrity-deaths/antonio-inoki-1943-2022/

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He is the self-described hardest working man in the business and has had one of the strangest journeys towards success in recent memory. Through hard work and unyielding determination, he pushed himself to the heights of the industry.

Diamond Dallas Page
Real Name: Page Joseph Falkenburg
: 6′ 5″ 253 lbs.
: April 5, 1956

The saga of Diamond Dallas Page seems more akin to a Horatio Alger tale than a wrestling biography. Although flavored with grandiosity and passion, it is the story of a man’s dedication and determination to become a star in professional wrestling despite the odds and the naysayers standing in his way.

Early Life

Dallas Page was born Page Falkenburg in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to Sylvia  and Page Falkinburg Sr . He played varisty basketbal for Point Pleasant Borough High School in Point Pleasant, before briefly attending  Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. He left college and made his wrestling debut in Canada in 1979, but suffered a severe knee injury, leading him to make a detour from his career.


Standing 6′ 5″ and weighing 253 lbs., he used his physical stature to keep patrons in line as the manager of Norma Jean’s, a night club in Ft. Myers, Florida. Attracted to the glamour and lucrative nature of the professional wrestling industry, Page took a gamble and decided to move North to Minnesota and entered the American Wrestling Association. Having sent audio tapes to the promotion as part of his application, he was hired as a color commentator for the promotion’s broadcasts. Soon he looked at one of the tag teams working within the promotion and decided that he wanted to serve as their manager. Under his guidance, the team of Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka) quickly became the AWA tag team champions. His early success prompted a number of performers to seek out his services and soon he was managing a number of performers, including Madusa and Curt Hennig.

In light of this success, it surprised many when Page left the AWA and ventured down to the Florida Championship Wrestling territory where he served as a color commentator alongside the legendary Gordon Solie. In addition to this new job, he actually sought work in other wrestling promotion (including the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW)). In 1990, he gained a tryout as an announcer for the WWF but wasn’t hired. He was able to appear at Wrestlemania VI, however, as he drove “Rhythm and Blues” (The Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine) to the ring in his iconic pink Cadillac. When Championship Wrestling from Florida closed down, he joined WCW as an announcer and eventually was called upon to serve as a manager again, this time for the Fabulous Freebirds. The Freebirds were comprised of Michael P.S. Hayes and Ron Garvin and in 1991 they succeeded in winning the NWA tag team title. Page next took on a young wrestler named Scott Hall who then performed under the moniker “the Diamond Studd.” Accompanied to the rings each night by a bevy of “Diamond Dolls,” Page often became physically active in helping Hall. As a result, several people recommended that he enter the WCW Power Plant training school and learn the ropes of performing inside of the ring. He did so and saw his first “official” mat action on November 18, 1991 as Hall’s tag team partner against Kevin Sullivan and the Assassin. After a year of very limited success, his career was put in jeopardy when he tore the rotator cuff in his shoulder in a match against Shanghai Pierce and was put out of action for 11 months. He was subsequently released by WCW.

Undaunted, Page determined to continue improving his character and sought the help of Jake “the Snake” Roberts. Roberts advised on the psychological aspects of the business and after his injury had healed he made his way back to WCW, which was now under the direction of his former announcing partner Eric Bischoff. Bischoff saw talent in Page and took a gamble on him, giving him a minor push along with a bodyguard and a valet (his real-life wife Kimberly) who was referred to as the Diamond Doll. He finally found his first bit of success at the 1995 Fall Brawl pay per view event where he defeated the Renegade to gain the WCW television title. Just when it seemed he was climbing the ladder towards success, he was booked in some of the most ridiculous and embarrassing angles in recent memory (including one where he stole Kimberly’s $1 million in bingo winnings and then lost it all). Losing feuds to Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero) and the Booty Man (Ed Leslie), Page seemed to be back at square one in his career.

Despite being named Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s 1995 Most Improved wrestler, at 39 years of age, most thought he would remained a glorified lower-card performer destined for oblivion. Page, however, would not give up on his career and fortunately for him, neither did Eric Bischoff. Bischoff allowed Page to enter the Battle Bowl tournament and Page shocked everyone when he won the competition and became “Lord of the Ring.” Capitalizing on this success, Page began to engage in outstanding bouts against Eddie Guerrero and Marcus Bagwell.

In 1996, Scott Hall returned to WCW along with Kevin Nash and turned the wrestling world on its ear. They teamed with Hulk Hogan to form the New World Order, which threatened to destroy WCW. Having spent earlier periods of his career working with Hall and wrestling against Nash, Page seemed a likely candidate to become a new member of the NWO. He refused to join them, however, and began a year long, pitched battle against members of the NWO. After a series of brutal feuds with Savage (voted PWI 1997 Feud of the Year), Page defeated Curt Henning to win the WCW United States title on December 28, 1997. He subsequently defended the title against all comers, including Chris Benoit and Raven, and utilizing his new finishing move (called the Diamond Cutter) Page quietly became one of the most popular wrestlers in WCW. After losing the U.S. strap to Raven, he reclaimed it six months later from Bret Hart. Finally, he felt he had reached a point where he could demand a shot at the top belt in the business, the WCW Heavyweight championship which was held by Hulk Hogan. WCW used his ties with the entertainment industry to team up on one occasion with NBA All Star Karl Malone and on another with television host Jay Leno to take on Hogan and his partner, basketball star Dennis Rodman.

Diamond Dallas Page - wrestlingbiographies.comHaving gained a great deal of notoriety, Page was finally elevated to the top of the industry and shocked a great many when he won a four-way dance matchup against Hogan, Sting and Ric Flair on April 11, 1999 in Tacoma, Washington. After losing the belt two weeks later to Sting, he reclaimed it in an impromptu four way match against Sting, Kevin Nash and Goldberg. Unfortunately, backstage politics undermined his title reign and he lost the belt to Kevin Nash a few weeks later. As poor booking and backstage powerplays caused WCW’s television ratings to plummet, Page saw less and less time in the main event and he seemed to be a forgotten man for the rest of 1999. He did not remain idle, however, and starred in a movie, Ready to Rumble, along with David Arquette and in the spring of 2000 found himself back in the title hunt capturing the WCW Heavyweight again. Injuries, however, forced him to take some time off to heal and he was forced to reevaluate his next steps in the business.



No matter what he future holds for him, Dallas Page has proven his critics wrong and has achieved more than anyone thought possible. His drive towards success and his work ethic has set a standard for young performers entering the sport. He has truly proved to be a diamond in the rough.


    1. “Diamond Dallas Page.” Wikipedia –  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_Dallas_Page 

    2. WWE. “Diamond Dallas Page.”  –  www.wwe.com

    3. Pro Wrestling Fandom. “Diamond Dallas Page.”  –  prowrestling.fandom.com

    4. Diamond Dallas Page Official Website. –  www.diamonddallaspage.com/about/

    5. IMDb. “Diamond Dallas Page.” –  www.imdb.com

Frequently Asked Questioons

Dallas Page encountered several obstacles early in his career, including a severe knee injury that initially sidetracked his aspirations. He also faced skepticism from naysayers who doubted his potential in professional wrestling due to his late start in the sport and his physical setbacks.

After working as a manager in the AWA and serving as a color commentator in Florida Championship Wrestling, Page was encouraged to train as a wrestler. He joined the WCW Power Plant training school and began competing in the ring, first as Scott Hall’s tag team partner and later as a solo wrestler.

Page’s wrestling career saw several significant achievements, including winning the WCW Television Title in 1995, the WCW United States Title in 1997, and the WCW Heavyweight Championship in 1999. His popularity soared with the development of his signature move, the Diamond Cutter.

Page’s refusal to join the NWO in 1996 and his subsequent feuds with members of the group, particularly Randy Savage, significantly boosted his profile. These storylines cemented him as a fan favorite and a key figure in WCW during its peak years.

Despite the challenges and setbacks, Diamond Dallas Page’s career is seen as a testament to hard work, determination, and resilience. His journey from manager to world champion, along with his late start in the sport, has inspired many and left a lasting impact on the wrestling industry. His work ethic and dedication have set a standard for young wrestlers and showcased that success can be achieved at any stage of life.

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An icon of the 1980s and 1990s, Randy Savage boasted a distinctive catchphrase and an exuberant persona. Yet, he wrestled with personal demons, jealousy, and paranoia, often overshadowed by other legendary pro wrestlers. Nevertheless, Savage was extraordinary, an enigma in life and adored after death, standing out among a sea of talented peers.

Real Name: Randy Poffo
Stats: 6′ 2″ 237 lbs.
Born: November 15, 1952


Early Life

Born as Randy Mario Poffo in Columbus, Ohio, on November 15, 1952, he was the eldest son of Judy and Angelo Poffo, the latter a renowned professional wrestler. The couple met at DePaul University, and Angelo, after a baseball career setback, found success in wrestling during the 1950s and 1960s. He also gained fame for his record-breaking sit-ups, featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Randy’s younger brother, Lanny, would also become a pro wrestler. As a wrestler’s family, the Poffos frequently relocated, living in Ohio, Illinois, New York, and eventually, Kentucky. Randy excelled in sports and academics in high school, earning a National Honor Society membership.

Despite receiving a scholarship offer from Arizona State University, Randy chose to enter the Major League Baseball draft. Disappointed when undrafted, he graduated from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale in 1971. Post-college, Randy pursued baseball and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. As a two-time All-State catcher in high school, he joined the Gulf Coast League’s Sarasota Cardinals, hitting .286 in his rookie year. His performance improved the following year, earning a spot on the GCL All-Star team.

In 1973, Randy hit .344 in 25 games as a designated hitter for the Sarasota Red Birds. However, his batting average dropped to .250 upon promotion to Class-A ball with Orangeburg of the Western Carolinas League. Moving to Florida in 1974 to play for the Cincinnati Reds affiliate, his performance declined, with a .232 batting average, nine home runs, and 66 RBIs. After being released by the Reds, he tried out for the Chicago White Sox Class-A affiliate but failed to secure a position. He switched to left-handed throwing and first base due to a shoulder injury. Randy concluded his minor league career with 289 games across four seasons, a .254 batting average, 16 home runs, and 129 RBIs.

Early Career

The transition from baseball to wrestling wasn’t just a career change; it was a return to familial roots. In the mid-1970s, Savage began training under his father’s guidance, learning the ropes of the sport that would eventually make him a global superstar. He started his wrestling career in 1973, wrestling under his real name in several territories, including the NWA. His early years in the ring were characterized by an evolving persona and a style that was beginning to show glimpses of the “Macho Man” character that would later captivate the world. It was during these formative years that Savage honed his skills, developed his character, and began making a name for himself. He wrestled in various territories, including International Championship Wrestling (ICW), where he and his brother Lanny Poffo, known as “Leaping Lanny,” wrestled as the Poffo brothers. These early years were critical in laying the foundation for Savage’s rise to fame, setting the stage for his emergence as one of the most charismatic and dynamic personalities in professional wrestling history.

Savage introduced a distinctive persona to the ring. John Pantozzi described him as someone who “seemed to have captured a rainbow and wore it for all to witness.” His extravagant style extended from his vivid, personalized capes and fringed wrestling tights to his oversized sunglasses, raspy voice, and deliberate speech. Savage commanded attention, appearing on the verge of attacking audience members at times. His overprotectiveness towards Elizabeth was a recurring theme in his storylines, with some feeling it bordered on dangerous obsession. Combined with his rapid, aggressive wrestling technique, Savage quickly became a top prospect in the industry.

His talents were soon recognized by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Promoted as wrestling’s top free agent, Savage joined the WWF, announcing Miss Elizabeth as his new manager amidst much excitement. The gentle and reserved Elizabeth served as a stark contrast to the explosive, suspicious Savage. In his WWF pay-per-view debut, Savage fought his way through a 16-man battle royal before ultimately losing to the Junkyard Dog. He then feuded with Tito Santana over the Intercontinental Title (IC) belt, which he won on February 24, 1986, at the Boston Gardens arena. The IC title often led to a challenge for the WWF Heavyweight belt, and Savage faced off against champion Hulk Hogan in several matches. Although he defeated Hogan on multiple occasions via count-out, Savage could not claim the belt due to count-out rules.

Savage then entered into a dream feud against veteran wrestler George “the Animal” Steele, who had developed feelings for Elizabeth and intervened when Savage mistreated her. They competed for the IC title at Wrestlemania II in a cage match in Uniondale, New York. Though Steele withstood Savage’s signature elbow drop, Randy secured a roll-up pinfall using the ropes for extra leverage.

Savage’s rivalry with Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat came next, with both skilled athletes offering a refreshing contrast to the slower-paced matches typical of the WWF. The feud escalated when Savage attacked Steamboat during a fan meet-and-greet, crushing his throat. The storyline continued for months, culminating in a highly anticipated match at Wrestlemania III, which many would hail as the WWF’s greatest.

Savage was known for meticulously planning his matches, a trait attributed to his perfectionism and desire for flawless execution. Announcer Gene Okerlund recalled, “Savage was obsessed with things being absolutely perfect and tight in his matches.” Lanny explained that Randy believed in sports and entertainment, striving to prove himself the greatest athlete ever. This dedication to excellence contributed to his memorable performances on the Wrestlemania stage.

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Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania III

Behind the scenes, Savage and Steamboat meticulously orchestrated their match, and the three-month-long vignettes illustrating Steamboat’s injuries whipped fans into a frenzy. As Dave Hebner refereed and both wrestlers entered the Pontiac Silverdome, the crowd erupted with excitement. In the ring, Steamboat quickly sought retribution, choking Savage with a Hangman maneuver. The match was a nail-biter, featuring 22 near falls. The audience went wild when Savage grounded Steamboat after a disoriented Hebner took a hit. Savage seized the ring bell, climbed onto the turnbuckle, and prepared to repeat his earlier assault on the Dragon’s throat, only to be thwarted by Steele. Injured, Savage attempted a bodyslam, but Steamboat countered with a roll-up and secured a pinfall. The crowd went wild as Hebner handed Steamboat the belt, and he and Steele exited to applause. Savage remained in the ring, defeated and humbled, with a distraught Elizabeth by his side, knowing he had just delivered the performance of a lifetime. Many fans consider the Wrestlemania match the greatest in WWF history, and it was named 1987’s Match of the Year by both the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and Pro Wrestling Illustrated. However, as Lanny later revealed, the match became an unattainable benchmark for Savage, haunting him in the years to come.

Despite his villainous persona, Savage’s in-ring prowess and electrifying promos attracted fans in droves. As his popularity soared, he found more fans cheering than jeering. After winning the King of the Ring on September 4, 1987, Savage softened his treatment of Elizabeth and his antagonism towards fans, propelling him towards another shot at the IC belt, now held by Honkytonk Man. During their October 3, 1987, match on Saturday Night’s Main Event, the Hart Foundation interrupted, leading to Honkytonk smashing a guitar over Savage’s head. Elizabeth fetched help, returning with Hulk Hogan. Hogan entered the ring, and after a tense standoff, Savage extended his hand, forming the Mega Powers.

Over the next few months, Savage and Honkytonk faced off in various matches, with Savage chasing Honkytonk’s Intercontinental belt as a stepping stone to the WWF championship. Behind the scenes, however, Honkytonk refused to relinquish the belt to Savage, arguing that his own momentum was too strong and that Savage didn’t need the belt to be a legitimate contender for the WWF World title. Consequently, their feud concluded with a series of cage matches between Savage’s team and Honkytonk’s team. Though he failed to capture the IC title, Savage had bigger goals on the horizon.

On February 5, 1988, WWF’s “The Main Event” occurred at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. The show featured a rematch between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant from their iconic Wrestlemania III fight. Andre controversially won due to referee Earl Hebner, who posed as his twin brother Dave and wrongfully delivered a three-count pinfall. Andre then gifted the title to Ted Dibiase, the Million Dollar Man. However, the title was ultimately vacated since it could only change hands via pinfall or submission. Consequently, a 14-man tournament was scheduled for Wrestlemania IV to determine the new WWF World Heavyweight Champion.

Macho Man, a tournament favorite, reached the finals against Ted Dibiase after defeating Butch Reed, Greg Valentine, and the One Man Gang. With Hogan at ringside to prevent interference, Savage pinned Dibiase and won the title after Hogan attacked Dibiase with a chair. Savage, Hogan and Miss Elizabeth celebrated their victory, reuniting the Mega Powers.

Over the next 371 days, Savage defended his world title against formidable opponents like One Man Gang, Big Boss Man, and André the Giant. He enjoyed even more popularity as part of the Mega Powers alongside Hogan, with the duo winning matches at the first Summer Slam event and the 1988 Survivors Series.

Outside the ring, Savage and Hogan develop a friendship, and Elizabeth becomes close with Hogan’s wife, Linda. However, tensions rose when Hogan accidentally eliminated Savage from a Royal Rumble match on January 15, 1989, leading to an in-ring fight. Five weeks later, during the Main Event II, Elizabeth was injured, and Hogan carried her away, leaving Savage feeling betrayed. Savage accused Hogan of trying to steal Elizabeth, setting the stage for a title defense against Hogan at Wrestlemania V. Despite being hospitalized for an elbow infection, Savage competed for 17 minutes before being pinned by Hogan.

Without the championship belt and Miss Elizabeth, who remained with Hogan, Savage replaced her with Sensational Sherri Martel. Over the next few months, Savage and Hogan continued to face off, with Hogan often teaming up with Brutus Beefcake against Savage and Tiny “Zeus” Lister. After winning the 1989 King of the Ring tournament by pinning Jim Duggan, Savage declared himself the “Macho King.” During his coronation, he received a scepter from Ted Dibiase and was accompanied by his brother Lanny, now known as “The Genius.” Savage faced Hogan once more for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship but lost due to a controversial pinfall.

Over the next year, Savage competed against Dusty Rhodes and the Ultimate Warrior. At Wrestlemania VII, he faced Warrior in a retirement match. After losing, Sherri attacked Savage, but Elizabeth, watching from the audience, chased her off, reuniting the couple and turning Savage into a fan favorite again. Despite the retirement stipulation, Savage wrestled a few more matches, with his last match on April 1, 1991, in Kobe, Japan.

Retired from wrestling, Savage worked as a color commentator for WWF broadcasts. The WWF continued to showcase his relationship with Elizabeth, culminating in their on-screen wedding at SummerSlam 1991. However, the couple’s reception was marred by Jake “the Snake” Roberts, who had hidden a live snake in one of their gifts.

On an October 21, 1991 broadcast of WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Roberts taunted Savage, provoking him to enter the ring. Roberts then attacked Savage and forced a live King Cobra to bite his arm. Despite being de-venomized, the snake wouldn’t release Savage’s arm, and Savage later experienced a fever that sent him to the hospital. After this incident, Savage was reinstated and faced Roberts in a series of matches until February 1992.

Randy then focused on WWF champion Ric Flair, who had claimed to have had an intimate relationship with Elizabeth and shared doctored photos of them together. WWF Magazine later exposed the photos as fake, showing the original images of Elizabeth and Savage with Flair’s substitution.

Savage and Flair feuded over Elizabeth’s honor, leading to Savage winning the championship at Wrestlemania VIII on April 5, 1992. However, behind the scenes, Savage and Elizabeth’s marriage was crumbling despite their on-screen portrayal of a strong relationship. Savage was known to be overly jealous and protective of Elizabeth backstage, often demanding other wrestlers stay away from her. The couple eventually divorced on September 18, 1992, with Elizabeth’s final WWF appearance on April 19, 1992. Savage’s issues with Hulk Hogan, whom he blamed for contributing to his marital problems, led to a long-standing grudge.

In 1993, Savage’s popularity earned him a spokesman role for Slim Jim beef jerky products, promoting the brand with the catchphrase, “Need a little excitement? Snap into a Slim Jim!” He continued as their spokesman until 2000.

Savage defended his World title against the Ultimate Warrior and others before losing it back to Flair in September, partly due to interference from Razor Ramon. Over the next two years, he competed in singles and tag matches against top wrestlers and was a color commentator for Monday Night Raw and PPV events. Savage remained in these roles until his WWF contract expired in November 1994.

Although Vince McMahon believed that Randy Savage’s time as an in-ring competitor had passed, Savage felt he still had much to achieve. As 1994 came to an end, Savage’s WWF career concluded, and he debuted in World Championship Wrestling on December 3, 1994. Initially hinting at a possible continuation of his feud with Hulk Hogan, Savage instead aided Hogan at Starrcade ’94, establishing himself as a babyface in WCW.

Savage’s first major WCW feud was against former WWF rival Ric Flair, headlining television and pay-per-view events throughout 1995. On November 26, 1995, Savage won his first WCW World Heavyweight title at World War 3, but lost it to Flair the following month. Savage regained the title in January 1996, only to lose it once more to Flair in February. Their rivalry continued until the summer 1996, when the New World Order (NWO) emerged.

As a key figure in the match that launched the NWO, Savage teamed with Sting to face The Outsiders. Following Hogan’s shocking heel-turn, Savage joined forces with Sting, Lex Luger, D.D.P., and others to defend WCW against the NWO. However, after failing to negotiate a new contract, Savage briefly left WCW before making a surprise return in January 1997.

Upon returning, Savage felt blackballed by WCW and sought out Sting. WCW President Eric Bischoff told Savage he could only return as an NWO member, which Savage did at SuperBrawl VII. Reuniting with Miss Elizabeth, Savage feuded with Diamond Dallas Page and his wife Kimberly before targeting former ally Sting, who now held the WCW title. At Spring Stampede 1988, Savage defeated Sting for the championship, despite interference from Hulk Hogan and a torn ACL during the match.

With Kevin Nash’s help, Savage caused a rift in the NWO, leading to the formation of NWO Wolfpac. Savage then feuded with Bret Hart and Roddy Piper but disappeared midway through the year for knee surgery.

As the late 1990s approached, the landscape of WCW began to shift. The emergence of the New World Order (nWo) storyline saw Savage playing a pivotal role, alternating between adversary and ally. His character’s evolution during this period was a testament to his versatility and ability to adapt to the changing dynamics of the industry. However, it also marked the beginning of the end of his active in-ring career.

Injuries, a common plight among professional wrestlers, marred Savage’s final years in WCW. His high-impact wrestling style had taken a toll on his body, leading to sporadic appearances and a reduced in-ring schedule. Additionally, the arrival of new, younger talent shifted the focus away from the veterans who had once dominated the scene.


Randy Savage’s last official match in WCW occurred in 2000, signaling the end of his full-time wrestling career. While he didn’t retire officially at this point, this match represented the final chapter of his active in-ring story in WCW. Though not his most memorable, the match closed the WCW chapter of a career that had spanned over two decades.

After WCW, Savage made occasional appearances in other promotions, but his time in WCW was the final significant period of his wrestling career. One of Savage’s most memorable post-wrestling ventures was his foray into acting. He lent his distinctive raspy voice to the character of “Bonesaw McGraw” in the 2002 blockbuster “Spider-Man,” directed by Sam Raimi. His performance, though brief, was a hit with fans, blending his wrestling charisma with his natural flair for entertainment. Savage also appeared in several TV shows and movies, showcasing his versatility as an entertainer beyond the wrestling ring.

Savage’s unique voice became his ticket to the world of animated entertainment. He provided voiceovers for various animated projects, most notably the character of “The Thug” in Disney’s “Bolt.” His ability to infuse animated characters with his distinct machismo and energy was a testament to his creative talents and adaptability as an artist.

Leveraging his fame and recognizable persona, Savage became a popular choice for brand endorsements. One of his most famous post-wrestling roles was as the spokesperson for Slim Jim Snack Foods. His energetic and over-the-top commercials for Slim Jim became iconic in the 90s, with his catchphrase “Snap into a Slim Jim, oh yeah!” resonating with audiences and becoming a cultural reference point.

Surprisingly, Savage explored his musical talents by releasing a rap album titled “Be a Man” in 2003. The album featured a mix of wrestling-themed songs and personal tracks, including the titular song “Be a Man,” a diss track aimed at fellow wrestler Hulk Hogan. While the album received mixed reviews, it showcased Savage’s willingness to experiment and his passion for entertaining in all forms.

Outside of the entertainment industry, Savage was known for his philanthropic efforts. He was involved in various charity events and activities, often using his fame to raise awareness and funds for causes he believed in. 

Personal Life

The most famous relationship in Savage’s life was with Elizabeth Hulette, better known as Miss Elizabeth. Their on-screen partnership in the WWF was one of the most iconic and beloved storylines in wrestling history. Their chemistry was palpable, with Miss Elizabeth’s poised and graceful demeanor perfectly complementing Savage’s over-the-top machismo. Behind the scenes, however, the couple had more than just a business relationship. The two had met at a gym in Lexington, Kentucky in 1982 and were married in 1984. Unfortunately, Randy’s jealousy and overprotectiveness were too much for Elizabeth and she divorced him in 1992. However, they would continue to work together, including in WCW as members of the NWO.

While in WCW, Savage dated Stephanie Bellars, who worked under Gorgeous Geroge and as part of the Team Madness stable. In 2010, Savage married Lynn Payne a woman he had dated before his relationship with Miss Elizabeth.  His marriage to Lynn settled him and he enjoyed his life away from the carnival atmosphere in professional wrestling. The couple retired to their home in Seminole, Florida.

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Randy Savage passed away in 2011, but his impact on professional wrestling remains. His charisma, intensity, and unique style set a standard in the industry. In WCW, he was not just a performer but an innovator, a legend, and an icon whose influence extended well beyond his years in the ring.

As fans reminisce about the “Macho Man’s” glory days, it’s clear that his spirit and contributions to professional wrestling will never be forgotten. Randy Savage’s career in WCW was the final act of a magnificent play, leaving behind a legacy that will forever echo in the annals of wrestling history. 

Randy Savage passed On the morning of May 20, 2011., He was driving his Jeep Wrangler near his home in Seminole,with his wife in the passenger seat when he became unresponsive and crashed into a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene at the age of 58. His autopsy indicated that he had an enlarged heart and advanced coronary artery disease, which had resulted in a sudden heart attack. The cause of death was officially ruled as atherosclerotic heart disease. His wife suffered only minor injuries in the accident. He was cremated five days later, and his ashes were placed under a favorite tree on his property in Largo, Florida.


In the pantheon of professional wrestling, Randy “Macho Man” Savage is a figure of immense stature, his legacy a rich tapestry of unforgettable moments, groundbreaking achievements, and an indelible influence on the sport. Born Randall Mario Poffo, Savage’s career spanned over three decades, marked by his unmistakable voice, flamboyant attire, and an in-ring prowess that captivated audiences worldwide. His iconic bouts, notably against Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III and his intense rivalry with Hulk Hogan, are etched in wrestling lore, showcasing his exceptional talent and charisma. Beyond his athletic feats, Savage’s persona, a perfect blend of intensity and showmanship, redefined what it meant to be a sports entertainer. His impact extended beyond the ring, as he became a cultural icon, recognized even by those distant from wrestling. His “Oh yeah!” catchphrase and Slim Jim commercials transcended the sport, making him a household name. Savage’s untimely passing in 2011 was a profound loss to the wrestling world, but his influence endured, inspiring new generations of wrestlers. His induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015 was a fitting tribute to a man who was, in many ways, the embodiment of professional wrestling’s spirit and spectacle. The “Macho Man” Randy Savage remains, for many, the heart and soul of an era, his legacy forever a part of wrestling’s grand history. 

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Tito Santana

Real Name: Merced Solis
Stats: 6′ 1″ 245 lbs.
Born: May 10, 1953

The most popular latin wrestler of his time, he never received the opportunity to claims the top titles in the business. He was, however, a multiple-time champion and the hero for millions of his fans.


Tito Santana was a major player in the WWF during its ascension to the top of the wrestling industry. He won numerous individual and tag team championships and was constantly one of the favorite performers throughout the United States. Unfortunately, he never had the opportunity to challenge for the WWF Heavyweight championship, and thus never reached the levels that many felt he should have.

Tito Santana was born Tocula, Mexico but grew up in mission, Texas where he was an outstanding athlete growing up. He excelled football in high school and was good enough to make his way to West Texas Sate University where he played as a tight end. Tito may have been destined for a future career in professional wrestling as played along side a number of future grappling greats including quarterback Tully Blanchard and offensive lineman Ted Dibiase. After completing his college career, he ventured up to Canada where he played briefly in the Canadian Football League. After his football career stalled, he was persuaded to give professional wrestling a try.

Santana began his wrestling career in 1975 in Texas but soon moved North to Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association. In just a short time he skyrocketed towards the top of the promotion and ultimately got a shot against A.W.A. title champion Nick Bockwinkel. Although he handled himself well, he was not successful in taking away Bockwinkel’s belt. With his top-level experience, however, he had gained enough momentum to travel to the World Wrestling Federation where he teamed with Ivan Putski to defeat the Jimmy and Johnny Valiant to capture the WWF tag team championship on October 22, 1979. Santana and Putski successfully defended their belts for six months before they were defeated by the Wild Samoans in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Still riding high on this success, Santana moved back o the AWA and teamed with the popular star Mil Mascaras. He also wrestled in singles bouts in the AWA and in the southeast regions before returning to the WWF in 1983.

Upon returning to the WWF, he immediately got a shot at the newly crowned World champion the Iron Sheik in January 1980 but rebounded by defeating Don Muraco to gain the WWF Intercontinental title one month later. After defending the belt for more than seven months, he lost it to Greg Valentine with whom he had been feuding. Having suffered a knee injury in the match, he recuperated and began the task of trying to reclaim the title. He found that success on July 6, 1985, defeated Valentine in a brutal cage match in Baltimore, Maryland. Now enjoying great success and even greater popularity, he quietly yearned for a shot at the WWF World title, held by Hulk Hogan. Unfortunately, WWF owner Vince McMahon decided not to pit the two babyface champions against one another and Santana remained relegated to the Intercontinental division. After seven months of holding the belts, Santana was defeated by Randy Savage who employed the use of a pair of brass knuckles to known Tito out cold.

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Real Name: Merced Solis

Stats: 6′ 1″ 245 lbs.

Born: May 10, 1953Tito Santana was a major player in the WWF during its ascension to the top of the wrestling industry. He won numerous individual and tag team championships and was constantly one of the favorite performers throughout the United States. Unfortunately, he never had the opportunity to challenge for the WWF Heavyweight championship, and thus never reached the levels that many felt he should have.

Tito Santana was born Tocula, Mexico but grew up in mission, Texas where he was an outstanding athlete growing up. He excelled football in high school and was good enough to make his way to West Texas Sate University where he played as a tight end. Tito may have been destined for a future career in professional wrestling as played along side a number of future grappling greats including quarterback Tully Blanchard and offensive lineman Ted Dibiase. After completing his college career, he ventured up to Canada where he played briefly in the Canadian Football League. After his football career stalled, he was persuaded to give professional wrestling a try.

Santana began his wrestling career in 1975 in Texas but soon moved North to Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association. In just a short time he skyrocketed towards the top of the promotion and ultimately got a shot against A.W.A. title champion Nick Bockwinkel. Although he handled himself well, he was not successful in taking away Bockwinkel’s belt. With his top-level experience, however, he had gained enough momentum to travel to the World Wrestling Federation where he teamed with Ivan Putski to defeat the Jimmy and Johnny Valiant to capture the WWF tag team championship on October 22, 1979. Santana and Putski successfully defended their belts for six months before they were defeated by the Wild Samoans in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Still riding high on this success, Santana moved back o the AWA and teamed with the popular star Mil Mascaras. He also wrestled in singles bouts in the AWA and in the southeast regions before returning to the WWF in 1983.

Upon returning to the WWF, he immediately got a shot at the newly crowned World champion the Iron Sheik in January 1980 but rebounded by defeating Don Muraco to gain the WWF Intercontinental title one month later. After defending the belt for more than seven months, he lost it to Greg Valentine with whom he had been feuding. Having suffered a knee injury in the match, he recuperated and began the task of trying to reclaim the title. He found that success on July 6, 1985, defeated Valentine in a brutal cage match in Baltimore, Maryland. Now enjoying great success and even greater popularity, he quietly yearned for a shot at the WWF World title, held by Hulk Hogan. Unfortunately, WWF owner Vince McMahon decided not to pit the two babyface champions against one another and Santana remained relegated to the Intercontinental division. After seven months of holding the belts, Santana was defeated by Randy Savage who employed the use of a pair of brass knuckles to known Tito out cold.Over the next year, Santana competed in both the singles and tag team ranks without much notoriety. This changed in 1987, however, when he was teamed with Canadian Ric Martel. Martel was running on a hot streak until his tag team partner Tom Zenk abruptly left the promotion in late 1987. Martel and Santana formed a team known as strike force and captured the tag team belts from the Hart Foundation on October 27, 1987 in Syracuse, New York. After defending the belts for several months, Martel was injured in a match against Demolition and Strikeforce lost the titles. After briefly reuniting in 1989, Martel abruptly abandoned Santana, leaving him in the ring in the middle of a match. This led to a hot feud between the two but it seemed that the WWF now had other stars which they were more interested in pushing. Santana thus left the promotion in 1990 and journeyed to Mexico for a year.

Tito returned to the WWF with a new gimmick of El Matador. The new gimmick did not help to boost his career much and he left the WWF to enter Eastern Championship Wrestling and captured the promotion’s world title belt in August of 1993. After leaving ECW a month later, he toiled for several years as an undercard performer. The high point for him was capturing the AWF heavyweight championship in 1997. He later performed in a number of independent shows and was brought in for a one time only performance in WCW where he defeated Jeff Jarrett.

Tito Santana enjoyed a very successful career in professional wrestling. Much of his popularity was based on his push as an ethnic draw. Unfortunately, his ethnic background, along with other instances of backstage politics prevented him from ever getting the chance to carry the World title belt. Nevertheless, he is remembered for his enthusiasm and energy in the ring and his love for the fans outside.

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