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Keith Franke
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Ring name(s) Adrian Adonis
Keith Franke
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
Billed weight 230 lb (105 kg)-
300 lb (136 kg)
Born September 15, 1954(1954-09-15)
New York City, New York, United States
Died July 4, 1988 (aged 33) [1]
Lewisporte, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada [1]
Trained by Fred Atkins
Debut 1974

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Career

Franke trained under Fred Atkins and debuted in 1974, wrestling under his own name. In the late 1970s, Franke adopted the ring name Adrian Adonis and the character of a brawling, leather jacket-clad biker. [2] Leather jackets A leather jacket is a type of clothing, a jacket made of leather. ... For other uses, see Motorcycle (disambiguation). ...


In the late 1970s, Adonis joined the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based American Wrestling Association. In 1979, he formed a tag team with Jesse Ventura. The team was known as the East-West Connection on the basis that Adonis was from New York (in the East), while Ventura was billed as being from California (in the West). Adonis and Ventura were awarded the AWA World Tag Team Championship on July 20, 1980, when Verne Gagne, one half of the tag champions with Mad Dog Vachon, was unable to defend the title because he was vacationing in Europe. Adonis and Ventura held the belts until June 14, 1981, when they were defeated by Greg Gagne and Jim Brunzell. “Minneapolis” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A professional wrestling tag-team consists of two or occasionally three wrestlers who are working together as a team. ... Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos on July 15, 1951), also known as The Body, The Star, The Mind, and Governor Body, is an American politician, former professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ... “NY” redirects here. ... Red shows states east of the Mississippi River, pink shows states not fully eastern or western The U.S. Eastern states are the states east of the Mississippi River. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... As defined by the Census Bureau, the western United States includes 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington lincoln, and Wyoming. ... The American Wrestling Association (AWA) World Tag Team Championship was the tag team title for the American Wrestling Association from 1960 until the promotion folded in 1991. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Verne Gagne (born February 26, 1926) is a former professional wrestler, trainer and wrestling promoter. ... Mad Dog Maurice Vachon Maurice Vachon (also known as Mad Dog Vachon) was a professional wrestler and is the brother of wrestlers Paul Vachon and the late Vivian Vachon. ... is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... James Brunzell (born August 13, 1949) is a professional wrestler better known by his stage name of Jumping Jim Brunzell. ...


Adonis and Ventura appeared in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) later that year as a team and and in singles competition. Adonis was a frequent challenger to WWF champion Bob Backlund and Intercontinental champion Pedro Morales throughout the first half of 1982. [3] World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... The WWE Championship belt, April 11 2005 – August 20, 2006; September 18, 2006 – present The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling title. ... Robert Louis Backlund (b. ... Originally the second-most important title in WWE, the Intercontinental Championship is now one of the major championships on the RAW brand. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Adonis later formed a tag team with the Texan Dick Murdoch known as the North-South Connection, with their first appearance together in the WWF in late 1983. On April 17, 1984, Adonis and Murdoch defeated Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson to win the WWF World Tag Team Championship. They held the titles until January 21, 1985, when they were defeated by Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo. The team split shortly after the loss. [4] [5] [2] Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Dick Murdoch Dick Murdoch was a professional wrestler. ... is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Bowles on August 24, 1944) is a former African-Canadian professional wrestler. ... This article is about the tag team championship that is currently defended on the RAW brand of WWE. For SmackDown!s tag team championship, see WWE Tag Team Championship. ... is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Barry Windham (born July 4, 1960, Sweetwater, Texas) is a professional wrestler and the son of the infamous heel wrestler Blackjack Mulligan. ... Lawrence Michael (Mike) Rotunda (born March 30, 1958), also known as Captain Mike Rotundo and Irwin R. Schyster, is a former American professional wrestler. ...


In late 1985, after an uneventful summer in which he was briefly managed by Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and took to using the DDT as a finisher months before the WWF debut of Jake Roberts, Adonis began altering his gimmick, firstly adopting Jimmy Hart as his manager. Paired with Hart, he defeated Corporal Kirchner to advance in the Wrestling Classic pay-per-view tournament in November, though he lost to the Dynamite Kid in the quarterfinals. In early 1986, during an edition of Piper's Pit, Adonis gave his signature leather jacket to host Roddy Piper. Adonis' new character was the effeminate "Adorable" Adrian Adonis. The gimmick change saw him bleach his hair blond and begin wearing pink ring attire, as well as scarves, legwarmers, dresses, women's hats and clownish amounts of eyeshadow and rouge. In the same time period, Adonis' weight ballooned, peaking at well over 300 lb (136 kg). Adonis defeated Uncle Elmer in quick fashion at WrestleMania II and feuded extensively with the Junkyard Dog and George "The Animal" Steele while also unsuccessfully challenging Hulk Hogan for the WWF championship on multiple occasions. [2] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. ... The Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart (also known as The Colonel) (born January 1, 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a professional wrestling manager, executive, composer and musician. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Wrestling Classic, was a World Wrestling Federation Pay-Per-View event that took place live November 7, 1985 in Rosemont, Illinois. ... Thomas Billington (born December 5, 1958 in Golborne, Lancashire) is a retired English professional wrestler who competed in the World Wrestling Federation, Stampede Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling in the mid- to late-1980s. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... This article is about the chemical substance. ... Young Northern European man with naturally blond hair. ... Leg Warmers are a type of clothing similar to a sock except that they are footless. ... Eye shadow being applied before a wedding Eye shadow is a cosmetic which is applied on the eyelids and under the eyebrows, to help make wearers eyes stand out or look more attractive. ... A case of modern rouge powder and brushes. ... The pound or pound-mass (abbreviations: lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States, #) is a unit of mass (sometimes called weight in everyday parlance) in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... Shown above is a computer-generated image of the International Prototype Kilogram (“IPK”). The IPK is the kilogram. ... Note: This is not the drummer from Sugar Ray. ... Wrestlemania II was the second in the WWEs series of WrestleMania supercards. ... Sylvester Ritter (December 13, 1953 – June 2, 1998) was a professional wrestler best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and Mid-South Wrestling as The Junkyard Dog. ... George Steele, better known as George The Animal Steele, real name William James (Jim) Myers (b. ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment Championship or WWE Championship or WWE Heavyweight Championship, formerly known as the WWF Championship and WWWF Championship as the company name changed, is the top prize in the WWE, though exclusive to its Smackdown! brand since August 26, 2002 while the World Heavyweight Championship is exclusive...


In May 1986, Adonis (with Hart) debuted his own talk segment, The Flower Shop, during Piper's five-month hiatus from the WWF. These segments were the primary backdrop for Paul Orndorff's slow-building heel turn against his friend Hogan, with Adonis relentlessly needling Orndorff about living in Hogan's shadow. In August, shortly before Piper's return, Adonis obtained the services of Piper's bodyguard, "Cowboy" Bob Orton, who took to wearing a pink cowboy hat. The feud with Piper came to a head when Adonis, Orton and Don Muraco attacked Piper during a "duel" between the two talk segments, injuring Piper's leg, covering him in lipstick and damaging the Pit set. A week later, Piper destroyed the set of The Flower Shop with a baseball bat. On the Oct. 4 Saturday Night's Main Event show, Piper struck Adonis with a crutch, leading to Adonis not appearing on TV for two months with what was described as a separated shoulder. After Adonis returned in November to attack Piper on the Pit, the two eventually agreed to face one another in a hair vs. hair match at WrestleMania III. Piper won the bout with assistance from Brutus Beefcake, who cut off the majority of Adonis' hair afterward. [2] Paul Orndorff (born October 29, 1949 in Brandon, Florida) is a former National Football League player and former professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation throughout the 1980s as Mr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Robert Keith Orton, Jr. ... Don Muraco (Born Don Morrow on September 10, 1949), also known as The Magnificent Muraco was a Hawaiian professional wrestler in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. ... Saturday Nights Main Event was a professional wrestling program occasionally aired between 1985-1991 on the NBC television network and twice in 1992 on FOX. As such it was a rare example of professional wrestling being broadcast on an over-the-air commercial television network after the 1950s, and... Many types of matches can be found in professional wrestling. ... WrestleMania III was the third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation. ... Edward Harrison Leslie Jr. ...


Adonis (now with a shaved head) had a ready-made feud with Beefcake but left the WWF shortly after WrestleMania III, returning to the AWA, where he was managed by Paul E. Dangerously during 1987. During this stint, Adonis feuded with Tommy Rich and lost the final match of the AWA International Television Championship tournament to Greg Gagne in December 1987. Paul Buster Heyman (born September 11, 1965) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The AWA International Television Championship was a short-lived title in the American Wrestling Association from 1987 to 1989. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


Death

Adonis was killed on July 4, 1988 in Lewisporte, Newfoundland and Labrador while riding in a minivan with fellow wrestlers William "Mike Kelly" Arko, Victor "Pat Kelly" Arko, and Dave "Wildman" McKigney. Adonis, McKigney and Pat Kelly were killed when the driver, Mike Kelly, swerved in order to avoid hitting a moose and, blinded by the setting sun, inadvertedly drove into a lake. Mike Kelly survived, albeit with severe leg injuries. [1] [6] [7] [8] is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Lewisporte is a small town in central Newfoundland, with a population of about 3312. ... It has been suggested that Mini MPV be merged into this article or section. ... For other uses, see Moose (disambiguation). ...


Wrestling facts

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Championships and accomplishments

  • PWI Stanley Weston Award award in 1988
  • PWI ranked him #128 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI Years (2003).
  • PWI ranked him #35 of the 100 best tag teams with Dick Murdoch of the PWI Years in 2003.
  • PWI ranked him #67 of the 100 best tag teams with Jesse Ventura of the PWI Years in 2003.
  • Most Improved Wrestler award in 1981
  • Most Underrated Wrestler award in 1982

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The American Wrestling Association (AWA) World Tag Team Championship was the tag team title for the American Wrestling Association from 1960 until the promotion folded in 1991. ... This is the title history of the AWA World Tag Team Championship See also American Wrestling Association Categories: Professional wrestling championships | Lists of sportspersons ... Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos on July 15, 1951), also known as The Body, The Star, The Mind, and Governor Body, is an American politician, former professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ... National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the largest governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... The NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship was the top singles championship in the National Wrestling Alliances Los Angeles territory (known officially as NWA Hollywood Wrestling) from 1968 until the promotion closed in 1982. ... The NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship was the top singles championship in the National Wrestling Alliances Los Angeles territory (known officially as NWA Hollywood Wrestling) from 1968 until the promotion closed in 1982. ... The NWA Americas Tag Team Championship started out in 1964 as the top professional wrestling tag team title in the Los Angeles, California-based World Wrestling Association as the WWA World Tag Team Championship. ... The NWA Americas Tag Team Championship started out in 1964 as the top professional wrestling tag team title in the Los Angeles, California-based World Wrestling Association as the WWA World Tag Team Championship. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Pacific Northwest Wresting (PNW) was a Portland, Oregon based professional wrestling company. ... The NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling championship sanctioned by the National Wrestling Alliance and defended in its member promotion Pacific Northwest Wrestling, which promoted shows in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. ... The NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling championship sanctioned by the National Wrestling Alliance and defended in its member promotion Pacific Northwest Wrestling, which promoted shows in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. ... Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) is a professional wrestling magazine. ... The PWI Stanley Weston Award, given yearly since 1981 by professional wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated, recognizes lifetime achievement by a professional wrestling personality as decided by the editors of the magazine. ... Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) is a professional wrestling magazine. ... Dick Murdoch Dick Murdoch was a professional wrestler. ... Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos on July 15, 1951), also known as The Body, The Star, The Mind, and Governor Body, is an American politician, former professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ... Southwest Championship Wrestling (SWCW) was a professional wrestling promotion that was owned by Joseph Blanchard and based in San Antonio, Texas, from 1978 to 1985, when it was purchased by Texas All-Star Wrestling and absorbed into that company. ... The SWCW World Heavyweight Championship briefly served as the top singles title in Southwest Championship Wrestling for a few months in 1983. ... The SWCW World Heavyweight Championship briefly served as the top singles title in Southwest Championship Wrestling for a few months in 1983. ... The SWCW Southwest Heavyweight Championship was the top singles title of Southwest Championship Wrestling for most of its existence. ... The SWCW Southwest Heavyweight Championship was the top singles title of Southwest Championship Wrestling for most of its existence. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... One of NWAs World Tag Team Championship belts The World Tag Team Championship is the name given to a number of unrelated professional wrestling tag team (multi-wrestler team) titles . ... The World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team title. ... Dick Murdoch Dick Murdoch was a professional wrestler. ... David Allen Meltzer (born October 24, 1961) is the editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (WON), a newsletter for the world of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. ...

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d Schramm, C. (July 4, 2001). Triumph and tragedy on July 4th. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved on May 30, 2007. “The year before was not as lucky for three men. Mike Kelly was driving Adrian Adonis, Dave "The Wildman" McKigney, and his twin brother Pat Kelly in Lewisporte, Newfoundland, when Kelly lost control of the van, trying to avoid a moose. The van fell into a lake, and Mike Kelly was the only survivor.”
  2. ^ a b c d Adrian Adonis. Accelerator3359.com. Retrieved on May 31, 2007.
  3. ^ Milner, J.. Jesse Ventura. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved on May 30, 2007.
  4. ^ a b History of the World Tag Team Championship. WWE.com. Retrieved on May 30, 2007.
  5. ^ a b Duncan, R. and Will, G. (2007). WWWF/WWF/WWE Tag Team Title History. Solie.org. Retrieved on May 30, 2007.
  6. ^ Deaths - FAQ. WrestleView.com. Retrieved on May 30, 2007. “On July 4, 1988, Keith "Adrian Adonis" Franke died when his rented minivan hit a moose while on a wrestling tour in Newfoundland, Canada. Moose/vehicle accidents are rather common in Newfoundland in the summer months, however very few are fatal (maybe 5-6 deaths per year). Adonis' accident happened just before sunset, with the low-lying sun blinding the driver. In the crash were wrestlers Pat Kelly and Dave McKigney. The driver who was also a wrestler Mike Kelly was not killed but had a severely injured leg.”
  7. ^ Dave 'Wildman' McKigney. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved on May 30, 2007.
  8. ^ Kelly Twins, Pat & Mike. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved on May 30, 2007.

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Adrian Adonis (1628 words)
It was in the AWA that Adonis formed a powerful tag-team, as he began partnering with Jesse "The Body" Ventura as the East-West Connection.
By this point, Adonis was already regularly competing overseas in New Japan Pro Wrestling, and near the end of '83, Adonis & Dick Murdoch, known as the North-South Connection (obviously a copy of the East-West Connection), competed in the NJPW 4th Annual MSG Tag-Team League.
Adonis gave as good as he got in the match, and nearly had it won near the end thanks to his sleeper hold, Goodnight Irene.
Pro Wrestling Insider - Pro Wrestling News Inside & Out (1140 words)
Adonis put out Piper with a sleeper (the preferred finisher of both men), and even rubbed makeup on him as Piper was laid out unconscious.
Adrian tossed Piper to the floor, and rammed him face first into the ringside table where the scissors and barber's razors were sitting.
Adonis went to hit Piper with the broadside of the hedge clippers, but Piper moved and the clippers bounced off the top rope, hitting Adonis in the face.
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