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Encyclopedia > Buddy Rose

"Playboy" Buddy Rose (real name - Paul Perschmann) is an American professional wrestler ...

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Career

Trained by Verne Gagne and Billy Robinson in the mid 70s. Wrestled primarily for the AWA, WWF, and for promoter Don Owen in Pacific Northwest Wrestling throughout his career. One of his most memorable feuds during his time in the Pacific Northwest was with a young "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, fresh from a stint in California. According to Piper in his autobiography, this was the feud that "made" both men. Rose would remain in the Pacific Northwest while Piper would eventually move on to the Carolinas and later, the World Wrestling Federation. Verne Gagne (born May 10, 1926) is a former professional wrestler, trainer and wrestling promoter. ... Shooter Billy Robinson in 1974. ... The American Wrestling Association (AWA) was a professional wrestling organization, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Don Owen (born September 19, 1935 in Toronto) is a Canadian film director, writer and producer. ... Pacific Northwest Wresting (PNW) was a Portland, Oregon based professional wrestling company. ... Roderick George Toombs (born on April 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), best known by his stage name of Rowdy Roddy Piper, is a Canadian professional wrestler of Scottish descent. ...


A consummate heel, Rose was well respected for his great ability to both work the microphone and take a bump. He even turned his excessive weight gain during the later part of his career into a gimmick. When the ring announcer listed his weight as 271 lbs., Rose would angrily grab the mike away from him and say, "I do not weigh 271 pounds. I weigh 217." This would of course bait the crowd into a booing frenzy. On occasion, he would also do one-handed push-ups in the ring, and challenge other more muscular opponents to a "pose-down."


Rose, wrestling with a mask under the name "The Executioner", lost to Tito Santana in the opening match of WrestleMania I. He later returned to the World Wrestling Federation as enhancement talent. His most infamous WWF moment was a televised skit : the "Blow Away" diet plan, a parody of infomercials which sold weight loss products. In the skit, Rose, who at the time was close to 400 lbs., poured some type of powder (laundry soap) on himself, and then he stood in front of an industrial-strength fan, which "blew away" the powder and the fat with it. Merced Solis (born May 10, 1953) better known by his ring name Tito Santana, was a Mexican-American professional wrestler whose career spanned from the late 70s to the early 90s. ... WrestleMania I was the inagural supercard event in the WWF/WWEs annual series of WrestleMania events. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling organization. ...


Retirement

Rose still appears at conventions and events across the country. His last match was a six-man tag match at WrestleReunion in Tampa, Florida on January 29, 2005. Rose teamed with longtime friend Ed Wiskoski (Col. DeBeers) and Bob Orton, Jr. against Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka and Jimmy Valiant. WrestleReunion is a professional wrestling promotion and fan convention that was founded by Sal Corrente. ... Ed Wiskowski is a retired professional wrestler who was best known as Col. ... Robert Keith Orton, Jr. ... James Reiher (born May 18, 1943) is an American professional wrestler, especially popular in the 1980s as Jimmy Superfly Snuka. ... James Valen was a professional wrestler better known as Jimmy Valiant. ...


Rumor has it that Rose and Wiskoski are in the process of writing a tell-all book about their respective careers.


Rose and Wiskoski currently run a wrestling school in Portland, Oregon.


In his autobiography Heartbreak & Triumph, WWE wrestler Shawn Michaels (who worked with Rose and Wiskoski early in his career) implies that the pair are "more than friends". World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling promotion, currently the largest in North America. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Championships/Accomplishments

National Wrestling Alliance

The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is a group of independent professional wrestling promotions which has been in operation since 1948. ... The NWA Pacific Coast (Vancouver) Heavyweight Championship was the major singles title in the National Wrestling Alliances Vancouver, British Columbia territory, NWA All-Star Wrestling from 1970 until 1981, when the title was abandoned. ... The NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight 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. ... The NWA San Francisco United States Championship was a version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship that was defended in San Francisco, California. ... The NWA San Francisco Tag Team Championship was the San Francisco, California version of the NWA World Tag Team Titles. ...

American Wrestling Association

The American Wrestling Association (AWA) was a professional wrestling organization, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... The AWA World Tag Team Championship was the tag team title for the American Wrestling Association from 1960 until the promotion folded in 1991. ...

Notes

    External link

    • The official Buddy Rose Web site

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