Fanene Pita Anderson 1937 – 1982 was a Samoan-American professional wrestler. Maternal grandfather of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Debut in 1962 at the age of 24 for NWA Hawaii, France, United Kingdom, United States and later New Zealand and Australia in1964–1968. He eventually moved to New Zealand, training under wrestler and promoter Steve Rickard winning the prestigious New Zealand Heavyweight title from him and 3 days later giving it back to him. He became very popular, known as the Flying Hawaiian and appeared in a James Bond film, You Only Live Twice in 1967.
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Lionel Giroux 1934 – 1995 was a Canadian professional wrestler began his wrestling career in 1949, at the age of fifteen. He and Sky Low Low became one of the most famous midget wrestlers team. Tacking a large portion of the gate at wrestling events by create the comedy matches became their trademark for midget wrestling in Canada and United States. In 1973 won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Midget Wrestler of the Year award.
He is best known for his appearance in a six-man tag team match at WrestleMania III in 1987. I have not been able to find footage. If you know, tell me, will create a link.
Johnson was born Wayde Douglas Bowles in Amherst, Nova Scotia, 1944 – 2020 descended from Black Loyalists who immigrated to Nova Scotia after escaping from a plantation in the United States. At 16 moved to Toronto, initially he trained to be a boxer and later began wrestling he supported this by driver truck. Began professional wrestler in 1964 in Southern Ontario and changed his name to his stage name to Rocky Johnson as a tribute to Rocky Marciano, black heavyweight boxing champion. 1970 was the contender in the National Wrestling Alliance and was called “Sweet Ebony Diamond” wining title matches against then-World Champions Terry Funk and Harley Race and also winning several regional tag team championships in the NWA.
Whipper Billy Watson
William John Potts, East York, Ontario 1915 – 1990) was a Canadian professional wrestler stage name “Whipper” Billy Watson was the world champion 2 times, National Wrestling Association and National Wrestling Alliance titles. He started wrestling at 15 at the Scarborough Athletic Club and performed in amateur wrestling shows in Toronto. In 1936, he went on a tour of the United Kingdom, sidelined for six months with a fractured shoulder and broken ribs caused by aggressive English, but after recovering, continued travelling through England and Ireland. His stage name came out of this trip, “Whipper” from his usage of the move of hurling an opponent into the ropes before then throwing him over on to his back that was called the “Irish Whip”,
Eugene Nicholas Kiniski, Canadian successful professional wrestler recognized as a multiple-time world heavyweight champion. Before that, he played football for Edmonton, his home town. Billed himself as “Canada’s Greatest Athlete”.
Buddy Rogers, born 1921 – died 1992 immigrants from Germany. American professional wrestle ring name “Nature Boy” became one of the biggest professional wrestling stars at the beginning of television era and influential future professional wrestlers. Held the top championship in both the NWA and the WWWF, today known as WWE. He began wrestling at age nine at the local YMCA where he excelled in all sports also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Patrick John O’Connor 1924 – 1990 New Zealand meant to be a sheep farmer but served for six months in the New Zealand Royal Air Force in 1945 and working as a blacksmith to pay the bills. To trained before entering the world of professional wrestling. He won the New Zealand Heavyweight Championship in amateur wrestling in both 1949 and 1950. Then moved to North America in 1955 and worked for Maple Leaf Wrestling and won other championships.
Sweet Daddy Siki
Reginald Siki born 1940 an American-Canadian professional wrestler and singer. Stage name Sweet Daddy Siki, the first African American to compete for the N.W.A. World Heavyweight Championship.
Started wrestling in 1955 moved to Toronto in 1961 because his home base to travel across North America to wrestler and for his country & western band becoming well known throughout Canada through the 1960s and 1970s. He later taught his craft at Sully’s Toronto Youth Athletic Club on Sunday.