March 1, 1939 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Adnan El Kaissie
Billy White Wolf
Shiek Adnan Al-Kaissey
|Billed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Billed weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
|Billed from||Baghdad, Iraq|
|Trained by||Yvon Robert|
Adnan Bin Abdul Kareem Ahmed Alkaissy El Farthie (born March 1, 1939), better known professionally as Adnan Al-Kaissie, is a former Iraqi professional wrestler and manager best known as Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey, Billy White Wolf, or General Adnan. In 1971 he defeated André the Giant in Al-Shaab Stadium in Baghdad, under the auspices of his former friend at high school Saddam Hussein. He competed in the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF).On December 7, 1976 he won the WWWF World tag team championship with Jay Strongbow.
In 1981 he joined the American Wrestling Association (AWA), in 1990 he joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF formerly WWWF), where he managed Sgt. Slaughter under the name "General Adnan". He competed at SummerSlam 1991 with his partners Sgt. Slaughter and Col. Mustafa in a Handicap match with Sid Justice as special guest referee against Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior. .
Adnan Al-Kaissy was born Adnan Bin Abdulkareem Ahmed Al-kaissy El Farthie in Baghdad, Iraq. According to his autobiography, he came from a fairly distinguished family, with his father being an imam (Muslim preacher). One of his high school classmates was Saddam Hussein (again according to the autobiography). He had an amateur wrestling career in Iraq and attended Oklahoma State University; he began wrestling in the state of Oklahoma in 1959, under the name "Adnan Kaissey".
Kassey wrestled for Pacific Northwest Wrestling in the 1960s and in the World Wide Wrestling Federation in the 1970s under the Native American gimmick Billy White Wolf and won the World Tag Team Titles with Chief Jay Strongbow. Needing neck surgery, Kassey agreed to work an injury angle where he had his neck broken by Ken Patera via the Swinging Neckbreaker on TV. After he left the territory for his neck surgery, the 'Indians' were stripped of their titles. He wouldn't return until the early 90's, using his real name, as a manager.
During the 1970s, he took professional wrestling to Iraq under the direction of Saddam Hussein. In one such match, he defeated André the Giant in Baghdad and he defeated the Scottish Ian Campbell and the Canadian champion George Gordienko in Baghdad. In 1978, he wrestled in Hawaii and was the master of the "Indian Death Match" until his arch-rival, Tor Kamata, defeated him. Not long after, he returned briefly to Iraq with the intent of introducing pro wrestling. By this time, his old classmate Saddam was ruler of the country. By his own account, it was a difficult time, for although Kaissey was very popular and had some success introducing professional wrestling to Iraq, Saddam was already becoming paranoid about potential rivals, and he saw Kaissey in this light. Kaissey fled back to the US and never returned, though he kept contact with his family in Baghdad.
New Japan Pro Wrestling
In 1974, Adnan debuted in New Japan Pro Wrestling as the Sheik of Sheiks of Baghdad, he teamed with Nikolai Volkoff and they tried to win the NWA North American Tag Team but they failed after losing the Best Two Out Of Three Falls match against Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Aichi, Japan. Later he feud with likes Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi and Kantaro Hoshino, Osamu Kido, Haruka Eigen. after he left NJPW adnan returned to the United States, where he wrestled in Eddie Graham's promotion Championship Wrestling from Florida CWF under his real name.
American Wrestling Association
In 1981, with tensions between the US and Middle East running high, he debuted in the American Wrestling Association as "Sheik Adnan El Kaissey," where his stated goal was to win the AWA title from champion Nick Bockwinkel. He failed at that task, so he then enlisted Jerry Blackwell, now wearing a Sheik's outfit and renamed Sheik Ayatollah Jerry Blackwell, to team with him to try to win the AWA tag team titles. That failed, too, so Adnan bought Ken Patera from manager Bobby Heenan to team with Blackwell, and Adnan would act as Blackwell and Patera's manager. The team of Blackwell and Patera captured the AWA World tag team title from Greg Gagne and Jim Brunzell. Adnan had to quit wrestling when he was injured, which is the real reason Patera was brought in to team with Blackwell. On April 23, 1983 at the AWA SuperSunday, he teamed with Blackwell in a tag team match against Verne Gagne and Mad Dog Vachon and they lost it, in 1986 at the AWA WrestleRock he lost to Verne Gagne in a steel cage, the sheik teamed with Boris Zhukov in tag team match against the The Midnight Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels), he stayed in the AWA until the late 1990 as the top heel manager. Among the other wrestlers he managed after Blackwell and Patera were King Kong Brody, Nord The Barbarian, Boris Zhukov, Kokina Maximus, King Tonga, and The Mongolian Stomper.
World Wrestling Entertainment
In the WWE, during the summer of 1990, he allied with Sgt. Slaughter and the Iron Sheik as "General Adnan," and managed them during their pro-Iraqi gimmick in a feud with Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. During this feud, Slaughter won the WWE title from the Warrior at the 1991 Royal Rumble, and lost it a couple of months later to Hogan at the 1991 WrestleMania. Adnan also headlined Summerslam 1991 with Slaughter and the Iron Sheik against Hogan and Warrior. According to some[who?], he was brought in because, with a mustache, he bore a striking resemblance to Saddam Hussein. During the build-up to the 1990 Survivor Series, the WWE showed what they claimed were "classified top secret photos released by the Pentagon/CIA" that featured General Adnan with Saddam Hussein. After Slaughter turned face, he continued to manage Col. Mustafa until leaving the WWE shortly after Royal Rumble 1992.
American Wrestling Federation
He formerly managed his own company, the World All-Star Wrestling Alliance, which he co-owned with Ken Patera.
He currently resides in Hopkins, Minnesota.
On June 30, 2005 Triumph Books published his memoirs in The Sheik of Baghdad: Tales of Celebrity and Terror from Pro Wrestling's General Adnan.
- Abdullah the Butcher
- Alexis Smirnoff
- Bob Orton, Jr.
- Bobby Duncum
- Boris Zhukov
- Chris Markoff
- Col. Mustafa
- Hercules Hernandez
- Ivan Koloff
- Jerry Blackwell
- Jonnie Stewart
- Judy Martin
- Ken Patera
- King Kong Brody
- King Tonga
- Kokina Maximus
- Leilani Kai
- Luke Graham
- Masked Superstar
- Mr. Hughes
- Mr. Saito
- Nord the Barbarian
- Sgt. Slaughter
- Soldat Ustinov
- "Superstar" Billy Graham
- Teijho Khan
Championships and accomplishments
- NWA Mid-Pacific Promotions
- Pacific Northwest Wrestling
- Southwest Sports, Inc.
- World Championship Wrestling (Australia)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 410 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.
- "Wrestler Profile: Adnan El Kaisee". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2009-02-26. Retrieved January 30, 2010.
- The Sheik of Baghdad: Tales of Celebrity and Terror from Pro Wrestling's General Adnan Triumph Books 2005
- Solomon, Brian (2006). "Jay Strongbow". WWE Legends. Pocket Books. pp. 62–67. ISBN 0-7434-9033-9.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Hawaii United States Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 312–313. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 311–312. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 315–317. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 317–320. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Texas Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 268–269. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "IWA World Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 424–425. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "IWA World Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 425. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.