Buddy Rose

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Buddy Rose
Buddy Rose.gif
Ring name(s) Executioner[1]
"Playboy" Buddy Rose[1]
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Born (1952-11-27)November 27, 1952
Died April 28, 2009(2009-04-28) (aged 56)[3][4]
Vancouver, Washington[4]
Billed from Las Vegas, Nevada[2]
Trained by Verne Gagne[1]
Billy Robinson[1]
Debut 1973[1]
Retired 2005

Paul Perschmann[1][3] (November 15, 1952 – April 28, 2009) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, "Playboy" Buddy Rose.[1]

Career[edit]

Paul Perschmann was trained by Verne Gagne and Billy Robinson in the early 1970s. Under his own name, he made his debut on December 3, 1973 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin in a 10-minute draw with fellow camp mate Bob Remus, the future Sergeant Slaughter.[4] He wrestled primarily for the AWA, WWF, and for promoter Don Owen in Pacific Northwest Wrestling.

One of the most legendary feuds in the Pacific Northwest pitted Rose against "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. According to Piper in his autobiography, this was the feud that really made him a name in the business, and it cemented Rose's status as an icon of the region. Rose also had a long feud with "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka. His long-time tag team partner, Edward Wiskoski, stood by his side for three decades.

Rose was subject of a single by the Portland punk band, The Cleavers. The record was released in September 1980, and titled "The Playboy". The B-Side was "Commie Symp".

Wrestling for the WWF during 1982-83, he would often work 90 days in a row. When he had a rare day off, he would fly back to the West Coast and headline cards there. At the peak of his WWF run, he was main eventing at Madison Square Garden against Bob Backlund for the WWF World Heavyweight title. Rose, who also had some bouts with Pedro Morales during this period, was managed by the Grand Wizard.

Rose and Doug Somers engaged in a feud with the Midnight Rockers over the AWA World tag team title in 1986 and 1987. During this run, Rose was never pinned.

A consummate heel, Rose was well respected for both his great ability to work the microphone and as a ring general.[4] Later in his career, when he gained a large amount of weight, he turned this into a comical gimmick. When the ring announcer introduced him and listed his weight at 271 pounds, Rose would angrily take the microphone away from him, and would flip the seven and one around and claim to weigh "a slim, trim, 217 pounds". This would bait the crowd into a booing frenzy. On occasion, he would also do one-handed push-ups & kip ups in the ring, and challenge other more muscular opponents to a "pose-down." Rose claims that Vince McMahon used to say, "I want everybody to work out...except for Buddy," knowing that Rose's weight was his gimmick.[5]

Rose, wrestling as the masked Executioner, lost to Tito Santana in the opening match of the inaugural WrestleMania.[3][4]

Rose had another run in the WWF from 1990 to early 1991, being used primarily as a comical enhancement talent.

In the mid-to-late 1990s, Rose hosted a call-in talk show on a Portland radio station.

His last match took place at Wrestle Reunion 2005 in Tampa, Florida. He competed in a six-man tag team bout pitting himself, Col. DeBeers (Edward Wiskoski) and Bob Orton, Jr. against Jimmy Valiant, Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka. This was billed as Jimmy Valiant's retirement match, but Rose (who took the biggest bump of the night) retired after this as a wrestler, and only made personal appearances. He opened a wrestling training school with Wiskoski in Portland after his retirement.

Death[edit]

On April 28, 2009, Rose was found dead in his home in Vancouver, Washington by his wife. The medical examiner attributed his death to natural causes. Rose, who had struggled with his weight since the late 1980s, was morbidly obese, leading to problems with blood sugar and diabetes.[6][7]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Oregon Professional Wrestling Federation
    • OPWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[8]
    • OPWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Buddy Wayne[8]
  • Pacific Coast Championship Wrestling
    • PCCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - Buddy Wayne[8]
  • Universal Independent Wrestling
    • UIW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Buddy Rose Profile". Online World Of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  2. ^ a b c "Buddy Rose's WWE Alumni Bio". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Legendary Portland Wrestling star Buddy Rose found dead". Wrestling Observer. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Oliver, Greg (2009-04-29). ""Playboy" Buddy Rose dies". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  5. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20060508093246/playboybuddyrose.com/QandA/QandA-01.html
  6. ^ "Wrestler 'Playboy' Buddy Rose Found Dead". Fox12 Oregon. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  7. ^ "Ex-pro wrestler dies in Vancouver". Oregonian. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  8. ^ a b c d Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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