Frank Andersson

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Frank Andersson
Birth name Frank Andersson
Born (1956-05-09) May 9, 1956 (age 58)
Trollhättan, Sweden[1]
Resides Spain
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Frank Andersson
Billed height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Billed weight 106 kg (234 lb; 16.7 st)
Trained by Brad Rheingans[1]
WCW Power Plant[1]
Debut September 2, 19911991[1]
Retired 1995[1]

Frank Öivind Stefan Andersson, generally referred to as Frank Andersson (born 9 May 1956 in Trollhättan) is a Swedish retired amateur, retired professional wrestler and entertainer. He started in amateur wrestling, winning several world championship gold medals as well as a bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He later became a professional wrestler with mixed success. He was also a participant on Let's Dance 2011, the Swedish version of Strictly Come Dancing / Dancing with the Stars where he finished second.

Amateur wrestling career[edit]

Olympic medal record
Men's Greco-Roman wrestling
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Los Angeles Light heavyweight
World Championships
Gold medal – first place WC 1977 Greco-Roman wrestling
Gold medal – first place WC 1979 Greco-Roman wrestling
Gold medal – first place WC 1982 Greco-Roman wrestling

Frank Andersson's amateur wrestling career included Gold medals at the 1973 and 1975 Junior World Championships and as he got older he wrestled at a number of Greco-Roman wrestling World Championships over the years. In 1977, 1979 and 1982 he won the Gold Medal in the 90 kg (200 lb; 14 st) division. He also took the Silver Medal in 1978 and 1981, The pinnacle of his amateur wrestling career came in 1984 at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles where won a bronze medal in the 90 kg weight division.[2] In addition to his in ring achievements, Andersson was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1977.[3] He was inducted in the Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Andersson was trained for his professional career by Brad Rheingans, a former Olympian as well, and made his debut in 1991. Initially he worked in Japan, wrestling for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) in 1991. In 1993 he signed with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), based out of Atlanta, Georgia.[4] He retired in 1995. Andersson made his comeback in 2014 for STHLM, a promotion based in Stockholm, Sweden. He won the STHLM title on 6 September when he defeated Ken Malmsteen in the main event.[5]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves
    • Armbar
    • Corkscrew elbow drop
    • Diving body splash
    • Hipp toss variations
    • Modified rolling armbar

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • STHLM Wrestling
    • STHLM Wrestling Championship (1 time, current)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Frank Andersson". Cagematch.de. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  2. ^ "All-Olympic results since 1896". Olympic.org. July 28, 1984. Retrieved January 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ SvD - "Bragdmedaljörer genom tiderna "Feat medals of all time"" (in Swedish). 
  4. ^ Frank Andersson's contract signing with Eric Bischoff on YouTube "Frank Andersson's contract signing with Eric Bischoff / WCW (Swedish)
  5. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=111806
  6. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=4658&page=12

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Anders Gärderud & Bernt Johansson
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
1977
Succeeded by
Björn Borg & Ingemar Stenmark