King Parsons

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King Parsons
Iceman King Parsons.jpg
Ring name(s) Iceman Parsons
King Parsons[1]
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Billed weight 245 lb (111 kg; 17.5 st)[1]
Born 1949 (age 64–65)
Resides Fort Worth, Texas[1]
Billed from St. Louis, Missouri[1]
Trained by Nick Kozak[1]
Debut 1979

King Parsons (born in 1949) is a former professional wrestler better known by his ring name Iceman King Parsons.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Parsons started wrestling in 1979 after being trained by Nick Kozak.[2] King started for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)'s Paul Boesch Promotion in Houston, Texas.[1] Boesch contacted Don Owen and was successful in landing a job for King in the NWA's Pacific Northwest territory.[1] Both Don and Elton Owen promoted in Washington and Oregon. While in the promotion, he teamed with Rocky Johnson and won the tag team title. King moved to Barling, Arkansas and lived there while working for the Tulsa promotion and Leroy McGuirk circa 1978–79. King moved to Worland, Wyoming and wrestled for the Rocky Mountain Wrestling promotion for about a year, wrestling in Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah. Bill Ash booked all the talent and the matches.

In 1982, he moved on to Jim Crockett Promotions[1] where he teamed with Porkchop Cash and feuded with Don Kernodle and Jim Nelson over the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship. In 1984, because of talents and booking agent changes in Charlotte, King then moved on to World Class Championship Wrestling. He feuded with the One Man Gang and Chris Adams.[1] He also formed "Rock 'n' Soul" with Buck Zumhofe and they had a big feud with Bill and Scott Irwin.[2] He wrestled briefly in the Texas All-Star Wrestling promotion in 1986 and formed the "Dream Team" with Tiger Conway, Jr. They feuded with Mike and Dizzy Golden.[2]

Iceman then went on to the Universal Wrestling Federation, where he was snubbed out of a tag team title tournament in 1987. Parsons feuded mostly with Adams and with Savannah Jack for many months, and his feud with Jack carried over to Ken Mantell's new Wild West Wrestling promotion. In late-1987, he joined Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts, after Michael Hayes left the Fabulous Freebirds, to help them get revenge on him. Hayes teamed with Kerry and Kevin Von Erich and they had a long feud that eventually saw Gordy side with Hayes and the Von Erich's and Roberts leave the promotion. Parsons was known as the "Blackbird" during this feud and formed a trio called "The Blackbirds" with Perry "Action" Jackson and Harold T. Harris. In 1988, Parsons would win the WCWA World Heavyweight Championship defeating Chris Adams, becoming one of the first African Americans to win a pro wrestling singles world title.

In the early-1990s, he moved over to the Herb Abrams-owned Universal Wrestling Federation and feuded with Colonel DeBeers over his treatment of African-American referee Larry Sampson, who was Parsons's storyline cousin.[2] In 1992, Parsons went to the Global Wrestling Federation with Jackson and won the tag team title with him and also won the North American title, which was their top title. Parsons and Jackson feuded with The Ebony Experience. He also worked for the United States Wrestling Association where he was managed by Skandor Akbar and Percy Pringle. After the death of friend Chris Adams in 2001, Parsons cut back on his appearances. He is semi-retired, appearing from time to time with a few independent promotions in Texas.

In wrestling[edit]

  • Nicknames
    • "Iceman" King Parsons[1]
    • "Blackbird" King Parsons

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Big D Wrestling
    • Big D Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Action Jackson[3]
  • Continental Wrestling Alliance
    • CWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • Extreme Pro Wrestling
    • EPW Texas Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • National Class Wrestling
    • NCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • North American Wrestling Alliance
    • NAWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him # 69 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI 500" in 1991[8]
    • PWI ranked him # 249 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003
  • Texas Wrestling Federation
    • TWF Asian Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • Ultimate Wrestling Federation
    • UWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • World Wrestling Alliance
    • WWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "King Parsons". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d Pope, Kristian (2005). "Parsons, King (1980s–2000s)". Tuff Stuff – Professional wrestling field guide. Iola, Wisconsin: KP Books. p. 343. ISBN 0-89689-267-0. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "GWF North American Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 280. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "GWF Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 280. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  6. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 115. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Iceman King Parsons Cagematch.net (In German)[unreliable source]
  9. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "TASW USA Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 278. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  10. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA American Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 265–266. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  11. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA American Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 267–268. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  12. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "WCCW Television Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 270–271. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  13. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Texas Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 268–269. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  14. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "WCWA World Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 267. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  15. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 271–272. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  16. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "WCWA World Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 268. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.