Lars Anderson (wrestler)

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Lars Anderson
Ring name(s) Lars Anderson
Larry Heinemi
Born (1939-03-14) March 14, 1939 (age 75)
Resides Los Angeles, California
Trained by Verne Gagne
Eddie Sharkey
Debut 1965
Retired 1986

Larry Heiniemi[1] (born March 14, 1939) is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Lars Anderson. His career spans over a decade of performing in National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) territories as well as the American Wrestling Association (AWA).

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Heiniemi started wrestling in 1965. He formed a tag team with his "brother" Gene Anderson and also tagged with his other "brother" Ole Anderson.[2] He occasionally wrestled with them as the Minnesota Wrecking Crew. Lars did not have the success that the other Andersons had. He did win numerous NWA regional championships, however, including winning the Georgia version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship with Gene Anderson. Lars wrestled briefly in the Carolinas as "Luscious" Lars Anderson.

In the early 1970s, he wrestled in the San Francisco bay area (again as Luscious Lars Anderson), winning the NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team title with partner Paul DeMarco in 1972.

On the microphone, Larry was one of the best talkers in an era when getting over on the microphone was important. In the early '70s, after leaving Gene Anderson, he returned to the AWA and hooked up with Larry "Pretty Boy" Hennig. The latter needed a new partner after the departure of "Handsome" Harley Race who ventured to the NWA.

In the mid 1970s, Heiniemi was joined by his college friend, Les "Budd" Wolfe. Together they formed a solid combination, and many felt they should have won the AWA World Tag Team titles. In March 1975, Heiniemi announced he was retiring from the ring, and after losing his last match to England's Billy Robinson, Larry left the AWA. However, he did not retire; he was back to using the Lars Anderson handle and briefly feuded with his "brothers" Gene and Ole in Atlanta in 1977.

He spent the last years of his career wrestling in Hawaii for Polynesian Pacific Wrestling (PPW). When its owner, Peter Maivia, died in 1982, his wife hired Heiniemi as head booker. This lasted until 1988 when the dwindling promotion folded. Dwayne Johnson, former wrestler and grandson of Peter Maivia, spoke poorly of Heiniemi in his 2000 autobiography, The Rock Says.... Johnson described a scene where, as a teenager, he angrily confronted Heiniemi when he refused to drop the Polynesian Pacific Heavyweight title to Allen Coage, who was wrestling as Bad News Allen at the time.

In 1996, Heiniemi established World League Wrestling. This little known promotion consisted largely of wrestlers from his training school and former PPW talent. The promotion officially folded in 2000.[3]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Nicknames
    • "The Enforcer"
    • "Luscious"

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • NWA Polynesian Pacific Heavyweight Championship (5 times)
  • NWA Polynesian Pacific Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Seiji Sakaguchi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oliver, Greg. "Olympics just another step for Bob Roop". Slam! Sports. Canoe.ca. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Bourne, Dick. Anderson Brothers Timeline The Glory Days (Retrieved November 19, 2007)
  3. ^ Metcalf, Cody. "Hawaii: The Forgotten Wrestling Territory" Online World of Wrestling (November 22, 2006).