|Ring name(s)||Archie Gouldie
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed weight||260 lb (120 kg)|
|Born||Carbon, Alberta, Canada|
Archie Gouldie is a retired Canadian professional wrestler. He wrestled for Stampede Wrestling for decades as Archie "The Stomper" Gouldie. He was also known by the ring name The Mongolian Stomper. Bret Hart named Gouldie as the greatest Canadian wrestler of all time, in an episode of WWE's Legends of Wrestling.
Professional wrestling career
Gouldie held the North American heavyweight title a record ten times between 1968 and 1984, quite a streak of longevity for that time frame. He was also the first champion, defeating former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Pat O'Connor in the tournament finals. Gouldie feuded with British mat technician Billy Robinson, among others, for the title.
Although he wrestled as a heel during the majority of his Stampede tenure, Gouldie made a face turn late in 1983 after Bad News Allen turned against Gouldie and his storyline "son", Jeff, during a six-man tag team match and brutalized and injured Jeff (which led to Stampede TV host Ed Whalen to quit the company in protest); the attack led to a bloody feud which climaxed with Gouldie defeating Bad News for the Stampede North American title (his tenth, and what would be final, reign).
Gouldie never used the Mongolian Stomper gimmick while wrestling in Stampede; instead, staying true to his roots, he went with the gimmick of a tough Alberta cowboy as just "The Stomper".
Southeast Championship Wrestling
Gouldie achieved most of his US fame in this territory, based in Knoxville, Tennessee. He held the NWA Southeast Heavyweight Championship a record eleven times between 1976 and 1981, winning it for the last time against Jerry Stubbs and losing it to Jos LeDuc. He feuded with Robert Fuller and Ronnie Garvin over the title.
Smoky Mountain Wrestling
Gouldie, by now in his 60s, joined SMW, like Southeast based in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1992. At this point in his career, the Stomper was considered a babyface, teaming with former rival Ronnie Garvin in his feud with Paul Orndorff and feuding with Kevin Sullivan's latest incarnation of evil wrestlers. Gouldie defeated Rob Morgan at the first Bluegrass Brawl in Pikeville, Ky. According to several magazines, Gouldie maintained his shape by riding his bicycle almost everywhere he went, sometimes riding up to 60 miles a day.
After his wrestling career came to an end, Gouldie served for several years as a deputy sheriff in Knox County, Tennessee, working as a correctional officer.
Championships and accomplishments
- All-Star Championship Wrestling
- ASCW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- Central States Wrestling
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- NWA Detroit
- NWA Mid-America – Continental Wrestling Association
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 290 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the PWI Years in 2003.
- Southeastern Championship Wrestling – Continental Wrestling Federation
- CWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Jimmy Golden
- NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Southeastern version) (3 times)
- NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (Northern Division) (11 times)
- NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (Southern Division) (1 time)
- NWA Southeastern Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Jimmy Golden (1) and Stomper Jr. (1)
- NWA Southeastern Television Championship (1 time)
- Southern States Wrestling
- SSW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Stampede Wrestling
- Tennessee Mountain Wrestling
- United Atlantic Championship Wrestling
- USA Wrestling
- USA Heavyweight Championship (3 times)