Uncle Elmer

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Uncle Elmer
Elmer1.jpg
Born (1937-08-16)August 16, 1937[1]
Philadelphia, Mississippi
Died July 1, 1992(1992-07-01) (aged 54)
Biloxi, Mississippi
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) A-Team #2[2]
Big Tex[1]
Ed Younger[2]
Congorilla[2]
Cowboy Frazier[2]
Farmer Boy Frazier[2]
Giant Frazier[2]
Giant Hillbilly[2]
Hillbilly Elmer[2]
Kamala II[3]
Pascagoula Plowboy[1]
Playboy Frazier[3]
Plowboy Frazier[3]
Tex Frazier[2]
The Convict[1]
The Country Plowboy[2]
The Giant Rebel[2]
Tiny Frazier[1]
Tiny the Plowboy[2]
The Lone Ranger[3]
Uncle Elmer[3]
Lieutenant Frazier[2]
Billed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)[4]
Billed weight 450 lb (200 kg)
Billed from Pascagoula, Mississippi[1]
Philadelphia, Mississippi
Debut 1960
Retired 1990

Stanley C. Fraizer (August 16, 1937 – July 1, 1992)[5] was an American professional wrestler. He was best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation as Uncle Elmer from 1985 to 1986. The highpoints of his career included wrestling Adrian Adonis at WrestleMania 2, and marrying Joyce Stazko on an episode of Saturday Night's Main Event.[2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Southeastern United States[edit]

At the beginning of his career, Fraizer later wrestled in the Gulf Coast region[clarification needed]. He used several ring names, including Pascagoula Plowboy. Because he was a local wrestler, he was very popular with the fans.[6]

Fraizer was discovered by Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler, who brought him to wrestle in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)'s Mid-America region and later in the American Wrestling Association (AWA). He used many gimmicks in Tennessee, including Giant Rebel, the Lone Ranger, Giant Hillbilly and Tiny Frazier.[1] Despite weighing 460 pounds, he also wrestled in a loincloth as Kamala II, a copy of Kamala, who wrestled in Tennessee with a Ugandan headhunter gimmick.[7]

Fraizer won several championships while in Tennessee. Wrestling under his own name, he won the Mid-America version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship in 1971.[1] Wrestling as Plowboy Frazier, he formed a tag team with Lawler and won the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship in 1976.[8] He won the belts again in 1978 while teaming with Terry Sawyer.[8]

Fraizer's next title success came in Georgia Championship Wrestling. While there, he teamed with Ted DiBiase to win the NWA National Tag Team Championship from the Fabulous Freebirds.[1][9] Their title reign lasted five days, as they dropped the titles back to the Freebirds.

World Wrestling Federation (1985-1986)[edit]

During 1985 and 1986, Fraizer wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation as Uncle Elmer.[4] He was a member of a stable named the Hillbillies, which also included Hillbilly Jim, Cousin Junior, and Cousin Luke.[2] The Hillbillies' gimmick was that of simple-minded country folk who performed square dances in the ring.[10][11] They feuded with several of the WWF's top wrestlers, including Roddy Piper and Bob Orton, Jr.[11]

On the October 5, 1985 episode of Saturday Night's Main Event (taped two days earlier), Fraizer was legitimately married to Joyce Stazko despite a storyline that saw Roddy Piper try to interfere. During the ceremony, wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura heckled Frazier from his position at the announcers table; Ventura later read a poem at the reception criticizing the wedding until Hillbilly Jim attacked him, and the evening's events led to a feud between Elmer and Ventura (years later Jesse claimed in a radio interview that to further the storyline, Vince McMahon told him to "bury them" during the ceremony). Uncle Elmer competed at the Los Angeles part of WrestleMania 2 in 1986, where he lost to "Adorable" Adrian Adonis.[12]

Later career[edit]

Fraizer continued to wrestle in Tennessee after leaving the WWF. As Giant Hillbilly Elmer, he teamed up with Lawler again to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship once more on June 23, 1986.[8] Their title reign lasted less than a month, but he then regained the championship while teaming with Cousin Junior. This reign was even shorter, as they lost the title belts two days later.[8]

Fraizer then wrestled for the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), where he found success in the super heavyweight division. He won the CWA Super Heavyweight Championship on November 17, 1986 by defeating Goliath.[13] He dropped the belt to Jerry Blackwell but was awarded the title again in 1988. He held the championship until the promotion abandoned it later that year.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Fraizer was born on August 16, 1937 and lived in Pascagoula, Mississippi.[1] He was married to his wife Joyce for over six years, and she traveled with him as he wrestled.[7] Frazier was known for selling cheap merchandise such as replica Rolex watches, and he operated a shoe store.[7] He also made an appearance as himself on an Andy Kaufman special on PBS in 1983, drinking raw eggs.[14]

Frazier suffered from diabetes and poor health as a result of his weight.[2] These problems led to kidney failure, from which he died on July 1, 1992.[7] Frazier was laid to rest by friends, Willie Smith and Mike Graham at Holder-Wells Funeral Home in Moss Point, Mississippi on July 5, 1992 and buried in Biloxi, Mississippi.[1]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Wrestler Profiles: Uncle Elmer". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Frequently Asked Questions". PlowboyFrazier.com. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Cohen, Daniel; Susan Cohen (1986). Wrestling Superstars II. Pocket Books. p. 26. ISBN 0-671-63224-8. 
  4. ^ a b Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley. p. 318. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 
  5. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=6717595&PIpi=5261002
  6. ^ Pringle III, Percy. "Memories of the Pascagoula Plowboy". PlowboyFrazier. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  7. ^ a b c d Nielsen, Kurt (2008-04-14). "Singing the praises of the underappreciated Stan "Uncle Elmer" Frazier". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "NWA Mid-America/AWA Southern Tag Team Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  9. ^ "Title History". PlowboyFrazier. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  10. ^ Reynolds, R.D. (2003). WrestleCrap: The Very Worst of Pro Wrestling. ECW Press. p. 31. ISBN 1-55022-584-7. 
  11. ^ a b Oliver, Greg. "Cousin Luke made a lasting impression". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  12. ^ "WrestleMania 2 Results". WWE. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  13. ^ a b c "CWA Super Heavyweight Title". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  14. ^ "Soundstage: The Andy Kaufman Show". PlowboyFrazier.com. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  15. ^ "Jimmy Hart profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  16. ^ "NWA National Tag Team Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 

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