|Birth name||Mike McCord|
October 26, 1949 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Mike McCord
Mr. Gulf Coast
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed weight||242 lb (110 kg)|
|Billed from||Las Vegas, Nevada|
Professional wrestling career
McCord graduated from Robinson High School in Tampa, Florida. He started wrestling as Iron Mike McCord, a superheavyweight powerlifter in 1972, and became a star in a number of southeast promotions, holding many titles in the Memphis, Georgia, Birmingham, Texas All Star & Mid Atlantic territories. McCord also had a stint in the WWWF with Lou Albano as his manager. He also worked main event matches against then world champion Pedro Morales. McCord and wrestlers Gary Hart and Bobby Shane were passengers on a Cessna 182 flown by wrestler Buddy Colt, which crashed on February 20, 1975 into Tampa Bay in Florida, killing Shane.
After a period of inactivity healing from two broken ankles, he emerged with bleach-blonde hair, over 100 lbs lighter, and the new ring name "Universal Heartthrob" Austin Idol.
Idol is well-known for a feud during the 1980s with the popular Jerry "The King" Lawler in the CWA and AWA territories. In a 1981 angle, Idol dressed up as a masked Mexican wrestler, presenting the "Top Rated Wrestler in Mexico" award to Lawler on TV before sucker-punching him. Afterwards, he delivered an interview where he promised to clean up Memphis and rid it of Lawler. Early in the year, Lawler burned Idol's neck in a match. On April 27, 1987, Idol defeated Lawler in a steel cage match with the assistance of "Wildfire" Tommy Rich, who hid underneath the ring for the entirety of the event, winning the AWA Southern Heavyweight championship and causing Lawler to lose his hair.
Idol semi-retired in 1990, wrestling only every few years until the mid-1990s. In addition, he promoted his own promotion in Alabama in 1993. After appearing on Memphis Power Pro Wrestling's first television show in 1998, he officially retired. Idol has since become a popular motivational speaker.
In November 2012, Idol launched his new radio program Austin Idol Rock & Roll Wrestling Show broadcasting on American Hearts Network.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- "Do You Wanna Touch Me?" - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Championships and accomplishments
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- Continental Wrestling Association
- AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
- AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Jerry Lawler
- CWA International Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
- CWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- CWA World Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with Dutch Mantel (2) and Jerry Lawler (1)
- Georgia Championship Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Southeastern Championship Wrestling
- Texas All-Star Wrestling
- TAS Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- World Championship Wrestling (Australia)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners Inspirational Wrestler of the Year". Wrestling Information Archive. Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-27.