Dr. Bill Miller
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|Dr. Bill Miller|
|Birth name||William M. Miller|
|Born||June 5, 1927|
Fremont, Ohio, United States
|Died||March 24, 1997 (aged 69)|
Columbus, Ohio, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Big Bill Miller|
Dr. Bill Miller
The Crimson Knight
|Billed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Billed weight||290 lb (130 kg)|
|Billed from||Fremont, Ohio|
William "Bill" M. Miller (June 5, 1927 – March 24, 1997), better known by the ring name Dr. Bill Miller, was an American professional wrestler. He is a one time American Wrestling Association World champion and also wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance, the World Wrestling Association in Indianapolis and the World Wide Wrestling Federation. He was a Nine-letterman at Ohio State University, in Football, Wrestling, and Track. He was an All-American Heavyweight wrestler, a two-time Big Ten heavyweight champion, and Conference MVP his Sr. year. He was an All-American shot-put and discus track star, also. He was voted into the Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997 for both Wrestling and Track.
Miller began his professional wrestling career in Columbus, Ohio under the promoter, Al Haft. He became a Veterinarian while starting his wrestling career, hence, the "Dr." in his name. He wrestled as "Mr. M" in the Minneapolis-St.Paul area and held the AWA title for over seven months while feuding with Verne Gagne. Under his own name he wrestled in the Detroit area with "The Sheik" (Eddie Farhat) through the 60s. He also wrestled in Calgary and Toronto. Later on in the WWA with Dick the Bruiser, in the Indianapolis area near the end of his career.
In the early 1960s he teamed with storyline brother Big Ed Miller in the northeast. His true brother Danny (Daniel Miller), also wrestled and tagged with Bill many times. They held the WWWF United States Tag Team Championship, winning it from Gorilla Monsoon & Cowboy Bill Watts in Washington, DC; losing it to Johnny Valentine & Antonio Pugliese in Madison Square Garden. In the late 1960`s he was in a brutal feud against Ray Stevens for the San Francisco version of the United States title. Miller later wrestled in Detroit, St. Louis and Cleveland.
After retiring from the ring in 1973, he returned to his first love of veterinarian medicine and opened a practice in Ohio.
Miller died on March 24, 1997. He suffered a heart attack after working out at the Wyandotte Athletic Club, on Columbus' east side. This was just a few miles west of where Al Haft staged his wrestling bouts in Reynoldsburg, many years before.
Championships and accomplishments
- American Wrestling Association
- George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Class of 2005
- Southwest Sports, Inc. / NWA Big Time Wrestling
- International Pro Wrestling (Japan)
- Stampede Wrestling
- World Championship Wrestling (Australia)
- World Wrestling Association (Indianapolis)
- World Wide Wrestling Federation