Bob Brown (wrestler)
|Birth name||Robert Harold Brown|
October 16, 1938|
Shoal Lake, Manitoba, Canada
|Died||February 5, 1997
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
|Family||Doug Brown (brother)
Kerry Brown (nephew)
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Bob Brown
|Billed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Billed weight||227 lb (103 kg)|
|Billed from||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Trained by||Verne Gagne
Brown was born in Shoal Lake, Manitoba, but grew up in the Brooklands area of Winnipeg. He was given the nickname "Bulldog" in grade school. Brown worked as a police officer before becoming a professional wrestler.
Professional wrestling career
Having worked as a policeman in Manitoba, Brown also played hockey. He started wrestling in 1962 in Manitoba and eventually worked in New Brunswick and Alberta as a smart alec heel. In interviews he often argued about the events that had happened by turning the facts around. From 1969–1974 Brown wrestled for NWA All Star Wrestling in Vancouver and formed tag teams with Gene Kiniski and John Quinn. In New Brunswick in the mid 1970`s he fought Leo Burke and Stephen Petitpas. He also made appearances in Kansas City and St. Louis against Harley Race, Bruiser Brody and Marty Jannetty.
Brown wrestled for Stampede Wrestling where he won the Stampede International Tag Team Championship, alongside Kerry Brown, who was billed as Brown's son, but was actually his nephew. The pair defeated Chris Benoit and Biff Wellington for the championship on June 9, 1989. That same year, Brown began working as the color commentator for Stampede's television show, alongside Ed Whalen. Brown retired from wrestling after a 33-year career in 1996, following a heart attack. He worked briefly for WWF as a referee.
Personal life and death
Brown's brother, Doug is a wrestling promoter, and his son David worked as a professional wrestling referee under the name David Puttnam. Brown was the uncle of Kerry Brown, who was a professional wrestler.
Brown dated Penny Lee of Des Moines, IA for many years. In 1996, Brown suffered a heart attack, and was pronounced dead twice before being revived. This caused him to retire from in-ring competition. Following his retirement, he worked as a security guard in a casino in Kansas City, Missouri until his death on February 5, 1997.
Championships and accomplishments
- Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling
- Central States Wrestling
- NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship (19 times)
- NWA Central States Tag Team Championship (10 times) – with Gama Singh (1), Dick Murdoch (1), Pat O'Connor (1), Rufus R. Jones (1), Terry Taylor (1), Buzz Tyler (3), Marty Jannetty (1), and the Cuban Assassin (1)
- NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Central States version) (5 times) – with Bob Geigel
- NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Central States version) (1 time)
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (Central States version) (3 times) – with Al Hayes (1), Alexis Smirnoff (1), and Bob Sweetan (1)
- Eastern Sports Association
- Madison Wrestling Club
- NWA All-Star Wrestling
- NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (8 times) – with Dutch Savage (2), John Quinn (3), Gene Kiniski (2), and Al Tomko (1)
- NWA International Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (1 time) – with Buzz Tyler
- NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Championship (Vancouver version) (3 times)
- Stampede Wrestling
- World Wrestling Council
- West Four Wrestling Alliance
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