Bob Brown (wrestler)

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Bob Brown
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Brown wrestles The Natural in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the West Four Wrestling Alliance during the early-1990s.
Birth name Robert Harold Brown
Born (1938-10-16)October 16, 1938[1]
Shoal Lake, Manitoba, Canada[1]
Died February 5, 1997(1997-02-05) (aged 58)[1]
Kansas City, Missouri, United States[1]
Children 1
Family Doug Brown (brother)
Kerry Brown (nephew)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Bob Brown[2]
Bobo Brown[2]
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Billed weight 227 lb (103 kg)[1]
Billed from Kansas City, Missouri[2]
Trained by Verne Gagne[2]
Bronko Nagurski[2]
Debut Late 1950s[2]
Retired 1996[1]

Robert Harold "Bob" Brown[1] (October 16, 1938 – February 5, 1997)[1] was a Canadian professional wrestler, better known by his ring name "Bulldog" Bob Brown.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

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 NWA Central States where he won the Central States heavyweight and tag team titles. He often worked as booker for the Central States and several other promotions.[2]

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.[2] Brown retired from wrestling after a 33-year career in 1996, following a heart attack.[1] He worked briefly for WWF as a referee.

Personal life and death[edit]

Brown's brother, Doug is a wrestling promoter, and his son David worked as a professional wrestling referee under the name David Puttnam.[1] Brown was the uncle of Kerry Brown, who was a professional wrestler.[3]

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.[1]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Bulldog Bob Brown". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Bob Brown". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ Oliver, Greg (September 10, 2009). "Kerry Brown dead at 51". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). "(Kansas and Western Missouri) West Missouri: North American Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 253. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ "NWA North American Tag Team Title (Central States version)". wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 

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