|Birth name||Danny McShain|
October 30, 1912|
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
|Died||July 14, 1992
Alvin, Texas, United States
|Family||Mark Lewin (brother-in-law)
Donn Lewin (brother-in-law)
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Danny McShain|
|Billed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Billed weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Debut||October 30, 1930|
McShain was born on October 30, 1912 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He made his professional wrestling debut in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 30, 1930. McShain later joined the United States Navy, where he excelled as a boxer and won several championships.
Professional wrestling career
McShain's family moved to Glendale, California, where he competed for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). He won his first championship, the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship, on October 11, 1937. Over the next ten years, he held the title another nine times.
He later moved to Alvin, Texas, where he continued to compete for the NWA. He won the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship on ten occasions between in 1948 and 1960 by defeating such wrestlers as Antonino Rocca and Verne Gagne. On November 19, 1951, he also defeated Gagne to win the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship. In 1954, McShain won the MWA American Tag Team Championship with partner Oyama Kato while competing for the Midwest Wrestling Association in Ohio.
McShain wrestled as a "tough guy"; he proudly advertised his list of injuries to demonstrate the amount of punishment his body could take. He was also known for blading, as he often cut his own forehead during matches to draw blood. McShain was a stiff worker, as he put legitimate force behind his punches and made contact with his opponents rather than pretending to hit them. He used a piledriver as one of his ring moves, in which he would hold his opponents upside-down and then drop them head-first to the ring floor. On two occasions, McShain's opponents were killed as a result of injuries from the move.
McShain used a cocky strut to anger opponents and spectators. His brother-in-law Donn Lewin stated that the strut was so arrogant that it "made you want to kill him" and that he walked the same way in real life. McShain was arrested once after starting a riot by spitting tobacco juice from his trademark cigar on an opponent. His behavior was considered so inappropriate that he was summoned to appear in front of the Texas Gaming Commission. He was also the subject of another inquiry, as he changed the pre-planned outcome of a bout mid-way through the match. Because there was a championship on the line and two promoters were arguing over the wrestling territory in which the match took place, the United States Department of Justice became involved. The match was the origin of the rule used in many promotions that prevents a title belt from changing hands when the match ends with a disqualification.
Championships and accomplishments
- Midwest Wrestling Association
- MWA American Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- National Wrestling Association
- NWA Mid-America
- Southwest Sports, Inc.
- Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum
1McShain won the title once just briefly before the formation of the National Wrestling Alliance when the title was simply referred to as the Texas Heavyweight Championship.
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