Frank Andersson

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Frank Andersson
Frank Andersson in January 2014.jpg
Andersson in 2014.
Birth name Frank Andersson
Born (1956-05-09) May 9, 1956 (age 60)
Trollhättan, Sweden[1]
Residence Spain
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Frank Andersson
Billed height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Billed weight 106 kg (234 lb; 16.7 st)
Trained by Brad Rheingans[1]
WCW Power Plant[1]
Debut September 2, 1991[1]

Frank Öivind Stefan Andersson, generally referred to as Frank Andersson (born 9 May 1956 in Trollhättan) is a Swedish semi-retired professional wrestler, entertainer and retired amateur wrestler. He started in amateur wrestling, winning several world championship gold medals as well as a bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He later became a professional wrestler with mixed success. He was also a participant on Let's Dance 2011, the Swedish version of Strictly Come Dancing / Dancing with the Stars where he finished second.

Amateur wrestling career[edit]

Medal record
Men's Greco-Roman wrestling
Representing  Sweden
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Los Angeles Light heavyweight
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1977 Gothenburg 90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1979 San Diego 90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1982 Katowice 90 kg

Frank Andersson's amateur wrestling career included Gold medals at the 1973 and 1975 Junior World Championships and as he got older he wrestled at a number of Greco-Roman wrestling World Championships over the years. In 1977, 1979 and 1982 he won the Gold Medal in the 90 kg (200 lb; 14 st) division. He also took the Silver Medal in 1978 and 1981, The pinnacle of his amateur wrestling career came in 1984 at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles where won a bronze medal in the 90 kg weight division.[2] In addition to his in ring achievements, Andersson was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1977.[3] He was inducted in the Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1991–1993)[edit]

Andersson was trained for his professional career by Brad Rheingans, a former Olympian as well, and made his debut in 1991. Initially he worked in Japan, wrestling for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) in 1991.

World Championship Wrestling (1993–1995)[edit]

In 1993 he signed with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), based out of Atlanta, Georgia.[4] He retired in 1995.

Return to wrestling (2014–present)[edit]

Andersson made his comeback in 2014 for STHLM, a promotion based in Stockholm, Sweden. He won the STHLM title on 6 September when he defeated Ken Malmsteen in the main event.[5] A year later on 12 September, he lost the title to The Beast.

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves
    • Armbar
    • Corkscrew elbow drop
    • Diving body splash
    • Hip toss variations
    • Modified rolling armbar

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Frank Andersson". Cagematch.de. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  2. ^ "All-Olympic results since 1896". Olympic.org. July 28, 1984. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bragdmedaljörer genom tiderna "Feat medals of all time"" (in Swedish). 
  4. ^ Frank Andersson's contract signing with Eric Bischoff on YouTube "Frank Andersson's contract signing with Eric Bischoff / WCW (Swedish)[dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=111806
  6. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=4658&page=12

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Anders Gärderud & Bernt Johansson
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
1977
Succeeded by
Björn Borg & Ingemar Stenmark