John Nord

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John Nord
Born (1959-10-18) October 18, 1959 (age 59)[1]
St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)The Barbarian
The Berzerker
John Nord
Nord the Barbarian
The Viking
Yukon John
Billed height6 ft 8 in (203 cm)[2]
Billed weight323 lb (147 kg)[2]
Billed from"The Great North Woods"
(as Yukon John)
(as The Berzerker)
"Parts Unknown"
(as the Berzerker)[2]
Trained byEddie Sharkey[3]

John Nord (born October 18, 1959) is an American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with the American Wrestling Association and World Class Championship Wrestling in the 1980s as Nord the Barbarian and Yukon John and with the World Wrestling Federation, All Japan Pro Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling in the 1990s as The Berzerker and under his birth name.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Nord was trained to wrestle by Eddie Sharkey. He debuted in late 1984 under the ring name "The Barbarian" for Mid-South Wrestling, where he was managed by Skandor Akbar.[3]

American Wrestling Association[edit]

In 1985, the AWA originally promoted him as a member of the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League.[4]

In 1986, he became Nord the Barbarian and wrestled in singles and tag team matches (under manager Adnan El Kassey) in the American Wrestling Association. Here, he frequently teamed with Bruiser Brody.[3] The two faced Greg Gagne and Jimmy Snuka as part of a triple main event at WrestleRock '86.[1]

World Class Championship Wrestling[edit]

Nord then went to World Class Championship Wrestling in 1987. As Nord The Barbarian he was (managed by Gary Hart), where he feuded with Kevin Von Erich over the WCWA World Heavyweight Championship. He challenged Von Erich for the title at the fourth annual David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions at Texas Stadium in 1987.[3]

American Wrestling Association (1989–1991)[edit]

In 1989, he returned to the AWA under the name Yukon John (a lumberjack gimmick where he would come to the ring with an ax, dressed in blue jeans, flannel shirt, animal skin hat and boots). He mainly competed in singles matches, until forming a tag team in 1990 with Scott Norton, called The Yukon Lumberjacks. They briefly feuded with The Texas Hangmen.[1][3]

Pacific Northwest Wrestling (1991)[edit]

After the American Wrestling Association closed in 1991, Nord joined Pacific Northwest Wrestling as "Nord the Barbarian". He formed a tag team with The Grappler called "The Breakfast Club". After winning matches, Nord and The Grappler would humiliate their opponents by pouring Cheerios and milk on them.

World Wrestling Federation (1991–1993)[edit]

In 1991, Nord joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as The Viking. He soon became The Berzerker (managed by Mr. Fuji) and feuded with Davey Boy Smith and Jimmy Snuka. His preferred method of winning matches was by throwing his opponents over the top rope for a countout, all the while holding his wrist, licking his hand, shouting "Huss! Huss!", and falling flat on his back. He was using the gimmick of his deceased former partner King Kong/Bruiser Brody.[5] He wrestled as part of a four-man team in an elimination match at the 1991 Survivor Series pay-per-view event. He was the last man eliminated for his team. He then feuded with The Undertaker, at one point attempting to stab him with his sword. He wrestled in the 1992 Royal Rumble.[3][5] In July 1992, he won a 40-man Battle Royal on WWF Prime Time Wrestling, and challenged Bret Hart for the WWF Championship that November.[6] Nord's final appearance was as a participant in a battle royal on the February 1, 1993 edition of Monday Night Raw.

All Japan Pro Wrestling (1994–1997)[edit]

In 1994, Nord traveled to Japan where he competed for All Japan Pro Wrestling under his real name. There he formed a tag team with Stan Hansen. He continued to appear with AJPW until 1997.

World Championship Wrestling (1997–1998)[edit]

In 1997, Nord joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) with bleached blond hair, under his real name, John Nord.[1] He wrestled mainly on WCW Saturday Night and had a long winning streak that ended with a loss to another streak holder, Bill Goldberg, on July 4, 1998. Nord then formed a short-lived team with Barry Darsow, and was soon gone from WCW.[1]

Personal life[edit]

After retiring from wrestling, Nord went to work at his brother's auto dealership, Nord East Motors, in Hilltop, Minnesota.[1][7]

In July 2016, Nord was named part of a class action lawsuit filed against WWE which alleged that wrestlers incurred traumatic brain injuries during their tenure and that the company concealed the risks of injury. The suit is litigated by attorney Konstantine Kyros, who has been involved in a number of other lawsuits against WWE.[8] The lawsuit was dismissed by US District Judge Vanessa Lynne Bryant in September 2018.[9]

John Nord was sued in a January 24, 2018 episode of "Judge Mathis".

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "John Nord". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved February 10, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "The Berzerker". WWE. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Pope, Kristian (2005). "Nord, John (1980s–2000s)". Tuff Stuff – Professional wrestling field guide. Iola, Wisconsin: KP Books. p. 332. ISBN 0-89689-267-0.
  4. ^ "John Nord vs. Dru Tossel". YouTube. October 22, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  5. ^ a b RD Reynolds and Randy Baer (2003). "The circus comes to town". Wrestlecrap – the very worst of pro wrestling. ECW Press. pp. 27–46. ISBN 1-55022-584-7.
  6. ^ Cawthon, Graham (June 2, 1992). "Ring results: 1992". Retrieved February 11, 2010. Prime Time Wrestling – 7/6/92: The Berzerker won a 40-man battle royal by last eliminating Kerry Von Erich and Skinner at the same time; Prime Time Wrestling – 11/9/92: WWF World Champion Bret Hart defeated the Berzerker via submission with the Sharpshooter at 4:31
  7. ^ "World Class Memories: FAQ: Current Whereabouts and Final Resting Places". Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "WWE sued in wrestler class action lawsuit featuring Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, Paul 'Mr Wonderful' Orndorff". Fox Entertainment Group (21st Century Fox). July 18, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  9. ^ Robinson, Byron (September 22, 2018). "Piledriver: WWE uses 'Hell in a Cell' as springboard to future shows". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  10. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 – 2003: 422 John Nord". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, United States: Sports and Entertainment publications LLC. September 30, 2003. p. 45. October 2003.

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