The Von Steigers

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The Von Steigers
Tag team
Members Kurt von Steiger
Karl von Steiger
Name(s) Kurt and Karl von Steiger
The Von Steigers
The Von Steiger brothers
Hometown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Billed from Germany
Debut 1959s
Disbanded 1990s

Kurt and Karl Von Steiger was the ring name of professional wrestlers Lorne Corlett and Arnold Pastrick worked under for most of their careers. The Von Steiger gimmick was that of two German villains, called heels, despite both wrestlers hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Arnold Pastrick used the name Kurt Von Steiger, and Lorne Corlett worked as Karl Von Steiger. The Von Steigers are best known for competing in Pacific Northwest Wrestling in Portland, Oregon between 1968 and 1973 but also competed in Tennessee, San Francisco, Stampede Wrestling, Australia, the American Wrestling Alliance and the Carolina territory.

Professional wrestling history[edit]

Arnold Pastrick made his professional wrestling debut in 1959 in his native Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and worked for the local Madison Wrestling Club promotion as a solid mid-card face. Lorne Corlett made his debut in 1960, working for the Madison Wrestling Club under the ring name "Butcher Boy" Corlett.[1] In 1965, Corlett won the MWC Heavyweight Championship and held it for over 6 months.[2] When the Madison Wrestling Club folded in 1968, the two men formed a tag team and adopted a German gimmick — not an overtly Nazi ring persona, but instead playing off the imagery of World War I Germany complete with spiked helmets.[3] The gimmick was a strange choice for Pastrick because his parents were Polish and had been held in a Concentration camp during World War II.[1]

Von Steigers[edit]

The Von Steigers first became noticed as a team in the Calgary, Alberta-based Stampede Wrestling, where they won the Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship in 1967, their first title as a team.[4] After working in the Stampede Territory for a while, the duo moved on, leaving Canada to begin working for the promotion most synonymous with the Von Steigers, NWA Pacific Northwest in Portland. In Portland, the team really came into their own and they found success as the Von Steigers; the fans despised the duo, and the partners quickly rose up the card. Their fellow wrestlers held the team in great respect because they were good "ring generals", in other words they were good at controlling the flow of the match, keeping the pre-planned story on track.[3] While working in Portland, the Von Steigers engaged in several storylines with other Portland based teams, such as The Royal Kangaroos ("Lord" Jonathan Boyd and Norman Frederick Charles III) and the team of Tony Borne and Moondog Mayne. The Von Steigers held the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship seven times, defeating such teams as Moondog Mayne and Beauregarde, Billy White Wolf and Johnny War Eagle and the pairing of Tony Borne and Moondog Mayne.[5] Kurt Von Steiger also saw singles success in Portland, winning and holding the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship briefly in 1970 and again in 1971.[6] In early 1971, Portland territory owner Don Owen and Mad Dog Vachon, who were close friends, planned to have the Vachon Brothers (Butcher and Mad Dog) lose the AWA World Tag Team Championship to the Von Steigers. Although the Von Steigers won the championship, the title change was never officially recognized by the AWA. The problem was that the Vachons had not gotten permission from American Wrestling Association (AWA) owner Verne Gagne to lose the titles to the Von Steigers. The Vachons lost the AWA titles to the Von Steigers on February 23, 1971 and then went on a tour of the Orient; when they returned three weeks later, the Vachons "regained" the titles on a technicality.[1][3]

The team kept working for NWA Pacific Northwest but also did the occasional tour of other promotions, such as the NWA Mid-Pacific promotion in Hawaii. On September 10, 1969, the Von Steigers defeated Pedro Morales & Ed Francis for the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship, but lose the title belts back to Morales and Francis a month later.[7] In 1971 the team toured Australia working for the Australian version of World Championship Wrestling, where they defeated King Curtis Iaukea and Mark Lewin for the IWA World Tag Team Championship and held the titles until they were replaced with the NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Championship.[8] In 1972 Kurt Von Steiger bought a share of a wrestling promotion in Phoenix, Arizona and decided to settle down there. Karl Von Steiger, on the other hand, decided to keep on traveling the world while wrestling, which led to the Von Steigers splitting up.

Singles career - Kurt Von Steiger[edit]

Kurt Von Steiger remained in Phoenix and took part in running the local wrestling promotion called "Universal Wrestling Federation" (later changed to "Universal Wrestling Alliance") and also training people to become professional wrestlers. In 1973 Von Steiger defeated Chris Colt to win the UWF Arizona Heavyweight Championship.[9] In Arizona Von Steiger trained several notable wrestlers; Bobby Jaggers, "Big" Bill Anderson and Afa Anoa'i of The Wild Samoans.[1] After the Phoenix promotion folded Kurt Von Steiger returned to the NWA Pacific Northwest promotion where he held the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship two more times, with Killer Karl Krupp and Mati Suzuki.[5] He later retired from wrestling and start up a septic tank business in Oregon.[1]

Singles career - Karl Von Steiger[edit]

Karl briefly worked in Phoenix and held the UWA Western States Tag Team Championship with Tito Montez, losing it to Chris Colt and one of Kurt Von Steiger's students Bobby Jaggers, who worked as Bobby Mayne at the time. After leaving the Phoenix Territory he started working in Dory Funk's NWA Western States territory based out of Amarillo, Texas. In 1972 Von Steiger teamed up with Ciclón Negro to win the NWA Western States Tag Team Championship, a title he would also hold in 1974, this time with Siegfried Stanke.[10] Karl also won the NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship from Terry Funk and hold it for six months before losing it to Ricky Romero.[11] In April 1973 Killer Karl Krupp chose Kurt Von Steiger to replace Fritz Von Erich as one half of the NWA International Tag Team Championship in Japan Wrestling Association. When the promotion closed shortly after Von Steiger and Krupp took the belts with them to Texas and gave them to Dory Funk to use.[12] In 1974 Karl Von Steiger engaged in a prolonged storyline with future World Champion Bob Backlund centering on the Western States Heavyweight Championship. Von Steiger would win the title from Backlund on two occasions in 1974.[11]

In 1975 Von Steiger moved on to Alabama, where he began to work for Nick Gulas' NWA Mid-America territory. In NWA Mid-America Von Steiger would team with another "German", Otto Von Heller, like Steiger he too was only pretending to be German. The team defeated George Gulas and Jackie Fargo to win the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship on May 26, 1975.[13] Soon after, the team of Von Steiger and Von Heller defeated Fargo and Gulas once again, this time for the NWA Mid-America U.S. Tag Team Championship and held them until August 1975 where they lost them to the team of Tojo Yamamoto and Tommy Rich.[14] The teams biggest success came when they won NWA Mid-America's main tag team title, the NWA Mid-America Southern Tag Team Championship from the team of Jimmy Golden and Tojo Yamamoto, a title they would win once more in 1975.[15] After breaking up with Von Heller Karl worked various other southern territories, never settling down in one particular place long enough.

Death[edit]

He died in 2005.

Von Steiger reunion[edit]

In 1977 the Von Steigers reunited for one more run as a tag team. They worked in the NWA San Francisco territory where they won the vacant San Francisco version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship in a tournament. They would lose the titles to longtime rival Moondog Mayne and local star Ray Stevens but quickly regain the titles. On January 12, 1978, the Von Steigers lost the titles for good as the team of Black Gordman and Goliath defeated them.[16] Following the loss Kurt Von Steiger retired while Karl wrestled for another couple of years, retiring either in 1979 or 1980.

In wrestling[edit]

  • Signature moves

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Kurt and Karl Von Steiger[edit]

Kurt Von Steiger / Arnold Pastrick[edit]

Titles won as a team are not listed here

  • Universal Wrestling Federation (Arizona)
  • UWF Arizona Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[9]
  • UWA/WSWA
  • UWA/WSWA Western States Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Tito Montez[18]

Karl Von Steiger / Lorne Corlett[edit]

Titles won as a team are not listed here

  • Madison Wrestling Club
  • MWC Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson (2005). "The Evil Foreigners: Kurt and Karl Von Steiger". The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. ECW Press. pp. 244–245. ISBN 978-1-55022-683-6. 
  2. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "WINNIPEG: Madison Wrestling Club Title [Gordon Mackie, Al Tummon, Al Tomko]". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 345. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  3. ^ a b c Oliver, Greg (2003). "Karl and Kurt Von Steiger". the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame - The Canadians. ECW Press. p. 213. ISBN 1-55022-531-6. 
  4. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Calgary:Stampede International Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 340–342. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ a b c d Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "PORTLAND: NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 317–320. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  6. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "PORTLAND: NWA Pacific Northwest Title [Don Owen]". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 315–317. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  7. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "HONOLULU: Hawaiian Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 311–313. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  8. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "AUSTRALIA: IWA Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 425. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  9. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "PHOENIX: Arizona Title [Al fenn & Ernie Mohammed, Barry Bernsten, David Rose, Macial Bovee]". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 288. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  10. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "AMARILLO: Western States Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 275. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  11. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "AMARILLO: Western States Title [Dory Funk, Terry Funk, Dory Funk, Jr. Dick Murdoch, Jerry Kozak, Herman Gust]". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 274. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  12. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Amarillo: International Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 373–374. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  13. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Tennessee: NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 194–195. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  14. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Tennessee: U.S. Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 194. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  15. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Tennessee: Southern Tag Team Title [Roy Welch & Nick Gulas; Jerry Jarrett from 1977]". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 185–189. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  16. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "SAN FRANCISCO: NWA World Tag Team Title [Joe Malecewicz]". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 306. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  17. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Nova Scotia: International Wrestling World Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 382. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  18. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "PHOENIX: UWA/WSWA Western States Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 289. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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