Luke Brown

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Luke Brown
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Birth name Carl Dennis Campbell
Born (1935-07-28)July 28, 1935
Died November 12, 1997(1997-11-12) (aged 62)
Washington, D.C.[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Luke Brown
Man Mountain Campbell
Billed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Billed weight 350 lb (160 kg)
Trained by Fred Atkins
Debut 1958[1]
Retired 1976[1]

Carl Dennis Campbell, Sr.[1] (July 28, 1935 – November 12, 1997) was an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name Luke "Big Boy" Brown. He is most noted for being one-half of a tag team in the 1950s and 1960s known as the Kentuckians, along with Grizzly Smith.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Brown began his professional wrestling career in 1958, traveling with carnivals.[1] Wrestler Frankie Townsend gave him the name "Man Mountain Campbell", which Brown used up until 1961.[1] For a short period during this time he tagged with Stan Stasiak, and they were the first tag team to ever hold the NWA International Tag Team Championship (Toronto version). They defeated Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff on June 8, 1961 in a tournament to win this title.[2]

In 1961, Brown also began teaming with Grizzly Smith.[1] The duo became known as The Kentuckians, and they were known for their long beards, dungarees, and cow horn.[1]

Brown, as Man Mountain Campbell, had his first main event match on April 12, 1960 against Hans Schmidt in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[3] His first match in Madison Square Gardens took place November 13, 1960 in a tag team match with Haystacks Calhoun against The Kangaroos.[4]

He retired from professional wrestling in 1976 after a shoulder injury.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Brown was married three times.[1]

He was in poor health during his last years of life, including kidney failure that required him to under dialysis.[1] He died of a stroke in a Washington, D.C. hospital in 1997.[1] He was buried in Elkton, Maryland.[1]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Mooneyham, Mike (December 21, 1997). ""Big Boy" Brown Proud Of Heritage". The Wrestling Gospel. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  2. ^ a b Will, Gary. "TITLE HISTORY: International Tag Team Title". Toronto Wrestling History. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  3. ^ Kirby, Carl. "First Main Event". Various Magazine Articles. CKerby.com. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  4. ^ Kirby, Carl. "1960 Match History". Match History. CarlKerby.com. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Luke Brown". Bios. Oklafan.com. Retrieved December 21, 2009. 
  6. ^ "AWA Midwest Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Puroresu Dojo. 2003. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "NWA United States Heavyweight Title (Central States)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Puroresu Dojo. 2003. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "NWA North American Tag Team Title (Central States version)". wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ "NWA Southern Tag Team Title (Georgia)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Puroresu Dojo. 2003. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "International Tag Team Title (Toronto)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Puroresu Dojo. 2003. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "NWA United States Tag Team Title (Tri-State)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Puroresu Dojo. 2003. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "NWA World Tag Team Title (San Francisco) (Joe Malcewicz)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Puroresu Dojo. 2003. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "SCW Western States Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Puroresu Dojo. 2003. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "WWA World Tag Team Title (Los Angeles)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Puroresu Dojo. 2003. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 

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