Mike Boyette

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Mike Boyette
Birth name Michael Bowyer
Born (1943-04-24)April 24, 1943
Tucson, Arizona
Died December 6, 2012(2012-12-06) (aged 69)[1]
Children Kristi Bowyer
Lance Bowyer
Steve Bowyer
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Mike Boyette[1]
The California Hippie[1]
Hollywood Hippie
Hippie Boyette
Grenade Boyer
Grenade Bowyer
The Beastman[1]
Billed from San Diego, California
Trained by Eddie Sharkey
Verne Gagne
Debut 1966[1]
Retired 1988

Michael Bowyer[1] (April 24, 1943 – December 6, 2012), also known by the ring name Mike "The California Hippie" Boyette, was an American professional wrestler, who made his debut in 1966.[2]

Early life[edit]

Boyette was born in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to his career in wrestling, he became a judo champion while serving in the United States Marines and earned a place in the 1964 Olympic team in Tokyo, but broke his leg and had to give up his spot.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

In 1966, Boyette began his wrestling career and was trained by Eddie Sharkey and Verne Gagne. He became second in all three United States Tag Team title competitions. In the early 80's he was given a push in Southwest Championship Wrestling as Grenade Boyer, a heel character who could " explode" at anytime. The character was not popular and Boyette was regulated to jobber. In 1985, Boyette wrestled in the Universal Wrestling Federation and had a total of 197 losses.[1]

Boyette died in Alabama, survived by his daughter Kristi Bowyer and 2 sons, Lance & Steve. He had 7 grandchildren & 4 great grandchildren.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mike Boyette - Wrestling Profiles". Obsessed With Wrestling. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Remembering professional wrestling's "Hippie," Mike Boyette". The Alabama News. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 

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