September 3, 1914|
Birmingham, Alabama, US
|Died||January 21, 1991
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Nick Gulas|
Nick T. Gulas (September 3, 1914 – January 21, 1991) was an American professional wrestling promoter in the Southern United States. Also known as The King of Managers and King B, Gulas helped start the careers of such wrestling stars as Tojo Yamamoto, Jackie Fargo, and Jerry "The King" Lawler in the 1960s and 1970s, the Bounty Hunters with Jimmy Kent, and the Interns with Dr. Ken Ramey in the 1970s and 1980s. He was partnered with Tennessee promoter Roy Welch for decades.
Nick Gulas, born on September 3, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama was married to Katharine B Gulas until her death on 4, 1986. Together they had one son, George Gulas who would join his father in the wrestling business. Gulas died in 1991 in Nashville, Tennessee. He is buried there in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Nashville Sports Arena at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds was renamed the "Nick Gulas Sports Arena" in his honor.
Professional wrestling promoter
Nick Gulas became involved in professional wrestling in the 1940s, working both as a Manager and later behind the scenes as well as a Promoter in Florida. In the late 1940s he joined up with Roy Welch and together they formed the "Gulas-Welch Wrestling Enterprises Inc." promotion, based in Memphis, Tennessee and Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1949 the group joined the National Wrestling Alliance, a national sanctioning body that divided the US into territories. The promotion became known as NWA Mid-America at this point. In 1953 they added Knoxville, Tennessee to their territory as promoter John Cazana joined the group, expanding the territory across several states. Over the years NWA Mid-America worked closely together with the surrounding southern NWA territories, especially those run by Roy Welch's siblings. With time Roy Welch's health began to fail, which led to him bringing in Jerry Jarrett as a booker to help handle the day-to-day work behind the scenes. In the early 1970s Nick's son George became a wrestler for NWA Mid-America and was promoted as one of the top names in the territory despite not being a very talented wrestler according to the wrestlers in the territory. In 1977 Gulas' insistence on making George Gulas one of the featured names in the promotion led to a split between Gulas and Jerry Jarrett, who broke away from Gulas and began the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) in Memphis, essentially splitting the territory between himself and Gulas. By late 1980 NWA Mid-America closed down and Gulas went into semi-retirement as did his son George Gulas since no one wanted to hire him as a wrestler. Nick Gulas was inducted in the NWA Hall of Fame in 2010.
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