Oliver Humperdink

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Oliver Humperdink
Oliver Humperdink.jpg
Birth name John Jay Sutton
Born (1949-01-16)January 16, 1949[1]
Minneapolis, Minnesota[1]
Died March 20, 2011(2011-03-20) (aged 62)[2]
Cause of death Complications from pneumonia
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Red Sutton[1]
The Big Kahuna[1]
Sir Oliver Humperdink[1]
Rooster Humperdink[1]
Big Daddy Dink[1]
Billed height 5'10"
Billed weight 252 lb (114 kg).
Debut 1965 (Involved in business)[1]
Spring of 1973 (Official)[3]
Retired 1993[3]

John Jay Sutton[3] (January 16, 1949 – March 20, 2011), better known by his ring name Oliver Humperdink, was a professional wrestling manager who worked for Jim Crockett Promotions, Florida Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation.[1]


In the early and mid 1960s, John Sutton began to get to know several wrestlers while working as an usher in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[3] He eventually landed a job as a security guard for the American Wrestling Association (AWA).[3] In 1973, he met Paul Vachon when he went to work at Grand Prix Wrestling (GPW) in Montreal.[3] At GPW, Sutton worked as a manager and an occasional wrestler.[3] He also refereed for a time.[3] Sutton began managing the Hollywood Blonds after they split with their manager, Johnny Rougeau.[3] Both Don Jardine and Dale Hey are credited with coming up with the name "Sir Oliver Humperdink".[3] Jardine claims to have come up with the name, believing it would draw heat from francophone fans in Quebec who hated anything English.[3]

In 1974, Humperdink went to Florida Championship Wrestling and was put into an angle with Mike Graham and Kevin Sullivan.[3] Two years later, he began working with the Hollywood Blondes once again.[3]

He worked for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)'s Jim Crockett Promotions in the 1980s where he managed Greg Valentine, Paul Jones and The One Man Gang.[3] He left the company in 1983 but returned five years later before the company folded.[3] While still in the NWA, he formed a stable known as the "House of Humperdink".[1][3] As a singles wrestler, he held the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship and NWA Central States Television Championship.

In 1987, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) approached Humperdink and offered him a job.[3] As a part of the WWF, he managed Bam Bam Bigelow.[3] That same year, he also began managing Paul Orndorff during his feud with Rick Rude.[3] His gimmick was that of a face, but Sutton did not like the gimmick off-screen.[3] He managed the duo during the first ever Survivor Series in a match that they lost when Bigelow was pinned by André the Giant.[3] Humperdink also managed Bigelow during WrestleMania IV when he lost in the first round of a WWF Championship tournament.[3]

When he returned to the NWA in 1988, he managed The New Wild Samoans (Fatu, Samu, and The Samoan Savage).[3] He also returned to the side of Bigelow in his feud with Barry Windham in a match at Starrcade.[3]

He worked for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the early 1990s as "Big Daddy Dink", a biker-type gimmick.[3] In WCW, he managed The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin).[3] Off-screen, Sutton hated his new gimmick and WCW's office politics.[3] He retired in 1993.[3] In 1995 he returned to manage Bob Orton Jr and The Hangmen in the American Wrestling Federation.

Personal life[edit]

In the 1960s, Sutton was in a car crash and nearly died when he hit a snow bank.[3] After recovering from the incident, his health deteriorated.[3] In 2001, he went through surgery to replace his aortic valve in Key West.[3] He was equipped with a pace maker and made a full recovery.[3] The Cauliflower Alley Club helped pay for some of his medical expenses.[3] Sutton returned to the hospital in 2008 after heart troubles complicated a case of pneumonia.[3] In early 2011, it was announced that Sutton was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder. He entered a hospice having refused chemotherapy and radiotherapy.[citation needed]

He went to the annual Cauliflower Alley Club conventions every year.[3]

Sutton never married or had children.[3] Sutton died early on the morning of March 20, 2011,[2] of complications from pneumonia at the age of 62.[4]

In wrestling[edit]

Wrestlers managed[edit]

Tag teams managed[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Cauliflower Alley Club

  • Other honoree (2005)

Central States Wrestling

Championship Wrestling from Florida

Pro Wrestling Illustrated


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Oliver Humperdink profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  2. ^ a b Caldwell, James (March 20, 2011). "Legendary wrestling manager Sir Oliver Humperdink dies at age 62". Pro Wrestling Torch. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn Matt Mackinder (January 17, 2008). "Sir Oliver Humperdink recalls career of yesteryear". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  4. ^ "Oliver Humperdink at 62". 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "House of Humperdink". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-08.