|Birth name||Juan Kachmanian|
April 6, 1930|
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Residence||San Jose, California|
|Professional wrestling career|
Ervan the Armenian
Ivan the Terrible
The Missing Link
The Great Pampero
Wild Bull of the Pampas
|Billed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|Billed from||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Trained by||Rudy Dusek|
Having been trained by Rudy Dusek, he made his debut in 1953 and wrestled variously as Ervan the Armenian, Ivan the Terrible, The Missing Link, The Great Pampero and the Wild Bull of the Pampas, as well as his most famous alter-ego of Pampero Firpo (named after the original, Luis Ángel Firpo). An early pioneer of hardcore wrestling, Kachmanian usually wrestled as a heel, although he would go on to have a run as a face after being fireballed by The Sheik. Other notable feuds in his career would include Nick Bockwinkel, Alberto Madril and Apollo Jalisco.
Amongst the titles he held in his career were the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas version), the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Detroit version), the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship and the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship, as well as being the inaugural holder of the NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship. Using the bear hug and the El Garfio as his signature moves, Kachmanian popularized the drawn-out catchphrase 'ohhh yeah!' which would later become associated with Randy Savage. He retired in 1986 and then worked for the United States Postal Service in San Jose, California.
Championships and accomplishments
- All-California Championship Wrestling
- ACCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time) 1986
- Big Time Wrestling
- Cauliflower Alley Club
- Other honoree (2001)
- Jim Crockett Promotions
- Mid-Pacific Promotions
- NWA Hollywood Wrestling
- Pacific Northwest Wrestling
- Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Class of 2018
- Southwest Sports/NWA Big Time Wrestling
- World Wrestling Council
- "Wrestler Profiles: Pampero Firpo". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
- N.W.A. Americas Heavyweight Title
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Oliver, Greg (2017-12-07). "Oooooh yeaaahhhh! PWHF announces Class of 2018". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2017-12-07.