Robbie Ellis

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Robbie Ellis
Robbie Ellis.jpg
Birth nameRob Elowitch
Born (1943-04-08) April 8, 1943 (age 75)[1]
ResidencePortland, Maine[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Robbie Ellis
Billed height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Billed weight180 lb (82 kg)[1]
Billed fromPortland, Maine
Trained byKiller Kowalski
Bill Graham[1]

Rob Elowitch (born April 8, 1943),[1] better known by his ring name, Robbie Ellis, is an American professional wrestler who has competed in New England and Mid-Atlantic independent circuit as well as international promotions in Europe. The co-owner of the prestigious Barridoff Galleries, he was the subject of a Sports Illustrated article[2] as well as considerable television and press coverage from World News Tonight, The Today Show, The Osgood File, The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, Time and Again, and MTV's True Life and the National Enquirer.[3]

As of 2000, he wrestles for Chikara, Innovative Hybrid Wrestling, Showcase Pro Wrestling, No Limit Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling America, Pro Wrestling Revolution, Independent Wrestling Entertainment, New England Championship Wrestling, as the grandfather of wrestler Ryan Matthews, and the Millennium Wrestling Federation. From January to November 2007, he went on tour with Italian Championship Wrestling. At age 63, he was the oldest wrestler on the roster.[4]

He is the subject of a feature-length documentary Canvasman: The Robbie Ellis Story directed by Gary Robinov. In 2010, it was an official selection of the Maine Jewish Film Festival,[5][6] Atlantic City Film and Music Festival, Camden International Film Festival, South Dakota Film Festival, and Cape Ann Film Festivals; and, during 2011, the San Diego and Toronto Jewish Film Festivals, Lewiston Auburn Film Festival, and Portsmouth (NH) Film Festival among others. On May 12, 2011, it was screened on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network preceded by a half hour interview.

In 2014, Ellis returned to Chikara as the promotion's new storyline owner.[7]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Ellis in 2010
  • Coastal Pro Wrestling
  • CPW Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[8]
  • Eastern Wrestling Alliance
  • EWA Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[8]
  • Green Mountain Wrestling
  • GMW World Lightweight Championship (2 times)[8]
  • Independent Wrestling Entertainment
  • IWE International Championship (1 time)
  • New England Independent
  • Personality of the Year (2005)
  • New England Pro Wrestling
  • NEPW Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[8]
  • Class of 2008
  • Entertainer of the Year (2009)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (2010)
  • New Wrestling Horizons
  • NWH Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)[9]
  • PWI ranked him #441 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 1991 and similar for several other years through 2008
  • Ringside Wrestling / World Independent Wrestling
  • Ringside Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[8]
  • YPW Lightweight Championship (1 time)
  • Other titles
  • AWA North Atlantic Cruiserweight Championship (7 times)
  • NAWA Lightweight Championship (1 time)[1]


  • Weinstein, Joshua L. (March 17, 2003). "Bout for the Ages". Portland Herald Tribune. Retrieved April 3, 2007.
  • Foster, Rick (May 2004). "Lords of the Ring". Silver City Bulletin. Retrieved April 3, 2007.
  • Gill-Austern, Maggie (September 21, 2006). "63-year-old 'Superman'". Sun Journal. Retrieved April 3, 2007.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Rob Ellis Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Walter Mitty of the Mat". Sports Illustrated. December 3, 1985.
  3. ^ "Master of the Canvas". National Enquirer. December 18, 2006.
  4. ^ Spillane, Mike (January 2007). "The International Report". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. London Publishing Co.
  5. ^ Bouchard, Stephanie (March 18, 2010). "Local Color: MJFF Opens". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  6. ^ Dodge, Matt (March 19, 2010). "Maine Jewish Film Festival Brings 22 Films to Town". Portland Daily Sun. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  7. ^ Higham, Joshua (2014-05-04). "As Chikara returns this month, an update on everything going on". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  8. ^ a b c d e f Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  9. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - December 2005". Retrieved 2008-07-04.

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