Sweet Daddy Siki

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Sweet Daddy Siki
Born (1940-06-16) June 16, 1940 (age 78)
Montgomery, Texas, U.S.[1]
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Mr. Irresistible
Reggie Siki
Sweet Daddy Siki
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[1]
Billed weight 245 lb (111 kg)[1]
Trained by Sandor Szabo
Ray Ortega[2]
Debut 1955

Reginald Siki (born June 16, 1940) is an American-born Canadian retired professional wrestler and singer, best known as Sweet Daddy Siki.

Siki started wrestling in 1955 in Artesia, New Mexico.[3] He also did some training in Los Angeles with Sandor Szabo and Ray Ortega.[3] He says he weighed about 180 pounds when he started, but within three years weighed in at 230.[3] He is also believed to be the first African American to challenge for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Career[edit]

He moved to Toronto in 1961 because it was a central location from which to travel across North America.[3] He still lives in Toronto today, and uses it as a base for his country & western band and his work as a karaoke DJ at The Duke on Queen Street East.[3] Siki is well-known throughout Canada. He was a top draw in the 1960s and 1970s. He fought in Stampede Wrestling for years, travelled with Bearman McKigney's circuit and was a mainstay of the eastern scene.[3] Siki is best known for his headbutt or "coco butt" and his "neckbreaker" maneuver.[4]

At his peak, Siki was a main card attraction at Maple Leaf Gardens and drew fans by the busloads.[4] He had made his Maple Leaf Gardens debut in 1962 and wrestled there until 1980.[5]

In his peak at Maple Leaf Gardens, he earned up to $3,000 a bout and received bundles of mail from fans around the world.[4] In the 1970s, Siki wrestled two well-known radio & television hosts in Toronto: CHUM radio's Terry Steele and CITY-TV's Gene Taylor.[5] He used an airplane spin as a finisher in both matches.[5]

Siki was brought into CWA Memphis on March 25, 1985, by Tux Newman for 3 weeks. He first wrestled a handicap match and then wrestled Mike Sharp the two following weeks.

Siki made an appearance on WWE Smackdown on September 13, 2011 for Edge Appreciation Night, along with several other WWE Legends and former superstars.

Siki now hosts karaoke Saturday afternoons at The Duke bar at Queen and Leslie street in Toronto.[1]

Along the way, he has accrued six major wrestling belts, including the Austra-Asian championship, the North American championship (three times), the Texas championship and the tag-team heavyweight crown.[4]

Siki suffered many injuries throughout his career. He suffered from two broken ribs, had his hands broken twice, his ankle and leg broken and half his face paralyzed.[4]

In the 1980s, he wrestled across the Maritimes and in small Northern Ontario towns.[4] Siki wrote his own theme song entitled "I Am So Proud of What I See".[4] Siki also released an album on vinyl.

During this time, he also started to teach the craft at Sully's Toronto Youth Athletic Club on Sundays.[4] He continued to wrestle into the 1990s. He was also affiliated with a Toronto wrestling school through the 1980s and to the mid-1990s, initially in partnership with Johnny Powers.[5]

Besides Canada, Siki has wrestled across the United States, and in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and Trinidad.[3]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • AGPW North American Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Cuban Assassin
  • Big Time Wrestling (Massachusetts)
  • Midwest Wrestling Association
  • MWA Ohio Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Leon Graham[2]
  • NWA Eastern States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)1

1This title should not be confused with the NWA Eastern States Heavyweight Championship that was defended in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling in the early to mid-1970s. This title would go on to be renamed the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship. Finishing move: Airplane Spin

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 296. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0.
  2. ^ a b "Other Superstars - Sweet Daddy Siki".
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "(no title)". Canoe.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Siki still wonderful…just ask him, By Tom Godfrey, Toronto Sun, June 29, 1986
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "PAGE OF FAME: Sweet Daddy Siki". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27.
  6. ^ Big Time Wrestling Tag Team Title (Massachusetts) at Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved September 13, 2018
  7. ^ "World Negro Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles.com.
  8. ^ "Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame". Slam! Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. April 3, 2016.

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