Tony Borne (left) throwing an opponent out of the ring.
|Birth name||Anthony Wayne Osborne|
|Born||July 13, 1926|
Columbus, Ohio, United States
|Died||August 27, 2010 (aged 84)|
Oak Grove, Oregon, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Tony Borne|
|Billed height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Billed weight||220 lb (100 kg; 16 st)|
|Trained by||Ali Pasha|
|Debut||September 23, 1952|
Professional wrestling career
Osborne was an amateur wrestler in both high school and in the United States Navy. Promoter Al Haft first convinced him to try professional wrestling. His initial trainers were Ali Pasha and Karl Pojello. Pojello convinced Osborne to shorten his ring name to Borne.
In the 1950s, he wrestled mostly in Texas and Pacific Northwest territories, becoming a mainstay in the NWA Pacific Northwest under promoter Don Owen. in 1953, he had a stint in Mexico, where he wrestled the Blue Demon.
Throughout his career he wrestled for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Pat O'Connor, Gene Kiniski and Lou Thesz. In the early 1960s in the Omaha territory for promoter Joe Dusek, Osborne had matches with AWA World Heavyweight Champion Verne Gagne. He influenced up-and-coming wrestlers who spent time in the Pacific Northwest such as Roddy Piper, Rick Martel, Buddy Rose, Rip Oliver, Lonnie Mayne and Billy Jack Haynes.
Osborne was the father of late professional wrestler Matt Osborne. After retiring from professional wrestling, Osborne prospered in real estate. A pacemaker was inserted in his heart in August 2010, but he died at his home on August 27 of that year.
Championships and accomplishments
- Cauliflower Alley Club
- NWA All-Star Wrestling
- NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (2 times) – with John Tolos
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (1 time) – with John Tolos
- Pacific Northwest Wrestling
- Ring Around The Northwest Newsletter
- Southwest Sports/World Class Championship Wrestling
- Superstar Championship Wrestling
- SCW Western States Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Moondog Mayne