Waldo Von Erich
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|Waldo Von Erich|
|Birth name||Walter Paul Sieber|
|Born||October 2, 1933|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died||July 5, 2009 (aged 75)|
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
|Cause of death||Falling|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Waldo Von Erich|
The Great Zimm
Wild Man Zim
The Great Hornet
|Billed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Billed weight||265 lb (120 kg)|
|Trained by||Red Garner|
Walter Paul Sieber (October 2, 1933 – July 5, 2009) was a Canadian professional wrestler under the ring name Waldo Von Erich. He was billed as the brother of Fritz Von Erich, but was not related to Fritz or the rest of the Von Erich family.
Walter Paul Sieber was born in Toronto on October 2, 1933, where he trained as a professional wrestler with Red Garner at a local YMCA. He also was into bodybuilding, swimming, and weight training. Sieber became a professional wrestler at the age of 17.
He began his career in Calgary, wrestling for Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling. He later met Jack Adkisson (known as Fritz Von Erich, his kayfabe brother), and they held the NWA American Tag Team Championship in 1967. As a von Erich, Sieber's gimmick was that of a German heel. The height of his success was in the 1960s and 1970s.
Sieber, now using the ringname Waldo Von Erich, also had success as a singles wrestler. He worked in singles matches for the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). As a part of the WWWF, he wrestled Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF Championship in both the 1960s and the 1970s. He was also co-holder of the U.S. Tag Team Championship with Gene Kiniski. After his WWWF run, he continued to have success as a singles and tag team wrestler, holding championships in various promotions. He also had a memorable feud with Tony Atlas in Georgia in the late 1970s. His last sitnt in WWWF was from 1974 to 1975.
After attempting a retirement in 1973, Sieber retired in 1979. After his retirement from in-ring action, Sieber became the president of the Ontario-based promotion, ICW, where he trained young professional wrestlers. Two of his star pupils included Tyson Dux and Brian Cannon, who became known as the masked wrestler Kijimuna in Okinawa Pro and New Japan.
He toured Australia in 1966, 1969, 1973 and 1974.
He was married for 29 years before divorcing; he has three daughters from that marriage.
Championships and accomplishments
- "Canadian Hall of Fame: Waldo von Erich". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-04-03.
- "Waldo von Erich dies suddenly". slam.canoe.ca. 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
- Cathy Gulli. "Walter Paul Sieber 1933-2009". macleans.ca. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
- "Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame (1948-1990)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.