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ATLAS: Too Much, Too Soon

ATLAS: Too Much, Too Soon

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ATLAS: Too Much, Too Soon


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During a time when "wannabe" wrestlers trained for years for the opportunity to become a pro wrestler, Tony Atlas was the first wrestler to be paid to learn his trade. By the late ‘70s, Tony was one of the biggest names in the sport and was wrestling in front of sellout crowds in the largest arenas in the country. While wrestling for the WWF in 1981, he even pinned Hulk Hogan in Madison Square Garden.

Readers will feel like they are living Tony’s life through his eyes as he tells about his free-spirited and self-destructive journey through life. His out-of-the-ring stories are as compelling as those that took place inside the ring. Tony tells about growing up in poverty, and recounts stories from his childhood: his dad encouraging him to fight for money as a child, being sent to a juvenile detention center, and being introduced to sex at the age of 16 by a 38-year-old woman. He describes his introduction to wrestling, his rapid rise to the top echelon of talent, the rampant and easily-available sex, money, and drugs, his fascination with "shoes," and the terrible toll his lifestyle took on his personal life.

For the first time, Tony reveals the name of his worst enemy, and explains why he hopes that person is dead. Most revealing of all are his recollections of experiencing "racism" in wrestling ... from the most unexpected source of all.

Tony tells about decisions he made which resulted in his downfall, and is brutally honest about his short-comings and the pain he suffered when he lost his job and everything he had worked for. In the telling of that story, he doesn’t criticize others, but blames himself for the downward spiral of his career. He recalls the events which led up to him being homeless and living outdoors in 22-below-zero weather, and he acknowledges the person who saved him from near-death and helped him back on the road to self-sufficiency.

Finally, Tony writes about getting another chance at fame when he returned to the spotlight in World Wrestling Entertainment as the manager of Mark Henry.

This is the story of a man who had success handed to him—only to throw it all away—and the long, painful struggle he had to endure as he clawed his way back to the top.

Excerpts from ATLAS: Too Much, Too Soon

Excerpt from Chapter 5: The Telephone Call
Copyright © Tony White and Scott Teal
  Blackjack Mulligan was the next wrestler I met.  Once again, we were all in the gym at the YMCA, and as with Sandy Scott, I didn’t know anything about him.  Alfonso, of course, knew exactly who he was.  When Blackjack walked into the gym, word got around that a professional wrestler was in the weight room.
  Mulligan began his workout with the bench press.  He did five sets of 10 reps with 275 pounds, but that wasn’t too impressive because Mulligan weighed 300 pounds.  A young, blonde-haired power-lifter, who couldn’t have weighed more than 190 pounds, looked at Mulligan and said, "Why don’t you put some weight on that bar?  I thought you wrestlers were supposed to be strong!"
  When Mulligan ignored him, the guy continued to make snide remarks.  Mulligan slowly got off the bench, grabbed him by his weight-lifting belt, and pushed him against the wall.  As I watched in amazement, Mulligan curled the guy up onto the wall until his feet were dangling in the air.  Mulligan looked him straight in the eyes and said, "Look, all I want to do is have a light workout.  That’s it.  I’ve been fighting and drinking all night, so I want to do what I have to do before I go to the next town."
  Then he dropped him.  Of course, the guy was embarrassed because the other guys all saw what happened.  He looked over at us for support, but we were all thinking, "You’re on your own, bud.  You started it … you can finish it."


Excerpt from Chapter 6: Learning the Ropes
Copyright © Tony White and Scott Teal
  I clamped the sleeper on Art Nelson, but when I did, he dove for the ropes.  The referee said, "You’ve gotta let him go now.  He’s through the ropes."
  Out of everybody in the promotion, I think Art was the first guy to come to the realization that, since I wasn’t smart to what was going on, I might be dangerous and cause him big trouble.  I came to that conclusion later, after I had been smartened up.  After the referee made me break the hold, Nelson scooted through the ropes and refused to get back into the ring.  Evidently, Scorpion hadn’t reached that conclusion.  When the referee whispered to him, "Art won’t come back in.  You’ll have to take the fall," Scorpion went for it.
  Unfortunately for him, I did exactly what Art Nelson was afraid I would have done to him.  I clamped the sleeper on Scorpion and refused to let go until he was unconscious.  That wasn’t a work.  It was a shoot.  Scorpion was dead to the world.
  When I walked into the dressing room, George Scott was talking to Art Nelson, but I didn’t hear a word being said.  My complete attention was fixed on the other end of the dressing room, where Ric Flair stood shaking his pecker at somebody.  That was the first time I had the opportunity to see Flair do that.  To say I was shocked would be an understatement, but it wouldn’t be the last time I would witness him doing that, and just about everybody else who has been around him will attest to that fact.  Of course, I saw him do that hundreds of times, and it eventually lost its shock value.
  I had been told that you should always thank your opponent for the match.  However, when I walked in, Art walked away as he said to George, "Look, you smarten that damn nigger up now, or I’m gonna kill him the next time he gets in the ring with me."
  George pulled me to the side and said, "Tomorrow morning, we will teach you how to work.  Be at the Park Center in the morning."


Excerpt from Chapter 7: A Mattress, a Boxspring, and the Floor
Copyright © Tony White and Scott Teal
  I considered Ronnie Garvin to be the number one ribber in the business.  He was right up there with Mr. Fuji.  The first time I met him, he was sitting on the toilet. He reached back, wiped his butt with his hand, and held it out to shake mine.
  I had never seen anything like that in Low Moor.
  Ronnie, who was a very good pilot, gave me my first ride in a small airplane.  Ronnie, Dick Murdoch, Baron von Raschke, and I were flying from Charlotte to Winston-Salem.  Within a few minutes of takeoff, Ronnie turned the plane upside down and flew all the way to Winston-Salem in that position.  When we got off the plane, I told him I wouldn’t ride with him again if he was going to do that.  He assured me it had all been a rib and he wouldn’t put me through it again.  Sure enough, Ronnie was a man of his word.  On the return trip home, he didn’t make the trip in an inverted position.  Instead, he did flip-flops.  I was as sick as I could possibly be when we finally landed.


Excerpt from Chapter 8: Black Atlas
Copyright © Tony White and Scott Teal
  Wearing the mask and protecting my identity took some getting used to.  Wearing a mask was second nature to wrestlers like Mil Mascaras and Mr. Wrestling #2, who wore their masks all the time, even in the dressing rooms when they were only around the boys.  I had a harder time remembering the things a masked man needed to remember.
  For instance, Tommy Rich tells a story about stopping to pick me up at my motel.  When he pulled up in front of my room, a girl walked out wearing a red mask.  Right behind her was a girl wearing a blue mask, followed by another girl wearing a black mask.  I walked out next … but I wasn’t wearing a mask.  The boys spread that story around for a long time.
  Before I went to Atlanta, I had a "Tony Atlas" t-shirt made with my barefaced photograph emblazoned on the front.  I remembered to wear my mask into the arena … but I also wore the t-shirt.  Paul Jones will never let me live down that one.


Excerpt from Chapter 9: If the Walls Could Talk
Copyright © Tony White and Scott Teal
  Junkyard Dog was the Master.  He took things one step further by making women pay him for sex.  He charged them $100.  He used to tell me, "We’re the superstars, not them.  If they want us, make ‘em pay!"
  They had to give him money or bring him something else, but they couldn’t be with him if they didn’t bring some form of payment.  One night, we were both stone broke, and he wanted some drugs.  He told me, "That shouldn’t be a problem.  I have some girls coming over tonight."
  Later that night, a girl came to our room and Dog had sex with her.  As she was walking out, he looked at me and said, "Look on the desk."  I saw a $100 bill lying there.  He said, "In fifteen minutes, I have another one coming over."  Dog had three girls that night and he made $300, of which he gave me $100.


Excerpt from Chapter 10: Mr. U.S.A.
Copyright © Tony White and Scott Teal
  One time, Ole got the bright idea to have Dusty Rhodes spot me.  I think Dusty got in Ole’s ear because he wanted to interject himself into the limelight.  Paul Jones wanted to spot me, too, but I wanted Pistol Pez Whatley to be my spotter.  Pez was my training partner.  He had a 500-pound bench, too.  He couldn’t do it easily, but he could do it.  Tom Jones could, too.  The reason those guys never got promoted, though, is because they couldn’t draw.  I’m not saying that to demean them.  It’s just a fact.  People didn’t buy tickets to see them.  They were good wrestlers, but they weren’t appealing to the public.  They didn’t have the charisma needed by a main event performer.
  When I told Ole I wanted Pez to come out and spot me, he overruled me and said, "No, it’ll look better if Dusty spots you."
  Like every other time I did it, I pushed the 500 pounds up off the uprights with relative ease.  Just as the bar left the uprights, though, Dusty began to stomp his feet and clap his hands.  He was trying to get the crowd going.
  You have to remember.  Dusty has probably never worked out a day in his life.  When he began stomping and jumping, the ring became a trampoline.  Picture this.  I’m lying down on a bench in the ring, holding 500 pounds above me, and the ring is bouncing up and down.  I’m trying to hold the weight up.  At the same time, I’m trying to tell Dusty, "Hold still, brother!  Please hold still."  He was killing me.  I don’t know how I did it, but I managed to lower the bar to my chest and push it back up.  I did pull a pectoral muscle in my chest in the process, though.  I was lucky the injury wasn’t serious because it could have ended my career, and I never held any animosity toward Dusty because he didn’t know any better.   When he did the shuffling in the ring, he thought he was doing me a favor by getting the people worked up.


Excerpt from Chapter 13: Tennis Shoes
Copyright © Tony White and Scott Teal
  The boys laugh at a lot of the books written by their peers because everybody writes about how tough they were, or what great workers they were.  They don’t reveal their weaknesses, mishaps, stumbles, and falls.  I’m not ashamed to talk about those things.
  I had (have) a strong foot fetish.  Actually, I’m not into bare feet.  It’s more of a shoe fetish (tennis shoes, in particular), but feet have to be in the shoes, so I call it a foot fetish.
  When I told some of my friends that I was going to write a book, they said, "You had better tell Scott Teal about your foot fetish.  If you don’t, nobody will think you really talked to him."
  I’m probably the first wrestler to get this personal in their book, but I never hid my fetish.  My foot fetish controlled my life.  Before he died, Arnold Skaaland told everybody about how I used to bring girls into the dressing room and have them walk on me.  If you talk to anybody who knows me, they’ll tell you about it.  The wrestlers all saw me get walked on in the dressing rooms.  They used to call me a "foot slave."  Bill Eadie can testify to hearing Dusty Rhodes (who had a titty and butt fetish) tell me, "Tony Atlas has it made.  He will never catch AIDS from having girls walking on him.  Tony can get away with things I can’t, too.  He can grab any girl by the foot and get away with it, but I can’t grab a girl on the ass.  And Tony can get his cookies anywhere.  I need a hotel room."


Excerpt from Chapter 15: Tag Team Champions
Copyright © Tony White and Scott Teal
  My problems with Rocky came to a head in the ring one night in Hamilton, Ontario.  For the finish of our match, I was supposed to pick up my opponent over my head and press slam him.  Rocky would then come into the ring and cover him: 1, 2, 3.
  There was supposed to be a code of respect among the boys.  We were very protective of our finishes.  If somebody had a strong finishing move, nobody else would use that move.  For instance, when Jimmy Snuka was on the card, they would ask us to not jump off the top rope.  Nobody messed with our finishes, either.  If somebody did something to kill our finish, it was like hurting our livelihood.  We depended on it to feed our families, so we avoided doing anything that would hurt one of our fellow workers.  When I press slammed my opponent, Rocky jumped into the ring, pulled the guy to his feet, and began a whole new match with the guy.  He went six minutes before he beat him with a dropkick.  In my day, we called that killing my finish.  Nobody had ever gotten up from the press slam.  When Snuka dropped onto you from the top rope, you didn’t get up.  When Mr. Wrestling #2 hit you with his knee, you were down for the count.
  When we got back to the dressing room, I told Pat Patterson, "Don’t put me with Rocky again!  He killed my finish!  We can’t work together!  By the way, here’s your belts."
  I took my title belt, picked up Rocky’s belt, and slammed them both into Pat’s chest.  Pat took a bump backwards, and as I turned from Pat, I once again sucker-punched Rocky square in the face.  I would have hit him a second time, but the guys all jumped in and covered him.


Excerpt from Chapter 17: The Downward Spiral
Copyright © Tony White and Scott Teal
  There were many nights when I would fly into a rage and clear the dressing room.  I did that one night and ran everybody out, including Andre the Giant.  That night, Lori was waiting for me at the hotel, and she had just bought a new pair of shoes.  All I could think about was going to the hotel to party with Lori.  I wanted to get walked on.  Unfortunately, Vince booked me on the last match of the night.  He used to put me on last because he knew the people would stay to see my match, but all I could think was that while I was wrestling, just about everybody else would be having a good time at the hotel.
  I was so mad after my match that I pulled out my .357 Magnum and began to wave it around.  Mere seconds after the gun cleared my gym bag, I had the whole dressing room to myself.  Cyndi Lauper and David Wolfe were there that night.  Cyndi was standing just a few feet from the dressing room door when Andre came running out.  When he saw her, he stopped dead in his tracks and stood still.  Except for one boot, he was buck naked.  Cyndi was so taken by surprise that her lower jaw dropped down and she froze in place, staring at the naked behemoth that stood in front of her.

Chapter titles and contents

Acknowledgements
Tony Atlas Chronology
Opening comments by George Scott
Opening comments by Charles White

1  Tony James-Caswell-McDuffy-White
Growing up in poverty ... Tony's family history ... Tony's dad leaves the family

2  Redeye Hinton
Working as a child to help make ends meet ... Fighting with neighborhood kids ... Learning to fight for money

3  Lobster Tails and Scrambled Eggs
Department of Social Services ... Terrible living conditions ... Taking his first bath at an orphanage ... Homosexuals at the Baptist Children's Home ... Going to high school ... The police catch Tony "stealing" a car ... Taken to the juvenile home when police find stolen guns and food in their house ... Tony's first sexual experience (he was 16, she was 38)

4  Hercules
Boxing in the Police Athletic League ... Playing junior varsity basketball and other sports ... Introduction to weightlifting and bodybuilding at the YMCA ... First weightlifting and bodybuilding competitions

5  The Telephone Call
Discovered by Sandy Scott (pro wrestler) ... Almost gets into a fight with Blackjack Mulligan ... Tony's first shoot ... Tony's invitation to visit Jim Crockett Sr. in Charlotte ... Tony's first no-show ... A second chance ... Moving to Charlotte to train with $1.50 in his pocket ... Training at the Park Center with Gene and Ole Anderson ... Becomes the first wrestler to be paid to train

6  Learning the Ropes
Tony shoots in his first "pro" match ... Johnny Heideman teaches Tony to "work" ... Tony buys a ticket to get into the matches in Columbia, South Carolina ... First TV interview ... Wahoo McDaniel gives Tony a gift ... Learning from the veterans ... Being taught respect in the dressing room ... Making $1,500 in his first week, and spending all of it ... Being taught a lesson by the office

7  A Mattress, a Boxspring, and the Floor
Tony pays his dues and goes to "hell" (Kansas City) ... Going to Dallas, Amarillo, San Antonio ... Threatened with a gun by a jealous boyfriend ... Meeting Sputnik Monroe ... Caught "stealing" Terry Funk's payoff ... Ronnie Garvin stories ... Working with George "Bunk" Harris ... Chewed out by Ole Anderson ... Wrestlers being in character ... Accidentally giving away Mr. Wrestling #2's identity ... A masked man joins the orgy ... Learning to dropkick ... Shooting match with Randy Savage ... Sex in a lean-to in Guatemala ... Learning to be independent ... Tony buys a new Cadillac ... A redneck sheriff corners a "coon" (Tony) in a tree ... Dean Ho bails Tony out of jail ... Tommy Rich threatens to fight a sheriff ... Thunderbolt Patterson smoking joints ... Tony gets thrown into jail again ... Tony's dad comes to see him wrestle ... Learning to respect jobbers ... The Charlotte territory

8  Black Atlas
Wearing a mask and a t-shirt with his bare face on it ... Cursed out (again) by Ole Anderson ... Tony is taught more about respect in the dressing room ... Larry Hennig whallops Tony ... Making his Atlanta debut against Abdullah the Butcher ... Tommy Rich gets juice ... Origin of the press slam ... Wrestling William "Refrigerator" Perry at WrestleMania II ... Learning to use the sleeper hold ... Tony gets juice for the first time ... Captain Lou Albano and Joe Leduc "juice" stories ... Teaming with Tommy Rich ... Wrestling in Tennessee for Nick Gulas ... Ric Flair's early days in wrestling ... Overview of payoffs in Atlanta ... Thunderbolt refuses to do a job ... Thunderbolt wins a Cadillac (and keeps it) ... Wrestling with a dislocated knee ... The Missouri Mauler refuses to sell "Thunderbolt's sh—" ... Harley Race pulls down Tony's trunks in the Atlanta Omni ring ... Wrestling in Houston for Paul Boesch ... Wrestling for the world title ... Meeting Muhammad Ali ... Tony goes to the hospital after an auto accident ... Ole Anderson takes off Tony's halo so he can work on TV

9  If the Walls Could Talk
Sex in Atlanta ... A line of boys at the door ... Tommy and Tony share ... The dangers of bringing wives to the shows ... If the walls of Falcon’s Rest (motel) could talk ... STDs and the health board ... Junkyard Dog charges girls to have sex … Tony marries and divorces … Vince McMahon, Sr. calls Tony … Tony credits Ernie Ladd … Wrestling for the WWF … Johnny Rodz shoots on Tony … Shane McMahon gets one-up on Hulk Hogan … Wrestling Shane McMahon … Splitting his time between Atlanta, New York and Knoxville … Fired by Buck Robley (for one week)

10  Mr. U.S.A.
Winning Mr. Southern Hemisphere ... Bodybuilders in wrestling … Winning the Mr. U.S.A. contest … Tony gets a summons to the wrestling office ... Doing bench presses in the ring as an angle ... Dusty Rhodes spots Tony ... Pak Song … Winning the NPC National Bodybuilding Championships … Meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger and Muhammad Ali … Meeting famous bodybuilders like Dave Draper, Frank Zane, and Lou Ferrigno … Tony’s take on genetics … Tony’s brother, Charles Atlas, gets into wrestling ... Tony's bodybuilding regimen ... Working out with Ken Patera

11  Big Arms and Skinny Necks
Learning to do interviews … Pat Patterson listens to Tony’s interview … The Grand Wizard gets goose bumps … More on the press slam … Being put over by the WWF … Sika Anoai breaks the law and gets paid for it ... Fighting Mr. Saito ... Tony and Saito are given a reprimand by Arnold Skaaland ... Shooting with Lars Anderson ... Karl Gotch backs down from the Iron Sheik ... Shooting with Road Warrior Hawk ... Bret Hart says he's a "worker," not a shooter ... Tony and Paul Orndorff brawl on the side of the road ... Orndorff bites off Tony's ear lobe ... Dressing room fight between Frankie Cain and Johnny Walker ... Fight between Hacksaw Duggan and Matt Borne … Thunderbolt Patterson and Tank Patton fight in the dressing room … Tony drops his Dianabol ... Harley Race and Gene Anderson stretching marks

12  Racism in Wrestling
Traveling with Mr. Wrestling #2 … The dumb Polack and the fag ... Tiger Conway Jr. and Thunderbolt Patterson ... Thunderbolt's true colors exposed ... Dick Murdoch and racism ... Murdoch goes black ... Blackjack Mulligan and the KKK ... The "N" word ... The Magnificent Zulu steals Tony's hubcaps

13  Tennis Shoes
Foot fetish … Dusty Rhodes’ fetish … Tony lurks beneath the bleachers ... Getting walked on in airplanes, dressing rooms, gyms, and at the Tony Awards … A tough choice  getting walked on or wrestling in Madison Square Garden … Wrestlers’ fetishes … Tony and the female psychiatrist ... Tony’s first time to get walked on (11 years old) … Tony’s mom discovers his secret

14  That Thing
Tony's wife and her male "friends" ... Tony arrives home to find the "smell of sex" in the air ... The boys have sex with the girls, then Tony marries them ... Introduction to a dominatrix ... Tony discovers cocaine ... Tony loses $3,000 ... Tony’s choice: get walked on, or, the WWF tag team title

15  Tag Team Champions
Vince McMahon, Sr. forgives Tony and welcomes him back to the WWF ... Problems with Rocky Johnson ... Winning the tag team title and never defending it ... Tony sucker-punches Rocky and knocks down Pat Patterson … Tony makes peace with Rocky

16  My Worst Enemy
Lori the nymphomaniac ... High tide rolls in on Tony’s Corvette … Junkyard Dog finds a dominatrix for Tony ... Tony stays clean, but still loses his job with the WWF ... Tony reveals his worst enemy

17  The Downward Spiral
Tony’s life goes downhill ... Cocaine and other drugs ... Adrian Adonis with boogers and cucumbers ... Uncle Elmer and pain pills ... Tony and Junkyard Dog hallucinate ... SD Jones, the good influence ... Getting cocaine for free ... Roid rage … Tony clears the dressing room ... Cyndi Lauper and the .357 Magnum ... Tony’s payoff for WrestleMania I … The Slammy Awards … Getting kicked out of hotels ... Angela Mosca urinates on hotel guests ... Tony pins himself in Baton Rouge ... Using steroids ... Wrestling Nick Bockwinkel in the American Wrestling Association … Teaming with Jim Brunzell ... The "job formula" ... Ted Arcidi cries in the ring … Vince Jr. signs Tony away from Verne Gagne ... Tony jobs to Adrian Adonis in Madison Square Garden ... Tony gets fired (again)

18  The Black Superman
The Black Superman ... Working for Dan Lurie ... Teaming with Dingo Warrior (aka Ultimate Warrior) ... Winning the Texas tag title with Skip Young ... George Scott leaves and Bruiser Brody takes over ... Going postal on Bruiser Brody … Killer Tim Brooks … Meeting and marrying Lisa …

19  Bruiser Brody
Tony’s memories of the events leading up to and after the death of Bruiser Brody

20  Crossroads
Financial guidance from Johnny Weaver and Ole Anderson … Randy Savage and Nikolai Volkoff: Cheapest of the cheap … Bill Silverman: Even cheaper … Giving away his money … The value of money: a lesson learned too late

21  "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
Tony returns to Dallas ... Moving to Maine to work for Mario Savoldi’s ICW ... Tony’s friendship with Wendi Richter … Broke and homeless ... Paul E Dangerously gets hung out the window at Gleason’s Gym ... Sleeping in crack houses ... Saved by an angel named Monica ... Turning down WCW to go to work for the WWF ... Becoming Saba Simba ... Getting his pink slip ... Going to work for WCW … Losing an arm-wrestling contest to Vinnie Vegas … A change in attitude

22  True Life
Booking for the Eastern Wrestling Alliance … "Team Atlas" … Working as a personal trainer … Master Sandy (female bodybuilder) pins Tony Atlas … MTV tapes a documentary on Tony’s life … Atlas Championship Wrestling

23  New Life
A call from Howard Finkel … Inducted into the 2006 WWE Hall of Fame … Tony returns to the WWE as "Goodwill Ambassador" … Conflict with CM Punk at the Ohio Valley Wrestling training camp … Signed to a WWE talent contract … Managing Mark Henry … Mark Henry threatens Big Show … The Abraham Washington Show … Explanation of the WWE schedule … Learning scripts … Stooges in the dressing room … Tony’s foot-fetish video … Information on the Internet … Tony is chastised for not following the dress code … The WWE compared to the "old days" … The ECW television show is canceled … Tony and Teddy Long … Tony’s daughter Nikki

24  Credit Where Credit is Due
Vince McMahon and the WWE … Drug testin … WWE seminars on financial planning and health insurance … The Montreal Screwjob … Tony sums up his time in the wrestling business … Injuries

Photo section
Index

Subject index

"True Life: I’m a Pro Wrestler", 11
Abraham Washington Show, The, 11, 241
Ace, Johnny, 227, 229, 239, 242
Adams, John Quincy, 141
Adias, Brian, 191-192
Adonis, Adrian, 167, 176-177, 187, 189
Aegis, Steve, 6, 40-41, 125
Aksana, 241
Albano, Captain Lou, 89, 160
Ali, Muhammad, 39, 102, 123, 180
Amateur Athletic Union [AAU], 122
American Wrestling Association [AWA], 10, 112, 187
Anderson, Gene, 6, 9, 47-50, 57, 67, 70, 80, 85, 88,
   93, 96, 132, 139, 147, 151, 189, 206, 208
Anderson, Lars, 93, 134-135
Anderson, Ole, 6, 9, 44, 47-50, 54, 57, 65-67, 69-70,
   74, 78-85, 87-88, 90-93, 95-96, 98-101, 103, 112,
   120-122, 126, 132, 135, 137-138, 142-144, 147,
   150-151, 161-162, 172-173, 181-183, 188, 193,
   206-208, 215-216, 222
Andre the Giant, 119-120, 139, 148, 172, 180-181,
   188, 234
Anoai, Afa, 10, 131-132, 165-166, 241
Anoai, Sika, 10, 131-132, 165-166, 202
APF World Bench Press championship, 187
Arcidi, Ted, 10, 189
Argentino, Nancy, 195
Armstrong, Bob, 125
Atlas Championship Wrestling, 226
Atlas, Black, 9, 69, 83-84, 78, 109
Atlas, Omar, 87, 116
Austin, "Stone Cold" Steve, 67, 246
Avalon, Frankie, 212
Ayala, Hercules, 10
Back to the Future, 96
Backlund 67, 112, 113, 139, 173
Banner, Penny, 212
Barbarian, The, 153, 216, 219
Barnett, Jim, 82, 92, 94, 99, 109-110, 114, 142, 146
Bastien, Red, 189
Bates College, 222
Bearer, Paul, 113
Becker, George, 93
Benjamin, Shelton, 242
Berbick, Trevor, 39
Beverly Hillbillies, The, 123
Big Show, 126, 234-235
Bigelow, Bam Bam, 10
Bill, Klondike, 46-47, 55, 72-73, 92, 118, 247
Black Bart, 217
Black Superman, 10, 191
Blair, Brian, 136
Blanchard, Joe, 63
Bockwinkel, Nick, 187
Boesch, Paul, 6, 54, 99, 145-146
Boogeyman, 242
Booth, Randy, 6, 40-43
Borne, Matt, 138, 182
Boyd, Jonathan, 211
Bradley, Tom, 153
Brandi, Tom, 224-225
Brody, Bruiser, 10, 82, 109, 112, 138, 171, 193-194,
   197-205
Brooks, Killer Tim, 145, 194
Brown, Charles, 128
Brown, John, 141
Bruggers, Bob, 50-52
Brunzell, Jim, 187
Bundy, King Kong, 178, 180, 188, 224-225
Burke, Leo, 230
Butcher, Abdullah the, 10, 82-83, 85, 87-88, 90, 95,
   142, 201-202, 205
Cain, Frankie, 137-138
Calaway, Mark, 246
Calhoun, Haystack, 143
Candy, Ray, 61-62
Castillo, Jr., Hurricane, 200
Chamberlain, Wilt, 123
Chaney, Fred, 96
Charleston (SC) County Hall Auditorium, 54
Charlotte Park Center, 47
Chittum, Matt, 7
Chyna, 222
Collins, Phil, 180
Colombo, Franco, 124-125
Colon, Carlos, 194, 197-199, 201-205
Conan the Destroyer, 123
Condrey, Dennis, 10
Conway Jr., Tiger, 71, 140, 142, 145-147
Cook, Charlie, 92-93, 138, 208
Cooper, Jackie, 6, 40-41, 125
Crockett, Jr., Jim, 45, 47, 49, 58, 76, 82, 97,
   172-173, 238
Curtis, King, 109
Dangerously, Paul E., 211-212
De Rance, Monika, 8, 10-11, 25, 215, 219-220,
   227-228, 242-243
Delaney, Colin, 230
DiBiase, Ted, 76
Dingo Warrior, 192-194
Dixon, Dory, 68, 98
Draper, Dave, 123
Dreamer, Tommy, 229-230
Dromo, Bill, 96
Duggan, "Hacksaw" Jim, 138, 155, 182, 241
Eadie, Bill, 120, 152
Eastern Wrestling Alliance [EWA], 11, 221-226
ECW [TV show], 235, 241, 246
Ellison, Lillian, 212
Elmer, Uncle, 177, 186
Embry, Eric, 193-194
Epstein, Scott, 7, 233
Evans, Jack, 75-76
Executioner, The, 9
Extreme Championship Wrestling [ECW], 228-229
Farrakhan, Louis, 147
Fatal Attraction, 195
Ferrigno, Lou, 123-124, 127
Finkel, Howard, 227
Finlay, Fit, 233, 238
Flair, Ric, 53, 56, 61, 67-68, 87, 92-94, 97, 142,
   149, 208-209, 215-216, 229, 237-238
Florida Championship Wrestling, 241
Foley, Mick, 215, 246
Foreman, George, 102, 123
Freebirds 96, 153
Fuji, Mr., 48, 64, 132, 160, 194
Fuller, Rick, 11
Fuller, Ron, 114
Fulton, Charlie, 44, 58, 229
Funk, Dory, 61, 98
Funk, Terry, 61-64, 86
Gagne, Verne, 113, 187-188
Garea, Tony, 171
Garvin, Ronnie, 64-65
Geigel, Bob, 60-61
Georgia Championship Wrestling 12, 82, 109, 137
Georgia Championship Wrestling, 102
Gibson, Robert, 228
Gleason, Jackie, 72
Gleason’s Gym, 211
Gold, Joe, 127
Gold’s Gym, 124, 126-127
Golden, Sterling, 87, 112
Gonzales, Jose, 197-199, 201-205
Goodish, Barbara, 204
Goodwill Ambassador program, 229, 242
Gordy, Ray, 243
Gordy, Terry, 94, 243
Gotch, Karl, 48, 135
Gouldie, Archie, 10, 78
Goulet, Jacques, 9, 158
Goulet, Rene, 57
Graffam, George, 224, 226, 229, 239
Graham, Superstar Billy, 87, 110, 116, 129, 184-186,
   194, 209, 241
Great American Bash, 230
Greer, Dan, 194
Grymkowski, Pete, 127
Guerrero, Chavo, 232
Guerrero, Eddie, 185-186
Gulas, Nick, 92
Haku, 216
Hamilton, Jody, 97
Hammer, Jack, 11
Haney, Lee, 122
Hansen, Stan, 138
Hanson, Swede, 115, 150
Hardy, Matt, 238
Harris, George "Bunk", 65-66, 188
Hart, Bret, 136, 230, 246
Hart, Gary, 211
Hart, Stu, 230
Hayes, Michael, 96
Heenan, Bobby, 187
Heffernan, Bob, 10
Heidemann, Johnny, 49, 53, 56-57, 144-145
Hellwig, Jim, 192
Hennig, Larry, 81
Henry, Mark 229-236, 238-241, 244
Henry, Mark, 11
Here Come the Brides, 123
Hernandez, Gino, 145
Higuchi, Dean, 73
Ho, Dean, 73
Hodge, Danny, 119-120
Hoffman, Bob, 122
Hogan, Hulk, 8, 10, 62, 75, 86-87, 112-114, 172-173,
   194, 212, 246
Holiday Health Spa, 125
Howard, Bill, 55, 57, 72-72
Hunter, Rock, 121-122
Igor, Mighty, 68
Inoki, Antonio, 121
International Championship Wrestling [ICW], 211
International Federation of Body Builders [IFBB], 122
Invader, 202
Iron Sheik, 112-113, 121, 134-136, 139, 207
Jack, Cactus, 215
Jackson, Jesse, 147
Jaggers, Bobby, 201
James Madison Middle School, 38
James, Mickie, 242
Jefferson High School, 38
Jim Crockett Promotions, 12
John, Big Bad, 60
Johnson, Alfonso, 6, 39, 42, 44, 46
Johnson, Dwayne, 165, 246
Johnson, Rocky, 10, 92, 110, 140, 142, 162-168, 187
Jonathan, Don Leo, 119-120
Jones, Paul, 55, 58-59, 66, 79, 117, 120, 209
Jones, Rufus R., 6, 56, 58, 76, 89, 92, 94, 117-118,
   142, 193
Jones, S.D., 7, 11, 132-133, 151-142, 154, 159-160,
   162-165, 167-169, 171, 178, 180-181, 187,
   195-197, 207, 210, 227, 249
Jossie, Brian, 241
Jovica, Victor, 198-199, 204
Junkyard Dog, 76, 108-109, 141, 153, 171, 177-178,
   216, 245-246
Justice, Buford T., 72
Kane, 238
Kanellis, Maria, 238
Keirn, Steve, 69, 71
Kenyon, J Michael, 7
Kernodle, Don, 70, 92-93, 229
Khan, Killer, 173
Killings, Ron, 237
Kimala, 217
Knox, Mike, 242
Koloff, Ivan, 8-10, 101
Kowalski, Killer, 8, 194, 222
Kox, Killer Karl, 48
Kroffat, Dan, 201
Ladd, Ernie, 6, 89, 110, 117, 138, 141, 191, 227
Landon, Michael, 212
Lauper, Cyndi, 180
Laurinaitis, John, 227
Leach, Robin, 212
LeBell, Mike, 159
Leduc, Joe, 89
Lee Junior High School, 38
Lee, Ron, 111
Lewin, Mark, 163-165
Lewis, Jerry, 133
Lewiston (MN) Sun Journal, 221
Liberace, 180
Monday Night RAW, 230, 235-236, 240-241
MTV, 223-226
Mulligan, Blackjack, 43-44, 57, 67, 93, 120, 134
Mulumba, Ormond, 60
Muraco, Don, 121, 173
Murdoch, Dick, 64, 93, 97, 106, 109, 147-150, 167,
   173, 187
Myers, Loretta, 35-36, 213
Nash, Kevin, 219
National Physique Committee [NPC], 122
Neely, "Doc" Kenneth, 124, 184
Neidhart, Jim, 136
Neidhart, Natalie, 238
Nelson, Art, 51-53
Nelson, Buck, 24
Nelson, Willie, 76
New Japan Pro Wrestling, 112
NPC National Bodybuilding championship, 10, 122, 124
NWA, 247
O’Connor, Pat, 60
Ohio Valley Wrestling [OVW], 228
Oliva, Sergio, 123-124
Orndorff, Paul, 136-137, 178, 180, 189
Paris, Bob, 122
Parker, Sandy, 60
Parsons, King, 211
Patera, Ken, 9, 48, 97, 121, 128-129, 135-136, 172
Patrick Henry High School, 32, 46
Patrick, Nick, 73-74, 92, 103
Patriot, The, 224
Patterson, Pat, 130, 142-144, 166-167, 172, 193, 217
Patterson, Thunderbolt, 9, 56, 74, 78, 82, 87, 95, 97,
   101, 110, 130, 138-140, 151
Patton, Tank, 60, 138-139
Perez, Al, 204-205
Perez, Miguelito, 10
Perry, William "Refrigerator", 86
Piper, Roddy, 184
Pittsburgh Steelers, 133-134
Poffo, Angelo, 106
Poffo, Elizabeth, 106, 207
Poffo, Lanny, 86
Poffo, Randy, 70
Public Enemy, 212
Punk, C.M., 228-229, 239
Putski, Ivan, 110, 116, 122, 124, 136, 183, 185
Quinones, Victor, 198
Race, Harley, 60, 96, 98-99, 101, 139, 142, 173, 186, 194
Raudoniene, Zivile, 241
Rawls, Lou, 212
Red, Texas, 10
Reed, Butch, 218
Reeves, Steve, 41
Reeves, Steve, 85
Reynolds, Harold, 24
Rhodes, Dusty, 62, 76, 82, 87, 91, 109, 120-121, 138-139,
   142, 152, 186, 192, 210, 219, 246-247
Rich, Johnny, 73-74
Rich, Tommy, 9, 69, 73-74, 78, 83-84, 89-95, 101, 103, 106,
   112, 114, 136-137, 143, 149-150, 154, 182-183, 193
Richter, Wendi, 212-213
Rivera, Geraldo, 212
Rivera, Juan, 202
Rivers, Joan, 212
Road Warriors, 136, 187
Roberts, Jake, 184
Robley, Buck, 76, 114-115
Rodz, Johnny, 111-112
Rogers, Kenny, 212
Roop, Bob, 81
Ross, Diane, 196
Ross, Don, 110
Rotundo, Mike, 177-178, 218
Roy, Sandy, 222
R-Truth, 237
Rude, Rick, 138
Ryder, Zach, 238
Saito, Mr., 92, 132-133, 160, 180, 187, 194
Sammartino, Bruno, 8, 68, 134, 160, 171-172
San Diego Chargers, 50
Sandy, Master, 222, 225
Santana, Tito, 7, 106-107, 209, 247
Savage, Randy, 70, 106, 207
Savoldi, Joe, 10
Savoldi, Mario, 154, 211-213, 216
Savoldi, Tommy, 154
Sawyer, Buzz, 103-104
Schmidt, John, 111
Schwarzenegger, Arnold, 123-125, 127, 185, 247
Scorpion, Blue, 51-52
Scott, George, 6, 12, 19, 44-51, 53-54, 56-59, 63-66, 70-72,
   75-76, 78, 85, 87-88, 95, 97, 105, 117-119, 162, 164, 170,
   172-173, 181, 188, 191-193, 206, 208-209, 227, 237, 241
Scott, Larry, 124
Scott, Sandy, 6, 42-47, 53-54
Sharpe, Larry, 6, 47, 49
Sharpe, Mike, 216
Shea, Joshua, 222-223, 225-226
Sheik [Ed Farhat], 88
Sheik, Iron, 67-68, 103
Silverman, Bill, 207
Simba, Saba, 10, 216-218
Simmons, Ron, 216, 218-219, 246
Simpson, O.J., 180
Skaaland, Arnold, 111, 131-132, 152-153, 178, 180, 195
Slam Master J, 243
Slammy Awards, 181
Slater, Dick, 82, 95
Slaughter, Sgt., 131
Smackdown, 235, 238, 240
Smirnoff, Alexis, 10, 101
Smith, Charlie, 74, 138, 182, 210
Smokey and the Bandit, 72
Snuka, Jimmy, 67, 105, 110, 116, 131, 162, 166, 195-196
Solie, Gordon, 102
Song, Pak, 9, 121-122
Soto, Manny, 70
Soto, Roberto, 70, 199-200
Spider Lady, 212
Springfield College
St. Jean, James, 221-225
Staples, Bob, 220
Starland Arena [Roanoke], 46, 134
Steamboat, Ricky, 7, 73, 110, 116, 119, 149, 207, 211, 240
Steamboat, Vic, 10-11, 211
Steele, George, 249
Sting, 67, 246
Stomper, Mongolian, 78
Storm, Amanda, 124, 226
Streep, Meryl, 195
Strong, Steve, 64, 70, 116
Strongbow, Chief Jay, 146, 159, 163, 167, 170, 178, 182,
   216, 239
Studd, Big John, 87, 130, 173
Sullivan, Kevin, 10, 91, 101, 116, 212
SuperStation WTBS, 124
Swagger, Jack, 243
Sweet Brown Sugar, 192
Tanaka, Toru, 194
Tate, Rich, 7
Tatum, John, 194
Teal, Scott, 7-8, 152
Thesz, Lou, 8, 99
Thornton, Les, 94
Titan Sports, 111
TNA, 246
Trembley, Bruce, 7
Triple H, 87, 222, 241, 244
True Life: I’m a Pro Wrestler, 225
Tuesday Night Titans, 178
Turner, Ted, 215
Tyler, Tarzan, 8
Tyson, Mike, 39
Ultimate Warrior, 194
Undertaker, The, 238, 241, 246
Universal Wrestling Superstars, 11
Vachon, Butcher, 93
Vachon, Mad Dog, 63
Valentine, Greg, 173
Valentine, Johnny, 47, 67, 70, 76, 82, 93, 134, 153-154, 209
Varriale, Philip, 7
Vaziri, Khosrow, 67, 135
Vega, Savio, 202
Vegas, Vinnie, 219
Ventura, Jesse, 62
Vicious, Dave, 222, 224-225
Victory, Jack, 194
Volkoff, Nikolai, 106-107, 207
Von Erich, David, 198
Von Erich, Fritz, 61, 191, 206
Von Erich, Kerry, 191-192, 194
Von Erich, Waldo, 209
Von Raschke, Baron, 64, 97
Walker, Johnny, 64, 68, 137-138
Warwick, Dionne, 212
Washington, Abraham, 235
Watts, Bill, 101-102, 110, 138-139, 141, 173, 203,
   218-219, 246
Watts, Eric, 246
WBBG International Fitness Sports Hall of Fame, 11
WBBG Mr. North Carolina, 9
WBBG Mr. Southern Hemisphere, 9
WBBG Pro Mr. America, 10, 117
WBBG Pro Mr. USA, 10, 117, 119, 122
Weaver, Johnny, 55-57, 70, 74, 76-77, 79, 82, 93,
   206, 212, 242
Webber, Dave, 222
Weider, Ben, 122
Weider, Joe, 122-123, 127
West, Ronnie, 135
Whatley, Pez, 107-108, 120-121, 146, 244
White, Bill, 69-70. 79, 119
White, Charles, 6, 12, 22-23, 26, 28, 32, 34, 125-126,
   134, 209
Wild Samoans, 131-132Her, 165
Williams, Hank, 200
Williams, J.C., 24
Winfrey, Oprah, 212
Wizard of Oz, The, 138
Wizard, Grand, 131
Wolfe, David, 180
Woman (Nancy Sullivan), 212
Woods, Tim, 75
World Bench Press championship, 192
World Body Building Guild [WBBG], 7, 122, 116
World Championship Wrestling [WCW], 11, 67, 82, 246-247
World Class Wrestling, 10, 211
World Gym, 127
World Wrestling Council [WWC], 197
World Wrestling Entertainment, 227-230, 238, 240, 245, 247
World Wrestling Federation [WWF], 9-10, 12, 111, 115, 151,
   160, 175, 187, 246-247
World-Wide Wrestling Federation [WWWF], 111, 115
WrestleMania I, 180, 240
WrestleMania II, 10, 86
WrestleMania XIII, 182
Wright, Marty, 242
WWE Hall of Fame, 11, 126, 227, 231
WWE Superstars, 240
WWF Wellness Program, 245
Young, Gary 145-146
Young, Skip, 10, 74, 98, 141-142, 146, 150, 192-194
Young, Tommy, 237
Youngblood, Chris, 198
Youngblood, Mark, 198
Yurkof, Crusher, 10
Zacko, Phil, 111
Zahorian, Dr. George, 183, 186
Zane, Frank, 124
Zbyszko, Larry, 172, 187
Zulu, Magnificent, 110, 150-151

Reviews and comments

  Just wanted to shoot you a note regarding the Atlas book.  Loved it!!  Boy, you weren't kidding about the honesty!  I particularly liked the stories about his training at the Park Center with the Andersons.  Everbody's heard stories about Gene Anderson, but no one has really given any examples or accounts.  Hopefully, Tony's accounts of both Gene and Ole turning guys into pretzels (including Tony himself) sets that record straight.  Another thing I was happy to have clarified was about Ron Garvin.  He was always portrayed as being a tough dude, and I always wondered how much of a shoot that was.  Well if Atlas is to be believed (and I have no reason to disbelieve him), then my question was answered.  As you can probably tell, I am a fan of the hard nosed wrestlers, especially the shooters.  Give me a Danny Hodge over the Sheik any day.
  Anyhow, great job with the book and best regards to both you and Mr. Tony Atlas.  Keep up the great work!  Looking forward to future releases.

Mat Ecklund

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