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Tony Atlas

        

Real Name - Anthony White
Birthdate - 4/23/54
6'2" 250 lbs. - Roanoke, VA

Athletic Background - Bodybuilding (Mr. USA)

Teacher(s) - Larry Sharpe

Professional Background - Mid-Atlantic(`74-`76), Georgia(`76-78), SWCW(`80), WWF(`81-`84), WCCW(`87-`88), Indies(`88-`90) ICW/IWCCW(`88-), WWF(`90-`91), WCW(`92), Indies(`92-) AWF(`94-`96), WWE(`08-`10)

Aliases - Black Atlas, Saba Simba

Groups - none

Peak Years - `76-`83


Finisher(s) - 
- Bearhug
- Big Splash
- Press Slam

Favorites - 
- Jumping Headbutt
- One-footed Dropkick
- Headbutt Drop 
- Haymakers & Double Punch Combo
- Fast Backfists


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power10 
 Strikes



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy

Place in History - In his autobiography, Too Much...Too Soon, Tony Atlas lays his life, his career and legacy right out there.  He was an amazing physical specimen who was catapulted from a very modest upbringing to the top of the cards in the late 1970s.  People like George Scott and Ole Anderson saw the natural charisma, the incredible body and drawing power that Atlas had.  Like many African-Americans in the business, he experienced both discrimination and favoritism based on his race.  Around 1979, Tony Atlas had potential with men like Kerry Von Erich, Paul Orndorff and Hulk Hogan to be a huge babyface star.  Like the latter two, he made his way to New York and was pushed hard, but drug problems made him unreliable and as those other three men were coming into their peak years, he was heading into the decline of his.  Tony Atlas bounced around before becoming somewhat notable for working independents, specifically in the Northeast.  Since the NWA's strangehold on pro-wrestling ended, independent groups began popping up and former stars were able to make good money working for these groups.  Tony Atlas relocated to Maine, where he worked as a personal trainer while still working all over the region.  He had some forgettable runs with the WWF, WCW and the WWE's ECW brand, but Tony Atlas is mainly remembered as one of pro-wrestling's most infamous examples of wasted potential.
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