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George Becker (1913-1998)

  

Real NameGeorge Becker
Lifespan - ?/?/?? - 10/25/98
5’8” 185 lbs. - Brooklyn, NY

Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - n/a

Aliases - none

Peak Years - `56-`66

Place in History - The career of George Becker spanned from the Depression era through the rise of the NWA territories and television and, not unlike Lou Thesz.  Becker is best remembered as a top star and booker for Jim Crockett Promotions, however he had a substantial career before he even settled in the Carolinas.  Becker began his career in the 1930s and was just hitting his stride when pro-wrestling entered its golden age.  Although he looked like an unassuming everyman in a business full of hulking brutes and wild characters, George Becker excelled in battling from underneath and gaining crowd support.  He formed a “brother” team with Bobby that achieved some success in Los Angeles before ending up in the Carolinas.  Bobby’s sudden death almost forced George to leave the sport altogether, but he returned and found his greatest success in the region.  The Mid-Atlantic territory was expanding under Jim Crockett Sr. with a solid TV product, but they were still a second-tier promotion in the eyes of many talents.  It was around this time that George Becker took over as booker and taking them to some great heights.  Becker was already a well-established babyface when he began the partnership that is perhaps his most famous with a young Johnny Weaver.  The gritty veteran and the fiery understudy were the perfect combination opposite larger and vicious heels like Rip Hawk & Swede Hanson, Skull Murphy & Brute Bernard, Aldo Bogni & Bronco Lubich and the Minnesota Wrecking Crew.  The Charlotte-based promotion was unquestionably a tag team territory during this era and Becker & Weaver were the premier tag team for almost ten years.  Becker was a well-conditioned athlete, but he recognized his career was dwindling down.  He married lady wrestler Judy Grable and was looking to phase himself out.  Sadly, his long tenure with Jim Crockett Promotions ended on a sour note and he even ran competition for a short time.  Becker worked for a school for a stretch before retiring to Florida.  He slipped into obscurity as he was no longer involved with Jim Crockett Promotions or pro-wrestling.  The legacy of the territory that Jim Crockett Sr. operated, George Becker booked and headlined with a number of great tag teams has been dwarfed by the hot periods in the 1970s and 1980s that followed.

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