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Barry Darsow

        

Real Name - Barry Darsow
Birthdate - 10/6/59
6’2” 292 lbs. - Minneapolis, MN

Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Eddie Sharkey

Professional Background - Hawaii(`83), New Zealand(`83), Georgia(`83-`84), Mid-South(`84), Florida(`84-`85), Hawaii(`85), NWA/JCP(`85-`86), AWA(`85), All Japan(`86), WWF(`87-`93), WCW(`94-`95), AWF(`95-`96), WCW(`97-`99), Indies(`07-)

AliasesZar, Crusher Darso, Krusher Darsow, Krusher Khrushchev, Man Mountain Darsow, Smash, Repo Man, Blacktop Bully, Stewart Pain

Groups - Russians, Demolition

Peak Years -`85-`90

Finisher(s) - 
- Russian Sickle (Dropping Lariat)
- Cobra Clutch
- Crowbar (Half Crab)
- Barely Legal / Breaker 1-9 (Armtrap Chinlock)


Favorites -
- Bodyslam
- Punches & Stomps in the corner
- Suplex
- Lariat
- Repeated Double Axe Handles


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - The Minneapolis bouncing scene produced a shocking number of pro-wrestlers. These muscled up tough guys eventually hooked up with AWA undercarder Eddie Sharkey and learned the ropes. While none of them were good workers from the beginning, many blossomed into top talents in the industry. Barry Darsow had many lives in the world of pro-wrestling, but the most notable were strikingly similar to some old running buddies of his.  After breaking in as a Mongolian, much like his future partner Bill Eadie, Darsow did not gain much notoriety until he became a Russian heel in Mid-South.  He was a Soviet sympathizer who took the name “Krushchev” like the Soviet Premier who was known for his big mouth, bald head and wild antics. Krusher Krushchev was a great gig for Darsow as he mentored under Ivan Koloff.  After runs in Mid-South and Jim Crockett Promotions, Darsow had an opportunity to go North. The former Masked Superstar and Moondog Rex were attempting to put together a leather clad, face painted heel tandem called Demolition. Rex eventually flew the coup and Darsow came in as “Smash” and he and “Ax” went on to great things. Although the team was forever cursed as being Road Warrior ripoffs, they worked a much different style and were simply different animals altogether. Darsaw had bounced in bars alongside the Warriors, but their roads had been very different since then. Demolition enjoyed a run in the late 80s as one of the premier tag teams in pro-wrestling feuding most notably with the Hart Foundation. Although the pending feud with the Road Warriors never lived up to its potential, the Demolition had solidified their legacy. The health problems of Bill Eadie (Ax) and lackluster replacement of Bryan Adams (Crush) caused the team to dissolve and Barry Darsow's career to rapidly decline.  Although he would work in both the WWF and WCW midcards for another decade, none of his matches, personas or angles did much for his legacy.  Although he was a good hand, Darsow with all his yelling at the fans and opponents and methodical offense was perhaps too much of a old-school heel approach.  Despite that, Barry Darsow was successful back when that approach worked and he was part of several formidable tag teams in the 1980s.
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