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Col. DeBeers

      

Real Name - Edward Wiskowski
Birthdate - 1/10/45
6’4” 245 lbs. - Portland, OR


Athletic Background - Football (NFL)

Teacher(s) - Lord Littlebrook, June Byers, Harley Race

Professional Background - Florida(`72), Gulf Coast(`74), Nashville(`75), Australia(`76-`77), Portland(`77-`80), San Francisco(`78), Vancouver(`79-`80), WWF(`80), Tri-State(`81), Mid-South(`81-`82), WWF(`83), Portland(`85), AWA(`85-`91), Portland(`88-`92)

AliasesEd Wiskowski, Cowboy Bret Wayne, Cowboy John Ewing, The Convict, Mega Mahareshi Imed, Polish Prince,

Groups - Buddy Rose's Army, DeBeers' Diamondcutters, DeBeers' Army

Peak Years - `77-`86


Finisher(s) - 
- Flying Headbutt
- Facebuster

Favorites -
- Driving Kneedrop
- Bionic Elbow
- Kitchen Sink
- Overhead Smash
- Gut Punch


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - Ed Wiskowski established himself in Portland as a premier heel, especially as the partner of Buddy Rose. The duo, often called "The Cripplers," could do it all. They played chickensh*t heels when they had to and brutalized opponents when they had. They had that versatility. Wiskowski was the handlebar mustached "Polish Prince" and delivered strong promos and drew great heat. While not a top flight worker, Wiskowski knew how to work the crowd and play the heel as well as anyone at his level. Wiskowski reinvented himself in the mid-80s as Colonel DeBeers, a racist from apartheid era South Africa. It was an original character like Sgt. Slaughter with bigoted overtones that worked well. DeBeers never achieved after the AWA collapsed, but he had made a niche for himself in the 80s with one of the most controversial characters ever. Ed Wiskowski retired to Portland and partnered up with Buddy Rose again to run a camp for a time.  
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