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Don Carson (1934-2013)

Real NameDonald Edward Gaston

Lifespan - 11/20/1934 - 3/13/2013

?? 250 lbs. - Cleveland, TN

Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional BackgroundGulf Coast(`64-`69), Nashville(`67), Florida(`69-`70), Los Angeles(`69-`71), San Francisco(`69-`71), Hawaii(`70), Australia(`73), Florida(`73-`74), Nashville(`75), Maritimes(`77),  SECW(`78-`82), Memphis(`78-`79), Georgia(`81)

AliasesThe Big C, Big C #1, Ted Blassie

Wrestlers - Dream Team (Ron Bass & Randy Rose), The Grapplers (Len Denton & Tony Anthony), Jos LeDuc, Mongolian Stomper, The Ninja (Mr. Pogo), The Sheepherders

Peak Years`67-`72

Place in HistoryDon Carson’s lives in pro-wrestling are like many.  He worked on top in several regions, he was connected to several legendary figures, he did some managing, he did some booking and he bowed out as the territorial system dried up.  Carson started in the Gulf Coast region and achieved his greatest success there over the years.  Like some of the greatest stars of that area, Carson was a great talker and an entertaining worker, however his long, lean build, his raspy voice and thick drawl limited his success outside the South.  The exception was Carson’s run teaming with and feuding with Fred Blassie in Los Angeles.  Carson, like Blassie, was a bleach blond heel for much of his career, but worked as a face in L.A. in some over-the-top matches.  Most remember Carson by the people by association.  In addition to Blassie, Carson partnered with his “brother” Ron (a young Dick Murdoch) in the late 60s and Dennis Condrey in the late 70s.  However, it was his partnership with the Red Shadow (Dick Dunn under a mask) that was probably the best.  They complimented each other stylistically and teamed up on top in Alabama, Tennessee and Australia. Carson would turn on Dunn in Mobile and it propelled both into top singles spots, while they continued to team as heels in Nashville. Don Carson was a simple heel.  He had the hair and the rap for sure, but his “Carson strut” agitated fans and his infamous black glove absolutely incensed them.  The glove, curiously nicknamed “Peanut Butter,” was truly his calling card.  The gimmick had been worked before, has been worked since, but no one did it quite like Carson.  His active career wound down and he worked as a deputy sheriff in his hometown for many years.  Don Carson did don the blue tuxedo and became a good manager for Ron Fuller’s Southeastern promotions.  Don Carson is fondly remembered by many fans of Southern rasslin’ as one of the all-time great heels.