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Tony Garea

Real Name - Anthony Gareljich

Birthdate - 9/20/46

6’2” 245 lbs. - Auckland, New Zealand


Athletic Background - Rugby, Track & Field

Teacher(s) - Wild Don Scott

Professional Background - New Zealand(`71), Australia(`71), Florida(`72), WWWF/WWF/WWE(`72-), Georgia(`75-`76), San Francisco(`76), New Japan(`78-`79)

AliasesTony Garcia

Peak Years - 73-`81


Finisher(s) - 

- Abdominal Stretch

- High Crossbody


Favorites -

- Bodyslam

- Beel

- Armdrag into Armbar

- Dropkick

- Jumping Kicks in the corner


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - When Vince McMahon took over the WWF from his father in the early 1980s, he both inherited and willingly took on some of the old talent.  Many of these individuals like Gorilla Monsoon, Jay Strongbow and Blackjack Lanza became crucial as the WWF made its national expansion.  Tony Garea, a tag team specialist for the company for nearly a decade, soon joined that crew as an essential part of the WWF braintrust and management structure spanning four decades.  Tony Garea followed his younger brother Johnny into wrestling in their native New Zealand.  While Johnny mainly worked in New Zealand and Australia, Tony came to the United States in 1972 and rarely went back.  Tony Garea’s appeal was simple.  An athletic hunk in his twenties with a endearing accent and great head of hair.  Garea soon found his true niche in the WWWF as a tag wrestler.  He was paired up with Haystacks Calhoun, who was on the downside of his career, to win the tag titles for a short run.  A scientific babyface with good fire, Garea adopted to the WWWF style well and became a regular for the next fifteen years.  His subsequent championship team with Dean Ho was perhaps his most famous partnership.  The WWWF used the tag titles very formulaically, pairing veterans and young babyfaces and having them exchange the titles with established heel acts.  Garea spent some time away, while tag teams came and went.  He returned and moved into the veteran role first with Larry Zbyszko and then with Rick Martel.  The latter team was particularly good opposite ugly brawling heels like the Moondogs and Wild Samoans.  Zbyszko and Martel were promising youngsters and Garea’s role was to help them reach that next level and both went on to great success.  With the beginning of the national expansion, Tony Garea was moved down the cards.  While he spent his final years basically jobbing to stars alongside Lanny Poffo, Sal Bellomo and the like, Garea was rewarded for his years of loyal service.  Garea developed a reputation as a strong ring general as well as a nice guy who took care of his money and his health.  He was made a road agent in the late 1980s when the role was very much that of a big brother.  He maintained that position for nearly thirty years and has proven himself an invaluable asset to the company.  Tony Garea has a curious legacy.  He was a great supporting character throughout the 1970s and was solid in his role as a tag wrestler.  The WWE has never recognized him to the extent of others, but he is unquestionably a valuable contributor to the WWF/WWE product for years as a road agent.
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