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Gary Hart (1942-2008)


Real Name - Gary Richard Williams
Lifespan - 1/24/1942 - 3/16/2008
Chicago, IL

Athletic Background - Swimming

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional BackgroundChicago(`60-`61), Detroit(`61-`65), Amarillo(`66-`68), Dallas(`68-`69), Australia(`69-`73), Georgia(`73), Florida(`73-`77), WCCW(`77-`83), Georgia(`82), Mid-Atlantic(`83), WCCW(`84-`87), WCW(`89)

Aliases - none

Peak Years - `68-`84

GroupsGary Hart's Army, H&H Enterprises

WrestlersAbdullah the Butcher, Chris Adams, Brute Bernard, Bruiser Brody, Killer Brooks, Bulldog Brower, Bad Leroy Brown, King Kong Bundy, Chang Chung, Dragon Master, Terry Funk, Gordman & Goliath, Great Kabuki, Great Muta, Gino Hernandez, King Curtis Iaukea, "The Spoiler" Don Jardine, The Kangaroos (Al Costello & Karl Von Brauner), Killer Khan, Mark Lewin, Masabu, Missouri Mauler, Bugsy McGraw, Dick Murdoch, John Nord, Bob Orton Jr., Al Perez, Angelo Poffo, Bull Ramos, Dusty Rhodes, Buzz Sawyer, Pak Song (Nam), Dick Slater, Big John Studd, The Student (George Steele), Jeep Swenson, Toru Tanaka, Baron Von Raschke

Place in HistoryOne of the most successful managers of all-time, who's accomplishments preceded many of the managers that people today hold in such high regard. Gary Hart began as a wrestler in Chicago before hooking up with Angelo Poffo, who helped him break out and get more exposure. The relationship was crucial for Hart as Poffo allowed him to do what he wanted and he developed an eye for talent scouting as a local trainer. He was given valuable seasoning in Amarillo and quickly became one of the most hated men in Texas with his "Playboy from Chicago" gimmick and helped turn long-time heel Fritz Von Erich. After that, Hart spent a long time in Australia and honed his skills further, so when he came back into the United States he was ready to make a huge impact. Jim Barnett brought him into Atlanta, but it didn't pan out and the place became Florida instead. On the local scene, Hart's former charge, Dusty Rhodes, went from a major heel to one of the top babyfaces of the 70s. Managing Pak Song, Gary Hart became a tremendous heel manager and began introducing men and helping them get over quickly. After that run, he returned to Dallas and gave the Von Erichs their first money program and he became a strong booking mind. Perhaps Hart's greatest creation came when he took an undersized Japanese jobber and turned him into the Great Kabuki. This character was put over strong and became a hot commodity in the Southern territories in the early 80s. This allowed Hart to make some easy money in his later years between booking gigs in Dallas. Hart's last run was in WCW managing the Great Muta (as Kabuki's son) and Terry Funk and while the stay was short it was fittingly great exit from the sport for one of the most eloquent talkers and best minds.