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Gene Anderson (1933 - 1991)

Real Name - Eugene Avon Anderson
Lifespan - ?/?/33 - 10/31/91
6' 250 lbs. - St. Paul, MN

Athletic Background - Wresling, Football (High School)

Teacher(s) - Verne Gagne

Professional Background - San Francisco[AWA](`64), AWA(`65), Georgia(`66-`68), Mid-Atlantic(`68-`70), Florida(`71-`72), Mid-Atlantic(`72-`74), Georgia(`74-`77), Mid-Atlantic/JCP(`77-`84)

Aliases - n/a

Groups - Minnesota Wrecking Crew, The Andersons

Peak Years - `67-`75



Finisher(s) - 
- ???

Favorites - 
- Hammerlock Slam
- Bodyslam
- Forearm to chest
- Overhead Punch
- Gut Punch


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes

Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy

 
Place in History - The Andersons, also known as the "Minnesota Wrecking Crew" are something of a mythical tag team, who became known for taking apart opponents as bruising heels in the Southeast. The family began with Lars and Gene, who were a successful pair. Lars was a good-looking guy who could work and talk, while Gene played the quiet older brother role to a tee. The addition of Ole really improved the dynamic as he was becoming one of the best heels of that era. By 1970, Lars had left the team and Gene and Ole achieved even greater success. Gene was a methodical brawler and a savvy technician, which allowed him to solidify his place in the ring. While Gene did not fancy himself as a talker, especially next to Lars and Ole, he could do it very well when he had to. While Ole Anderson was the greatest of three, it was truly Gene's mentoring that helped turn Ole into something special in the 1970s. Ole turned into a tremendous booker and often ran the Minnesota Wrecking Crew's angles, which led to their great success and Gene took part in some of wrestling's great angles: Ole knocking out Wahoo by running him into Gene's head, their double turn on Dusty in a steel cage and all the bone-breaking angles over the years. Gene's health declined before a stroke largely ended his career. Ole remained very loyal to Gene and took care of him once he had passed his peak. He continued to teach aspiring wrestlers, including his own son who became Zan Panzer, who was something of a memorable jobber on WCW television. Gene suffered a heart attack and passed away while attending a police training in 1991. Sadly, Gene Anderson is often forgotten, but in his day, the Andersons were likely the best tag team in pro-wrestling. The Andersons might not have traveled enough to build their legacy like other teams, but they are one of the great drawing and working tag teams that cannot be ignored for their accomplishments in the Southeast territories that were premier heels for a decade.
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