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Heavenly Bodies (Don & Al Greene)

Don Greene (1930-2014)

Real Name - Don Lewis Greene

Lifespan  - 8/29/1930 - 6/21/2014

??? - Madison, TN

Athletic background - Wrestling

Teachers - n/a

Professional background - Tennessee(`55); Georgia(`73-`74), Nashville(`74-`77), Florida(`75)

Aliases - King Kong Greene, The Black Bat, The Red Shadow, The Superstar

Al Greene (1928-2014)

Real Name - Albert Denny

Birthdate - ?/?/1928 - 12/26/2014

??? - Mt. Juliet, TN

Athletic background - Wrestling

Teachers - n/a

Professional background - Tennessee(`55); Los Angeles(`62,`65), JWA(`65), Georgia(`66), Florida(`69), Puerto Rico, Nashville(`74-`77), Memphis(`78)

Aliases - Al Denny, Jack Blassie, Blue Demon II

Professional Background (as a team) - Tennessee(`55-`60), Gulf Coast(`59,`63), Charlotte(62), Memphis(`69-`73), Indies(`81)

Aliases - The Mean Greene Team

Peak Years - `69-`72

Place in HistoryTennessee has been home to many tag teams that were successful there for many years.  Don and Al Greene were a pair of “brothers” who complimented one another well and had two significant runs that established them as one of the great teams of their era.  Both broke in on small independent shows in Tennessee and eventually hooked up as a brother team and started working for Roy Welch and Nick Gulas.  The two were successful in both Tennessee and Alabama in the late 1950s.  Don became a well-respected wrestler who could work holds or chop meat, which allowed him to work with legends like Lou Thesz and Dory Funk, Jr. when they came to Tennessee.  He was the workhorse of the team as well as the talker with his thick Southern accent and gravelly voice.  Al was a convincing tough guy brawler who was excellent at drawing heat.  The Greenes were never afraid of the heat, the two willingly did some outrageous stunts in their day including dying their hair green, wearing tuxedos and top hats and perhaps mostly notoriously tarring and feathering Bearcat Brown.  Throughout the 1960s, the Heavenly Bodies teamed off-and-on.  Don homesteaded in the area, working in the family business and raising a family.  Meanwhile, Al headed off to a Japan, went to work as Freddie Blassie’s brother in LA or headed elsewhere for a while, which kept the team fresh when he’d return.  In 1969, Jerry Jarrett was taking over booking in Memphis.  He recruited Al and Don Greene as top heel opposition for himself, Tojo Yamamoto and Jackie Fargo.  The Greenes and Sir Steven Clements drew impressively and this time period when the Mid South Coliseum became the weekly home for Memphis wrestling.  In 1973, Don turned face after a unforgettable angle where his daughter was slapped by one of the Interns.  Al remained a heel and yet they never feuded with each other as might be expected.  Don worked for several more years even teaming with Jerry Lawler for a time using the “Heavenly Bodies” name.  He retired from the ring and pursued a variety of public service positions.  Al formed a new team with a young Phil Hickerson known as the “Sherman Tanks.”  They were a formidable heel tandem for a couple years.  Al continued working in the ring and as a manager.  He was successful in real estate and lived out his final years comfortably.  The two made appearances over the years for independents and most notably for Smoky Mountain Wrestling.  Don and Al passed away a few months apart from one another in 2014.