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Horst Hoffman


Real Name - n/a

Birthdate - ?/?/40

6’3” 250 lbs. - Czechoslovakia


Athletic Background - Wrestling, Cycling

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional Background - Germany(`57-), IWE(`72), AWA(`73-`75), All Japan(`75-`77)

Aliases - none

Peak Years - `62-`72



Finisher(s) - 

- Gutwrench Suplex

- Snapping Butterfly Suplex


Favorites -

- Sidebreaker

- Bodyslam

- Knee Strike to Seated Opponent

- Snap Mare-Knee Drop

- European Uppercutt



Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set7
 Science6
 Aerial?
 Power8
 Strikes6


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment5
 Selling5
 Bumping5
 Carrying6
 Heat?
 Legacy5


Place in History - The name of German pro-wrestlers of note to those outside of Europe is short, while many shared the skill on the mat of their British counterparts, the did not have the English language to receive opportunities in North America as many Britons did.  Horst Hoffman is one of the exceptions.  Although his tenure with AWA was short, he did leave an impression as his career came to a close.  Hoffman had been one of the most dominant heavyweights of the 1960s.  He began wrestling professionally in 1957 when he was still a teenager and within a few years, promoter Gustl Kaiser was moving him into the main heavyweight mix.  During this time, wrestling in Germany had a long legacy of running tournaments in cities across the country and he won approximately ninety during his twenty year career.  Being proclaimed the top heavyweight in Munich, Hamburg, Nürnberg, Cologne, Dortmund and other cities on multiple occasions secured his status as one of the premier heavyweights in Germany.  In addition to those smaller tournaments, Hoffman won ten German tournament wins and nine European tournament wins.  He was as dominant a wrestler as Germany has ever seen and he was well-respected for his skills inside the ring.  By the early 1970s, Horst Hoffman began traveling to Japan for the IWE.  There he joined a contingent of excellent European wrestlers and really established himself with his technical prowess.  Hoffman, not unlike many Europeans, came to the United States after being “discovered” in Japan.  He came into the AWA as a scientific babyface working with Billy Robinson and Geoff Portz.  Later, he was paired up with Baron Von Raschke and the two worked a black glove gimmick and feuded with a variety of tag teams.  Hoffman did have some successful tours of Japan and worked more tournaments in Germany before his career concluded in 1977.  Horst Hoffman has a legacy that is difficult to evaluate.  He was, unquestionably, a dominant figure in German pro-wrestling for fifteen years.  Internationally, he had some success, but was a supporting character and never in a leading role.  The footage from this period reveals a technically excellent, but somewhat bland pro-wrestler.  And although his green tights and boots influenced the attire of Mitsuharu Misawa, Hoffman was a dull visual package.  While Horst Hoffman is among the most successful continental Europeans of all-time, he is still a forgotten name in pro-wrestling history.

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