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Austin Idol


Real Name - Dennis McCord
Birthdate - 10/26/49
6'2" 242 lbs. - Tampa, FL

Athletic Background - Powerlifting

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional Background - East Coast Territories(`72-`74), Australia(`72), Florida(`75), GCCW(`76-`77), Memphis(`78-`79), GCW(`79-`80), Memphis(`80-`87), SECW(`81-`84), TASW(`85), All Japan(`87), USWA(`90), GWF(`91)

AliasesDennis McCord, Mike McCord, Mr. Gulf Coast, Black Diamond, Mr. Las Vegas, The Midnight Rider, Super A

Groups - First Family

Peak Years - `79-`85

Finisher(s) - 
- Vegas Leglock (Figure-Four)

Favorites -
- Piledriver
- Bodyslam
- Sleeper
- Kneedrop
- Punch

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set

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Place in History - Dennis McCord was a muscular kid out of Robinson High School in Tampa, which produced some notable pro-wrestlers, including Hulk Hogan. He came along in early 70s, trying to get recognition in Florida, Memphis, Mid-Atlantic and other territories. Then in 1975, he was the fourth man in an airplane crash with Gary Hart, Buddy Colt and ended the life of Bobby Shane. The crash ended the in-ring careers of Gary Hart and Buddy Colt, but thankfully for McCord was able to make a comeback. McCord returned with less body weight, long blond hair, unique outfits and a new name - "Austin Idol." "Superstar" Billy Graham had just achieved huge success in the WWWF, so Idol was able to get significant pushes in Georgia and Memphis with a similar approach. His two most memorable programs were hair matches with Tommy Rich and Jerry Lawler, which elevated him to being one of the great stars of the 1980s and he was able to live off that success up into the 1990s. Some say Idol's ego may have prevented him from becoming more than a top regional heel as he developed a reputation for no-showing and often did not stay put as a result. After finishing up his career, Dennis McCord settled in Alabama in a regular job and aside from a failed attempt an independent wrestling promotion, he is basically a ghost of the past.