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The Kentuckians (Grizzly Smith & Luke Brown)

Grizzly Smith

Real Name - Aurelian “Jake” Smith, Sr.

Lifespan - 8/6/1932 - 6/12/2010

6’8" 350 lbs. - Grayson County, TX

Athletic background - n/a

Teachers - n/a

Professional background - Amarillo(`58-`60), Houston(`60), Tri-State(`61), Georgia(`62), Vancouver(`68), Dallas(`68), Tri-State(71-`77), Mississippi(`77), Tri-State(`77-??), Mid-South, WWF(80s), WCW(`91-`9?), Global(`94)

Aliases - Jake Smith, Tiny Anderson, Tiny Smith, The Kentuckian, Sky Hi Jones

Luke Brown

Real Name - Carl Dennis Campbell, Sr.

Lifespan - 7/28/1935 - 11/12/1997

6’5" 320 lbs. - Daisy, VA

Athletic background - Football (Xavier University)

Teachers - Fred Atkins

Professional background - Minneapolis(`58-`60), AWA(`60-), San Francisco(`60), Houston(`60); AWA(`68-`70), Kansas City(`69), Georgia(`69), Dallas(`71), Mid-Atlantic(`72-`73), Portland(`75-`76), Vancouver(`75-`76)

Aliases - Carl Campbell, Don Campbell, Man Mountain Campbell, Masked Mauler, Big Boy Brown

Professional Background (as a team) - Oklahoma(`61), Georgia(`62), Mid-Atlantic(`62-`65), Florida(`62-`65), WWWF(`64), Los Angeles(`65), Tri-State(`65-`66), Amarillo(`65), AWA(`66), Kansas City(`66), IWE(`67),

Peak Years - `62-`68

Place in History - Many of the great tag teams came together by happenstance when two individuals were paired up and all the pieces fell into alignment.  Jake Smith and Luke Brown were two huge men trying to find their way in the pro-wrestling world.  Smith is credited with fashioning their famous country boy personas, the Kentuckians, that got over and drew money across the United States.  Rather than work as a typical babyface tag team, they were a pair of unskilled hillbillies wearing plaid shirts, blue jeans and moccasins to the ring and they even changed their in-ring work to look reflect this persona.  Their soft-spoken, laid-back personalities and rural backgrounds allowed them to easily live the gimmick outside of the ring.  As with any great heroes, they needed great antagonists and found that combination in the Assassins (sometimes known as the Bolos).  The marriage was perfect.  The Kentuckians were relatable characters to the audience and could use their size and strength to best their foes, but ultimately fell prey to the skill and guile of the Assassins.  They built to a hot comeback with  a bullhorn being employed to rally the crowd and selling Kentuckian.  The other would come in and bump the Assassins all over the ring leading into the finish.  The formula was so perfect that it was taken around the US in the 1960s in a way that only a handful of programs have been over the years.  The Kentuckians eventually went their own ways with very different paths.  Big Boy Brown worked for a few more years but injuries slowed him down and while he struggled to find a place after pro-wrestling, he was well-respected as an affable figure. up until his death in 1997.  Tiny Smith became better known as Grizzly Smith and became one of the most highly regarded road agents.  He was considered a good finish man who mentored and championed many young wrestlers during his time working for Tri-State, Mid-South, WCW and the WWF.  Despite this reputation, it has been his less admirable qualities that have thoroughly tarnished his name.  While many of his peers enjoyed having young ladies on the road, Smith preferred them younger than most and encountered legal problems and has been accused and suspected of sexual abusing his own daughters.  Three of children became pro-wrestlers with varying degrees of success, but all had significant demons.  Jake “the Snake” Roberts was a huge star in his day, Sam Houston was an excellent worker although undersized by the standards of the 80s and Rockin’ Robin was a successful lady wrestler although her career was brief.  Roberts and Robin were largely estranged from Grizz, but his other son lived with him for years in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina took their home and almost took Smith’s leg.  A few years after, Alzheimer’s claimed the once mighty Kentuckian.