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Ernie Ladd (1939-2007)

        

Real Name - Ernest Ladd
Lifespan - 11/29/1939 - 3/10/2007
6'9" 320 lbs. - Orange, TX

Athletic Background - Football (AFL `61-`68) 

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional Background - San Francisco[AWA](`65-`67), NWF(`72), San Francisco[NWA](`72-`73) Los Angeles(`72-`73), Detroit(`73), WWA[Indianapolis](`73), NWF(`74), WWWF(`74-`79), Florida(`77), San Francisco[NWA](`78) Mid-South(`78-`8?), Kansas City(`80), WWA[Indianapolis](`80), WCCW(`81), ICW[Knoxville](`81)

Aliases - none

Groups - none

Peak Years - `73-`79
 

Finisher(s) - 
Thumb to Throat
Big Boot

Favorites - 
- Dropkick 
- Shoulder Block 
- Neckhang 
- Uppercutts 
- Chop

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy



  
Place in History - Perhaps no other individual who turned from pro football to pro-wrestling was ever more popular and successful in both sports than Ernie Ladd. Throughout the 60s, Ladd played for several teams and was a four-time Pro Bowler as a Defensive Tackle. He was the biggest man in the league and amongst the gutsiest as he butted heads with management over his pay and his right to wear a beard. After his peak years as a football player past, "Big Cat" made the jump to wrestling full-time. Mainly a heel, Ladd and his taped thumb brawled around throughout the 70s in about every major promotion in the world. He enjoyed most of his full-time success on top working programs with all the big names of the day. Ladd began breaking down badly in the early 80s, but thankfully had a good head on his shoulders. To the fans he was a wrestler/manager, but Ladd was Bill Watts' right hand man in Mid-South. He was the man who helped Watts with the dynamic of the black hero, the formula Watts used with the Junkyard Dog, Butch Reed and later Ron Simmons with various degrees of success.
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