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Rene Lasartesse (1928-2018)

Real NameEduard Probst

Lifespan - 1/21/1928 - 12/12/2018

6’6” 275 lbs. - Basel, Switzerland

Athletic Background - Wrestling, Boxing

Teacher(s) - n/a

AliasesLudwig Von Krupp, Stamping Jack Lasar, Jack de Lasartesse

Peak Years1970s

Place in HistoryRene Lasartesse is probably the most significant pro-wrestler to come out of Switzerland.  He travelled all over the world, under numerous guises, and worked with many of the top stars.  Born in a town in Northern Switzerland, situated in-between France and Germany, Eduard Probst became one of the great cultural adapters of all-time.  He started in 1953 and established himself in Germany as a French villain, using the handle “L’Aristocrate du Catch.” He won a handful of city tournaments and building a name for himself.  In the late 1950s, he headed to North America, where he found success as, Ludwig Von Krupp, a German heel. He was a regular partner of Karl Von Hess and they squared off with the likes of Antonino Rocca & Miguel Perez, the Lewin Brothers and other ethnic babyfaces around the Northeast.  By the 1960s, he was back in Europe and establishing himself as a top heel. In Britain, he worked primarily as a menacing American called “Stamping” Jack Lasar and battled the top heavyweights of that era including Judo Al Hayes, George Gordienko and Dr. Death (Paul Lincoln). In France, he played a German, revising his role from the States and worked with Jean Ferre (a young Andre the Giant) pretty extensively in the late 1960s.  He found his way back to central Europe and wrestled there, promoted there and raised his family there. He became known for his long black Dracula cape, his willingness to throw up a Fascist salute and general nastiness as a bad guy. Between 1967 and 1987, he won nearly two dozen tournaments in the major German cities. When totalled with his tournament wins from early in his career, Lasartesse likely won more tournaments than any other European including Otto Wanz, Horst Hoffman and fellow Swiss wrestler Paul Berger as well as many of the noted German wrestlers of the early twentieth century.  Known for his longevity (although sometimes criticized for it), Rene Lasartesse managed to wrestle into his late 60s and after retiring managed to live into his 90s.