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Mr. Wrestling II

      

Real Name - John "Johnny" Walker
Birthdate - 9/9/3?
5'11" 240 lbs. - Charleston, SC

Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Tony Morelli, Pat O'Connor

Professional Background - San Francisco[NWA](`61-`62), Georgia(`62-`68), Nashville(`68-`74), Gulf Coast(`70-`72), Florida(`70-`72), Georgia(`73-`80), Mid-South(`79-`84), SECW[Alabama](`80) Florida(`81-`82), Mid-Atlantic(`84), WWF(`85), Southeast Indies(`85-`8?), HCW[Hawaii](`03-`08)

AliasesJohnny Walker, The Grappler

Groups - Stud Stable [Cont'l]

Peak Years - `72-`84


Finisher(s) - 
- "Million Dollar" Kneelift 

Favorites - 
Backdrop 
Leg Cannonball
European Uppercutt
Front Chancery
Gut Punch

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat 10 
 Legacy



  
Place in History - Mr. Wrestling II is a regional legend in the Southeast where he was a top guy for a decade and helped turn Georgia around. "Rubberman" Johnny Walker was an upper midcarder for years, never really catching on as he wasn't really anything special. "Mr. Wrestling" Tim Woods had become very successful in Georgia, which had been split in half in late `72 due to the Gunkel/NWA split. Woods had dropped the gimmick and was working Florida, but he came in to help the company rebound from the split although he couldn't full-time. It was decided that such a good gimmick, so they put the hood on Johnny Walker in 1973 and tagged the two for a while. Wrestling II was more charismatic though and eventually became a much bigger star than Woods had ever been hood or no hood. He was the star that not only saved the company, but turned it into a national powerhouse garning some amazing cable ratings, was a constant challenger to the NWA World Championship and even a favorite of Miss Lillian Carter (and was invited to Jimmy Carter's Presidential Inaguration). While his tenure in Georgia made him a legend, II was a popular star in the Deep South as well until his retirement in the late 80s. Mr. Wrestling II is amongst the most popular and successful regional stars who did it all while in his 40s and 50s, a true statement about his ability. He fittingly went out with the territorial system, but his legacy is still a prominent one as Georgia's greatest wrestling legend.
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