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Dr. Ken Ramey (1930-2014)


Real NameJohn Kenneth Ramey

Birthdate - ?/?/1930 - 10/17/2014

Boosier City, LA

Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - n/a

Aliases - none

Peak Years - `68-`73

Groups - none

WrestlersPaul DeMarco, The Interns (AKA Masked Medics & Masked Marvels), Pat Patterson, Buddy Rose & Ed Wiskoski

  
Place in HistoryHe may not be at the top of many people’s lists, but a case can be made that Dr. Ken Ramey is the greatest pro-wrestling manager of all-time.  Ramey did not make jokes, he did not carry a gimmick and he did not put the heat on himself, all standard fare for great managers like Bobby Heenan, Jimmy Hart and Jim Cornette who came after him.  Ken Ramey was working as a referee in Florida when he made the transition to managing.  They used the story that he had studied all the talent, taken copious notes and was going to lead the Masked Medics (Billy Garrett & Jim Starr) to great success.  The truth to the story was that Ramey had been working as a referee for more than a decade all over the United States and had a deep understanding of the game.  The gimmick of evil doctors under a mask was nothing new, but with Ramey’s guidance, everything worked to an even greater degree.  He spoke on their behalf, allowing them to remain mysterious and he was focused on building heat for the match.  Ken Ramey was perfectly unlikable starting with his bow tie and crewcut.  His calculated subtleties paid dividends for the Interns and the unit became one of the best of their day.  Although he had the “doctor” billing and carried around a medical bag for a time, Ken Ramey was not won for cheap gimmickry.  They captured titles throughout the South using their simple, yet effective formula.  They started in Florida and branched out to Tennessee, Alabama and the Carolinas over the next few years with great success.  After the trio split up, Ramey headed to San Francisco, where he was the area’s most notable managers working with Paul DeMarco.  The Interns were reformed in Nick Gulas’s territory with Tom Andrews taking Billy Garrett’s place.  They rekindled the magic for a time, infamously painting Bearcat Brown with white paint.  They enjoyed runs in Northern California, West Texas and the Midwest.  Ken Ramey, while still a gifted manager, was aging and slowing down and phased out by the mid-to-late 1970s.  In a business where managers are usually jokesters or leg-pullers, Ken Ramey was exceptional in his straightforward and completely heelish approach.

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