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Tommy Rich

        
      

Real Name - Thomas Richardson
Birthdate - 7/26/59
6' 250 lbs. - Atlanta, GA

Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Dick Steinborn, Jerry Lawler, Jerry Jarrett, Tojo Yamamoto

Professional Background - GCW(`74-`80), Nashville(`75-`77), Memphis(`80-`81), GCW(`81-`84), SWCW(`83), Memphis(`84-`85), SECW[Alabama](`85), Memphis(`86), AWA(`86), Indies(`87-`89), WCW(`89-`91), Memphis(`94), ECW(`97-`01), Indies(`01-)

Aliases - Mister R

Groups - York Foundation, FBI (Full-Blooded Italians)

Peak Years - `78 - `83



Finisher(s) - 
- Thesz Press

Favorites -
- Spinning Toehold
- Fistdrop from Second Turnbuckle
- Back Elbow
- Dropkick
- Punch


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power5
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy

  
Place in History - One of the most enigmatic figures in wrestling history and not because of a strange personality, a reclusive period or anything along those lines.  Tommy Rich was, at one point in history, perhaps the most popular pro-wrestler in the United States.  His popularity was so great that it led to a short run with the NWA Championship.  However, other than some wacky vignettes in ECW, Rich has fallen from the national spotlight and is practically a “whatever happened to...” type who has been almost forgotten. While never an elite worker, Rich had great charisma and this country boy appeal that comes along once in a generation.  He could get by on that more often than not. He bounced between Georgia and Tennessee his entire career with only brief and often forgettable stints in other places. In Georgia, he was forever the blond cherry, but as his boyish good looks and physique faded to the "good life," his name value dropped.  Rich had memorable feuds with Abdullah the Butcher, Ole Anderson, the Freebirds and especially Buzz Sawyer.  In Memphis, he tried his hand as a heel and was a success for the most part.  Rich continued along for a few more years, but his days as a marquee idol were over for the most part.  He has continued working decades past his prime and aside from his run as a heel manager in ECW nothing he has done has been particularly notable.  His legacy is very polarized in the eyes of many.  Some remember just how white hot he was, how well he drew and that he was a major national star for a time.  Others just think of him as a flash-in-the-pan who ranks amongst the worst NWA Champions who is still working because of his careless ways.
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