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Buck Robley (1942-2013)

Real NamePhil Buckley

6’1” 253 lbs. - Bossier City, LA

Athletic BackgroundWrestling [High School]

Teacher(s)Al “Spider” Galento

Professional BackgroundFlorida(`60s), Mid-Atlantic(`60s), Georgia(`60s), Grand Prix[Maritmes], Mid-Atlantic, GCCW(`68), Amarillo(`70-`71), Mid-South, Tri-State, Georgia, SWCW(`80-`81), Indies(`81-)

AliasesPhil Robley, Colonel William Philip Christopher Buck Robley

Peak Years`71-`80

Place in HistoryBuck Robley is known for many roles in the pro-wrestling business. He was a wild heel for a great many years and a tough babyface at other times inside the ring. He was an innovative and successful booker all over the South. He was also a close associate of Bruiser Brody and undoubtedly impacted the formative years of that legend's career. Robley spent his formative years touring around the Southeast and by the time he headed to West Texas for the Funks, he had developed into a good hand. Amarillo is where his “Don’t Call Me Yellow” catchphrase and “Yellowbelly” handle started in 1970 that launched his career as a personality. Buck Robley continued strongly throughout the decade and began cutting his teeth as a booker. Before long, he had popped Tri-State, Mid-South, Georgia and San Antonio with his eye of drawing talent, strong angles and ability to build big blow-offs. Mid-South became the most famous of his creations although promoter Bill Watts is often given full credit for it. Robley contends it was he who paired up the Freebirds, created the Junkyard Dog, pushed tough guys like Paul Orndorff, Jim Duggan and others in the promotion that became white hot. By the time he left, Mid-South was rocking and he brought many of its stars into Georgia and they helped that promotion as well. Robley had several runs after that, but none even compared in their scope and influence. By this point, he had became a regular partner to Bruiser Brody and the two worked all over the US and Japan. By the time pro-wrestling was going national, Robley's time had passed and his contributions have never been recognized as widely as they should.