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Bob Roop

        

Real Name - Robert Roop
Birthdate - ?/?/42
6'1" 260 lbs. - Blacksburg, VI

Athletic Background - Greco-Roman Wrestling [`68 Olympics], Football [Michigan State] 

Teacher(s) - Eddie Graham

Professional Background - Florida(`68-`78), San Francisco(`77), Tennessee(`79), ICW[Knoxville](`78-`80), Mid-South(`81-`82), Georgia(`84-`85), Florida(`85-`88) 

Aliases - The Gladiator, Star Warrior, The Enforcer, The Assassin, Maya Singh, Maha Singh, 

Groups - Gary Hart's Army, Army of Darkness

Peak Years - `71-`84 

Finisher(s) - 
Shoulderbreaker  

Favorites - 
Swinging Neckbreaker
Bodyslam 
Stepover Toehold
High Knee
Punch

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy



  
Place in History - Bob Roop was one of the many amateurs to turn pro back in the 70s and one of the few to really make some headway. He was an exceptional athlete throughout his youth, but never achieved at collegiate level because he dropped out of school his sophomore year. He tried the army before returning to school and concentrating on Greco-Roman wrestling. Roop was an Olympic team alternate in `64 and went in as a small heavyweight in `68 where he placed seventh. Coming off that, Roop was given the opportunity by Eddie Graham to break into pro-wrestling and he proved to be something of a natural. After being a cherry babyface for a a while, Roop found his calling as a loud-mouthed heel and he was pushed very strongly in Florida. He spent most of his years there and even enjoyed much of that time as a booker. Roop also enjoyed success in other regions proving his abilities as a talent. Bob Roop was one of the best uppercard heels of the 70s and while his influence as a worker, booker and trainer have died out and few modern fans can even name an accomplishment of his. Regardless, Roop was a top star in the 70s and early 80s and with good reason.
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