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Buddy Rose (1952 - 2009)


Real Name - Paul Perschmann

Lifespan - 11/15/1952 - 4/28/2009
5'11" 250 lbs. - Portland, OR

Athletic Background - Baseball, Hockey

Teacher(s) - Verne Gagne, Billy Robinson (`73 Camp)

Professional Background - AWA(`73-`76), All Japan(`75), Dallas(`76), Portland(`77-`84), AWA(`78), San Francisco(`78-`79), Hawaii(`78), Vancouver(`79-`81), WWF(`85), AWA(`86), WWF(`87), Indies(`8?-`03)


Groups - Buddy Rose's Army

Peak Years - `79 - `84

Finisher(s) - 
- European Backbreaker
- Las Vegas Jackpot (DDT)

Favorites -
- Bodyslam
- Rope Necksnap
- Jumping Stomp
- Turnbuckle Smash
- Driving Kneedrops
- Overhead Chop

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 Move Set

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Place in History - "Playboy" Buddy Rose was one of the very best working heels in the world in his day. He didn't look like much by current standards; Rose was short and chubby and had some of the worst-looking platinum blond hair the wrestling world has ever seen. While the cocky bleach-blond heel had become a staple in pro-wrestling, Rose made that common character his own. He was a very good talker and played the bad guy beautifully and could have been a top player in many regions with those qualities. However, Rose blossomed into an excellent worker, who could bump around as well as anyone, sell a beating dramatically and brutalize babyfaces without killing their star power. From San Francisco and Portland to Honolulu and Minneapolis, Buddy Rose was one of the most hated heels any territory he spent much time in. Due to his size and look, he never got the chances he deserved. In the late 70s and early 80s, Buddy Rose and his Army ran the Pacific Northwest. He had tremendous feuds with Jesse Ventura, Roddy Piper, Lonnie Mayne and many others. While his career floundered after leaving Portland, Buddy Rose had one last dance in the AWA. He formed a team with midcarder Doug Somers that feuded with the up-and-coming Midnight Rockers in some of the best matches of the 1980s. While most were amazed by a young Shawn Michaels, Buddy Rose's role in those battles cannot be denied. While Rose never had a significant run in the "major" territories, he must be acknowledged as one of the best workers of the late 70s and early 80s with exceptional consistency and character.