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David Schultz


Real Name - David Schults

Birthdate - 6/1/55

6’6” 270 lbs. - Jackson, TN


Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Herb Welch

Professional Background - Knoxville(`75), GCCW(`75), Nashville(`76-`77,`79), Maritimes(`77), Memphis(`77-`80), SECW[Alabama](`78-`80), Maritimes(`80), Stampede(`80-`84), Portland(`82), Vancouver(`83-`84), AWA(`83), WWF(`83-`85), IWCCW(`85), New Japan(`85), Montreal(`86), Stampede(`86)

AliasesDavid Schuts, Rhode Island Red, David Von Schultz

Groups - Foley’s Army, Memphis Mafia

Peak Years - `77-`84


Finisher(s) - 

- “Southern” Piledriver

- Elbowdrop from the second rope


Favorites -

- Suplex

- Bulldog

- Forearm Smash from second rope

- Eye Rake

- Double Axe Handle


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set5
 Science2
 Aerial2
 Power6
 Strikes6


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment9
 Selling6
 Bumping5
 Carrying5
 Heat7
 Legacy4


Place in History - In December of 1984, reporter John Stossel found himself backstage at a WWF show in Madison Square Garden interviewing David Schultz.  Two slaps later and the career of Schultz was effectively over.  Some might attribute a later confrontation with Mr. T, but regardless he was out of the WWF and never again found a top spot in pro-wrestling.  Schultz had only been in the game for ten years and had increased his stock steadily.  He spent his early years working in his home state of Tennessee.  Within a few years, he was working as a top heel in the Maritimes and later in Western Canada.  Schultz was large and imposing man whose thick Southern drawl added to his arrogant promos.  In Tennessee, Schultz drew heat as a “holier than thou” heel whether he was in the curiously named Hollywood Connection with Dennis Condrey or he was talking up his wealth and class and ran down hillbillies.  Everywhere else, Schultz was a sort of Alpha Redneck whose racist, misogynist and homophobic commentary was brash enough to make even the most hardened fan shutter.  When Vince McMahon began poaching talent across North America, “Dr. D” David Schultz was one of the first stars he signed.  He, Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff were the key heels who battled Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Snuka and Sgt. Slaughter as the WWF went national.  Schultz was a dominating personality who was ideal for the WWF’s shift to a more character-driven product.  However, after the Stossel incident, Dr. D was soon moved down into lower card matches before he was sent packing.  It was something of an unfortunate end to such a promising talent.  While David Schultz had some runs afterward, they were limited and he left the business completely to work as a bail bondsmen and later outspoken ex-WWF wrestler.  Although many hardcore fans still remember Schultz fondly, he has largely been erased from WWE’s history and his public appearances are quite rare.  David Schultz is probably less famous than a murdered amateur wrestler of the same name, although possibly more famous than the Philadelphia Flyers enforcer of the same name.  The career of David Schultz is not unique in his sudden rise or his subsequent departure, but he is definitely a captivating character from a certain time in pro-wrestling history.

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