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Big John Studd (1949-1995)

        

Real Name - John William Minton
Lifespan - 2/19/49 - 3/20/95
6'7" 320 lbs. - Butler, PA

Athletic Background - Basketball (College)

Teacher(s) - Charlie Moto, Killer Kowalski

Professional Background - California(`72), WWWF, WWWF(`76), Texas(`77), Hawaii(`77), Mid-Atlantic(`78-`80), Georgia(`80), AWA(`81), WWF(`81-`86), South Africa(`84), WWF(`89)

AliasesMighty Minton, Chuck O'Connor, Executioner #2, Captain USA, Captain America, Masked Destroyer, Masked Superstar II

Groups - Heenan Family 

Peak Years - `80-`86


Finisher(s) - 
Over-the-Shoulder-Backbreaker
Reverse Bearhug

Favorites - 
Bodyslam 
Bearhug 
Shoulder Block
Elbowdrop 
- Forearm Smash

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy



  
Place in History - Few heel big men ever did more business on top than John Studd. While not a strong worker, Studd had the size and charisma to be a huge star. After nearly a decade with only marginal success, Studd finally found himself in the hot Mid-Atlantic territory. He was able to work with the likes of Blackjack Mulligan, Andre "the Giant," and other big men as a credible heel. Eventually he was brought into the WWF to work as a top heel and turned into one of the company go-to-stars when the company went national. Studd did major box offices as a heel and etched his name in history for that success. While his run as a top star was relatively short, John Studd made good financial investments and was able to retire at a relatively young age. He wanted to have a final run with his protege, Ron Reis (AKA Ron Studd), but developed Hodgkins Disease and died several years after.
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