Profiles‎ > ‎profiles‎ > ‎

Klaus Wallas

Real Name - Klaus Wallas

Birthdate - 3/31/53

6’3” 260 lbs. - Saalfelden, Austria

Athletic Background - Judo (`76 Olympics); World’s Strongest Man `86; Rowing, Karate

Teacher(s) - Franz Schumann

Professional Background - Austria/Germany(`78-`86), All Japan(`85), New Japan(`86)

Aliases - none

Peak Years - `82-`86

Finisher(s) - 

- Boston Crab

- Flying Bodypress

Favorites -

- Hip Throw

- Bodyslam

- Dropkick

- Overhead Forearm

- Kneedrop

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set7

Intangibles Rating - 


Place in History - Wallas was a dedicated judoka who won numerous tournaments in Europe and was a member of Austria’s Olympic team that went to Montreal.  He never medalled and like several other European judokas, decided to leave that world behind to make some money in pro-wrestling.  Anton Geesink, Willem Ruska and Chris Dolman were all world class judokas in Europe who used their name and legit background as the basis for launching a pro-wrestling career.  Wallas did the same, but he was able to learn the craft at home.  The catchen scene in Central Europe was full of great heavyweight talent at the time.  It was a melting pot that attracted top talent from Britain, up-and-coming talent from the US and Japan and even wrestlers from South America and Eastern Europe.  Within a few years, Wallas was showing the potential to be a top heavyweight.  He had the size and athleticism, he had his Olympic credibility and he had a natural good guy charisma.  Wallas had some strong showings and even won a tournament in 1984.  However, Klaus Wallas, not unlike many of his colleagues, disliked the promoters.  He viewed Otto Wanz was self-centered and greedy and Peter William was dishonest and untrustworthy.  Many of the great European wrestlers of that era were making a meager living and tearing up their bodies, Wallas was not going to join them.  He was one of many pro-wrestlers to make an appearance at the World’s Strongest Man competition when it came to Europe and had an impressive showing against several legendary strongmen.  Wallas also made a few Japanese tours; unfortunately, he was never going to outshine a European veteran like Tony St. Clair or get over with a different and dynamic in-ring style like other Europeans.  Wallas left pro-wrestling, fed up with the politics and payoffs.  Although he remains one of only a handful of Olympians who achieved a certain level of success in professional wrestling, Klaus Wallas will never be remembered in the same breath as many of them.  He operated a gym and later a restaurant in Bremen.  Unfortunately, it was in one of these establishments that a murder took place that landed Wallas in prison.  Some gambling debts and the disappearance of a man put Wallas and Bulgarian wrestler Dimitri Dimoff in the middle of it all.  It was a sensationalized story at the time, painting the former hero as a bad guy.  Klaus Wallas was acquitted and went back to his life.  Although there is a rich history, pro-wrestling in Europe, especially on the continent, is seldom studied as it is in other areas of the world.  The tournaments in Germany and Austria hosted an amazing array of talent and other than those who went on success elsewhere, few of the regulars are now.  Klaus Wallas, an accomplished judoka and excellent pro-wrestler, is one such example.  He was never a focal star in his homeland and never caught on in Japan and therefore he is forgotten.