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Bill Watts


Real Name - William F. Watts, Jr.
Birthdate - 5/5/39
6'4" 295 lbs. - Oklahoma City, OK

Athletic Background - Football (NFL), Wrestling (University of Oklahoma)

Teacher(s) - Wahoo McDaniel, Dale Lewis

Professional Background - Indianapolis(`62), Tri-State(`63), Amarillo(`63), Texas(`63), California(`63), Vancouver(`63), Tri-State(`64), Texas(`64), WWWF(`64-`65), San Francisco(`66), Japan(`67), AWA(`67-`69), Midwest(`67-`69), Tri-State(`70-`78), Georgia(`71-`74), WWWF(`71), Florida(`74-`75), Mid-South/UWF(`78-`87), JCP/NWA(`87), WCW(`92), WWF(`95)

AliasesBill Watt, Dr. Scarlet, Midnight Rider

Groups - none

Peak Years - `66-`75

Finisher(s) - 
Oklahoma Stampede (Running Powerslam)
- Full Nelson

Favorites - 
Turnbuckle Smash
- Shoulder Block
- Toe Kick
- Punch 
- Thumb to Throat

Ringwork Rating - 

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Place in History - Bill Watts is remembered by different people different ways. The generation that would remember him as a wrestler is shuffling off and his later accomplishments have almost eclipsed those years in people's minds. He toured all around the United States with a few stops in Canada and Japan and was always a top star. Though not really an exceptional worker, Watts was an above-average big man and had a level of charisma that allowed him to always get on top of the card quickly. A strong heel who was a constant threat to the WWWF, AWA and NWA champions during the 60s and up through the early 70s. The fans didn't know though that Watts was gathering up a wealth of booking knowledge and when he took over places, Watts was loaded for bear. Bill Watts learned under three very good promoters: Roy Shires, Verne Gagne and Eddie Graham. Shires taught him the details, Gagne taught him the big picture and Graham taught him the dynamic of package shows without a single main event drawing. After successfully booking under Leroy McGuirk, Jim Barnett and Eddie Graham, Watts was as polished as anyone in the country. Watts turned Mid-South into one of the top territories in the US and did some amazing business considering the population to land area ratio. A true booking genius, Bill Watts was able to create many stars by masterfully playing to their strengths. After nearly ten strong years, Mid-South was sold to Jim Crockett and Watts got out the wrestling business. He made returns with WCW as a head booker and the WWF as a consultant with mixed results before finally getting out completely. Bill Watts accomplishments in the wrestling world are truly amongst the most impressive as he did more in and out of the ring than most who have come along.