146. “The Spoiler” Don Jardine

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146.  “The Spoiler” Don Jardine

There are many big men in wrestling and have been throughout its history.  The Spoiler may be the first really tall wrestler to show incredible agility and would foreshadow that larger men could move like men half their size.

Don Jardine was wrestling for years with various personas and numerous promotions but it was when he donned a mask and dubbed himself “The Spoiler” that he became a star.  The mask gave Jardine an aura and a new level of confidence.  He had a move set that featured a brutal claw hold (he was one of the few who could pull off that submission hold with believability) and was able to use the top rope with ease.  Like the Undertaker does today, The Spoiler was able to walk the top rope with is astounding feat for a wrestler of any size.  Jardine took his act across the country and though he rarely stayed anyplace long he managed to really make marks in Texas, North Carolina and Japan.

Jardine did compete in the WWF at times, although his last run was largely forgettable.  If the Hall were to look at evolution of skills, he would have a shot; though we really still haven’t figured out what they are looking for.

Should The Spoiler Don Jardine be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 58.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 14.7%
No opinion. - 2.9%
No way! - 11.8%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: Don Jardine (Real Name)
    Sonny Cooper
    The Butcher
    The Super Destroyer
  • Billed From: Parts Unknown (Really From Moncton, Canada)
  • Key Championships Held: IWA World Heavyweight
    IWA World Tag Team (3) (2w/Waldo Von Erich, 1w/Mario Milano)
    NWA American Heavyweight (4)
    NWA American Tag Team (6) (3w/Gary Hart, 2w/Mark Lewin, 1w/Smasher Sloan)
    NWA Central States Heavyweight
    NWA Florida Heavyweight (3)
    NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight
    NWA Georgia Heavyweight (3)
    NWA Georgia National Heavyweight (2)
    NWA North American Heavyweight (Tri-State) (2)
    NWA North American Tag Team (Tri-State) w/Dusty Rhodes
    NWA Texas Heavyweight
    NWA Texas Tag Team w/Mark Lewin
    NWA United States Heavyweight (Texas)
    WCCW Television
  • Why they will get in: He was one of the first versatile big men.
  • Why they won't get in: His runs in Stamford were not the best.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Loses to NWA World Champion Lou Thesz on high profile televised bout in St. Louis (1964)
    2.  Wins his first main singles title in Texas defeating Fritz Von Erich(4/5/68)
    3.  Fails in attempt to win the WWF World Title from Pedro Morales at MSG (7/29/72)
    4.  Defeats Jack Brisco to win his first Florida Heavyweight Title(5/23/78)
    5.  Loses to Harley Race in NWA Title Shot in Houston (1979)

Should The Spoiler Don Jardine be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 58.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 14.7%
No opinion. - 2.9%
No way! - 11.8%

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