188. The Von Brauners

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188. The Von Brauners
This one could be a little bit complicated.

Following World War II, the idea of evil German or Japanese wrestlers worked, and there were many that succeeded.  The Von Brauners however, go down in history as the most successful tag team of that ilk.

Terrorizing territories for over fifteen years, the Von Brauners were originally comprised of Jimmy Brawner and Doug Donovan, who resembled each other enough to pose as twins.  The pair would work together for five years, until Doug’s real life brother would become “Eric Bon Brauner”.  A second “Kurt” would be played by Willy Rutgowski.

No matter the combination, the Von Brauners were a large part of wrestling lore!

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  • Other Aliases: Jimmy Brawner (Real Name of Karl Von Brauner)
    Doug Donovan (Real Name of Kurt Von Brauner #1)
    Ron Donnan (Real Name of Eric Von Brauner)
    Willy Rutgowsky (Real Name of Kurt Von Brauner #2)
  • Billed From: Germany
  • Key Championships Held: An Amalgamation of:
    NWA (Mid-America) World Tag Team (7) (Karl & Kurt #1)
    NWA (Mid-Atlantic) Southern Tag Team (Karl & Kurt #1)
    NWA (Florida) World Tag Team (6) (Karl & Kurt #1)
    AWA (Indiana) World Tag Team (Karl & Kurt #1)
    NWA (Texas) World Tag Team (Karl & Kurt #1)
    NWA (Georgia) World Tag Team (3) (Karl & Kurt #1)
    WWA (Indianapolis) (Karl & Kurt #1)
    NWA (Georgia) World Tag Team (Karl & Kurt #1)
    NWA (Georgia) World Tag Team (Karl & Eric)
    NWA (Mid America) World Tag Team (Karl & Eric)
    NWA (Texas) World Tag Team (2) (Karl & Kurt #2)
    NWA (Mid America) World Tag Team (10) (Karl & Kurt #2)
    NWA (Tennessee) Tag Team (Karl & Kurt #2)
    NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team (Karl & Kurt #2)
    NWA (Detroit) World Tag Team (Karl & Kurt #2)
  • Why they will get in: They did have a long and lengthy run.
  • Why they won't get in: That did not include the WWE.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments:
    1. Won their first titles, which were the NWA Mid-America Title (3/29/60)
    2. Beat Dick The Bruiser and Wilbur Snyder for the WWA Tag Team Titles (10/??/64)
    3. Defeated Gory Guerrero and Luis Hernandez to win the NWA American Tag Team Titles in Texas (11/15/67)
    4. Defeated Rocky Johnson and Pat Patterson for the NWA World Tag Team Titles in San Francisco (3/6/74)
    5. Beat the Wild Samoans in Detroit for that version of the Tag Team Title.  This would be their last championship (12/18/75)

Should The Von Brauners be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 50%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 25%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 25%

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