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383. Gene Stanlee

While there have been many looks in wrestling that come and go in the wacky world of Professional Wrestling the pretty boy bodybuilder will never go out.  The one who was a precursor to a lot of them was Gene Stanlee who looked like he walked straight out of central casting and onto a wrestling television set.  Stanlee was not a champion often, but he was a draw and was influential in the way that wrestlers would look in the future.  Stanlee’s bouts with Antonio Rocca in New York City also is credited with helping revive the territory.

After his wrestling career was over the health enthusiast would sell his own line of supplements and would become a Hollywood trainer.

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  • Other Aliases: Eugene Stanley Zygowicz (Real Name)
  • Billed From: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • Key Championships Held:

    NWA (Florida) Southern Heavyweight

    MWA Ohio Heavyweight

    WWA International Television Tag Team w/Sandor Szabo
  • Why they will get in: He was well known and transcended pro wrestling.
  • Why they won't get in: He was not a massive star in wrestling.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments:
    1. Won the NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in 9/24/51.
    2. Wrestled “Whipper” Billy Watson to a draw in St. Louis 11/30/51
    3. Challenged Lou Thesz for the NWA World Heavyweight Title 12/28/51
    4. Defeated Bill Miller for the MWA Ohio Heavyweight Title 2/2/56
    5. With Sandor Szabo won the WWA International Television Tag Team Titles 3/9/57

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