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RIP: Mr. Wrestling II

It was announced today that former professional wrestler, Johnny Walker, who performed as “Mr. Wrestling II” passed away at the age of 85.

Walker debuted professionally in 1955 and was a low to mid-card wrestler until the early 1970s.  Walker was incredibly flexible for his day, and unique in his wrestling, but as he suffered from premature balding, he looked like a “jobber” and was not someone who could be pushed.  This changed in 1972 when he was repackaged as the masked “Mr. Wrestling II”, and he became a champion in the American South.

Walker was now a draw, main eventing in Georgia and Florida for nearly ten years when that territory was on fire.  Walker briefly appeared in the WWF in the mid-80s, used mostly in house shows against Terry Funk.

Walker would be inducted to the WCW Hall of Fame in 1993.  He is currently ranked #85 on our latest list of those to consider for the WWE Hall of Fame.

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of Johnny Walker.

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85. Mr. Wrestling II

As we entered the information age, the mask in American Professional Wrestling doesn’t hold the same power it used to.  Thankfully, it held power when Johnny Walker donned it in 1971 entering the NWA Florida promotion when he became Mr. Wrestling II where nobody knew his previous identity.  This allowed Walker, who was already in his mid 30’s (and looked considerable older) to become one of the most popular wrestlers in the South.  Some have argued that Mr. Wrestling II was the top American masked face wrestler in history.  They might be right.

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