Mr. Wrestling II


Mr. Wrestling II
Mr. Wrestling II
Ring name(s) Johnny "Rubberman" Walker
The Grappler
Mr. Wrestling II
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Billed weight 240 lb (110 kg)
Born September 10, 1934 (1934-09-10) (age 77)
Charleston, South Carolina
Resides Honolulu, Hawaii
Trained by Tony Morelli
Pat O'Connor
Debut 1956
Retired 1987

John "Johnny" Walker (born in Charleston, South Carolina), better known as Mr. Wrestling II, is a retired American professional wrestler. As Mr. Wrestling II, Walker was one of the most popular wrestlers in the Florida and Georgia areas in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Some of Walker's most notable feuds involved The Assassin, The Spoiler, The Masked Superstar, Jack Brisco, Buddy Colt, Magnum T.A., Jimmy Garvin, Tim Woods, Minnesota Wrecking Crew, Larry Zbyszko, and The Road Warriors. Mr. Wrestling II, later in his career, was known to use his "running knee lift" to great effect.

Walker's wife, Olivia, was a seamstress and costume maker. Many of her clients were country music performers including Porter Wagoner. During an interview, Ric Flair stated that many of his robes were made by her.

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Career as Mr Wrestling II

In 1972, Walker was semi-retired and running a gas station outside Atlanta when Georgia's promoter Paul Jones asked for him to headline his programs as a masked wrestler, because the original Mr Wrestling was unavailable to feature on a regular basis. Walker would have later become an absolute draw and legend for the territory, leading to ten times-heavyweight title.[1]

Legacy and legends

President Jimmy Carter (a fellow Georgian) called Mr. Wrestling II his favorite wrestler (as well as his mother's favorite). Walker was invited to Carter's inauguration, but declined the invitation upon learning that he would have to unmask.[2]

HCW

Mr. Wrestling II was the Director of Talent Relations for Hawai'i Championship Wrestling. On October 13, 2007, he came out of retirement and won the HCW Kekaulike Heritage Tag Team Championship with Mr. Wrestling 3, II's protégé.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Deep South Wrestling
  • DSW American Championship (1 time)
  • Southern Championship Wrestling (Jerry Blackwell)
  • SCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Ranger Ross[3]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards

He and Tony Atlas did win the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) at one time. However, the reign and win aren't official nor are they recognized.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Masked in USA - Mr Wrestling II". WrestleHistory.com. http://www.wrestlehistory.com/2011/09/masked-in-usa-mr-wrestling-ii/. 
  2. ^ Martin, Adam (2007-01-22), 'Mr. Wrestling II' Johnny Walker Interview: Talks about his early career, WrestleView.com, http://www.wrestleview.com/news2006/1169504607.shtml, retrieved 2008-09-16 
  3. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2000). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ Mid-Atlantic Title History

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