Saul Weingeroff

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Saul Weingeroff
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Saul Weingeroff with The Von Brauners
Born (1916-03-06)March 6, 1916
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died March 14, 1988(1988-03-14) (aged 72)
Nashville, Tennessee
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Saul Weingeroff
Debut c. 1960
Retired 1976

Saul Weingeroff (March 6, 1916 – March 14, 1988) was an American professional wrestling manager, known by his ringname "Gentleman" Saul Weingeroff, who led several tag teams to the NWA World Tag Team Championship during the 1960s and 70s such as The Islanders (Afa and Sika)[1] and Kurt and Karl Von Brauner.[2]

Often using his signature cane as well as fireballs (one of the earliest managers to do so) to aid in the victories of his wrestlers, he and the Von Brauners were one of the most popular "heels" in the National Wrestling Alliance during the early 1960s both for the Von Brauners Nazi-like in ring personas[3][4][5] as well as his eccentric antics such as his entering the 1964 U.S. presidential election.[6] The cause of rioting in several major cities, the trio often needed to have a police escort before and after wrestling events.[7]

A well known personality in the Memphis-area, he and The Spoilers (Lorenzo Parente and Joey Corea) also had a long running feud with manager J.C. Dykes and The Masked Infernos (Frankie Cain and Jimmy "Rocky" Smith) over the NWA Tennessee Tag Team Championship during the late 1960s later facing Dykes in several wrestling matches.

Among others he had managed during his near 30-year career included The Masked Strangler, Sweet Daddy Watts, "Pistol" Pez Whatley, The Legionnaires (Sgt. Jacques Goulet and Soldier LeBeouf), The Spoilers (Lorenzo Parente and Joey Corea),[8] Mephisto and Dante, Tojo Yamamoto and Sugi Sito (and later Johnny Long),[9] Sputnik and Rocket Monroe[10] and Angelo and Lanny Poffo. He is also the father of professional wrestler George Weingeroff.[11]

Weingeroff retired in 1976. Operating a sign shop in downtown Nashville in his later years, he was also a regular guest columnist for Lew Eskin's Official Wrestling, Wrestling Monthly and Wrestling Review[12] until his death on March 14, 1988.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ "The Wild Samoans - The Early Years". WildSamoan.com. 2006-05-07. Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ Webb, Tedd (2004). "Wrestling Hall of Fame: Kurt & Karl Von Brauner and Gentleman Saul Weingroff". TeddWebb.com. 
  3. ^ Weyer, Michael (2006-06-30). "Shining the Spotlight 6.30.06: Management Style". 411mania.com. 
  4. ^ Oliver, Greg (2004-06-10). "Hated Kurt Von Brauner dies from stroke". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. 
  5. ^ Lawler, Jerry and Doug Asheville. It's Good to Be the King...Sometimes. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002. (pg. 108) ISBN 0-7434-7557-7
  6. ^ "Who's Who: Saul Weingeroff". GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com. 2007. Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. 
  7. ^ Mooneyham, Mike (2004-06-13). "The Wrestling Gospel According to Mike Mooneyham: Layfield Steps Out Of Bounds". MikeMooneyham.com. Archived from the original on November 13, 2008. 
  8. ^ Mooneyham, Mike (2002-07-20). "The Wrestling Gospel According to Mike Mooneyham: Vince, Bischoff Form Unlikely Duo". MikeMooneyham.com. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. 
  9. ^ Dills, Tim (December 2002). "Regional Territories: Memphis/CWA #29, Page #2". KayfabeMemories.com. 
  10. ^ "The Monroes". GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com. 
  11. ^ Symkus, Ed and Vinnie Carolan. Wrestle Radio U.S.A.: Grapplers Speak. Toronto: ECW Press, 2004. (pg. 268) ISBN 1-55022-646-0
  12. ^ McLallen, Lyman (2007-10-14). "Gentleman Saul Weingeroff". LanceRussell.com. 
  13. ^ a b "Saul Weingeroff Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  14. ^ "N.W.A. Hall of Fame". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. 

External links

  • Online World of Wrestling profile
  • CageMatch profile (in German)
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