The Wolfman (wrestler)

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The Wolfman
Birth name Vilmos Farkas
Born c. 1935
Hungary
Died (aged 80)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Bill Farkas
The Canadian Wolfman
Farkas the Wolfman
The Hungarian Wolfman[1]
Willie Farkas
The Wolfman[1]
Wolfman Farkas
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Billed weight 250 lb (110 kg)[1]
Billed from "The Great White North"
"The wilds of Canada"[1]
Trained by Steve Dugalin

Vilmos Farkas (c. 1935 – January 10, 2016) was a Hungarian/Canadian professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, The Wolfman. He is best known for his appearances with the World Wide Wrestling Federation in the early 1970s.[1]

Early life

Vilmos Farkas was born in Hungary and emigrated to Canada in 1956. Farkas played soccer and was looking for a career in the sport.

Professional wrestling career

Early career

Farkas was trained by Steve Duglain.

World Wide Wrestling Federation

In 1970 Farkas joined the WWWF New York Territory.[2] He fought as his real name being a jobber to low card status. Later that year he became The Wolfman as he was escorted to the ring with a chain around his neck by his manager Captain Lou Albano and sporting long hair and a scruffy beard. He won many squash matches which he eventually had WWWF Heavyweight championship matches against Bruno Sammartino and Pedro Morales. He feuded with Pedro Morales and Gorilla Monsoon throughout his stint. By 1972 he went back to Canada. In 1975 he returned, this time being managed by Freddie Blassie. He had matches with Johnny Rodz and Tony Garea. Farkas did not last long and returned to Canada. It was claimed that he was raised by wolves and wore fur trunks and boots. His very name Farkas in Hungarian means 'wolf'.[3]

In wrestling

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "SLAM! Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame: Wolfman". Canoe.ca. Québecor Média. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Vilmos "Willie" Farkas (1935-2016) - Find A Grave..." www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2018-03-04. 
  3. ^ A Concise Hungarian-English dictionary, Oxford, 1990, p. 277

External links

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