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Spiros Arion

 

Name: - Spiros Arion

Height: - 6'5” (196cm)

Weight: - 285lb (129kg)

Born: - 1940

From: - Athens, Greece

Trained By: - Andre Bollet

Debut: - 1961

Retired: - 1985

Finishers: - Bear Hug, Atomic Drop, Backbreaker

 

Toured Australia: - 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1985

 

Debuted in Europe, was signed by Barnett and Doyle to tap into the large Greek community in Melbourne, and became one of the most loved wrestlers ever in Australia. Held the IWA World title 5 times, defeating Killer Kowalski, Karl Gotch, The Destroyer, Gorilla Monsoon and Killer Karl Kox. Also held the Austro-Asian title 3 times, being recognised a the first champion and also defeating Bulldog Brower and Brute Bernard. Was one of the main men in “The People;s Army” in 1973. Wrestled NWA champion to a double count-out in 1974.

Toured WWWF and Canada in 1967, quickly becoming a top star. Returned to WWWF in 1974, once again being very successful before a 'heel turn' in 1975 saw him involved in feuds with Chief Jay Strongbow and Bruno Sammartino. Left WWWF in 1978 and had successful runs in England and South Africa before retiring.

 

Titles: - IWA World Hwt (5), Austro-Asian Hwt (3), World Hwt (UK), IWA World Tag (2) (w. Mario Milano, w. Mark Lewin), Austro-Asian Tag (w. Mark Lewin), WWWF US Tag (2) (w. Antonio Pugliese/Arnold Skaaland, w. Bruno Sammartino)

Spiros Arion v Hans Schroeder, WCW 1973

 

Credit: Mark Dalgleish, Wikipedia, Puroresu
Photo credit: Obsessedwithwrestling.com

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Spiros Arion with Mark Lewin in 1973