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Larry O'Day

 

Name: - Larry O'Day

Height: - 6'3” (190cm)

Weight: - 225lb (102kg)

Born: - 1944

From: - Sydney, NSW

Trained by:- Hal Morgan, Jim Deakin

Debut: - 1962

Retired: - 1992

Died: - 30 June, 1997 (cancer)

Finisher: - Sleeper hold

Also known as: - Larry O'Dea

 

Began wrestling for Gardiner Promotions, before becoming a foundation wrestler for Barnett and Doyle in 1964. Held a version of the Australian Hwt title in 1965, defeating Brian Ashby. Wrestled mid-card for most of the 60s.

In 1971-72, formed a tag team with Ron Miller (“The Australians”) and toured southern US, winning titles along the way. Returned to Australia in 1973, and won the Austro-Asian tag titles. Wrestled as a main-eventer for the duration of WCW, briefly turning heel at one point. Was announced as the new Austro-Asian Hwt champion in January, 1976, having allegedly beaten Pat O'Connor for it in Perth, but the story was changed and Ron Miller became champion. Was part-owner of WCW from 1974-78.

After the demise of WCW, Larry continued wrestling in New Zealand. He was New Zealand's representative to the NWA for a time. Last match was in Charleston, South Carolina, in a tournament for the NWA World tag titles. He teamed with his son Jeff against Terry Gordy and Steve Williams.

 

Titles held: - Australian Hwt, (NZ) British Commonwealth Hwt (2), Austro-Asian TV, Austro-Asian Tag (9, w/ Ron Miller [5], w/ Bobby Hart [2], w/ Ed Wiskowski, w/ Rick Martel), Florida Tag (4, w/ Ron Miller), Tennessee Tag (w/ Ron Miller), Australasian Tag (w/ Ripper Collins)


Credit: Chris Dalgleish, Mark Dalgleish, Wikipedia, Puroresu.com
Photo credit: Onlineworldofwrestling.com

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