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Butcher Brannigan

Name: - Butcher Brannigan

Height: - 6'3 (190cm)

Weight: - 290lb (131kg)

Born: - 3 September, 1948

From: - Cream Ridge, New Jersey, USA

Debut: - 1970

Died: - 7 September, 2009

Also known as: - Butcher Joe Nova, Joe Brannigan, Crusher Brannigan


Toured Australia: - 1977, 1978


Began wrestling around WWWF as Joe Nova. Debuted in Los Angeles in 1974 as Butcher Brannigan, and was a mainstay for several years. Came to Australia and was a member of Crusher Rackman's stable. Had several runs with the Austro-Asian Tag titles. Toured New Zealand in the early 80s with considerable success. 

Wrestled in England in 1982-83 as Crusher Brannigan, taking on Joint Promotions World Hwt champion Wayne Bridges without success.


Titles held: - (NZ) British Empire Hwt (2), (LA) Beat the Champ TV, (Aust) World Brass Knuckles (2), Austro-Asian Tag (4, w/ Bugsy McGraw, w/ Killer Karl Krupp, / Les Roberts, w/ Ox Baker), Americas Tag (w/ Man Mountain Mike)

See also:
Butcher Brannigan by Mister J

Credit: Mark Dalgleish, Wikipedia,, Wrestling Heritage.
Photo credit: Libnan Ayoub's 100 Years of australian Professional Wrestling