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Tony Kontellis

 

Name: - Tony Kontellis

Height: - 5'9” (175cm)

Born: - 1935

From: - Lesbos, Greece

Trained by: - Lou Newman

Debut: - 1957

Retired: - 1978

 

Toured Australia: - 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978

 

Came to Australia in 1956 as a member of the Greek Olympic wrestling team, but pulled out with injury. Formed a successful tag team with Norm Ryan in his first year of pro wrestling. Ventured to Pakistan and then to Canada in 1960, wrestling in Toronto and Calgary.

Was a star in Australia, wrestling for Gardiner Promotions until 1970. Had a stint in WWWF in 1972, wrestling lower mid-card. Returned to Australia and won the Austro-Asian Tag titles with Pat Barrett in 1974, after winning a tournament. They dropped the belts two weeks later to Bobby Shane and The Original Mr. Wrestling. Continued to wrestle around the Sydney circuit.

Tony's younger brother, Charlie, was also a pro wrestler. He made a name for himself in Australia in the late 60s and 70s.

Worked as a trainer at World Wide Wrestling in Sydney.

 

Titles held: - Austro-Asian Tag (w/ Pat Barrett)

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

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