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Bob Roop

 

Name: - Bob Roop

Height: - 6'2” (185cm)

Weight: - 270lb (123kg)

Born: - 1942

From: - Blacksburg, Virginia

Debut: - 1969

Retired: - 1988

Finisher: - Shoulderbreaker

Also known as: - The Enforcer, The Gladiator, Maha Singh, Star Warrior

 

Toured Australia: - 1972, 1974

 

Former amateur wrestling champion, placed 7th in 1968 Olympic Graeco-Roman competition. Began wrestling around Florida in 1969. Toured Australia in 1972 as an upper mid-card face, returning in 1974 as a heel, losing a tournament final to Mario Milano for the World Brass Knuckles title.

Returned to Florida in 1976, wrestling under his own name, then as “The Gladiator” under a mask. Went to San Francisco in 1977, as himself, then as “Star Warrior”. Wrestled for a time in Mid-South, then back in Florida as part of Kevin Sullivan's “Army of Darkness” as Maha Singh.

Was involved in a car accident in 1988, which finished his wrestling career. Was involved in the early training of Lex Luger.

 

Titles held: - Florida Hwt (3), Southeastern Hwt, North American Hwt, (SF) US Hwt, Louisiana Hwt, NWA World TV (2), ICW TV (2), Florida TV, Southeastern TV, NWA Brass Knuckles, Southern Tag (w/ Buddy Fuller), Florida Tag (4, w/ Boris Malenko, w/ Harley Race, w/ Bob Orton Jr [2]), Southeastern Tag (2, w/ Jimmy Golden, w/ Bob Orton Jr), ICW Southeastern Tag (3, w/ Bob Orton Jr, w/ Terry Gibbs, w/ Big Boy Williams)

Bob Roop v Ted DiBiase, Mid-South 1982

 

Credits - Mark Dalgleish, Wikipedia, Libnan Ayoub's 100 Years of Australian Professionl Wrestling

Photo credit - slam.canoe