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Buddy Rogers "Nature Boy"
[Wrestling > Athlete] Deceased (1921-02-20 ~ 1992-06-26 (71))
American Professional Wrestler. Awards: 1990 - Pro Wrestling Illust..
Creator: C Lee
Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddy_Rogers_%28wres..
American Professional Wrestler. Awards: 1990 - Pro Wrestling Illustrated - PWI Stanley Weston Award. 1994 - World Wide Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Federation - WWF Hall of Fame. 1996 - Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. 2002 - Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. 2010 - National Wrestling Alliance - NWA Hall of Fame. St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame. Trivia: Rogers was one of the biggest wrestling stars in the beginning of the television era. His performances inspired generations of professional wrestlers, such as Butch Reed during his "Natural" phase, and the legendary "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, who used Rogers' nickname, as well as his look, attitude and finishing hold, the figure-four leglock. He was a two-time world heavyweight champion, most notably becoming the first professional wrestler to hold both the WWWF Championship, now known as the WWE Championship, and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Lou Thesz, Rogers' long-time colleague and frequent opponent, best described Rogers’ early impact in his memoir, "Hooker." "He was also one of the first guys to rely a lot on what we called ‘flying’ moves in the ring – body slams, dropkicks, piledrivers, ricochets off the ropes into his opponent, action moves that are commonplace today. All of those moves were in use before Rogers came along, but they were used sparingly; most of the wrestling prior to Rogers’ emergence was done on the mat. Rogers was the first to use flying moves in quantity, staying off the mat, and the style was so popular with the fans that other wrestlers, including me, followed his lead.”[6] Another Rogers contribution to modern wrestling was his bombastic interviewing style. Wrestlers might talk, converse, with interviewers, but Rogers bragged, boasted about how great he was and how pathetic his opponents were. After winning the NWA championship from Pat O'Connor in Chicago in 1961, Rogers accepted the belt and then took the microphone and shouted, "To a nicer guy it couldn't happen!" This type of bombastic style went over well with the fans and has been followed ever since. [Wikipedia]
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