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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 3 September 1935
Date of Death 3 May 1996San Francisco, California, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameCarl Raymond Stevens
Nickname The Crippler
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

"The Crippler" had quite a career as a wrestler. Tag-team champion, minor wrestling titles, and fruitful career as a headliner. Stevens was best known as a member of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan's "Family" (as they were known in the American Wrestling Association) and as tag-team partner to "Wicked" Nick Bockwinkle. A splendid singles wrestler (and well known 'heel') Stevens could never win a major solo title, but was a long-time tag-team champ with Bockwinkle and Pat Patterson. Stevens wrestled in the WWF in the 1980s before retiring. He died in his hometown of San Francisco, of a heart attack on May 5, 1996.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ken Severson

Trade Mark (1)

Bleached blonde hair. Signature wrestling move: Bombs Away, where he got on the top rope and jumped on his opponent.

Trivia (8)

Was four-time American Wrestling Association (AWA) World Tag-Team Champion, three times with "Wicked" Nick Bockwinkle in the 1970s and with Pat Patterson from Sept. 22, 1978 to June 6, 1979.
Two-time National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Tag-Team Champion with Jimmy Snuka (1980) and Ivan Koloff (1981)
Was involved in one of the earliest controversies in the World-Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF, now World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE). Stevens wrestled WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino in a 1967 title match in California, which Stevens won by countout. There was some debate as to whether "the Crippler" should have won the title; the WWWF's rules stated a title could not change hands via countout, while West Coast-based promotions typically awarded a championship to wrestlers who won a title match by countout. Eventually, it was decided Sammartino could keep his title, and the WWWF title lost prestige on the West Coast as a result.
Won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Tag Team of the Year Award, along with partner "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka
One of Stevens' matches with "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka was added as a bonus match on the recent WWE DVD "Best of Confidential: Volume 1".
Notable feud with former tag team partner "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka in 1982/83, which started when Stevens turned on Snuka and piledrove him on the concrete floor. This act helped elevate Snuka to being the popular wrestler in the WWF in 1983.
Notable Title Wins Include: AWA Tag Team titles (4); Amarillo Brass Knuckles title (2); NWA Tag Team titles (3); Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title; Southern Junior Heavyweight title (3); Florida Television title (2); Mid-Atlantic Tag Team titles (3); Hawaii United States Heavyweight title
Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.

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