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Date of Birth 19 June 1938Bernice, Louisiana, USA
Date of Death 18 April 2002Houston, Texas, USA  (diabetes and complications from renal failure)
Birth NameEdward Hugh McDaniel
Nickname Wahoo McDaniel
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ed "Chief Wahoo" McDaniel will always be recognized as one of the most influential Native American wrestlers of all time. McDaniel was originally a football player. While playing football for the Oklahoma Sooners (in college), he kicked a 91-yard punt, the 6th longest punt in NCAA history. McDaniel was drafted by the Houston Oilers (who are now the Tennessee Titans) and played there in 1960. After lasting only one season with the Oilers, he went on to play with the Denver Broncos from 1961 to 1963, the New York Jets from 1964 to 1965, and the Miami Dolphins from 1966 to 1968. McDaniel started his career in pro wrestling while still in football. He would wrestle in the off-seasons, and play football during football season. After retiring from football in 1968, his wrestling career became full-time. Wahoo was a top draw wherever he went, wrestling for the Capitol Wrestling Corporation (the company that would evolve into World Wrestling Entertainment), Georgia Championship Wrestling, Southwest Sports (Fritz Von Erich's World Class Championship Wrestling), the Minnesota Boxing & Wrestling Club (Verne Gagne's American Wrestling Association), Joe Blanchard's Southwest Championship Wrestling, Paul Boesch's Houston Wrestling, and the Japanese group known as International Wrestling Enterprises (which is where he won his first and only World heavyweight championship). He spent the most amount of time, however, wrestling for Jim Crockett Promotions out of Charlotte, N.C. (a member of the worldwide sanctioning body known as the National Wrestling Alliance), where he held the company's 'NWA' U.S. title five times (which ties him for the record with Ric Flair). McDaniel also held the company's 'NWA' World tag team championship four times with three different partners (Rufus R. Jones, Paul Jones, and Mark Youngblood) and was a four time Mid-Atlantic heavyweight champion. In addition he was the last holder of the 'NWA' National title (which came over from Championship Wrestling from Georgia, Inc. after Crockett got the coveted time slot on Ted Turner's TBS). McDaniel also competed over the years for Eddie Graham's Championship Wrestling for Florida (an NWA member), where he held the 'NWA' Southern heavyweight title (the top title in the promotion)...he won the belt the last time beating "Superstar" Billy Graham in a tournament before dropping it a month later to then-rookie sensation Lex Luger. McDaniel's last stint in a national promotion was the faltering AWA, which was seen on ESPN by that point. McDaniel, also the company's booker (head writer) left the promotion after an injury storyline in which the Destruction Crew, who were at the time the AWA World tag team champions and the top team in the promotion, detached his retina. McDaniel, after a brief stint with Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling, kept competing in the Carolinas and made his last national TV wrestling appearance at the WCW Slamboree 1995 pay-per-view, where he was inducted into the WCW Hall Of Fame along with "Big" John Studd (John Minton, Sr.), Angelo Poffo, Dusty Rhodes (Virgil Runnells, Jr.), and "The Dean Of Wrestling" Gordon Solie. McDaniel's health started to deteriorate in the mid 1990s, and he eventually lost both kidneys. He was awaiting a kidney transplant when he died from complications from diabetes and renal failure. He was 63.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (11)

Former two time NWA American champion, five time NWA United States champion and NWA National Heavyweight champion.
Professional wrestler
Played collegiate football at Oklahoma as a kicker, end, and fullback. Kicked the 6th-longest punt in NCAA history for 91 yards.
Played pro football for the Houston Oilers (1960), Denver Broncos (1961-1963), New York Jets (1964-1965), and the Miami Dolphins (1966-1968).
Inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame on May 21st, 1995.
Had a large impact on the career of Ric Flair.
Former US President George Bush Sr was Woohoo McDaniels baseball coach when he was a kid.
Notable title wins include: Florida Heavyweight title; Texas Heavyweight title; NWA American Heavyweight title (2); Mid Atlantic Heavyweight title (5); NWA American Tag Team titles with Thunderbolt Patterson (2); NWA American Tag Team titles with Johnny Valentine; Southwest Heavyweight title (2); Southwestern Championship Wrestling Tag Team titles with Terry Funk; NWA Southern Heavyweight title (2); Georgia Heavyweight title (2); Georgia Tag Team titles with Tommy Rich; NWA National Heavyweight title; Florida Television title; NWA United States Heavyweight title
He was originally scheduled to be on the plane that crashed in 1975, carrying Ric Flair, Tim Woods, Johnny Valentine, David Crockett and Bob Bruggers. At the last moment, he decided to drive and Bruggers took his place. All five wrestlers were injured (Valentine with career-ending injuries).
Former NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion.
Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010.

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