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 Posted: Mon Apr 11th, 2016 02:13 am
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Staying with the IWA theme.  
The Mighty Igor (Dick Garza) was another guy who showed up in the mags.
What came first The Putski or The Igor? 
Did he ever leave Detroit area? 
Never showed up in the WWF probably because of Putski gimmick. 




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Igor showed up in SF for a few months.Remember them breaking a brick over his head with a sledge hammer



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Missed opportunity: Igor & Putski as a tag team
THE POLISH EXPRESS  !!!!!

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Never thought of that!

The Kielbassi Posse!



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Papa Voo wrote: Never thought of that!

The Kielbassi Posse!

Tell me that isn't M-O-N-E-Y !!

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Dick Garza's son, Eric recently messaged me on Facebook. Seems like a good guy.



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Igor spent a year or year and a half in Carolinas after IWA fell through.

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I think Igor was slightly before Ivan. Igor was cast as being virtually mentally retarded who only liked to play with toys but he had that retard strength. Putski debuted with a "brother" who I think was named Igor and while not booked as a retard he certainly wasn't going to be crashing any MENSA meetings.



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Didn't Putski at one point early in his career also portray a childish image?

I never go to a lot of Igor matches. Was he better or worse than Putski in the ring? It would take a lot to be worse. LOL



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Papa Voo wrote: Did he ever leave Detroit area?
He actually was the AWA World Champion from 5/15/65 to 5/22/65, having won (and then lost) the title to Mad Dog Vachon with both matches taking place in Omaha.

This still perplexes me to this day.

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Papa Voo wrote: What came first The Putski or The Igor? 
Did he ever leave Detroit area?

G'day Papa Voo,

The Mighty Igor Vodik debuted in the late 1950s under his real name of Dick Garza. Ivan Putski debuted in the late 1960s under his real name of Joe Bednarski.

Garza began his career in Ohio before wrestling in his native Michigan. Garza & Eric Rommel (aka Eric Froelich) won the WWA International Television Tag Team Title in 1962 in California, which appears to be his biggest championship win to that date. Garza continued to work in California in 1963 before wrestling in Canada in late '63.

In 1964 Garza used the name Johnny Bruce in Georgia but by mid year he returned to Michigan under his real name.

Around October '64 Garza worked in the AWA where apparently Verne Gagne gave him the Igor gimmick. As LarrySC stated, Vodik won the AWA World Title in 1965.

You also asked whether Putski portrayed a childish character early in his career. The first magazine photos of Bednarski (as Putski) that I saw were from the Tri State area circa 1971 where he was dressed as an Igor clone.  :)

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Putski was to Igor as Demolition was to the Road Warriors.

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Igor, like Tex McKenzie from the other thread, was really cool and entertaining in the IWA as far as I was concerned as an 11 year old kid.he bulldog Brower

Igor vs Dick the bulldog Brower certainly was cheesy by todays standards but was white hot back then.

After the IWA folded Igor went to Crockett, where he did a pretty good feud with Masked Superstar and manager Boris Malenko where they did the whole ciger in the eye thing, then I believe he went to Florida where he feuded for a short time with Hulk Hogan.



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LarrySC wrote: Papa Voo wrote: Did he ever leave Detroit area?
He actually was the AWA World Champion from 5/15/65 to 5/22/65, having won (and then lost) the title to Mad Dog Vachon with both matches taking place in Omaha.

This still perplexes me to this day.

Omaha sort of did their own thing with the title...I doubt that Igor's win was ever mentioned or recognized in the Minneapolis-based portion.
Bruiser and depending on where you look Tim Woods also had week-long "Omaha" reigns. Might have been a few more.



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Here's more information about the career of the Mighty Igor:http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bios&wrestler=2641&bild=1&details=7
Ivan Putski: http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bios&wrestler=1037&bild=1&details=7

Last edited on Mon Apr 11th, 2016 09:04 pm by NJRob65

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