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 Posted: Mon Apr 11th, 2016 08:36 pm
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I always liked Waldo as a hated heel.
How would you consider his heel profile? Phony Nazi gimmick?  Seemed legitimately ruthless?
I remember him for his runs in the WWWF and smaller feds like Buffalo. I think he worked in places like Australia, also. 
Any reason he was not a major player in other big feds like the NWA or the AWA.   I thought he would fit in well with the AWA.








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I thought the problem with Waldo was he wanted to take time off when Lance was born and that got him heat with the promoters.



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Waldo did some TV squashes for Cannon in the mid-late 70's that left an impression on me. Seemed like a legit monster heel. I did not see him against any "name" opponents in that time frame, however.



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Could Waldo have not wanted to leave the Northeast after a while? He and Bruno had a match at MSG in 1976 that sadly isn't online anywhere right now. It was a great, all action brawl that became the go to match for MSG Spotlight if WOR-9 had time to fill after a Mets game.

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During Bruno's first reign he had a seventy minute broadway with him at MSG. I remember him being taken very seriously as a heel.



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tamalie wrote: Could Waldo have not wanted to leave the Northeast after a while? He and Bruno had a match at MSG in 1976 that sadly isn't online anywhere right now. It was a great, all action brawl that became the go to match for MSG Spotlight if WOR-9 had time to fill after a Mets game.
You are correct sir!

I really don't remember Waldo very well but definitely a notch down from Patera, Graham, Koloff, Hansen in my eyes as someone likely to take the belt

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He also had a wicked Nazi helmet.



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beejmi wrote: tamalie wrote: Could Waldo have not wanted to leave the Northeast after a while? He and Bruno had a match at MSG in 1976 that sadly isn't online anywhere right now. It was a great, all action brawl that became the go to match for MSG Spotlight if WOR-9 had time to fill after a Mets game.
You are correct sir!

I really don't remember Waldo very well but definitely a notch down from Patera, Graham, Koloff, Hansen in my eyes as someone likely to take the belt


I think I disagree with you beej.  I think Von Erich had the package to be a potential champion, but something seemed to hold him back.  He was a controlled maniac.  No nonsense and sadistic.  Physically fit and seemed to work well in the ring. 



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