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 Posted: Thu Mar 9th, 2017 05:10 pm
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Through the magic of wrestling magazines, Abdullah The Butcher is one of the best-known wrestlers in the world and is a WWE Hall of Famer.




Most known for having some of the most violent and bloody matches in history, Abdullah's list of men he feuded with include The Sheik, Terry Funk, Stan Hansen and Bruiser Brody. Abduallah's 'gimmick' being that he was the "Madman From The Sudan' lead to him not speaking on camera and having several different managers and handlers over time.




Although Abdullah never won a world title, he did win several titles in Japan. Most of his career was spent outside of the US, however he did work in the NWA, AWA, World Class, WCW and ECW all for brief time periods.




Perhaps his most memorable moment in the US for fans today was at Halloween Havoc 1991, where Abdullah found himself in a 'Chamber Of Horrors' match where the object was to get your opponent strapped into an 'electric chair' [in the middle of the ring] and then have a partner 'flip the switch'.




Abdullah had Rick Steiner all lined up for this fate but partner Cactus Jack fumbled and bumbled at the switch and ended up 'pulling the lever' after Steiner had  turned the tables and had Abdullah  'on the hot seat'.



In terms of life after the ring, things most notable are Abdullah's forehead from his wrestling days (you could stick a 50 cent piece into the grooves on his forehead) and that his opinion of his own ringwork he holds in very high esteem.

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His matches have always been the drizzling shits.  I can't remember a "prime" for him where he could deliver anything at all in the ring.  He had the look and the foreign objects and that's about it.  He would never job and would basically only leave his feet to deliver the elbow drop.  Every match he ever had was the same, whether he was wrestling Carlos Colon or Dory Funk, Jr. or Tiger Jeet Singh or Sabu.  I only saw him live a couple of times in the early 2000s and he needed help getting into the ring and was barely mobile.



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Although 'Abdullah The Butcher' was created in the 1960s, I believe he wrestled in the late 50s maybe under his real name or something like that. But by year 2000, that'd be 40 years in the ring.



I had the same experience seeing him 'live'. He just shouldn't have been wrestling anymore. Saw him on an Indy show in Jersey.

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A timeless character, though I can't say I ever saw an Abby match that was actually any good in my timeframe.  



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beejmi wrote: Although 'Abdullah The Butcher' was created in the 1960s, I believe he wrestled in the late 50s maybe under his real name or something like that. But by year 2000, that'd be 40 years in the ring.



I had the same experience seeing him 'live'. He just shouldn't have been wrestling anymore. Saw him on an Indy show in Jersey.


He started in 1965 as Zelis Amara or Great Amara in Ohio. He had a somewhat similar appearance to McKinley "Pussycat" Pickins who wrestled in 1959-1965, and it was believed for a while that they were the same person.



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The thing with Abby's career is that his best days aren't available to watch today. I'm sure if we had access to footage of his matches from the arenas in the 60s and 70s, we'd have a much higher opinion of him. Instead, all we can go back to is the "Chamber of Horror" and the "Mexican Death Match" sombrero on a poll match. And he just kept going and going and going, appearing in ECW in the 90s and even in Ring of Honor in the 2000s. It would be like trying to evaluate Hogan or Savage by what they did in TNA.

People who saw him live back in the day compare him favorably to The Sheik. A great spectacle to behold, who legitimately scared the shit out of fans, but who could only have short runs in any territory.



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The first time I think I saw him was when he was with Roddy Piper in the Mid Atlantic area and he attacked Wahoo McDaniel. as a kid u thought he was awesome and a monster. but as the years go by u realize he wasn't that good and his act got tiresome. and he was a selfish wrestler like Bruiser Brody where he was never going to lose or put anyone over etc. He is a Legend though.

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As a kid he did his job, he scared the shit out of me..



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I think there is a good amount of 1970s footage of Abdullah in Japan.



I think alot of curiousity about him came from the wrestling magazines.


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Only really ever saw him in World Class, brawling all over the place with Brody. Those were fun for a few episodes, but it was boring as fuck after that.



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beejmi wrote: I think there is a good amount of 1970s footage of Abdullah in Japan.

Yup, I saw a lot of those matches and they were still awful.  I don't think it had anything to do with age.



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Apparently his best stuff from a work standpoint would be Calgary inthe 70's, which means we'll probably never se the stuff.



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broke wrote: Apparently his best stuff from a work standpoint would be Calgary inthe 70's, which means we'll probably never se the stuff.
I find it hard to believe that his work in Calgary would be much different than his work in Japan.  I think if you've seen one of his matches, you've seen them all.  This isn't like a Ray Stevens situation where his best years really don't exist on tape.



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This is why he was always considered a novelty wrestler, even in the days of the 6-month contract in the territories. Abdullah would bring some excitement - brawl and spread blood, scare kids, and get the territory in the magazines. Before everyone saw that the matches were basically the same, Abby would move on, leaving the heel work to Iron Sheik, Brody, Hansen, Skandor Akbar's crew, whoever were the day-to-day players.

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Saw him live here a bunch of times in 86/87. In person the mayhem had a "real" feel to it, and it made his schtick more palatable. He was still somewhat mobile in 1987 so that helped.

He is one of those guys I wish had been able to keep the mystery of his character alive longer though. Once you started hearing him speak in shoots and whatnot he really lost his edge as a character.



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