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He was a big part of “The Dark Side of the Ring” episode on David Schultz last night. So what are your opinions on him?  I’ve seen some footage and he seemed like a good promo with a decent look. Not sure about his work. He claims that he was blackballed for speaking up about insurance, pay offs, etc. and did the 20/20 expose to get back at the promoters and help the boys (a very naive view, of true). But we all know blackball stories are rarely what they seem. So in 1984 what was Mansfield doing and how much longer did he wrestle. Did his bookings really dry up?  Did he ever have the talent to deserve a push?



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I remember reading about him in the magazines and thinking he was kinda cool with the "Continental Lover" handle.

Don't remember ever seeing him on any of the wrestling I had access to back then of course. For all intents and purposes he was what would have been called an under card guy. Florida TV title is all he ever held and from previous research I can't remember seeing anything in the way of match listings beyond 1983.
I'd compare him to maybe a Bobby Shane but far less talented. Had he not been blackballed which I guess is what happened he might have won some tag titles and other more minor singles belts but he never would have headlined anywhere I don't think.



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Having issues copying stuff over but in a Wrestling Observer it basically states that Mansfield was actually fired for no showing ( I would imagine it would of had to have been multiple occurrences ).



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He wrestled quite a bit after being "blackballed." He was average at best. A quality mid-card guy, as was said above. Kind of reminds me of Eric Embry.



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There's a bunch of his California stuff on youtube lately. He was meh. The expose was the best thing he could have done to be remembered.

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The Ultimate Sin wrote: He wrestled quite a bit after being "blackballed." He was average at best. A quality mid-card guy, as was said above. Kind of reminds me of Eric Embry.
The Cagematch database has no matches listed for him after August 1983 so I’m curious to hear what he was doing around this time. 



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srossi wrote: The Ultimate Sin wrote: He wrestled quite a bit after being "blackballed." He was average at best. A quality mid-card guy, as was said above. Kind of reminds me of Eric Embry.
The Cagematch database has no matches listed for him after August 1983 so I’m curious to hear what he was doing around this time. 


Unless he used a different name, it looks like Mansfield's career ended right around the time he married Missy Hyatt (Aug 11, 1983). She was 19 at the time, and she didn't mention it at all in her autobiography, so there might be a story there. As a side note, Missy Hyatt was already on her second marriage, having first married when she had just turned 17. There is something on WC about them both thinking the other was rich, but the post just descends into an unreadable flame war.

After that, all I have is that he wrestled in St. Louis on Aug. 19. He is advertised for two more St. Louis cards in Oct of 1983, but there are no results, so who knows if he actually appears. I'm guessing he at least appeared on the first one. Then one Tennessee indie show in Nov of 1983, then he completely disappeared until Feb 1985 and the 20/20 show.

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Following the Eddie Mansfield trail... He is advertised for a very indie show in Lancaster, Ohio in February of 1987 in a tag match against "Batman & Robin." Who knows if this was even the real Mansfield.

He then reappears in 1990, opening the Continental Lover's School of Pro-Wrestling in Orlando. He did an interview in November of that year claiming to have made $1 million dollars in wrestling and looking for financing for his "Rocky of wrestling" movie script called Chokehold. Apparently Bill Mulkey was at his gym at that time working on getting back in the ring from a knew injury. Students paid $1,500 to $2,000 for six months of training, two days a week. At the end of the article he says he only wrestled two or three times after being black-balled, so there you have it. The school probably closed by 1991, seeing as the newspaper ads disappeared.

The next thing I found was an article in Feb 1993 about the IWF wrestling promotion which Mansfield started in June of 1991. The article is about IWF taping wrestling at Universal Studios and looking to challenge WWF and WCW. I don't think I've ever heard of this group, but they apparently had some kind of national TV deal. Mansfield said he had been working in (no-wrestling) TV production before he started the IWF. The wrestlers mentioned, I've never heard of... Nastie Ronnie, the Nuclear Assassin! Their commentator, though, was Kevin Kelly.

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JFC, who wasn't married to Missy Hiatt?

BTW, fuck Eddy Mansfield



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IWF had Blackjack Milligan as top talent and booker, plus was the start for Billy and Bart Gunn as cowboy characters named Winchester and Colt. I think they may have even had jobs at Universal as western city characters in their off time.

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IWF also had Demolition (Ax and, er, Blast), Rob Van Dam, Greg Valentine, Mondo Kleen, and Thunder & Lightning. Plus Chubby MC, whoever that was. And a Java Ruuk who was not Johnny Rodz.

Quite a surprising amount of talent and how did he get Universal as a venue? Pretty high profile for a non-touring indie.



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Has no idea the IWF was Mansfield’s promotion. I remember seeing them listed in PWI’s ratings section every month while they were in operation with all the names mentioned above listed.  Unless this is a different IWF. 

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I remember reading he was trained by Dick Slater. I tell ya, I would have paid to go to his wrestling school. He can make a total dweeb like Stossel look good in a half hour doing the most basic of the basics. You gotta hand it to the guy. He's a hustler and a survivor.



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