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 Posted: Tue Jan 8th, 2008 11:11 am
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Some of you might not remember him as I don't recall seeing him in a ring after somewhere around 1978-1979. He probably wrestled elsewhere I just lost track of him.

Two of the rarest pieces of video I have seen revolve around Arion. One is a tag team match from Japan where Arion (as a good guy!) tag teams with Mil Mascaras. Another is a MSG pull-apart brawl with Bruno Sammartino that just isn't widely out there.

I really liked him. I saw him as a definite threat to Bob Backlund but not so much to Bruno. Don't really remember the big turn on Chief Jay Strongbow.

As a fan, you never saw this guy lose. I remember going to a match at the Spectrum and even when he wrestled Dusty Rhodes (coming in a for a "guest" appearance) the match was a draw. Everybody lost to Dusty. Not Arion though.

Loved the team with Fred Blassie (Fred being his manager) Possibly wasn't very good as a "good guy" (I dunno) He had alot of credibility but I am not sure he would make anyone's Hall of Fame. His career actually goes back to the 1960s - not many people think of him as a "Golden Era" star but he certainly was.

Anyway, your opinion on Spiros Arion.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 8th, 2008 12:47 pm
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Here's the "Greek Wikipedia" entry on him.  Not much to see:

http://wiki.phantis.com/index.php/Spiros_Arion

This one's a little better:

http://www.obsessedwithwrestling.com/profiles/s/spiros-arion.php

Here's the US Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andres_Labrakis

He apparently retired after the 1978 WWWF run.  I always liked him in Blassies Army.  That was a great stable:  Rivera, Arion, and Maivia.  It was like the Evil UN.



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 Posted: Tue Jan 8th, 2008 05:18 pm
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Funny enough, my first exposure to Arion was on Cannon's old "Superstars of Wrestling" show (out of Montreal IIRC) back in the mid-70's. He was a good guy, and the main hero on TV every week along with Domenic DeNucci and Gino Brito. The Sheik was the big, scary heel of the area and Arion was one fo the few guys I thought could match up with him and take him down.

 

I was pretty young. I'm not big on Arion at all from a grown-up perspective. His match with Bruno is just awful, and that Backlund bout isn't much better.

 

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2008 12:46 am
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Never saw the fuck wrestle.



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His first WWWF run when he turns on Strongbow and Bruno was great.  He was an over heel great on the stick and beleiveable against Bruno.

 

That second late 1970's run he was over the hill, good as a midcard but not main event cailiber any more.



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A rumor floated a few years ago that Arion had passed away. Turns out he was living in Greece (he really is from Greece!) Thought he was great on the mic also. I believe when he wasn't in the WWWF that he ventured to the NWA.

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like stated above I know he worked Montreal often, I remember reading in ring wrestling of him feuding with waldo von erich up there.  I want to say he worked in Georgia as well.

I know he was a regular i Australia

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2008 09:55 pm
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I am still a huge mark for Spiros as a great heel. My first main event at Boston Garden, Arion vs. Backlund 5/78. He has a lot of ring presence and great arrogance. His bouncing walk was awesome. And his black ring jacket was cool.

his heel turn on Strongbow is right below Larry Z/Bruno as altime greatest WWWF turn. I still haven't seen the MSG Greek Death Match vs. Sammartino when everything came to a head 4/75. But it is in the mail to me right now!:D

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You'll love the match. GREAT HEAT capped with a (rare) Arion submission.

I think in the grand scheme of his career though he was a "good guy" much longer than a "bad guy". I only remember has "bad guy" run but I thought he was just tremendous. Maybe turned too much to "punch and kick" but that is a complaint I have in general with some WWWF heel turns (the guys "forgot" how to wrestle)

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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2008 11:30 pm
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I also considered him a rough wrestler.  Anyone know where or why he got the nickname of   Spiros "Jaws" Arion.

http://superstarbillygraham.net/Graham/results/Dec11_1975.html

The papers clearly call him that on numerous write ups durring that time period.

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I saw him wrestle Bruno in the blowoff MSG match in 1975. A couple of things really jumped out to my young markish mind. First was Arion seemed easily as strong as Bruno. The guy tossed Bruno (and countless TV jobbers) around with virtually no effort at all. The second thing was it was the only time I've ever seen about 10% of the Garden crowd against Bruno. The reason being was that by this third match in the Garden series, every Greek in New York City had caught wind of the feud and bought a ticket for the show that night. All in all the guy was a fantastic heel. His turn on Strongbow was so dramatic. The funniest part was that after he finished stuffing the feathers from the sacred "war bonnet" down Strongbow's throat, McMahon was practically in tears crying about the injustice of it all. Then, Strongbow is interviewed by Vinny and starts cursing a blue streak. Of course they didn't have a 7 second delay so every word got through loud and clear. 



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My fondest memory of Arion was from the winter of 1966.He had just made his WWWF debut. Antonio Pugliese and Miguel Perez were wrestling Scicluna and Sloan on TV for the straps ,Perez was injured and couldn't continue ,Arion replaced him between falls and they won the straps. After the rumor of his demise was shown to be false, I'd always hoped one of these wrestling conventions would bring him back for an autograph signing.

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