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 Posted: Tue Nov 26th, 2013 08:32 am
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Question for Ed Lock regarding Bob The Bruiser Baker, AKA Bobby Graham, Pat Kennedy etc.

Bob the Bruiser toured Australia in 1965 and was a very imposing site with his swinging neck-breaker (I think it was called the hangman).

Current information on the internet is that he was 5’10” and weighed in at 200lbs. If my memory doesn’t deceive me, he was a lot taller and weighed much more than that. I thought he was billed at around 18stone 10. (262lbs)

I vaguely remember watching him in a match against Larry O’Dea and he seemed to be nearly as tall as Larry and much heavier.

Any information that you have on Bob The Bruiser and his Australian tour would be much appreciated


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 Posted: Wed Nov 27th, 2013 08:27 am
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G'day 50sville,

I'm working on your Bob "the Bruiser" Baker request.

I just have to finish existing requests for Danny Little Bear and Stan Stasiak results so that I can concentrate on doing a good job on your Bruiser project.

In brief, I agree that Bob "the Bruiser" was billed in Australia as being bigger than 5'10" and 200 pounds.

Cheers!

Ed

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Thank you Ed. Along with Skull Murphy, Bulldog Brower and Killer Kowalski, Bob The Bruiser was one of my favourite "baddies"

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Bob “the Bruiser” Baker is probably best known outside Australia as Bobby “Hercules” Graham but he also wrestled as "Irish" Pat Kennedy, The Red Raider, The Masked Hercules, The Black Terror, The Mighty Hercules, Goliath and The Marauder (and perhaps other aliases).

Bob’s real name was Larry Hulin and his year of birth is thought to be 1933. Hulin hailed from Asheboro, North Carolina and later lived in Tampa, Florida. He turned pro in 1957. On his Australian tours he was billed as being 6 feet tall and 18 stone (252 pounds) in weight.

In 1965 Hulin debuted in the World Championship Wrestling promotion of Jim Barnett and Johnny Doyle in Australia as Bob “the Bruiser” Baker. This persona was, of course, based on Dick the Bruiser. Baker was portrayed as being a cigar chomping heel from Chicago, Illinois. Bob’s unpopularity was greatly enhanced by his finishing move, the Hangman’s Hold (a suspended reverse neck stretch).

Jim Barnett always maintained that Dick the Bruiser never paid him when he took over his Indianapolis promotion. I believe that the Bob Baker character was Barnett’s way of showing that he could create his own Bruiser.

Bob the Bruiser was a great brawling rulebreaker who was surprisingly agile and could unleash a potent high flying drop kick when least expected. Baker returned to Australia in 1966 and even had a short stint as a babyface in that year.

After his retirement from the ring Hulin became became an evangelist. He passed away on 14 June 1996.

Here is the 1965 record of Bob “the Bruiser” Baker’s matches in Australia. Next year I will endeavour to post the 1966 record of Bob Baker’s matches in Australia.

* 25 June 1965 Sydney: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker Bob “the Bruiser” Baker defeated Paul Graham

* 26 June 1965 Sydney TV: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker defeated Paul Graham

* 26 June 1965 Melbourne: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker defeated Sid Freeman (aka Seymour Koenig)

* 28 June 1965 Newcastle: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker lost to Sid Freeman

* 29 June 1965 Newcastle TV: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker drew with Sid Freeman

* 30 June 1965 Brisbane: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker vs Sid Freeman – no result found

* 2 July 1965 Sydney: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker defeated Larry O’Day

* 3 July 1965 Melbourne: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker & Killer Kowalski drew with Dominic DeNucci & Johnny Kostas

*5 July 1965 Geelong: Bob “The Bruiser” Baker drew with Dick Steinborn

* 9 July 1965 Sydney: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker & Mitsu Arakawa lost to Spiros Arion & Johnny Kostas on disqualification

* 10 July 1965 Sydney TV: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker defeated Mark Clayton

* 10 July 1965 Melbourne: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker, Killer Kowalski & Mitsu Arakawa lost to Dominic DeNucci, Spiros Arion & Johnny Kostas

* 12 July 1965 Newcastle: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker lost to Johnny Kostas on disqualification

* 14 July 1965 Brisbane: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker lost to Johnny Kostas on disqualification

* 16 July 1965 Sydney: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker & Mitsu Arakawa lost to Spiros Arion & Johnny Kostas - this match had 2 referees including commentator Sam Menacker

* 17 July 1965 Sydney TV: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker lost to Braka Cortez on disqualification

* 17 July 1965 Melbourne: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker drew with Dick Steinborn

* 20 July 1965 Geelong: Bob the Bruiser defeated Johnny Kostas

* 21 July 1965 Brisbane: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker & Buddy Austin defeated Spiros Arion & Johnny Kostas on disqualification

* 23 July 1965 Sydney: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker, Killer Kowalski & Mitsu Arakawa lost to Dick Steinborn, Spiros Arion & Johnny Kostas

* 24 July 1965 Sydney TV: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker lost to Sid Freeman on disqualification

* 24 July 1965 Melbourne: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker lost to Dominic DeNucci

* 26 July 1965 Newcastle: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker & Buddy Austin defeated Spiros Arion & Johnny Kostas

* 28 July 1965 Brisbane: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker & Buddy Austin lost to Dominic DeNucci & Spiros Arion

* 30 July 1965 Sydney: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker lost to Dominic DeNucci

* 7 August 1965 (date of televising; taped earlier) Newcastle TV: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker defeated Johnny Kostas

* 9 August 1965 Newcastle: Dominic DeNucci drew with Bob “the Bruiser” Baker

* 13 August 1965 Sydney: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker lost to IWA World Champion Spiros Arion when he was counted out of the ring

*14 August 1965 Melbourne: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker defeated Sid Freeman

* 17 August 1965 Geelong: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker vs Red Bastien – no result found

* 20 August 1965 Sydney Bob “the Bruiser” Baker defeated Johnny Kostas

* 21 August 1965 Sydney TV: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker & Roy Heffernan defeated Larry O’Day & Braka Cortez

* 21 August 1965 Melbourne: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker lost to Czaya Nandor on disqualification

* 25 August 1965 Brisbane: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker drew with Czaya Nandor

* 27 August 1965 Sydney: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker & Roy Heffernan lost to Dominic DeNucci & Red Bastien on disqualification

28 August 1965 Sydney TV: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker defeated Jack Cooke

* 28 August 1965 Melbourne: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker defeated Larry O’Day

* 31 August 1965 Geelong: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker vs Dominic DeNucci – no result found

* 3 September 1965 Sydney: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker & Roy Heffernan drew with Joe Scarpa (aka Chief Jay Strongbow) & Czaya Nandor

* 4 September 1965 Melbourne: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker & Roy Heffernan drew with Joe Scarpa & Czaya Nandor

* 10 September 1965 Sydney: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker & Roy Heffernan defeated Joe Scarpa & Czaya Nandor

* 11 September 1965 Sydney TV: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker & Roy Heffernan defeated Col Peters & John Marshall

* 11 September 11 1965 Melbourne: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker lost to Red Bastien

* 17 September 1965 Sydney: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker & Roy Heffernan lost to Spiros Arion in a handicap tag team match on disqualification

* 18 September 1965 Melbourne: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker lost to Karl Gotch

* 20 September 1965 Newcastle: Bob “the Bruiser” Baker vs Red Bastien – no result found

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 Posted: Wed Dec 11th, 2013 05:14 am
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Thank you Ed
Most enlightening. He was definately a scary character during his tours of Australia and his finishing move, The Hangman" was certainly the most frightening. I remember a couple of his matches when he was getting nowhere and out of frustration, he kicked the bottom rope to signify his anger. Bob The Bruiser was one mean wrestler deeply etched in the memory of my youth.
Again Ed, thank you for this and all your other posts. In addition to bringing back memories, I always learn something new.
Sincerely
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Hi Guys. I definately remember Graham in the opener at Sydney against Con Dandos. It went to a 15 minute draw, with Dandos looking the goods and Graham having to sell. Graham looked like thunder as he left the ring. I presumed at the time he had been a bad boy and was thus being 'punished'. I'm sure he was gone after that match

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johns wrote: Hi Guys. I definately remember Graham in the opener at Sydney against Con Dandos. It went to a 15 minute draw, with Dandos looking the goods and Graham having to sell. Graham looked like thunder as he left the ring. I presumed at the time he had been a bad boy and was thus being 'punished'. I'm sure he was gone after that match
G'day John,

The match that I recall was Bob "the Bruiser" Baker being held to a draw by Hajji Baba in a Sydney Stadium opening bout in 1966.

I checked my records and the date was 17 June 1966.

As you know, Baba was a preliminary worker of Lebanese heritage. Hajji had been an Australian Light Heavyweight Champion in the pre-World Championship Wrestling era.

You are also very aware that World Championship Wrestling promoters Jim Barnett and Johnny Doyle did not push locally domiciled wrestlers. I agree with you that "the Bruiser" was probably being punished for an indiscretion of some sort.

It is interesting to note that on 28 May 1966 at Melbourne Festival Hall that Baba drew with Bill Dromo. Perhaps Dromo committed a similar indiscretion.  ;)

Cheers mate!

Ed

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