April 17, 1984: The North/South Connection defeated Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas to win the WWF Tag Team titles!
July 23, 1984 – The Brawl to End It All: The North/South Connection beat Sgt Slaughter and Terry Daniels to retain the Tag Team titles.
~~~Later in the night, Adrian Adonis competed in a Battle Royal, which was won by Antonio Inoki.
Southwest Championship Wrestling:
1984: Adrian Adonis defeated “Cowboy” Bob Orton to win Southwest’s World Heavyweight title (Tournament Final).
~~~Legend Lou Thesz was at ringside and presented Adonis with the Southwest belt AND an NWA World title replica belt.
New Japan Pro Wrestling:
Nov/Dec 1984 – 5th Annual MSG Tag League: Adonis and Murdock competed in the league, losing in the finals to Inoki/Fujinami.
May 24, 1985: Tatsumi Fujinami and Kengo Kimura beat Adonis and Murdock for the vacant WWF/New Japan International Tag titles.
April 18, 1985 – Sumo Hall: The North/South Connection beat Kengo Kimura and Kantaro Hoshino.
May/Jun 1985 – IWGP League: Adrian Adonis beat King Kong Bundy, then lost to Tatsumi Fujinami.
World Wrestling Federation:
August 28, 1985 – Michigan State Fair: Adrian Adonis defeated George Wells.
November 7, 1985 – Wrestling Classic: Adrian Adonis defeated Corporal Kirschner in 1st round, lost to Dynamite Kid in 2nd round.
Adrian Adonis picked up Jimmy Hart as a manager in the WWF.
March 1, 1986 – SNME: Junk Yard Dog defeated Adrian Adonis.
April 7, 1986 – Wrestlemania II: Adrian Adonis defeated Uncle Elmer.
May 3, 1986 – SNME: Adrian Adonis defeated Paul Orndorff by DQ.
August 28, 1986 – The Big Event: Adrian Adonis defeated by Junk Yard Dog by count out.
January 3, 1987 – SNME: Adrian Adonis defeated Roddy Piper by count out.
March 29, 1987 – Wrestlemania III: Roddy Piper defeated Adrian Adonis in a Hair vs Hair match.
Adrian Adonis hosted an interview segment call ‘the Flower Shop’ on WWF Television, to replace the old Piper’s Pit segment.
The Death of Frank Keith:
July 4, 1988: Adrian Adonis (age 34), Pat Kelly, and Dave McKigney were killed in a car accident in Lewisporte, Newfoundland.
Keith A. Franke (1954-1988)
September 15, 1953
New York City, New York
Height and Weight
5'11" 245-to-310 lbs Peaked at over 400 lbs
"Georgeous" Keith Franke
A Biker Gimmick
A "Flamboyant" Florist Gimmick
Goodnight Irene sleeper
Shoulderdrop from TopRope
Buddy Rose (PNW)
Ed Wiskowski (PNW)
Roddy Piper (PNW)
Killer Brooks (PNW)
Rocky Johnson (WWF)
Tony Atlas (WWF)
Bob Orton Jr. (Southwest)
Junk Yard Dog (WWF)
Roddy Piper (WWF)
Brutus Beefcake (WWF)
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