Eddie Sullivan

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Title History

 

  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Louisiana Heavyweight title defeating Bob Kelly (January 23, 1968);
  • NWA (Mid America) World Tag Team titles w/Frank Morrell defeating Tamaya Soto & Len Rossi (March 14, 1968);
  • NWA (Mid America) World Tag Team titles w/Frank Morrell defeating Tamaya Soto & Len Rossi (July 9, 1968);
  • NWA (Mid America) World Tag Team titles w/Frank Morrell defeating Dennis Hall & Ken Lucas (August 17, 1968);
  • NWA (Mid America) Southern Tag Team titles w/Frank Morrell defeating Dennis Hall & Ken Lucas (October 10, 1968);
  • NWA (Mid America) United States Tag Team titles w/Frank Morrell defeating ?????? (????, 1969);
  • NWA (Mid America) United States Tag Team titles w/Frank Morrell defeating Dennis Hall & Les Thatcher (????, 1969);
  • NWA (Mid America) Southern Tag Team titles w/Frank Morrell defeating Lee & Bobby Fields (January 6, 1969);
  • NWA (Mid America) Southern Tag Team titles w/Frank Morrell defeating Dennis Hall & Ken Lucas (January ??, 1969);
  • NWA (Mid America) Southern Tag Team titles w/Frank Morrell defeating Johnny Walker & Ken Lucas (Febuary ??, 1969);
  • NWA (Mid America) Southern Tag Team titles w/Frank Morrell defeating Bill & Joe Sky (March ??, 1969);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team titles w/Wrestling Pro defeating Rocket Monroe & Don Carson (May 25, 1970);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team titles w/Jack Morrell Awarded (January 1, 1971);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Bob Kelly (May 13, 1971);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) United States Tag Team titles w/Rip Tyler defeating Kevin Sullivan & Ken Lucas (June 30, 1971);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Bob Kelly (October 7, 1971);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Ken Lucas (November 11, 1971);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) United States Tag Team titles w/Rip Tyler defeating Bob Kelly & Mike Boyette (January 30, 1972);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) United States Tag Team titles w/Rip Tyler defeating Mickey Doyle & Mike Boyette (August 6, 1972);
  • SCW Western States Tag Team titles w/Rip Tyler defeating Ricky Gibson & Bobby Shane (????, 1973);
  • NWA (Tri State) United States Tag Team titles w/Rip Tyler defeating Jerry Brown & Buddy Roberts (????, 1973);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) United States Tag Team titles w/Rip Tyler defeating Mike Boyette & Mickey Doyle (May 22, 1973);
  • NWA (Mid America) Southern Tag Team titles w/Frank Morrell defeating Eddie Marlin & Tommy Gilbert (September 15, 1973);
  • SCW Western States Heavyweight title defeating John Quinn (March 6, 1974);
  • SCW Western States Tag Team titles w/Luke Brown defeating Paddy Ryan & John Quinn (March 22, 1974);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title defeating Bob Sweetan (Febuary 3, 1976);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team titles w/Rip Tyler Awarded (Febuary 17, 1976);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title Awarded (April 27, 1976);
  • IWA (Japan) World Tag Team titles w/Rip Tyler defeating Mighty Inoue & Great Kusatsu (June 7, 1976);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title defeating Ken Lucas (July 13, 1976);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team titles w/Rip Tyler defeating The Challengers (August 24, 1976);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team titles w/Sonny King defeating Afa & Sika (April 5, 1977);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team titles w/Rip Tyler defeating Afa & Sika (April 29, 1977);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team titles w/Rip Tyler Awarded (May 31, 1977);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team titles w/Rip Tyler Awarded (December 9, 1977);

 

Career History

 

  • 1968: Eddie Sullivan formed a masked tag team with Frank Morrell as the Mighty Yankees in Tennessee working for Nick Gulas..
  • ~~~Gulas had several “Mighty Yankee” teams wrestling at the same time, sometimes even in different towns the same night..
  • Eddie Sullivan & Rip Tyler played wrestlers in bit parts in a couple of Japanese movies when they were on tour in Japan..
  • 1997: Eddie Sullivan & Cowboy Bob Kelly & The Time Traveler appeared in a short half hour film called Gunfight in Tombstone..
  • ~~~Sullivan was not a very convincing Doc Holiday, with his size, supposed to be portraying a gunfighting dentist dying from TB..
  • Eddie Sullivan performed real life heroics in Florida when he rescued a little girl trapped in an overturned trailer when a tornado hit..
  • Eddie Sullivan trained a number of indy wrestlers including Moses Morales, Baron Brubaker, Killer Jack Kressig, and more..
  • ~~~He was also supposedly helpful in training a young Bob Holly (who now wrestles in the WWE as Hardcore Holly..
  • Eddie Sullivan was instrumental in helping to organize the annual old-timer reunion in Phoenix, Arizona..
  • ~~~He is a frequent attendee at the old-timer reunions in Mobile, Alabama and Seattle, Washington..
  • ~~~In Mobile, he received the “Man of the Year” award a few years before his death..
  • November 24, 2000: Eddie Sullivan passed away at the age of 59 and was buried in Sioux Falls, South Dakota..

    Dale Pierce wrote: In 1967, Eddie Sullivan had a lengthy run on the undercard in the Oklahoma area, facing Ronnie Etchison, Tarzan Baxyer, Rocky Montero, Gorgeous George Jr and Jerry London, as well as a then new/obscure newcomer with an amateur background named Gerald (Jerry) Brisco

 

Sullivan rose to stardom in Arizona thanks to a feuds with Cowboy Bob Ellis which filled the old Phoenix Madison Square Garden to standing room only for over a month straight. Sullivan did receive various shots at the NWA World Title during his southern run, including a main event in Mobile, Alabama, versus Terry Funk. He of course never won this title.

Sullivan had an expressed/verified dislike for Tojo Yamamoto and noted how this man would always tease the tarined bear on Gulas shows until one evening when he and Rip Tyler heard Tojo coming and unlocked the cage, letting the angry bear out and though usually tame, the bear chased his antagonist all the way out of the building.