WWE Superstar and former member of the Shield
Dale Pierce send in these comments: An interesting story had him dead many years ago when he was not. The problem arose with the death of wrestler George “Scrapiron” Gadasky, who also used the name of Johnny Costa. They were two different people but the reason for the confusion is obvious.
One of the greatest angles ever involving Kostas came in Arizona around 1970. Johnny was in a feud with regional villain, Jody Arnold, and always wrestled in his bare feet. Anyway, in a promo before their bout, Kostas came on screen during the TV taping with a large box, with a question mark in it. He announced in his box was a secret weapon that would help him beat Arnold. Naturally, fans had to come to see what was in the box. The box contained nothing but a pair of wrestling boots which Kostas put on and wore during the bout. Arnold was supposedly so worried the boots were loaded with something or so rattled to see Kostas not wrestling in his bare feet, the psychological impact was too much for him and he lost quickly.. Arnold would later reflect that Kostas, along with Ray Gordon, was legitimately the toughest man he ever wrestled or trained with.
Though a mainstay in the Arizona-California region, Kostas also appeared in Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico, South America, the Pacific Northwest and the Northeastern USA. Kostas spoke several languages, including English, Spanish, Greek and French.
Greg Kelly wrote: Here are John Kostas’ Sydney results for 1965 —– 65/6/26- John Kostas d Pat O’Hara. 7/3- John Kostas d Al Woods. 7/10- Spiros Arion & John Kostas d Mitsu Arakawa & Bob the Bruiser DQ. 7/17- Spiros Arion & John Kostas d Mitsu Arakawa & Bob the Bruiser 2-0. 7/24- Spiros Arion/John Kostas/Dick Steinborn d Bob the Bruiser/Killer Kowalski/Mitsu Arakawa 2-1. 7/31- Roy Heffernan d John Kostas. 8/7- Alaskan d John Kostas. 8/14- Bulldog Brower d John Kostas. 8/21- Bob the Bruiser d John Kostas. 8/28- Cyclone Negro d John Kostas.
Dale Pierce wrote: In old Portland results, Johnny Kostas has the distinction of facing and beating a wrestkler who went under the name of Kay Faben (an inside joke obviously. Details as to who this was? Who knows????)