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Ole Anderson

Title History

  • AWA Midwest Heavyweight title defeating Bob Orton Sr. (October 28, 1967);
  • NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Geroge Becker & Johnny Weaver (March 26, 1970);
  • AWA Midwest Heavyweight title defeating Tex McKenzie (November 7, 1970);
  • AWA Midwest Tag Team titles w/The Claw defeating Reggie Parks & Stan Pulaski (????, 1971);
  • AWA Midwest Tag Team titles w/Ox Baker defeating Reggie Parks & Stan Pulaski (????, 1971);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Ron Garvin won a tournament (July 2, 1971);
  • NWA Florida Television title defeating Jack Brisco (December 16, 1971);
  • NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Art Neilson & Johnny Weaver (November 6, 1972);
  • NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Art Neilson & Johnny Weaver (March 3, 1973);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) Eastern States Heavyweight title defeating Jerry Brisco (May 9, 1973);
  • NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Jerry Brisco & Thunderbolt Patterson (July 5, 1973);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Jay York & Brute Bernard (December 26, 1973);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Bob Bruggers & Johnny Weaver (March 9, 1974);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Bob Armstrong & Robert Fuller (May 31, 1974);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Tim Woods & Harley Race (sub for Mr. Wrestling II) (August 16, 1974);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Mr. Wrestling I & II (September 20, 1974);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson won a tournament (January ??, 1975);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Tiger Conway Jr. & Paul Jones (Febuary 20, 1975);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Paul Jones & Wahoo McDaniel (June 11, 1975);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Rufus R. Jones & Wahoo McDaniel (Febuary 3, 1976);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Dino Bravo & Mr. Wrestling (June 28, 1976);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Porkchop Cash & Tom Jones (October 22, 1976);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Tony Atlas & Tommy Rich (????, 1977);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Mr. Wrestling I & II (Febuary 25, 1977);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Greg Valentine & Ric Flair (May 8, 1977);
  • NWA Macon Heavyweight title defeating ??????? (May 24, 1977);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Thunderbolt Patterson & Mr. Wrestling (June ??, 1977);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Mr. Wrestling II & Tony Atlas (August ??, 1977);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Dick Slater & Dusty Rhodes (September 30, 1977);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Rene Goulet defeating Stan Hansen & Tommy Rich (December 13, 1977);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Lars Anderson defeating Tony Atlas & Mr. Wrestling II (March ??, 1978);
  • NWA Georgia Television title defeating ?????????? (April ??, 1978);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Ivan Koloff defeating Tommy Rich & Thunderbolt Patterson (June ??, 1978);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Ivan Koloff defeating Tony Atlas & Thunderbolt Patterson (July ??, 1978);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Stan Hansen defeating Mr. Wrestling II & Tommy Rich (October 27, 1978);
  • NWA Columbus Heavyweight title defeating ??????????? (December ??, 1978);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Ivan Koloff defeating Jack & Jerry Brisco (January 19, 1979);
  • NWA Georgia Television title defeating Thunderbolt Patterson (March 2, 1979);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Ivan Koloff defeating Wahoo McDaniel & Tommy Rich (June 8, 1979);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Ivan Koloff defeating Stan Hansen & Tommy Rich (August 31, 1979);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Ernie Ladd defeating Crusher Lisowski & Tommy Rich (October 5, 1979);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Jerry Brisco Awarded (his half by Jack Brisco) (????, 1980);
  • NWA Southeastern Heavyweight title defeating Killer Karl Kox (April 13, 1980);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Lars Anderson defeating Alexi Smirnoff & Ivan Koloff (June 8, 1980);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Gene Anderson defeating Masked Superstar & Paul Jones (May 1, 1981);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/Stan Hansen by winning a tournament (Febuary 28, 1982);
  • NWA (Georgia) National Tag Team titles w/Thunderbolt Patterson defeating Bill & Scott Irwin (January 11, 1985);
  • NWA (Georgia) National Tag Team titles w/Arn Anderson defeating Thunderbolt Patterson & Manny Fernanadez (April 28, 1985);

Career Highlights

In The Beginning:

  • Al Rogowski spent several years in the Army before discovering professional wrestling through the legendary Verne Gagne..
  • August 18, 1967: Al Rogowski debuted in Verne Gagne’s Minnesota-based promotion under the name “Rock Rogowski”..
  • September 1967: Verne Gagne sent Rock Rogowski to work for the Dusek’s Omaha promotion..

Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Original):

  • Ole Anderson joined Gene Anderson & Lars Anderson to form the orginal Minnesota Wrestling Crew, (aka the Anderson Brothers)..
  • June 10, 1968: Lars & Gene & Ole (teaming for the first time ever) beat Paul Demarco & Amazing Zuma & Les Thatcher..
  • ~~~The Anderson Brother trio were only billed as brother because of their uncanny resemblence, they were not related in real life..

Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene & Ole Anderson):

  • April 1970: Ole & Gene Anderson captured the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team titles..
  • 1971: Ole Anderson won the Florida Tag Team title with Ronnie Garvin..
  • 1971: Ole Anderson defeated NWA World Champion Jack Brisco for the Florida TV title..
  • 1973: Ole Anderson won the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title from Jerry Brisco..
  • 1973: Ole & Gene Anderson recaptured the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team titles..
  • 1973: Ole Anderson defeated James J. Dillon in the finals of a tournament for the first Mid-Atlantic TV Champion..
  • May 31, 1974: Ole & Gene Anderson beat Robert Fuller & “Bullet” Bob Armstrong for the Georgia Tag Team titles..
  • 1973: Ole & Gene Anderson beat Tim Woods & Harley Race to win the Georgia Tag Team titles again..
  • 1975: Ole & Gene Anderson became the first NWA (Mid-Atlantic) World Tag Team champions..
  • 1975: Ole Anderson was defeated by Paul Jones in the first round of a tournament for the United States Heavyweight title..
  • Ole & Gene Anderson continued to bounce back and forth between Georgia and the Mid-Atlantic areas..
  • December 25, 1976: Ole & Gene Anderson were defeated by Ric Flair & Greg Valentine for the titles in a steel cage match..
  • 1977: Ole & Gene Anderson were suddenly “fan favorites”..
  • Ole, Gene & Wahoo McDaniel feuded with Ric Flair, Greg Valentine & Blackjack Mulligan..
  • Ole & Gene Anderson returned to Georgia and went on to win four more Georgia Tag Team championships..
  • May, 1977: Ole & Gene Anderson got a win over Ric Flair & Greg Valentine to win their 4th World Tag Team title..
  • ~~~Ric Flair & Greg Valentine eventually reagined the belts..
  • Gene Anderson’s health problems led to his retirement..

Ole Anderson on his own:

  • Ole Anderson teamed with Jacques Goulet, Lars Anderson (ficticious “relitive”), Ernie Ladd to each win the Georgia Tag Team titles..
  • Ole Anderson teamed with Ivan Koloff and they became five-time Georgia Tag Team champions between 1978-79..
  • Ole Anderson travelled to the Alabama area where he had two reigns as the Southeast Heavyweight Champion..
  • Ole & Lars Anderson returned to Georgia as “The Masked Avengers” to feud with the Russians, Ivan Koloff & Alexis Smirnoff..
  • Ole Anderson later teamed with Dusty Rhodes to take on “The Assassins”..
  • Ole Anderson & Dusty Rhodes took on The Assassins in a cage match with Gene Anderson & Ivan Koloff as special guest referees..
  • ~~~Ole & Gene BOTH turned on Dusty leaving him open to a 5-1 beating inside the cage!
  • May 1, 1981: Ole & Gene Anderson (out of retirement) went back to the Carolinas and won one more World Tag Team Championship..
  • ~~~Gene Anderson went into permanent retirement soon after, vacating the titles..
  • 1982: Ole Anderson won another World Tag Team Title with the dangerous cowboy, Stan Hansen in a tournament..

The Four Horsemen:

  • 1984: Ole Anderson began teaming regularly with Thunderbolt Patterson..
  • 1985: Ole Anderson & Thunderbolt Patterson started a feud with Arn Anderson in Georgia..
  • Ole Anderson ended up turning on Thunderbolt and joining forces with his ‘family’, Arn Anderson..
  • Ole & Arn Anderson immediately joined Ric Flair & Tully Blanchard in the first version of the famous Four Horsemen!

Retirement:

  • Ole Anderson released a very well-written and entertaining (yet controversial) book entitled Inside Out, co-written by Scott Teal..
  • Summer 2007: Ole Anderson was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and it worsened with memory loss and decreased mobility..