Tony Borne was a mainstay in Portland Wrestling, where he was managed by Leo “The Lion” Newman..
Tony Borne had tremendous influence on Roddy Piper, Rick Martel, Buddy Rose, Rip Oliver, Billy Jack Haynes, and many others..
Tony Borne owns a Real Estate agency called Cinderella Realty —- in Milwaukie, Oregon..
August 27, 2010: Tony Borne passed away in Portland, Oregon at the age of 84.
Dave Meltzer wrote: Anthony Osborne aka Tough Tony Borne passed away at his home at the age of 83. Borne, the father of Matt Borne aka Doink the Clown, had been in poor health of late and passed away just as his son was leaving the house to go on a flight in Dallas. Tony Borne was an international wrestling star, most famous in the Pacific Northwest as one of the area’s all-time legends. The late 60s tag team of Tough Tony Borne & Lonnie Mayne (before he became known as Moondog Mayne) was probably considered the greatest in the history of wrestling in that area. The pair held the Pacific Northwest tag team title 11 times. Borne also had great success as a small heel in Texas and was one of the most successful American wrestlers to ever work in Mexico. After his career as a full-time wrestler ended by the early 70s, Borne was well known running a real estate business out of Milwaukie, OR. For a short period of time, he was also the father-in-law of Buddy Rose.
Dory Funk Jr. wrote: Tough Tony Borne’s finishing hold was the Cannon Ball Jump from the top rope landing seat first on his opponent. Tough Tony’s standard offer was for anyone to lay down and take his Cannon Ball Jump from the top rope. If they were able to come to their feet within 30 seconds Tony would give them $500. Tough Tony took out wrestler after wrestler trying for the prize money. Finally, Dory Funk Sr. accepted the challenge however it was not Dory Funk Sr. who was going to lay down and take the Cannon Ball Jump but Funk asked his friend and Tag Team Partner, Ricky Romero, to take Tough Tony’s Cannon Ball Jump from the top rope with Dory Funk Sr. at ringside offering moral support. Ricky Romero laid in position and Tough Tony climbed to the top rope. Tony leaped high into the air and landed flush on the back of Ricky Romero. The clock started with the ring announcer, Steve Stack, calling the time as the seconds passed. 5, 4, 3, 2————-. Ricky Romero came to his feet beating the clock by a second. Tough Tony Borne was out $500 to Dory Funk Sr. and the following week a complete sell out was at the Amarillo Sports Arena to watch Dory Funk Sr. vs Tough Tony Borne. My condolences to the Family of Tough Tony Borne.
Anthony (Tony) Wayne
July 13, 1926
Originally from Columbus, Ohio
Relocated to Portland, Oregon
Height and Weight
5'9" 235 lbs
The Cannon Ball Jump
Solar Plexus Punch
Reverse Chin Lock
Leap off Top Rope
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