NWA Mid America Tag Team titles w/Bill Ash (1976);
NWA (Mid America) Southern Tag Team titles w/Roger Kirby defeating Big Bad John & Bill Dundee (May 1976);
NWA Southeastern Tag Team titles w/Bill Ash defeating Jimmy Golden & Robert Fuller (June 1976);
NWA (Mid America) Southern Tag Team titles w/Dutch Mantell defeating Chief Thundercloud & Danny Little Bear (January 3, 1977);
ESA (Eastern Sports Association) Canadian Heavyweight title defeating Terry Sawyer (August 9, 1977);
ESA (Eastern Sports Association) Canadian Heavyweight title defeating Terry Sawyer (August 13, 1977);
NWA (Southern Division) Southeastern Heavyweight title (1979);
NWA (Mid America) World Six Man Tag Team titles w/Great Togo & Tojo Yamamoto (August 1979);
NWA Southeastern Tag Team titles w/Dennis Condrey defeating Paul Orndorff & Dick Slater (November 1979);
AWA Southern Tag Team titles w/Dennis Condrey defeating Ken Lucas & Billy Robinson (April 7, 1980);
AGPW (Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling) United States Heavyweight title (June 1980);
Stampede North American Heavyweight title defeating Bret Hart (January 1981);
Stampede North American Heavyweight title defeating Leo Burke (February 27, 1981);
Stampede North American Heavyweight title defeating Mr. Hito (October 2, 1981);
NWA Southeastern Heavyweight title defeating Bob Armstrong (October 25, 1982);
IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Great Samu (November 3, 1986);
Career History [courtesy in part to Wikipedia.com]
David Schultz is an American retired professional wrestler.
David Schultz is known for competing in North American regional promotions such as Stampede Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance and the American Wrestling Association during the late 1970s and 1980s.
Trained by Herb Welch, David Schultz began wrestling in NWA Mid-America during the mid-1970s eventually teaming with Roger Kirby to defeat Bill Dundee and Big Bad John for the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship in May 1976.
David Schultz would also team with Bill Ash to win the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship before losing the titles to George Gulas & Gorgeous George, Jr. later that year.
While in the Maritimes, David Schultz also defeated Terry Sawyer for the Canadian Heavyweight Championship in Halifax, Nova Scotia on August 9, 1977. Feuding with Sawyer over the title, he would briefly lose the title back to Sawyer before regaining it on August 13 and remained champion until the title became inactive before the end of the year
Although losing to Bob Armstrong in a match for the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship in 1978, David Schultz later regained the title the following year feuding over the title with Ron Slinker in mid-1979.
Teaming with Dennis Condrey, the two later won the NWA Southeast Tag Team Championship after defeating Dick Slater and Paul Orndorff in November 1979 and successfully defended the titles for several months before the title was held up during a match against Mike Stallings and The Matador on February 3, 1980 and lost the titles to them in a rematch a week later.
Returning to the Maritimes region, David Schultz wrestled as David von Schultz in Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling later becoming the first AGPW US Heavyweight Champion on June 26, 1980. Defending the title against veterans such as Leo Burke, Stephen Petitpas and The Great Malumba throughout the summer, he eventually lost the title while he and the Cuban Assassin feuded with AGPW North American Tag Team Champions Leo Burke & Stephen Petitpas during his last weeks in the region.
During the next several years, David Schultz began wrestling for Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling as part of Foley’s Army feuding with Leo Burke and Mr. Hito over the Stampede Wrestling North American Heavyweight Championship during 1981 and also faced AWA World champion Nick Bockwinkel in a non-title interpromotional match.
David Schultz also briefly teamed with Wayne Ferris as the Memphis Mafia before Ferris turned on him in a storyline in which he had been “bought” by manager J.R. Foley. The two would continue feuding with each other throughout Western Canada and eventually defeated Ferris in a steel cage match in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1983.
In 1984, while competing in Memphis, promoter Vince McMahon had become impressed with David Schultz after watching an interview in which he had made derogatory remarks about Hulk Hogan during his brief stay in the area.
David Schultz, along with tag team partner “Macho Man” Randy Savage and his brother Lanny Poffo, would become one of the first major regional wrestlers to be signed by Vince McMahon.
Within a short time, David Schultz had become one of the top “heels” in the promotion being aligned with Roddy Piper, Bob Orton and Paul Orndorff in their feud with “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka and later teamed with Piper and Orndorff to defeat S.D. Jones, Rocky Johnson and Bobo Brazil in a 6-man tag team match at the Capitol Centre in Landover, Maryland.
On June 17, David Schultz would also face WWF world champion Hulk Hogan in Minneapolis, MN.
In 1985, David Schultz made headlines when he slapped 20/20 reporter John Stossell for saying “I think wrestling is fake.”
~~~John Stossell filed a lawsuit against the World Wrestling Federation but it was settled out of court for $425,000.
Although David Schultz has consistently maintained that World Wrestling Federation officials told him to hit Stossel, Schultz was fired. Many industry insiders believe that it was not because of his actions against Stossel, but rather because he challenged Mr. T to a fight backstage at a WWF show at Madison Square Garden.
David Schultz was fired by Vince McMahon and later testified against the Vince McMahon and the WWF in a Steriod Trial.
In October 2006, David Schultz was honored along with J.J. Dillon and Missy Hyatt at a dinner banquet hosted by the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and attended by former WWF wrestlers from the 1970s and 80s.
Jay Ambler wrote: Following the John Stossell slap and subsequent lawsuit, Schultz was fired from the WWF/WWE. Schultz would always maintain that Vince McMahon, Jr. suggested that Stossell should be scared away. Schultz did that and more. After his termination Schultz found very few promotions that were willing to allow to him wrestle for them. Schultz was literally blackballed from the wrestling industry.In 1994 Vince McMahon was charged with promoting steroid usage among his wrestlers. Hulk Hogan was the star witness for the prosecution. Schultz would also emerge as a witness and testify against McMahon. The testimony from Hogan and Schultz did little to sway the judgement and McMahon was acquitted of the charges.Following his retirement Schultz relocated to Connecticut. He open up a successful bail bonds business and is regarded as a top bounty hunter in the United States.
June 1, 1955
Madison County, Tennessee
Now lives in Connecticut
Height and Weight
6'6'' 270 lbs
David Von Shultz
Flying Corkscrew Elbow
The Running Bulldog
2nd Rope Elbow Smash