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Grand Wizard

Wrestlers who Ernie Roth Managed under his different names:
As J. Wellington Radcliffe:
Ray Stevens
Don Stevens
As Abdullah Farouk:
The Sheik
As Mr. Clean:
Magnificent Maurice
Handsome Johnny Berand
As The Grand Wizard:
Blackjack Mulligan
Beautiful Bobby (Harman)
Jimmy Valiant
Stan “The Man” Stasiak
George the Animal Steele
Killer Kowalski
Billy Graham
The Masked Superstar
Pat Patterson
Sgt Slaughter

Career Highlights

  • Ernie Roth was once known as “Mr. Kleen” and “Armstrong K” at other times in his career..
  • Ernie Roth managed the heel team of Magnificent Maurice and Johnny Berand in the Al Haft Promotion out of Ohio..
  • Late 1960s: Ernie Roth was also the ringside announcer for televised studio wrestling on Dayton, Ohio TV Station WKEF, Ch.22..
  • ~~~At that time, he was a “good guy” speaking against the illegal tactics of “The Sheik” and “Wild Bull Curry” and other heels..
  • Ernie Roth later took on the gimmick of Abdullah Farouk in Detroit and other territories..
  • Ernie Roth is most known for his days in the World Wide Wrestling Federation, as “The Grand Wizard”..
  • October 12, 1983: Ernie Roth died at the age of 54 as a result of a heart attack..
  • ~~~Sgt Slaughter came out for a match and saluted the empty corner in tribute to the Wiz..
  • ~~~The Grand Wizard was scheduled to manage Paul Orndorff before he died..
  • 1990s: Ernie Roth was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame and is widely considered as one of the greatest Managers of all time…



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August 30, 1926 – October 12, 1983


Fort Lauderdale




5' 7" (170 cm)


130 lbs (59 kg)

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