Pro Wrestling Fit USA Manager Leroy Jenkins brings you another educational article sharing his many years of pro wrestling knowledge. Please feel free to comment and share this link with your friends. We always love to hear from our readers and share their opinions in the comments section.
Younger wrestling fans might not be familiar with this man but the Grand Wizard of Wrestling (Abdullah Farouk) was a pioneer in the professional wrestling world. The manager of champions was one of the triad of managers in the 70s that dominated the World Wide Wrestling Federation. Unlike other managers however he did it using only his brain and his words, as he was not the most imposing specimen of a man physically—–yet still always found ways to interfere in matches his men were involved in.
Here is a list of just some of the men that the grand wizard has led to greatness:
1) Stan “the Man” Stasiak. The man known for the heart punch was a rough rugged rawbone wrestler who won the world title in 1973
2) Professor Toru Tanaka and Mr Fuji. The first WWWF title held by the grand wizard was with the dastardly men from the orient.
3) Superstar Billy Graham. This was probably the greatest success the Grand Wizard had. Superstar graham was a pioneer for the flamboyant wrestling styles seen today. He held the title for over a year domingating the talent in the mid to late 70s
4) Pat Patterson. He managed the first intercontinental champion. This was the final belt the Grand Wizard had in his stable
The Grand Wizard was a master of the insulting promo. He could draw heat in a matter of seconds bedhind a microphone. Here is an example of him at his finest—-
From a personal standpoint I hated the Grand Wizard of Wrestling. I would however turn in every single week just because I hated him and wanted to always see him get his comeuppance. Which means he was as good at his job as anyone. I personally modeled myself in the business after his character, wanting to be known more for what I say and how the crowd reacts to me than my physical prowess. Ernie Roth in my opinion should be the model all managers should be after. I remember crying watching Superstar Graham defeating my hero Bruno Sammartino to the point i wanted to quit watching wrestling forever. But something about Ernie’s hypnotic way kept me watching week after week