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Stan Stasiak
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Wrestler
    (April 13, 1937-June 19, 1997)
    Birth name was George Stipich
    Former WWF (Then WWWF) Heavyweight Champion
    Wrestled in the WWE, NWA, Stampede and AWA
    Known as 'Stan The Man' and 'The Crusher'
    His WWF title run lasted 9 days.
    He was a 'transitional champion' who lost the title quickly after winning it.
    Most of his big moves are dated and wouldn't cut it in the ring today.
    His promoter gave him the name, Stan Stasiak, naming him after a wrestler of from the 20's.
    His name and legacy was used to push his son, Shawn, in the WWF and WCW, but he wasn't at all able to fulfill his father's shoes and he was released by the WWE twice.
    He was good at throwing punches and his heart punch looked devastating.
    His match with Bruno Sammartino at Madison Square Garden in which he lost the WWWF Title turned out to be the first wrestling gate to surpass $100,000.
    He was committed to the business and was known to never miss a booking.
    He was a skilled a hockey player and actually got signed by the Rangers, but he chose wrestling due to his brutal tactics on the hockey rink.
    Ironically, he was the master of the heart punch and he went on to die from heart failure.

Credit: Reo Rogerz


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