Dick the Bruiser

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Dick the Bruiser
Born(1929-06-27)June 27, 1929
Delphi, Indiana
DiedNovember 10, 1991(1991-11-10) (aged 62)
Tampa, Florida
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Richard Afflis
Afflis
Dick the Bruiser
Billed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Billed fromReno, Nevada
Trained byVerne Gagne
Joe Pazandak
Debut1954
Retired1985

William Fritz Afflis (June 27, 1929 – November 10, 1991) was an American professional wrestler and football player. He was better known by his ring name Dick the Bruiser.

Before becoming a professional wrestler, Afflis was a professional football player and played for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1951 until 1954.

On November 10, 1991, Afflis died from internal bleeding. His wife Louise said that he was weightlifting at home with his adopted son, Jon Carney, and ruptured a blood vessel in his esophagus.[1]

In wrestling[change | change source]

  • Nicknames
    • "Bruiser"
    • "The World's Most Dangerous Wrestler"

Championships[change | change source]

  • American Wrestling Alliance
  • NWA Chicago
    • NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Chicago version) (1 time)[7]
    • NWA World Tag Team Championship (Chicago version) (1 time) (with Gene Kiniski)
  • NWA Detroit
    • NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Detroit version) (4 times)
  • NWA Mid-Pacific Promotions
    • NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Hawaii version) (1 time)[8]
  • St. Louis Wrestling Club
    • NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship (3 times)[11]
  • Worldwide Wrestling Associates
    • WWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[16]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)[17]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Celebrating Dick the Bruiser". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. "AWA World Tag Team Title (Indiana) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "AWA World Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. "AWA World Tag Team Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. "World Heavyweight Title (Omaha) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. "NWA International Tag Team Title (Japan) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. "NWA United States Heavyweight Title (Illinois) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. "NWA United States Heavyweight Title (Hawaii) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. "The Crusher & The Bruiser". Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. "Dick the Bruiser". Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. "Missouri Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. "Hall of Fame - Class of 2007". Saint Louis Wrestling. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. "WCW Hall of Fame". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. "WWA World Heavyweight Title (Indianapolis) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. "WWA World Tag Team Title (Indiana) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  16. "WWA World Heavyweight Title (California) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  17. "Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame, 1996". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2015-2-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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