|Born||June 13, 1943|
|Died||September 14, 2017 (aged 74)|
|Lives in||Graz, Austria|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Otto Wanz|
|Billed height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Billed from||Graz, Austria|
Wanz was a one time American Wrestling Association champion and former operator of the Catch Wrestling Association. Among his most famous international opponents were Antonio Inoki, Bull Power and André the Giant. He was one of only a few to bodyslam both André the Giant and Yokozuna.
Wanz also organized strong men competitions in Austria called "Austrian Giants". He also held several records for tearing telephone books. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called Wanz as an influence on his fitness and bodybuilding career.
References[change | change source]
- "Wrestler Profiles: Otto Wanz". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
- "Sport legend Otto Wanz is dead". ORF (in German). September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- "WWE Hall of Fame class of 2015 make four hours fly by". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. March 29, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
- "Former AWA World Champion Otto Wanz Passes Away". Wrestling Inc. 14 September 2017.