Otto Wanz

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Otto Wanz
Born(1943-06-13)June 13, 1943
Graz, Austria
DiedSeptember 14, 2017(2017-09-14) (aged 74)
Styria, Austria
Lives inGraz, Austria[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Otto Wanz
Big Otto[1]
Bulldog Otto
Billed height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Billed fromGraz, Austria
Debut1968
Retired1990

Otto Wanz (June 13, 1943 – September 14, 2017[2]) was an Austrian professional wrestler and boxer. He made his professional wrestling debut in 1968.

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.[3]

Wanz died on September 14, 2017 in Styria, Austria of heart failure at the age of 74.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Wrestler Profiles: Otto Wanz". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  2. "Sport legend Otto Wanz is dead". ORF (in German). September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  3. "WWE Hall of Fame class of 2015 make four hours fly by". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. March 29, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  4. "Former AWA World Champion Otto Wanz Passes Away". Wrestling Inc. 14 September 2017.