John William Minton
(1948-1995) was an American Professional Wrestler
from Burke, VA best known for his work in WWE
in the 1980s as Big John Studd.
He debuted in 1972 as Chuck O'Connor
and also wrestled as Captain USA.
He had his most famous feuds with André the Giant
and with Hulk Hogan
. He retired in 1989 after a second run with Andre this time with Studd as a face and Andre as the heel. Along with WWE, he also competed in the AWA
, for New Japan Pro Wrestling
, in World Class, in Florida, Georgia and other territories. He passed away from liver cancer, Hodgkin's Disease and ALS. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 1x WWE World Tag Team Champion
as a member of the masked Executioners with Killer Kowalski, a 3x NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champion
(2x w/Ric Flair
, 1x w/Ken Patera
), and a 1x NWA American (World Class) Heavyweight Champion
as Captain USA.
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"These tropes are associated with the true giant of wrestling, Big John Studd."
- All American Face: As Captain USA.
- Arch-Enemy: Andre, Hulk, El Olympico, Dusty Rhodes (in Florida),
- As Himself: In Micki + Maude and on The A-Team's Pro Wrestling Episode "Body Slam."
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
- Badass Beard/Beard of Evil
- Bash Brothers: with Ken Patera, King Kong Bundy, Killer Kowalski
- The Brute
- Finishing Move: Heart Punch, Reverse Bear Hug, Double-Arm Suplex
- The Giant: He claimed to be the "true" giant of wrestling, though he was clearly shorter than Andre The Giant.
- Gimmick Matches: His "$15,000 Bodyslam Challenge."
- Legacy Character: Big Ron Studd (Ron Reis), who he trained.
- Los Angeles: Billed from there as Studd.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Described by his own manager, Bobby Heenan, as "too nice for this business."
- Power Stable:
- Red Baron: "The 'True' Giant"
- The Rival: Andre The Giant
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: He wouldn't take Ted DiBiase's payoff to eliminate himself from the 1989 Royal Rumble.
- Tag Team: (under masks): The Executioners, with Killer Kowalski.
- Traumatic Haircut: Gave one to Andre The Giant, with some help from Ken Patera. Nine months later, during a televised match at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, Andre nearly returned the favor when he had Studd beaten to a pulp, and actually began cutting … only to be attacked by Studd's new stablemate, King Kong Bundy. After the two were heels run from the ring, Studd went into a hysterical rage, realizing what had been done to him.