(1938-2002) was a Native American football player turned Professional Wrestler
as Chief Wahoo McDaniel.
He started his football career in the 1960s and would wrestle in the off-season, until he turned full-time by the end of the decade. He regularly competed in various National Wrestling Alliance
territories, particularly in Texas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, as well as for the AWA
, All Japan Pro Wrestling
, the WWWF
, New Japan Pro Wrestling
and various independent promotions. He made his PPV debut defeating Manny Fernandez in an Indian Strap Match at AWA SuperClash III.
Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 1x AWA World Tag Team Champion
with The Crusher
, a 5x NWA United States Heavyweight Champion
, a 2x NWA American (World Class) Heavyweight Champion
and a multiple-time NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion
. He passed away from complications from diabetes and renal failure on April 18, 2002. He was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Hall of Fame in 2002.
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"Indian Strap Tropes":
- Arch-Enemy: Greg Valentine
- Badass Native: He was part Choctaw- Chickasaw Native American.
- Bash Brothers: with Paul Jones, Jose Lothario, Rufus R. Jones, the Crusher, Dusty Rhodes, Mark Youngblood.
- Boring, but Practical: His Finishing Move, a chop to the skull. He once had a Squash Match in the AWA where his entire offense was chops. It worked.
- Collegiate American Football: At the University of Oklahoma.
- American Football: For the Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins
- Everything Is Big in Texas: Born in Oklahoma, but he was billed from Midlands, TX and he was a huge name in the old Houston territory.
- Face-Heel Turn: In 1984 against Ricky Steamboat, aligning himself with Tully Blanchard and winning his fourth United States Heavyweight Title in the process.
- Nice Headdress
- Red Baron: 'Chief'
- Ring Oldies: He started in the 1960s and competed until 1996.
- Spell My Name Without An S: His last name is sometimes misspelled as McDaniels.
- Whip It Good: Notable for taking part in several Indian Strap Matches.
- The Worf Effect: Lex Luger defeated him for the NWA Southern (Florida) Heavyweight Title a mere 19 days into his career.