(b. 1949) is a retired American Professional Wrestler
from Sunset Beach, Hawaii
who competed from the 1970s into the 21st Century. He debuted in 1970 and worked in various territories, particularly Florida
, Los Angeles
before first catching on in the AWA
. He left the AWA for San Francisco
and would also compete in Texas and Georgia before going back to San Francisco. While he had been a Face
for the first years of his career, he started working Heel
in San Francisco. He alternated among San Francisco, Florida and Hawaii for a while. He debuted in WWE
in 1981. He would hold the WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship
twice and had significant feuds with Pedro Morales, Jimmy Snuka
and Ricky Steamboat. He eventually turned face in late 1987 and left in 1988. He would go on to work for various promotions, including ECW
, where he was a 2x NWA ECW Heavyweight Champion
. He retired in 2003. In 1981, The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
named him "Best Heel."
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"The Magnificent Tropes":
- Aloha Hawaii: Of course.
- Arch-Enemy: Pedro Morales, Jimmy Snuka, Ricky Steamboat
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
- Berserk Button: He did NOT like it when the fans chanted "Beach bum! Beach bum!"
- Finishing Move: Tombstone Piledriver, Asiatic Spike (Thumb to the throat)
- Heel-Face Turn: When he got into an argument with then-tag team partner "Cowboy" Bob Orton after a match on national television (following a loss to Tito Santana and Hillbilly Jim). The tag team's split had been teased for weeks on the WWF's programs during the summer of 1987 before a frustrated Orton shoving Muraco over when he thought he was showing him up while attempting to do Orton's suplex on Santana. Muraco was made the face and got the upper hand in matches against Orton, but his turn was not solidified until early that fall, when he saved "Superstar" Billy Graham from a 3-on-1 attack by Slick, the One Man Gang and "The Natural" Butch Reed.
- Jerkass: As a Heel.
- A Lady on Each Arm: Back in his heel days in WWE, he cut a promo on Hulk Hogan where he was on a beach with a woman in a bikini hanging off of each of his arms.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: As "The Magnificent M" in Florida.
- Pressure Point: He used the Thumb Chokehold, a move where he would thrust his thumb into his opponent's neck to knock him out.
- Power Stable:
- Real Song Theme Tune:
- Red Baron: First "The Magnificent" then "The Rock" (no not him)
- Smug Snake: He once wrestled a Squash while taking pauses to eat a meatball sub sandwich his manager had at ringside.
- Start My Own: Hawaii Championship Wrestling, which ran from 2003 to 2008.
- The Stoner: Was this apparently. Bobby Heenan described him in a shoot interview: "Good man...good weed!"
- Underwear of Power
- Ur Example: The first winner of the King of the Ring.
- Wrestling Family: His son Joe.