Wrestling: King Curtis Iaukea
"That's not a man! That's a committee!"
(1937-2010) was an American Professional Wrestler
and manager from Honolulu, Hawaii
as King Curtis Iaukea
. He debuted in 1962 in Hawaii and wrestled all over the world. Along with Hawaii, he particularly made his name in Australia, Vancouver, the WWWF
, All Japan Pro Wrestling
, and various National Wrestling Alliance
territories. After retiring from active competition in the 1980s, he worked as a manager, particularly in Florida as a member of Kevin Sullivan
's Army of Darkness, and also as the Wizard in WWE in 1986-1987 as the manager of Kamala
. His last run was as the Master of the Dungeon of Doom
in 1995. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 1x WWE World Tag Team Champion
with Baron Mikel Scicluna, a 1x Stampede North American Heavyweight Champion
and a 4x NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Champion
, and he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Hall of Fame in 2011.
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"THESE TROPES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH KING CURTIS IAUKEAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!":
- Arch-Enemy: Dusty Rhodes, Lord James Blears, Big Bad John's Army (Australia), the People's Army (when the feud was Recycled in Vancouver), Bruno Sammartino
- Bald of Evil: As of the 1980s and after.
- Bash Brothers: with Ripper Collins, Mr Fuji, Baron Mikel Scicluna, Mark Lewin
- Bigger Bad/Evil Mentor: Of the Army of Darkness in Florida and of the Dungeon of Doom, as he was long retired from competition.
- Covered with Scars: Seriously, just look at his head. While not often mentioned in the same breath as the Sheik or Abdullah the Butcher in the pantheon of pioneering Garbage Wrestlers, he could keep right up with them in the brawling and bleeding departments.
- Finishing Move: Big splash
- I Have Many Names: King Curtis Iaukea, the Chairman of the Board (in Florida), the Wizard, the Master
- The Master: It was only his Stage Name, after all.
- "NOOOOOO INDOOR VOICE, MYYYYYYYY SONNNNNN!"
- Power Stable:
- Gary Hart's Army
- The People's Army (Australia)
- Big Bad John's Army (Vancouver)
- Sonny King's Army
- The Army of Darkness
- The Dungeon of Doom
- Red Baron: "The Bull"
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Wrestling Family: His son Rocky Iaukea competed in the Pacific Northwest and in the WWC in Puerto Rico as Abbuda Dein. This is not the same guy as "The Master of Darkness"/"The Snakemaster" Abudadein, who was a manager in the Army of Darkness and has since led his own group with that same name in the Florida independents. WCW's Prince Iaukea, real name Mike Haynor, is not really King Curtis' son. His nephew Maunakea Mossman is best known for his work in All Japan Pro Wrestling as Taiyo Kea.