"Do the hammerlock
Yeah do the hammerlock
Yeah do the hammerlock you turkey necks
You do the hammerlock
You do the hammerlock
Everybody do it now raaayyyy"
—The Novas, "The Crusher"
(1926-2005) was an American Professional Wrestler
, WI as The Crusher
. He is best known for his work in the Midwest, particularly for the AWA
, from the 1950s until he retired in the 1980s. He is especially known for his years of teaming with Dick The Bruiser
. He competed for various National Wrestling Alliance
territories, for All Japan Pro Wrestling
, for Stampede, and even for WWE
as "Crusher Machine."
He retired in 1988. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 3x AWA World Heavyweight Champion
, a 9x AWA World Tag Team Champion
and a 1x NWA International Tag Team Champion
. He was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Hall of Fame in 1996.
Not to be confused with Jerry "The Crusher" Blackwell nor with the villain in the Bugs Bunny
short Bunny Hugged.
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"READ THE CRUSHER'S TROPES, YOU TURKEYNECKS!":
- Arch-Enemy: Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Harley Race
- As Himself: In the 1974 film The Wrestler.
- Awesome McCool Name/Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Bash Brothers: with Dick the Bruiser, of course, Baron Von Raschke, Mad Dog Vachon
- Breakup Breakout: Averted. Neither guy ever dropped off the map, since they were both on their way to legend status when they stopped teaming together.
- Catch Phrase: "How 'bout dat?"
- Chicago: Made his first TV appearance in 1954 in this territory.
- Dyeing for Your Art: He went blond as part of his initial heel run, and kept it after he got over as a face.
- Expy/Legacy Character: The Sandman and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's badass beer-drinking brawler characters can be traced back to Bruiser and Crusher.
- Heel-Face Turn: He and Bruiser got accepted by the AWA fans following a match against Harley Race and Larry "The Ax" Hennig in 1965.
- Iconic Wrestler: Absolutely.
- Megaton Punch: Would brag about having "100 megaton biceps."
- Milwaukee: Much of his persona was built around this city, as he would talk about "throwing bums out of s'loons," drinking beer and dancing the polka with "dollies" on Wisconsin Avenue.
- Mundane Made Awesome: His bolo punch and stomach claw Finishing Moves.
- The Nicknamer: Gave Bobby Heenan the name "The Weasel," and would refer to the team of Harley Race and Larry "The Ax" Hennig as "The Dolly Sisters." Would refer to his opponents generically as "da bum."
- No Indoor Voice
- Popularity Power: Once he and Bruiser got over, they never lost the crowd's support.
- Rated M for Manly
- Red Baron: "The Wrestler Who Made Milwaukee Famous"
- The Novas' song quoted at the top of this page, which doubles as a Dance Sensation.
- Dee Dee Ramone's "The Crusher," later rerecorded with altered lyrics by The Ramones for their final studio album, Adios Amigos.
- Smoking Is Cool/Cigar Chomper: Regularly seen with cigars.
- Tag Team:
- Unrelated Brothers: With Stan Lisowski (real name Stan Holek)
- Unrelated Cousins: with Dick the Bruiser
- Working Class Hero: He lived it, working all kinds of blue collar jobs on the side while getting his wrestling career going.