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** Creator/DavidLetterman named his ''Late Night with David Letterman'' band "The World's Most Dangerous Band" after DTB.
** The Dick the Bruiser Band

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* TheNicknamer: Dick was the first to call Wrestling/BobbyHeenan "Weasel." The nickname stuck for the rest of Heenan's life.


'''William Afflis''' (1929-1991) was an American [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football player]] and {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er from Indiana as '''Dick the Bruiser.''' He made his name competing primarily in the Midwest, for various Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance territories, for [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation the AWA]] and his own World Wrestling Association in Indianapolis from 1954 until he retired in 1985. He is particularly well known for his many years teaming with Wrestling/TheCrusher (Reggie Lisowski). He also competed for Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and made some appearances for Capitol Wrestling, the precursor to Wrestling/{{WWE}}. The most infamous was on November 19, 1957, which saw a genuine wooden chair throwing riot break out due to Dr. Jerry Graham bloodying Wrestling/AntoninoRocca following Rocca and Edouard Carpentier's win over Bruiser and Graham. After he retired, he worked for Wrestling/{{WCW}} as a talent agent. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-h.html AWA World Heavyweight Champion]], a 5x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-t.html AWA World Tag Team Champion]] with the Crusher, and a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/alljapan/int-t.html NWA International Tag Team Champion]] with the Crusher. He was inducted into the ''[[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Wrestling Observer Newsletter]]'' Hall of Fame in 1996.


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'''William Afflis''' William Afflis (1929-1991) was an American [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football player]] and {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er from Indiana as '''Dick Dick the Bruiser.''' Bruiser. He made his name competing primarily in the Midwest, for various Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance territories, for [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation the AWA]] and his own World Wrestling Association in Indianapolis from 1954 until he retired in 1985. He is particularly well known for his many years teaming with Wrestling/TheCrusher (Reggie Lisowski). He also competed for Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and made some appearances for Capitol Wrestling, the precursor to Wrestling/{{WWE}}. The most infamous was on November 19, 1957, which saw a genuine wooden chair throwing riot break out due to Dr. Jerry Graham bloodying Wrestling/AntoninoRocca following Rocca and Edouard Carpentier's win over Bruiser and Graham. After he retired, he worked for Wrestling/{{WCW}} as a talent agent. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-h.html AWA World Heavyweight Champion]], a 5x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-t.html AWA World Tag Team Champion]] with the Crusher, and a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/alljapan/int-t.html NWA International Tag Team Champion]] with the Crusher. He was inducted into the ''[[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Wrestling Observer Newsletter]]'' Hall of Fame in 1996.



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** BadassGrandpa[=/=]RingOldies: He was 56 when he retired.

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BadassGrandpa[=/=]RingOldies: He was 56 when he retired.



* {{Expy}}[=/=]LegacyCharacter: [[Wrestling/JimFullington The Sandman]] and [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin]] both followed in Bruiser and Crusher's footsteps as {{Badass}} beer-drinking brawlers.

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* {{Expy}}[=/=]LegacyCharacter: [[Wrestling/JimFullington The Sandman]] and [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin]] both followed in Bruiser and Crusher's footsteps as {{Badass}} badass beer-drinking brawlers.

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* {{Bouncer}}: Used to be a bouncer in a casino before wrestling. He rarely had to hit anyone, [[AwesomenessIsAForce as ripping a large phone book was enough to calm all but the stupidest troublemakers]].


* [[FountainOfExpies Iconic Wrestler]]


'''William Afflis''' (1929-1991) was an American [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football player]] and {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er from Indiana as '''Dick the Bruiser.''' He made his name competing primarily in the Midwest, for various Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance territories, for [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation the AWA]] and his own World Wrestling Association in Indianapolis from 1954 until he retired in 1985. He is particularly well known for his many years teaming with Wrestling/TheCrusher (Reggie Lisowski). He also competed for Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and made some appearances for Capitol Wrestling, the precursor to Wrestling/{{WWE}}. The most infamous was on November 19, 1957, which saw a genuine wooden chair throwing riot break out due to Dr. Jerry Graham bloodying Antonino Rocca following Rocca and Edouard Carpentier's win over Bruiser and Graham. After he retired, he worked for Wrestling/{{WCW}} as a talent agent. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-h.html AWA World Heavyweight Champion]], a 5x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-t.html AWA World Tag Team Champion]] with the Crusher, and a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/alljapan/int-t.html NWA International Tag Team Champion]] with the Crusher. He was inducted into the ''[[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Wrestling Observer Newsletter]]'' Hall of Fame in 1996.


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'''William Afflis''' (1929-1991) was an American [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football player]] and {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er from Indiana as '''Dick the Bruiser.''' He made his name competing primarily in the Midwest, for various Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance territories, for [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation the AWA]] and his own World Wrestling Association in Indianapolis from 1954 until he retired in 1985. He is particularly well known for his many years teaming with Wrestling/TheCrusher (Reggie Lisowski). He also competed for Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and made some appearances for Capitol Wrestling, the precursor to Wrestling/{{WWE}}. The most infamous was on November 19, 1957, which saw a genuine wooden chair throwing riot break out due to Dr. Jerry Graham bloodying Antonino Rocca Wrestling/AntoninoRocca following Rocca and Edouard Carpentier's win over Bruiser and Graham. After he retired, he worked for Wrestling/{{WCW}} as a talent agent. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-h.html AWA World Heavyweight Champion]], a 5x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-t.html AWA World Tag Team Champion]] with the Crusher, and a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/alljapan/int-t.html NWA International Tag Team Champion]] with the Crusher. He was inducted into the ''[[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Wrestling Observer Newsletter]]'' Hall of Fame in 1996.



** His son Karl, who also wrestled as Leroy Redbone, and passed away in 2009.

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** His son Karl, who also wrestled as Leroy Redbone, and passed away in 2009.


** Only semi-{{Kayfabe}}: The Sheik's Detroit promotion had a serious feud with Bruiser's World Wrestling Association in Indianapolis. Bruiser was a close friend of NWA boss Sam Muchnick and had some ownership points in Muchnick's St. Louis Wrestling Club, even though Bruiser wasn't an NWA member, and never really cared for Sheik. Muchnick actually stopped using DTB in St. Louis after 9/22/72 until 2/15/74. WWA invaded Detroit, which was an NWA member, while the WWA wasn't. Bruiser didn't like the Sheik's wrestling style. Muchnick brought Sheik into St. Louis twice and never used him again. A lot of guys felt that the Sheik [[BadBoss shorted them on their payouts]] and didn't like how Sheik kept himself as the star attraction and would [[SpotlightStealingSquad basically squash guys who were getting over.]]

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** Only semi-{{Kayfabe}}: The Sheik's Detroit promotion had a serious feud with Bruiser's World Wrestling Association in Indianapolis. Bruiser was a close friend of NWA boss Sam Muchnick and had some ownership points in Muchnick's St. Louis Wrestling Club, even though Bruiser wasn't an NWA member, Club and never really cared for Sheik. Muchnick actually stopped using DTB in St. Louis after 9/22/72 until 2/15/74. WWA invaded Detroit, which was an NWA member, while the WWA wasn't. Bruiser didn't like the Sheik's wrestling style. Muchnick brought Sheik into St. Louis twice and never used him again. A lot of guys felt that the Sheik [[BadBoss shorted them on their payouts]] and didn't like how Sheik kept himself as the star attraction and would [[SpotlightStealingSquad basically squash guys who were getting over.]]


* ArchEnemy: [[Wrestling/BobbyHeenan Bobby "The Brain Heenan]], the Original Sheik, Wrestling/BruiserBrody, Wrestling/HarleyRace.

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* ArchEnemy: [[Wrestling/BobbyHeenan Bobby "The Brain Heenan]], [[Wrestling/EdFarhat the Original Sheik, Sheik]], Wrestling/BruiserBrody, Wrestling/HarleyRace.Wrestling/HarleyRace.
** Only semi-{{Kayfabe}}: The Sheik's Detroit promotion had a serious feud with Bruiser's World Wrestling Association in Indianapolis. Bruiser was a close friend of NWA boss Sam Muchnick and had some ownership points in Muchnick's St. Louis Wrestling Club, even though Bruiser wasn't an NWA member, and never really cared for Sheik. Muchnick actually stopped using DTB in St. Louis after 9/22/72 until 2/15/74. WWA invaded Detroit, which was an NWA member, while the WWA wasn't. Bruiser didn't like the Sheik's wrestling style. Muchnick brought Sheik into St. Louis twice and never used him again. A lot of guys felt that the Sheik [[BadBoss shorted them on their payouts]] and didn't like how Sheik kept himself as the star attraction and would [[SpotlightStealingSquad basically squash guys who were getting over.]]

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* ImprobableWeaponUser: While wrestling in St. Louis, he {{Squash|Match}}ed a young Ray "Hercules" Hernandez in a match which started with Bruiser knocking him to the floor, against a table and hitting him with a pitcher of water that was on the table.


* AsHimself: In the 1974 film ''The Wrestler''.

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* AsHimself: In the 1974 film ''The Wrestler''.''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070930/combined The Wrestler]]''.

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* AsHimself: In the 1974 film ''The Wrestler''.

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* [[FountainOfExpies Iconic Wrestler]]

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