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Brad Rheingans (born December 13, 1953) is a retired American amateur and Professional Wrestler and trainer best known for his time in the American Wrestling Association. After a very successful amateur career, he turned pro in 1980. Along with his time in the AWA, he also wrestled for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance and WWE. Along with his AWA Tag Title reign with Ken Patera, he and Baron Von Raschke held the PWA (Pro Wrestling America) Tag Team Titles. He and Brad Armstrong tied for The Wrestling Observer Newsletter's "Rookie Of The Year" Award in 1981.

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  • The Ace: He won honors in American Football, wrestling, shot put, discus throw, and track and field in his pre-wrestling days.
  • The Apprentice: To Verne Gagne, Bob Backlund, and Billy Robinson.
  • Badass Teacher: Owns the World Wide School of Professional Wrestling and has also worked for the New Japan Dojo. His list of students includes The Nasty Boys, Brian Johnston, Brick Bronsky, Brock Lesnar, Cannonball Grizzly, Curt Hennig, Curtis Axel, Del Wilkes, Don Frye, Jake Roberts, Jerry Lynn, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Nailz, Rick Steiner, Rock Stevens, Salman Hashimikov, Scott Norton, Scotty Z, Swoll, Tony Halme, Tori, TS Aggressor, Vader, Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom of The Destruction Crew, Victor Zangiev, Tom Zenk, etc.
    • From 1976 to 1977, he served as assistant wrestling coach for the University of Minnesota. He went on to serve as a coach for the Minnesota Wrestling Club, where he trained Jeff Blatnick for the 1980 Summer Olympics.
  • Cool Teacher: Was the head coach of the Ladies Pro Wrestling Association.
  • I Know Amateur Wrestling: Was a member of the United States' Greco-Roman wrestling teams for the 1976 and 1980 Summer Olympics, as well as winning two gold medals in the 1975 and 1979 Pan American Games and a bronze medal in the 1979 World Wrestling Championships. He qualified for the Olympic team in 1980, but did not compete due to the United States boycott. He also was an NCAA Division II champion in 1975 for North Dakota State University in freestyle wrestling.
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  • Jobber: In WWE in 1987, to the point of even losing to other lower-ranked guys.
  • Odd Friendship: With Antonio Inoki.
  • Red Baron: "Oni" ("Demon").
  • Retired Badass: Was only a trainer, manager, and special advisor for UFO.
  • Tag Team: The Olympians, with Ken Patera.

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