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Donald Muraco (born September 10, 1949) is a retired American Professional Wrestler from Sunset Beach, Hawai'i who competed from the 1970s into the 21st Century. He debuted in 1970 and worked in various territories, particularly Florida, Los Angeles, Portland and Vancouver 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."


He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.

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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.
  • Bald of Evil: After he was unmasked.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He did NOT like it when the fans chanted "Beach bum! Beach bum!"
    • He did not care for being called "Don". It's "Magnificent Muraco" to you.
  • 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.
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  • 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:
  • Red Baron: First "The Magnificent" then "The Rock" (no not him)
  • Redemption Demotion: Muraco was long successful as a bad guy, after his Heel–Face Turn, not so much. It didn't help that he became even worse in the ring thanks to upping his steroid use.
  • 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!"

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