John Jay Sutton (January 16, 1949 – March 20, 2011) was an American professional wrestling manager from Minneapolis, MN known for his work in various National Wrestling Alliance territories and other promotions during the 1970s and 1980s as Sir Oliver Humperdink.
He started his career in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1973. Don "The Spoiler" Jardine and Dale Hey (later known as Buddy Roberts of the Fabulous Freebirds) are credited with coming up with the name, with the intention of getting Heel heat because of how the Francophone fans hated anything English. He worked primarily as a manager, though he did briefly hold the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title, which he awarded to Ed "The Bull" Gantner, and the NWA Central States Television Title. He also had a short run in WWE as a Face from 1987-1988 as the manager for Bam Bam Bigelow and Paul Orndorff. He died from bladder cancer and pneumonia on March 20, 2011.
"House of Troperdink"
- Beard of Evil: He was a career Heel and had a big, bushy beard.
- Carry a Big Stick: He carried a shimmering scepter, as seen above.
- Costume Porn: He wore very colorful outfits.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: In a promo to hype his team The Shock Troops (Ed "The Bull" Gantner and Kareem Muhammad)' match at CWF's Battle of the Belts III, on September 1, 1986, he called their opponents, The Road Warriors, "those two puffed-up geeks, Itsy and Bitsy."
- Evil Redhead: A redhead who was a heel. Some of his ring names, such as Red Sutton and Rooster Humperdink, reflected on this.
- Heel: He spent the majority of his career as a heel manager. It went to the point that backstage, he didn't like having to work face when he was in the WWF.
- I Have Many Names: Red Sutton, Sir Oliver Humperdink, Rooster Humperdink, Big Daddy Dink (as the manager for the Fabulous Freebirds [Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin] in 1991 in WCW.)
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Despite the stereotypically-English name, the Texas-born Humperdink never attempted the accent.
- Non-Action Guy: He wrestled at some points, but it wasn't his role.
- Power Stable:
- The House of Humperdink, which, in its various incarnations, included, among others, Abdullah the Butcher, Bruiser Brody, Bad News Allen, the Cuban Assassin (Dave "Fidel" Sierra), The One Man Gang, "Superstar" Billy Graham, Ivan Koloff, Don Muraco, Greg Valentine, Nikolai Volkoff, "Outlaw" Ron Bass, Hercules Hernandez, Nord the Barbarian, The Ninja (Keiji Muto/The Great Muta), Dory Funk Jr., Paul Jones, Kendo Nagasaki, Gene Anderson, Matt Borne and many more.
- He was also part of Eddie Gilbert's First Family in Mid-South, Kevin Sullivan's Army of Darkness in Florida, and Diamond Dallas Page's Diamond Exchange in Florida.
- Red Baron: "The Big Kahuna".
- Tag Team: Apart from those in the House of Humperdink: