Forgotten Legends63: First North American Crossover Superstar: Antonino Rocca
Trained by none other than Stanislaus Zbyszko and having a career over three decades where he was hugely over with Italian American/Hispanic crowd as a face, he was one of the major stars during his tenure.
He is often credited with inventing the off the ground flying wrestling style when he started wrestling in 1942 (someone like H.B.K but much before him). He is credited as the first Hi-Flyer and North American Crossover star (correct me if I am wrong).
He joined the then WWE and peaked during the Television era when he headlined main event in MSG for over 7 years for them. Though he was not the champion in NWA, he was considered the people's champion so much that the then NWA champion Pat O'Connor challenged him for a match on national television. He is credited with making MSG as big as it was today and reviving New York Territory with his drawing power and popularity.
With merely 8 titles to his name in a time when titles did not change hands that much (he held the WWE tag titles for 5 years), he created records in/for MSG and became one of the first north american superstar to feature in a comic book when he came in the cover of SUPERMAN issue wrestling the titular character. A forgotten legend who was inducted in 1995 H.O.F.
Last edited by theidealstranger; 10-05-2012 at 09:35 AM.