Forgotten legends78: Ox Baker
What was one of the most dreaded move in the 1960s? Heart/Hurt Punch from what I came across. It was used by two guys, Stan Stasiak and the other one being Ox Baker.
In a tag team match, his opponent was Torres and Cowboy Bob Ellis. The former died three days later and the promoters notoriously blamed it on the heart punch making Baker one of the most feared guys during that time. To add to it, Ray Gunkel died in the ring after a Heart Punch from Baker when in reality he had a cardiac arrest. With these two accidental deaths attributed to the 6'5'' 342 pound scary looking Ox Baker, he goes down as one of the most dreaded heels in pro-wrestling history.
He ironically debuted as a country simpleton but gained notoriety as a dreaded heel for his mic work and coincidental deaths. He developed a unique look to go with it. He wrestled across promotions in the country including WWWF and is rumored to have knocked out 8000 men incl the likes of Erichs, Gagnes, Jimmy Snuka, Mil Mascaras, The Sheik and none other than Hogan in his younger days.
With 25 titles to his credit, a unique look and a kayfabe devastating maneuver as a dreaded heel, he is a forgotten legend. Maybe, Big Show should pick up the Heart Punch and make it his WMD. Your thoughts?
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