Forgotten Legends87: Universal Heartthrob Austin Idol
Debuting in 1972 as a super heavyweight power lifter, Austin Idol is often taken as a prime example of a territorial great who never went to the national scene.
He dominated the southeast territories during his 36 year run as a wrestler and was renowned for his good looks. He had a brief stint in WWWF working against the then champion Pedro Morales unsuccessfully and had a unfortunate plane accident in 1975.
When he came back, he came back as the Universal Heartthrob with bleached hair, leaner body and a figure four leglock finisher (Wooooo!) much before someone else did the same for similar reasons (correct me if I am wrong). He had a long running feud with Lawler in CWA and AWA at one point vowing to clean up Memphis of Lawler going to shave Lawler's hair off.
He had a failed attempt to start his own promotion in 1993 before disappearing quietly to the background and retiring in 1998.
With 26 title runs to his credit and having feuded with every big name of his time, he is a forgotten legend for mainly not having a big run in the national scene inspite of Idolmania running wild in the territories.
Last edited by theidealstranger; 11-24-2012 at 12:31 PM.