Considered one of the biggest wrestlers ever; WWE and WCW Hall of Famer, and an 8-period NWA Globe Heavyweight Champ. He educated as a teenager under former globe champ wrestlers Stanislaus and Wladek Zbyszko. He courted controversy after showing up masked in the 1999 NBC particular Open! Pro Wrestling’s Greatest Secrets. His wife, Vivian Louise Jones, was wiped out in an automobile crash. His June 10, 1983 match against Ric Flair was called as the Match of the entire year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.