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Bobo Brazil
Ring name(s) Bobo Brazil[1]
Boo-Boo Brazil[2]
Changus McSqeek
Billed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)[1]
Billed weight 270 lb (120 kg)[1]
Born July 10, 1924(1924-07-10)[1]
Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States[1]
Died January 20, 1998 (aged 73)[1]
Trained by Joe Savoldi[1]
Debut 1951[1]
Retired 1990s[1]

Houston Harris[1] (July 10, 1924 — January 20, 1998)[1] was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Bobo Brazil. Harris was credited with breaking down barriers of racial segregation in professional wrestling.[2] Harris is considered one of the first successful African-American professional wrestlers, and is often referred to as "the Jackie Robinson of professional wrestling".[2][3]



Originally, Houston was to be known as "Boo-Boo Brazil", but a promoter misprinted his first name as "Bobo" in an advertisement and it stuck.[2] The "misprint" may have been motivated by the promoter's desire to avoid the term "boo" in his client's name. "Boo" is sometimes used as an abbreviation for jigaboo, which is considered by many to be an ethnic slur against black people.

Early in his career, some wrestling promoters would match Brazil against fellow African-American wrestlers, including Ernie Ladd and Abdullah the Butcher.[2] Fans clamored to see Brazil face opponents of any type and Brazil would have many matches with competitors such as Killer Kowalski, Dick the Bruiser, Johnny Valentine, and The Sheik, who feuded with Bobo over the course of several decades.[4][2] These and other rivals would all fall victim to Brazil's finishing maneuver, the Coco Butt (which was a headbutt). Brazil also once wrestled Gene Simmons to a draw, and challenged Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF Championship in a battle of two top babyface competitors.[2] On October 18, 1962 Bobo Brazil made history by becoming the first Black American to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title by defeating "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers. (This distinction is usually given to Ron Simmons, the first recognized African-American world champion after winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship). Although Bobo Brazil initially refused the title (because of an "injury" that Rogers had claimed to have), Brazil was awarded the title the next day after doctors had found nothing wrong with Rogers. However, this title change is not recognized by the NWA.[5]

On October 9, 1970, El Mongol and Bobo Brazil defeated Mr. Ito and The Great Ota in the first racially mixed match in Atlanta history.[1][2]

Brazil served as a mentor to wrestler "Soulman Rocky Johnson". Brazil's manager was James Dudley, the first African-American to be in charge of a major arena in the United States. Dudley would run to the ring waving a towel, as Brazil followed behind.[2]

Brazil retired in the 1990s after a four decade career, and was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1994 by Ernie Ladd.[4][2] The following year, Brazil inducted Ladd into the WWE Hall of Fame.[2]

Personal life

Harris had six children.[4] Harris died on January 20, 1998 at the Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph, Michigan.[4] He had been admitted to the hospital on January 14, after suffering a series of strokes.[4]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Midwest Wrestling Association (Ohio)
    • MWA Ohio Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]
    • MWA Ohio Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Frankie Talaber[1]
  • Superstars of Wrestling
    • SoW United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

1Not officially recognised as champion because conflicting interests


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Bobo Brazil Profile". Online World Of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-02-06.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Bobo Brazil Bio". WWE. Retrieved 2009-03-24.  
  3. ^ Google Books Jackie Robinson reference
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Bobo Brazil dies at age 74". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2009-03-24.  
  5. ^ "History of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship". NWA Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-03-24.  
  6. ^ "Florida Tag Team Heavyweight Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.  
  7. ^ "N.W.A. United States Heavyweight Title (Toronto)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.  
  8. ^ "N.W.A./W.C.W. United States Heavyweight Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.  
  9. ^ "N.W.A. United States Heavyweight Title (Detroit)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.  
  10. ^ "N.W.A. Americas Heavyweight Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.  
  11. ^ "N.W.A. "Beat the Champ" International Television Title (Los Angeles)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.  
  12. ^ "International Television Tag Team Title (Los Angeles)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.  
  13. ^ "N.W.A. Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title (San Francisco)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.  
  14. ^ "N.W.A. United States Heavyweight Title (San Francisco)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.  
  15. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners - Editor's Award". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2008-05-04.  
  16. ^ "W.W.A. World Tag Team Title (Indianapolis)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.  

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