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Gary Sabaugh
Ring name(s) The Italian Stallion
Gary Sabaugh
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Billed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Born October 24, 1957 (1957-10-24) (age 52)[1]
North Carolina
Resides Charlotte, North Carolina
Debut c. 1983

Gary Sabaugh (born October 24, 1957) is an American professional wrestler, known by his ringname The Italian Stallion, who has competed in North American independent promotions throughout the 1980s and 1990s including stints in both the World Wrestling Federation and National Wrestling Alliance, specifically Jim Crockett Promotions and World Championship Wrestling.

He is also the co-owner of the Charlotte-based Professional Wrestling Federation and its wrestling school with longtime rival George South.[2] Among the wrestlers he and South have trained over the years include Henry Godwin, Ron Killings[3] and the The Hardy Boyz.[4][5]

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Career

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Jim Crockett Promotions

Teaming with Buzz Sawyer and "Pistol" Pez Whatley against Bob Roop and NWA National Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard on May 11,[6] he would face a number of veteran wrestlers throughout 1985 including Terry Flynn,[7] Black Bart,[8] and appeared at the first Starcade '85 losing to Thunderfoot#1 on November 28. Two days later, he also teamed with Rocky King against the Midnight Express on November 30, 1985.[9]

Teaming with Koko B. Ware during the first annual Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup Tournament in April 1986, they were defeated in the opening round by Buzz Sawyer and Rick Steiner.

The following year, he and Ricky Lee Jones lost to Ronnie & Jimmy Garvin in the opening rounds of the second annual Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup Tournament on April 11, 1987.[10]

In his third appearance at the Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup Tournament, he and Kendall Windham would defeat Green Machine and Terminator by forfeit on before losing to Arm Anderson & Tully Blanchard in the quarterfinals in April 1988.[11]

World Championship Wrestling

Following the close of Jim Crockett Promotions, Sabaugh would wrestle members of the Varsity Club facing the Mike Rotundo in late 1988 and teamed with "Dr. Death" Steve Williams and Nikita Koloff in a 6-man tag team match against Rotundo, Rick Steiner and Al Perez on September 25 before losing to Steve Williams at Clash of the Champions IV on December 7, 1988.[12][13]

During that year, he was the wrestling advisor for the short-lived sitcom Learning the Ropes and, along with "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, was a stunt double for the Lyle Alzado's character the Masked Maniac.

He would team with Brett Sawyer and The Nasty Boys in an 8-man tag team match against Johnny Ace, The Terminator and Southern Force on March 11, 1989.

Later career

Appearing less often during the early 1990s, making an appearance on WCW Power Hour teamed with Reno Riggins against The Freebirds on January 19, he was absent from WCW television for much of 1991.[14]

In 1992, Sabaugh started the Professional Wrestling Federation with George South although he stayed with World Championship Wrestling during 1993 often appearing on WCW Saturday Night losing to the Wrecking Crew in a tag team match with Larry Santo on January 23 as well as title matches against WCW Television Champion "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff on April 3 and WCW World Tag Team Champions the Hollywood Blonds on April 27 before making his last appearance with George South in a tag team match against Kent & Keith Cole at a house show at the Brushfork Armory in Bluefield, West Virginia on August 20, 1993.[15]

Sabaugh would also wrestle for a time in the World Wrestling Federation during the mid-1990s. Though he would never get higher than lower mid-card status, he did help a very young Matt & Jeff Hardy break into the WWF as jobbers. Though the Hardy's would make $150 per appearance as jobbers, Sabaugh would charge them $100 per appearance. According to Matt Hardy in the 2008 DVD Twist of Fate: The Matt & Jeff Hardy Story, Sabaugh ended up leaving the Hardy's stranded in Charlotte, North Carolina where the three were supposed to meet before traveling to a show in Macon, Georgia. In the process, Sabaugh left the Hardy's to fend for themselves, but still wanted to collect the $100 per appearance fee from the boys. Matt later told Bruce Prichard about what happened, and the WWF would contact the Hardy's directly thereafter for jobbing before the two would eventually sign with WWF full-time in 1998. Sabaugh was released afterwards partially due to the incident.

Originally based in Rutherford County, North Carolina, the promotion ran shows in the old Crockett territories in North and South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia until its close in 1999. Sabaugh and South would continue their decade long feud while in the promotion, which involved female wrestlers Mad Maxine and her mother Mama Maxine for a time, trading the PWF heavyweight title several times and at one point formed a tag team with South winning the tag team titles before they began fighting each other again.[16][17]

In September 2000, Sabaugh accepted a challenge from referee turned wrestler "High Maintenance" Shawn Blanton who had recently won the PWF Junior Heavyweight Champion after a three month absence from the promotion. Losing to Blanton in a non-title match in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, he was again defeated in a rematch the following week in Hamlet, North Carolina.[18]

In 2008 Gary Sabaugh is planning to do a shoot interview with Highspots.com (producers of the high selling Ric Flair Shoot Interview.) The interview will feature Sabaugh's response to the comments made by Matt and Jeff Hardy on the "Twist Of Fate: The Matt and Jeff Hardy Story" DVD set from WWE.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Pro Wrestling Federation
    • PWF Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
    • PWF Tag Team Championship (4 times) with Ron Garvin and George South

please be a little more detailed about the stallion and how his career was in the nwa, Georgia championship wrestling fed, wcw, wwf, and all the great stars he trained like the hardy boys and men on a mission mo and mable, Henry Godwin wwf star referee Charles Robinson ...crush on wwf I mean the list goes on the many tours to japan with new japan wrestling fed and owned and operated the pwf professional wrestling federation in charlotte NC with Antonio inoki and the stunt double for Lyle Alzado in learning the ropes sitcom and was a guest star on the show and the Jerry Lewis national TV appearances for mda then there was the spaghetti champion which aired on cnn the list goes on I was a private body guard for the prince of Saudi arabia

References

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  3. ^ Milner, John (2005-03-09). "SLAM! Wrestling: Ron Killings". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Bios/killings.html.  
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  5. ^ "Jeff Hardy Bio". WrestlingRevealed.com. July 2007. http://www.wrestlingrevealed.com/wwe/bios/jeff-hardy.php.  
  6. ^ "World Championship Wrestling on the SuperStation TBS: May 11, 1985". TheGloryDays.net. 2007-01-30. http://www.theglorydays.net/tv/850511_wcw.htm.  
  7. ^ Geraghty, Joel (2006-12-08). "Chrononaut Chronicles: NWA World Championship Wrestling - 5/25/85". InsidePulse.com. http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/articles/63332/2006/12/08/chrononaut-chronicles-nwa-world-championship-wrestling--52585.html.  
  8. ^ Keith, Scott (2007-01-30). "The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - June 29 1985". RSPWFAQ.com. http://www.rspwfaq.com/?p=247.  
  9. ^ Keith, Scott (2007-09-06). "The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - November 30 1985". InsidePulse.com. http://realitydish.insidepulse.com/articles/70232/2007/09/06/the-smark-247-rant-for-world-championship-wrestling--november-30-1985.html.  
  10. ^ Karlsson, Peter (2005-04-10). "World Championship Wrestling Results 1987: Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup". American Wrestling Trivia. http://www.softwolves.pp.se/wrestling/wcw/1987#crocket87.  
  11. ^ Karlsson, Peter (2005-04-10). "World Championship Wrestling Results 1988: Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup". American Wrestling Trivia. http://www.softwolves.pp.se/wrestling/wcw/1988#crocket88.  
  12. ^ Karlsson, Peter (2005-04-10). "World Championship Wrestling Results 1988: Clash of the Champions IV - "Season's Beatings"". American Wrestling Trivia. http://www.softwolves.pp.se/wrestling/wcw/1988#clash4.  
  13. ^ Horie, Masanori (2000-10-09). "View from the Rising Sun: Dr. Death Steve Williams". Rob Moore, Texas Wrestling Announcer. http://www.geocities.com/smokyrobmoore/jp100900.htm.  
  14. ^ Cawthon, Graham (March 2007). "WCW: 1991". Graham Cawthon's History of the WWE. http://www.angelfire.com/wrestling/cawthon777/wcw91.htm.  
  15. ^ Miguez, Edward C. (June 2004). "World Championship Wrestling Results: 1993". TheHistoryofWCW.com. http://www.thehistoryofwcw.com/1993.html.  
  16. ^ Epps, Darren (1999-09-01). "Wrestling from ringside". RedandBlack.com. http://media.www.redandblack.com/media/storage/paper871/news/1999/09/01/UndefinedSection/Wrestling.From.Ringside-2588598.shtml.  
  17. ^ Epps, Darren (1999-10-03). "PWF draws blood, fans at the 40 Watt". RedandBlack.com. http://media.www.redandblack.com/media/storage/paper871/news/1999/09/03/UndefinedSection/Pwf-Draws.Blood.Fans.At.The.40.Watt-2588647.shtml.  
  18. ^ Batchelder, Darren (January 2004). "Profile". ShawnBlanton.com. http://www.shawnblanton.com/profile.php.  

The Italian Stallion was in the Olympic final for the USA team in the late 70's for freestyle wrestling in the 220 weight class also his heritage is really Lebanese when Ole Anderson saw me he said you are a good looking man with a great body and talent that will be eccentric and amateur back round in astonishing............. but I need A NAME THAT CAN NOT BE LEBSNESE TERROIST BEING THAT THE BOMBING WAS A TERRIBLE ISSUE, BUT I REMINDED HIM OF THE GREAT LEGEND BRUNO SARMANTINO THE REAL ITALIAN STALLION....WE WILL GO WITH THE ITALIAN STALLION I HAD BANDANDAS ON MY BOOTS i WAS TOLD I HAD TO REMOVE THEM AS WHERE MERGING WITH THE NWA JIM CROCKET PROMOTIONS AND THE ROCK AND ROLL EXPRESS HAD THAT TRADE MARK....AND ALL THE INTERVIEWS HAD TO MENTION THE AMERICAN DREAM DUSTY ROADS ON OUR TBS TURNER BROADCAST SHOW.... ONE OF OUR GREATEST MEMORIES WAS THE PRO WRESTLER ALL 6'10" 400LBS OF MASS OX BAKER Ted Turner the owner of the TBS BROUGHT Raquel WELCH THE MOVIE STAR TO MEET THIS LARGE DIFFERENT LOOKING MAN WOW WHAT A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY BACK IN THE LATE 80'S WELL THIS IS A POSITIVE LIST OF HAPPY THOUGHTS OTHER THEN DRUG OVER DOSES AND SUICIDE ETC ETC ETC.

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