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Jim White
Ring name(s) Jim White
Tony York
The Medic
Woodrow
The Green Shadow
Tiny York[1]
Red Shadow[1]
The Scorpion[1]
Born July 11, 1942(1942-07-11)[2]
Rogersville, Tennessee[2]
Died January 7, 2010 (aged 67)[2]
Trained by Johnny Thunder
Debut 1959[2]
Retired 1985[2]

James "Jim" White[1] (July 11, 1942 – January 7, 2010) was an American professional wrestler during the 1960s and 1970s in the southern United States. He was the frequent tag team partner of Jerry Lawler.

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Professional wrestling career

White entered the professional wrestling business after meeting and training with Johnny Thunder.[2] Thunder later introduced him to Chicago promoter Fred Kohler's booker.[2] White's first match was in 1959 against Johnny Kace. Because he was only 17 at the time, his father had to sign a parental consent form to allow him to wrestle.[2] Afterward, White also began wrestling for Nick Gulas in Nashville on the weekends, while he continued to attend high school during the week.[2]

After graduating high school, White became a full-time wrestler, teaming with Ron Wright under manager Ron Bass.[2] He wrestled across the southern United States, even competed as The Medic under a mask.[2] In 1970, he began wrestling in Alabama, teaming with Roy Klein as The Green Shadows.[2] After the team lost their masks, the became known as Woodrow and Roy Bass, with Sam Bass as their manager.[2] As a singles wrestler in 1972, he also used the ring name The Green Shadow, with Dr. Ken Ramey as his manager.[2]

White also frequently teamed with Jerry Lawler.[2] In the Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling promotion, the team won the NWA Tennessee Tag Team Championship no later than November 1972, but lost it to Tommy Gilbert and Bearcat Brown on December 8 of that year.[3] In 1973, the team won the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship.[2][4] They held the title a total of seven times that year.[5] Lawler and White also had a series of matches against Melvin Nelson and various partners.[6] The team, however, split by 1974.[2]

After the split with Lawler, White moved to the Gulf Coast, where he held the NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Tri-State version) with Steve Lawler in September 1974.[7]

He wrestled only occasionally in the 1980s, wrestling his last match in 1985 due to hip pain.[2]

Personal life

In high school, White played football.[2] He, however, could not let his football coach find out that he was also a wrestler because he would have to quit the team.[2]

After retiring from professional wrestling, White became an avid camper and fisher.[2] In 1987, he was employed as the transportation for alcohol and drug patients to rehabilitation centers.[2] He also worked as the general manager of Alono, Inc., which was a organization that treated people for drug and alcohol abuse.[2]

White had a wife named Barbara and two sons, Jeff and Tommy.[2] White died at the age of 67 on January 7, 2010 of cancer.[2]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Southern States Wrestling
    • East Tennessee Wrestling Hall of Fame[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "RIP Jim White 1997 CAC Honoree (01.08.10)". Cauliflower Alley Club. January 8, 2010. http://www.caulifloweralleyclub.org/2010finishes/. Retrieved 2010-01-10.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac Oliver, Greg (January 10, 2010). "Cancer claims southern star Jim White". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2010/01/09/12405261.html. Retrieved 2010-01-10.  
  3. ^ a b Royal Duncan and Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.  
  4. ^ "Jerry Lawler". SLAM! Wrestling. 2005-02-05. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Bios/lawler.html. Retrieved 2010-01-10.  
  5. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "(Memphis, Nashville) Tennessee: Southern Tag Team Title [Roy Welsch & Nick Gulas, Jerry Jarrett from 1977]". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 185–189. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.  
  6. ^ "Wrestlers Results Archive: Jerry "The King" Lawler". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/ResultsArchive/Wrestlers/lawler-jerry.html. Retrieved 2010-01-10.  
  7. ^ a b Duncan, Royal; Gary Will (2006). "(Louisiana & Oklahoma) Louisiana/Oklahoma: US Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 232. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.  

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