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Mr. Wrestling II
Ring name(s) Johnny "Rubberman" Walker
The Grappler
Mr. Wrestling II
Billed height 5 ft 11 in
Billed weight 240 lb
Born Charleston, South Carolina
Resides Honolulu, Hawaii
Trained by Tony Morelli
Pat O'Connor
Debut 1956
Retired 1989

John "Johnny" Walker (born in Charleston, South Carolina), better known as Mr. Wrestling II, was an American professional wrestler. As Mr. Wrestling II, Walker was one of the most popular wrestlers in the Florida and Georgia areas in the 1970s and early 1980s. He is considered one of the greatest American wrestlers not to win a world title - masked or not.

Some of Walker's most notable feuds involved The Assassin, The Spoiler, The Masked Superstar, Jack Brisco, Buddy Colt, Magnum T.A., Jimmy Garvin, Tim Woods, Minnesota Wrecking Crew, Larry Zbyszko, and The Road Warriors. Mr. Wrestling II, later in his career, was known to use his "running knee lift" to great effect. See The Birth of Mr Wrestling ll

Walker's wife, Olivia, was a talented seamstress and costume maker. Many of her clients were country music performers including Porter Wagoner. During an interview, Ric Flair stated that many of his robes were made by her.

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Legacy and legends

Former President Jimmy Carter (a fellow Georgian) called Mr. Wrestling II his favorite wrestler (as well as his mother's favorite). In fact, Walker was invited to Carter's inauguration, but declined the invitation upon learning that he would have to unmask.[1]

HCW

Mr. Wrestling II was the Director of Talent Relations for Hawai'i Championship Wrestling. On October 13, 2007, he came out of retirement and won the HCW Kekaulike Heritage Tag Team Championship with Mr. Wrestling 3, II's protégé.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Deep South Wrestling
  • DSW American Championship (1 time)

He and Tony Atlas did win the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) at one time. However, the reign and win aren't official nor are they recognized.[2]

References

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