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Sandy Parker
Ring name(s) Sandy Parker
Billed height 5'2"[1]
Born Vancouver, British Columbia[2]
Resides Las Vegas, Nevada[2]
Trained by Lou Klein[1]
Mary Jane Mull[1]
Lucille Dupree[1]
The Fabulous Moolah[1]
Debut Early 1970s[1]
Retired 1986[1]

Sandy Parker is a retired Black Canadian female professional wrestler. She debuted in the 1970s, wrestling in Canada, the United States, and Japan. In Japan, she worked for All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling, holding numerous titles. She also had an unofficial NWA Women's World Tag Team Championship reign with partner Sue Green.

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Professional wrestling career

After attending a professional wrestling match, Parker became addicted to the sport.[1] At first, she went to the matches several times every week.[1] She then decided to try the profession at the suggestion of a friend.[1] Although she lived in Ontario, she traveled to Michigan three times a week to train with Lou Klein, Mary Jane Mull, and Lucille Dupree.[1] She officially debuted in the early 1970s at the age of 23.[1][3] She later went to The Fabulous Moolah's training school in South Carolina for further training, but left when she began having problems with Moolah.[1] After leaving the school, Parker worked for Mildred Burke.[1]

Parker worked under her real name instead of a ring name, because she was once unable to cash a check when it was written for her under the wrestling name; she could not provide identification for it, so she vowed never to use a ring name again.[1]

In the early 1970s, Parker formed a partnership with Sue Green, with whom she defeated Donna Christanello and Toni Rose in November 1971 for the NWA Women's World Tag Team Championship. They lost the title back to Christanello and Rose in February 1972.[4] The title change is unrecognized.[5] In August of that year, Parker competed at the Superbowl of Wrestling, where she teamed with Debbie Johnson to take on Rose and Christanello, but they failed to defeat them for the championship.

She began a tour of Japan also in the early 1970s. In 1973, she held All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling's WWWA World Championship for approximately two months. Between June of that year and July 1974, she also held the promotion's WWWA World Tag Team Championship eight times, twice with Masked Lee, twice with Jean Antoine, and four times with Betty Niccoli. It is possible, however, that only six of the tag title reigns are officially recognized.[1]

Back in the United States in 1975, Parker wrestled against Antoine in the first women's wrestling match in the state of Oregon in 50 years.[3] Parker retired in 1986.[1] In 2004, she was honored by the Cauliflower Alley Club, a society of retired professional wrestlers.[6]

Personal life

Parker was raised by her grandmother, as her mom was unable to take care of her.[1] As a child, she considered herself a "tomboy", participating in fights, baseball, and tree climbing.[1] Parker is a lesbian.[1] She, however, was once married to a man.[3] After leaving the business, Parker worked as a bartender, store manager, and security guard.[1]

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Kreiser, Jamie Melissa (April 7, 2008). "Sandy Parker: Addicted to wrestling". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2008/03/14/5009196.html. Retrieved 2009-06-30.  
  2. ^ a b Oliver, Greg (April 18, 2004). "Heenan given CAC's top honor". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2004/04/18/pf-427754.html. Retrieved 2009-06-30.  
  3. ^ a b c Kucera, Kathy (September 21, 1975). "The villain wears lipstick". Eugene Register-Guard. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=lXsRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MuADAAAAIBAJ&pg=6448,5417588&dq=sandy-parker+wrestler. Retrieved 2009-06-30.  
  4. ^ Pierce, Dale. "Interview with Susan Green". Wrestling Then and Now. http://www.angelfire.com/wrestling3/thenandnow/interviews/SusanGreen.html. Retrieved 2009-01-11.  
  5. ^ Duncan, Royal and Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.  
  6. ^ a b "Past Honorees". Cauliflower Alley Club. http://www.caulifloweralleyclub.org/reunion-news/past-honorees/. Retrieved 2009-06-29.  
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