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Jim Wehba
Ring name(s) Skandor Akbar
Wildman Wehba
Jimmy Wehba
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Billed weight 232 lb (105 kg)
Born September 29, 1934 (1934-09-29) (age 75)
Vernon, Texas, United States
Resides Garland, Texas
Trained by Jimmy Young
Debut 1963
Retired 2009

Jim Wehba[1] (born September 29, 1934) is a former professional wrestler and manager, better known by his ring name Skandor Akbar which translates as "Alexander the Great". Akbar led the heel stable Devastation, Inc. in Bill Watts' Universal Wrestling Federation during the promotion's heyday in the 1980s, as well as other regional territories, including World Class Championship Wrestling and the Global Wrestling Federation.

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Professional wrestling career

Singles wrestler

Akbar started out as a professional wrestler in 1963 as Jimmy Wehba. He changed his name to Skandor Akbar at the suggestion of Fritz Von Erich in 1966, in order to sound more Arabic. Akbar's father is from Lebanon and mother from Syria.[citation needed] Akbar teamed with Danny Hodge and eventually turned on him, starting a feud. Akbar joined the WWWF (now WWE) for a brief run in the late '70's and was managed by Freddie Blassie.

Manager

Akbar retired from active wrestling in 1977 and became a heel manager in the Texas area. He always called his stable "Devastation, Inc.". He spent most of his time in World Class Championship Wrestling and Mid-South Wrestling. Akbar smoked cigars at ringside, harassed the fans during his proteges' matches, and occasionally threw fireballs at unsuspecting opponents. "The General" also used various nicknames during his ringside interviews taking potshots at various faces such as Kerry Von Erich (either horseface or eggplant brain), Eric Embry (the flamboyant piece of trash), Percy Pringle (Captain Misfit), or Chris Adams (The slimy limey from Liverpool).

In 1995, Akbar briefly managed Kevin Von Erich as a face. Eventually, though, he turned heel on Von Erich only weeks before Von Erich decided to retire for good. Akbar also managed Toni Adams for a short time in the GWF.

Retirement

Akbar is now retired and trains wrestlers. He has appeared on both the Heroes of World Class and Triumph and Tragedies of World Class DVDs, released in 2005 and 2007 respectively.

On October 25th 2009 Akbar helped his henchman Dr. Knuckles win the Wrecking Ball Wrestling Championship. [1]

In wrestling

  • Wrestlers managed

Championships and accomplishments

  • Gulf Coast/CAC Honoree (2006)

Notes

References

  • Stone Cold Steve Austin and Jim Ross (2003). The Stone Cold Truth. Pocket Books. ISBN 0743477200. 

Wrecking Ball Wrestling Indy Wrestling News

  • Kappa Publishing Group Inc. (FEB.10). PRO WRESTLING ILLUSTRATED. 

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