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Famous Faces in St. Louis

 - John Edwards

This month’s article takes a look at the famous faces (good guys) in the St. Louis NWA promotion during the time 1977-1983. There were many, many wresters to work in St Louis during this time, and most adopted either a heel or face persona (as was the case, during the strict kayfabe days you were either a face or a heel – period).  

Before going into this month’s article, I would like to take a moment to thank “Chi-Town Rich”, a frequent visitor to our message board, for a mother lode of information related to the St. Louis and Kansas City regions. This information will definitely be used to help develop future articles. Just as the same wrestlers worked AWA, St. Louis (NWA), Kansas City (NWA), Indianapolis (WWA), and Chicago (AWA) back in the regional days, we writers and board members seem to hop around regions as well! 

Now, on to today’s topic……..ah yes, the faces. The big names in St. Louis were either faces or heels back in the day. This facilitated booking and setting up matches, as well as kept up the timeless essence of professional wrestling: there is a “good guy” and a “bad guy”. Plus, some of the fans in the greater St. Louis area were none too bright and this helped keep track of the action! (Hey, no knock here, I was one of them!) 

Here are a few of my biggest recollections of huge faces who used to really “draw face heat” on Wrestling at the Chase TV (WATC) and shows at the Kiel Auditorium. 

FACES: (In no particular order) 

Rufus R. Jones: Master of the Freight Train, Head Butt, and using his “soup bones”. Also a master of the almost completely unintelligible interview! In my time, RFJ was always a face. The fans loved him, especially when an opponent had him in a headlock and he would begin wiggling his butt to escape. Hilarious! Understand he had several NWA title shots in the past, before my time.  More...

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