Chief Don Eagle


Real Name - Carl Donald Bell
Lifespan - ?/?/25 - 3/17/66
6'2" 222 lbs. - Kahnawake, QUE
Aliases - none
Athletic background - Boxing (Professional)
Teachers - Chief War Eagle
Peak Years - 1950s

Place in History - As long as there has been pro-wrestling, there has been "ethnic" draws who have been able to become major attraction playing up or even faking a heritage. During pro-wrestling's golden age due to television, Chief Don Eagle was one of the big stars around. His father, Chief War Eagle, had worked a similar gimmick in Montreal during the 1920s. The son had a successful boxing career, but after growing tired of a regular job, he pursued pro-wrestling. He was an excellent physical specimen and he quickly became a popular attraction in the post-war years. By 1950, Eagle went over Paul Bowser's AWA Champion Frank Sexton. Three days later, he was literally double-crossed by Gorgeous George on TV and lost the belt. Eagle had solidified his spot as one of the premier stars of the day, but a nasty back injury prevented him from reaching the next level. His athleticism deteriorated, Don Eagle went back home to heal and train his protege Billy Two Rivers. He would return, but he was too broken down to compete at the same level and retired in 1963. He died of a gunshot wound that was suspected to be self-inflicted, but many question that ascertain. Chief Don Eagle might have not had a long career, but he was an innovative star who turned the "Indian on the warpath" stereotype into a marketable gimmick in pro-wrestling that was copied by more recent stars like Wahoo McDaniel, Jay Strongbow and Tatanaka.