Austin Idol

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Real Name - Dennis McCord
Birthdate - n/a
6'2" 242 lbs. - Tampa, FL

Aliases - Dennis McCord, Mike McCord, Black Diamond

Athletic background - n/a

Teachers - n/a

Professional background - East Coast Territories(`72-`74), Australia(`72), Florida(`75), Gulf Coast(`76-`77), Memphis(`78-`79) Georgia(`79-`80), Memphis(`80-`87), All Japan(`87), USWA(`90)

Groups - First Family

Peak Years - `79-`85

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Vegas Leglock (Figure-Four)

Favorites -
- Piledriver
- Bodyslam
- Sleeper
- Kneedrop
- Punch

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 4
science - 2
aerial - 0
power - 7
strikes - 7

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 9
selling - 7
bumping - 6
carrying - 4
heat - 8
legacy - 5

Serious Injuries - Broken Back

Place in History - Dennis McCord was a muscular kid out of Robinson High School in Tampa, which produced some notable pro-wrestlers, including Hulk Hogan. He came along in early 70s, trying to get recognition in Florida, Memphis, Mid-Atlantic and other territories. Then in 1975, he was the fourth man in an airplane crash with Gary Hart, Buddy Colt and ended the life of Bobby Shane. The crash ended the in-ring careers of Gary Hart and Buddy Colt, but thankfully for McCord was able to make a comeback. McCord returned with less body weight, long blond hair, unique outfits and a new name - "Austin Idol." Superstar Billy Graham had just achieved huge success in the WWWF, so Idol was able to get significant pushes in Georgia and Memphis. His two most memorable programs were hair matches with Tommy Rich and Jerry Lawler, which elevated him to being one of the great stars of the 80s and he was able to live off that success up into the 90s. Some say Idol's ego may have prevented him from becoming more than a top regional heel. After finishing up his career, Dennis McCord settled in Alabama in a regular job and has basically disappeared.

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