Ole Anderson

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Real Name - Alan Rogowski
Birthdate - ?/?/42
6' 245 lbs. - Minneapolis, MN

Aliases - Rock Rogowski

Athletic background - Football, Wrestling (College)

Teachers - Verne Gagne

Professional background - AWA(`67-`68), Stampede(`68), Mid-Atlantic(`68-`70), Florida(`71-`72), Mid-Atlantic(`72-), Georgia(`74), Mid-Atlantic(`74-`76), Georgia(`76-`79), Mid-Atlantic(`81-`82), Georgia(`82-`84), WCW(`84-`85), JCP/NWA(`85-`88), WCW(`89-`90), WCW(`92-`93)

Groups - Minnesota Wrecking Crew, The Andersons, Four Horsemen

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Piledriver
- Over-the-Shoulder Backbreaker

Favorites -
- Flying Knee Strike
- Shoulderbreaker
- Bodyslam
- Stepover Armbar
- Overhead Forearm

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 6
science - 7
aerial - 2
power - 8
strikes - 8

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

Serious Injuries - Shoulders, Knee

Place in History - A**hole? Yes. Bitter? Maybe. One could on and on about the negative or perceivably negative characteristics of Ole Anderson, but he certainly is one of the most notable figures of the 70s and 80s. He had little amateur wrestling when he got a break with Verne Gagne, who pushed him hard enough that he was able to spend most of his thirty year career near the top of cards. Alan Rogowski found his niche early when he began teaming with two men he knew in his youth: Lars and Gene Anderson. The trio were successful, but Lars soon stepped aside and Ole took over his duties as the team's mouthpiece and young roughneck, while Gene played the sadistic older brother. In the ring, Ole Anderson was very good. With the book, Ole Anderson was amongst the best. Anderson successfully booked in Atlanta, Charlotte and Tampa in the 70s and 80s, even booking all over the east coast at one time before settling on Georgia Championship Wrestling, which he turned into a national powerhouse. He expanded the company out of their usual area to Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and a few other select spots, which made it among most exposed companies at that time and caught the eye of Vince McMahon who managed to buy the company from underneath Ole Anderson. After that Ole's years were on the fast decrease, he started a blander version of GCW, he tried to help run Jim Crockett Promotions and later WCW in a few different ways, but he was largely seen as an out-of-touch veteran who couldn't and wouldn't book with national exposure in mind and eventually he was edged out of all but pro-wrestling's history. To modern fans, Ole Anderson is often remembered as the guy who was in the original Four Horsemen, but he has played one of the most important roles in the development of pro-wrestling and he should be remembered for his vast contributions. His autobiography, Inside Out: How Corporate America Destroyed Professional Wrestling, is one of must-reads of pro-wrestling books and hopefully it will help his legacy more than hurt it.

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