Big John Studd


Real Name - John William Minton
Lifespan - ?/?/49 - 3/20/95
6'7" 320 lbs. - Butler, PA

Aliases - Mighty Minton, Chuck O'Connor, Executioner #2, Captain USA, Captain America, Masked Destroyer, Masked Superstar II

Athletic background - Basketball (College)

Teachers - Charlie Moto, Killer Kowalski

Professional background - California(`72), WWWF, WWWF(`76), Texas(`77), Hawaii(`77), Mid-Atlantic(`78-`80), Georgia(`80), AWA(`81), WWF(`81-`87), WWF(`89)

Groups - Heenan Family

Peak Years - `80-`86

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Over-the-Shoulder-Backbreaker
- Reverse Bearhug

Favorites -
- Bodyslam
- Bearhug
- Shoulder Block
- Elbowdrop
- Forearm Smash

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 4
science - 0
aerial - 0
power - 8
strikes - 5

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 6
selling - 4
bumping - 3
carrying - 3
heat - 7
legacy - 6

Place in History - Few heel big men ever did more business on top than John Studd. While not a strong worker, Studd had the size and charisma to be a huge star. After nearly a decade with only marginal success, Studd finally found himself in the hot Mid-Atlantic territory. He was able to work with the likes of Blackjack Mulligan, Andre "the Giant," and other big men as a credible heel. Eventually he was brought into the WWF to work as a top heel and turned into one of the company go-to-stars when the company went national. Studd did major box offices as a heel and etched his name in history for that success. While his run as a top star was relatively short, John Studd made good financial investments and was able to retire at a relatively young age. He wanted to have a final run with his protege, Ron Reis (AKA Ron Studd), but developed Hodgkins Disease and died several years after.