Detailed Art Barr Biography..
||Arthur Leon Barr
||October 8, 1966 in Portland
|Height & Weight:
||6'1 - 240lbs
||April 2, 1987
The Intruder (PNW)
The Beetlejuice (PNW/WCW)
The Juicer (WCW)
The American Love Machine (NJPW)
The Love Machine
El Hijo del Santo
PNW (Pacific Northwest Wrestling) Television title;
NWA (Pacific Northwest Wrestling) Tag Team titles w/Big Juice as The Juicer Patrol;
NWA (Pacific Northwest Wrestling) Tag Team titles w/Jesse Barr;
NWA (Pacific Northwest Wrestling) Tag Team titles w/Konnan El Barbaro;
AAA/IWC World Tag Team titles w/Eddie Guerrero;
In The Beginning
Art Barr came from a family of wrestlers: Sandy "Ferrin" Barr (his father) and brothers Jesse Barr (Jimmy Jack Funk) and Shawn Barr.
Art Barr was an amature wrestler at the Oregon State University before turning "pro"..
~~~Art Barr achieved great success as he was 4 time District champion and 2 time State champion in Portland..
~~~Art Barr had to quit the University when his first wife became pregnant..
Art Barr (aged 12) met Roddy Piper (who at the time was wrestling in Oregon) who used to take him to the gym..
Art Barr started to work in a steel mill during the day, while training to became a wrestler at night..
Getting into the Business
Art Barr started to wrestle for his fatherís promotion as "Arthur Barr" and also wrestled as "The Intruder"..
~~~During a Television Taping, Arthur was in the ring, Roddy Piper and 3 other wrestlers entered the ring..
~~~They covered him with a sheet, striped him naked throwing his clothes to the crowd and put him in a new outfit..
~~~Roddy Piper then said: "Now I have created The Beetlejuice, the meanest little son-of-a-gun that I have ever seen"..
~~~Roddy Piper took off the sheet and there was Art Barr, standing there with his new gimmick -- Beetlejuice!
Art Barr formed a tag team with J.W. Storm (Jeff Warner) as the "Juice Patrol"..
World Championship Wrestling
Art Barr signed with the WCW in the late 1990, and kept the Beetlejuice gimmick, but renamed to The Juicer for copyright reasons..
After some problems with the law, Art Barr left World Championship Wrestling and headed to Mexico..
EMLL and the American Love Machine
Early 1991: Art Barr popped up in the Mexican promotion EMLL (where Konnan worked)..
For almost two years, he wrestled there as the American Love Machine, as an American masked tecnico wrestler..
Art Barr had two try-outs with the WWF but they didn't sign him..
Art Barr returned to Mexico's newly formed AAA promotion..
Art Barr engaged in a war with a wrestler named "the Blue Panther"..
Art Barr challenged Panther to a hair vs. mask match in Los Angeles, California, which he lost his mask..
~~~This match has been one of the most important matches in Barrís career..
~~~After that match he turned rudo and became the hottest ticket on Mexican lucha libre..
Late 1993: Art Barr joined forces with Eddie Guerrero and formed La Pareja del Terror..
~~~Konnan joined them and they formed the legendary stable called "Los Gringos Locos"..
~~~Other wrestlers joined them: Black Cat, Madonnaís Boyfriend (Louie Spicolli), Misterioso, Chicano Power and King Lion..
Love Machine & Eddie Guerrero feuded with El Hijo del Santo and Octagon..
~~~The feud that was culminated in a hair vs. masks match in the first ever lucha libre only PPV..
~~~November 6 "When Worlds Collide": El Hijo del Santo and Octagon defeated La Pareja del Terror, who were shaven bald!
~~~With the PPV, Barr gained worldwide exposure, and he was destined to stardom..
Art Barr's Final Days
ECW was very interested in Art Barr & Eddie Guerrero coming into the company to feud with their top tag team Public Enemy..
Amazingly, at the same time, WWF, WCW and New Japan also showed interest in the tag team of Guerrero & Barr..
November 23, 1994: Art Barr was found dead laying with his baby child at his home in Springfield, Oregon..
Preliminary reports said that he died of a aneurysm, but later reports said that he died under unknown circumstances..
Art did not have heart problems, no aneurysm or internal bleeding, no ring injuries and no illegal substance of his body..
There are two theories of his death..
1) He had a missing vertebrae on his neck from birth that made two vertebrae press against each other, causing his lungs to stop..
2) There could have been some bad mixing of different substances..