[Gene Kiniski Gallery]
||Early 30s in Edmonton
|Height & Weight:
||Dory Funk Sr.
||Mighty Canadian -masked-
Gene Kelly (Texas)
"Canada's Greatest Athlete"
Don Leo Jonathan
Dory Funk Jr.
Dean Higuchi (Dean Ho)
Mike & Ben Sharpe
NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Lord James Blears (three times - 1955);
NWA Texas Heavyweight title -as Gene Kelly- defeating Pepper Gomez (1956);
NWA Texas Tag Team titles -as Gene Kelly- (1956);
NWA (Toronto) Canadian Tag Team titles (1957);
NWA (Toronto) Canadian Tag Team titles (1959);
(Toronto & Vancouver) British Empire title (three times - 1959-63);
NWA (Indiana) Tag Team titles (1960);
AWA World Heavyweight title (1961);
AWA World Tag Team titles w/Hard Boiled Haggerty (twice - 1961);
NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles (nine times - 1963,65,71-76);
(Japan) Asian Tag Team titles w/Cyclon Negro (1964);
(Northeast) United States Tag Team titles w/Fritz von Erich (1964);
NWA Hawaiian title (twice - 1964,72);
WWA (Indiana) World Heavyweight title (1965);
NWA World Heavyweight title (1966-69);
NWA (Hawaii) North American title (1969);
NWA (Vancouver) Pacific Coast title (seven times - 1970-79);
NWA Missouri Heavyweight title (1973);
In the Beginning:
Eugene Kiniski started wrestling at the Edmonton YMCA when he was around 15 years of age..
Eugene Kiniski also wrestled and played football at the Universtiy of Arizona..
Early 1950s: Eugene Kiniski played football for the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League for four years..
~~~The Los Angelas Rams were reportedly scouting Kiniski for the NFL but he declined the offer and began wrestling..
Getting into the Business:
Gene Kiniski was trained by Dory Funk Sr. and Tony Morelli, and says that he was never trained by Stu Hart..
Gene Kiniski made his wrestling debut down in Arizona & Texas..
American Wrestling Association:
July 11, 1961: Gene Kiniski defeated Verne Gagne for the AWA World Heavyweight title..
July 19, 1961: Hard Boiled Haggerty & Gene Kiniski defeated Wilbur Snyder & Leo Nomellini for the AWA World tag team titles..
August 8, 1961: Verne Gagne defeated Gene Kiniski to recapture the AWA World Heavyweight title..
National Wrestling Alliance:
1966: Gene Kiniski defeated Lou Thesz for the NWA World title and lost the belt three years later to Dory Funk Jr..
January 7, 1969: Gene Kiniski defeated Bill Dromo to retain the World's Heavyweight title in Macon, Georgia..
Gene Kiniski regularly teamed with James Blears, Waldo von Erich, John Quinn, Hard Boiled Haggerty, Bob Brown & Don Leo Jonathan..
Gene Kiniski's sons Kelly Kiniski and Nick Kiniski were both professional wrestlers..
Gene Kiniski currently hosts a TV show on Canadian Television called "Wrestling with the Past"..
Robert Louis Howell wrote: In 1969, Atlanta TV Wrestling The Professional wrestled a new masked man The Blue Destroyer possibly sent in by Gene Kiniski to eliminate his top challenger. The Professional beat and unmasked the Blue Destroyer and revealed Gene Kiniski.