[Gene Kiniski Gallery]
Wrestler: Gene Kiniski
Real Name: Eugene Kiniski
Birthday: Early 30s in Edmonton
Hometown: Blaine, Washington
Marital Status:
Height & Weight: 6'4"
Trained by: Dory Funk Sr.
Tony Morelli
Previous Gimmicks: Mighty Canadian -masked-
Gene Kelly (Texas)
"Big Thunder"
"Canada's Greatest Athlete"
Finishing Move: Backbreaker
Favorite Moves:
Notable Feuds: Whipper Watson
Verne Gagne
Dutch Savage
Don Leo Jonathan
Bruno Sammartino
Stan Stasiak
Dory Funk Jr.
Steven Bolus
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.