[Mr. Wrestling Gallery]
||George Burnell Woodin
||July 28, 1934
||Charlotte, North Carolina
|Height & Weight:
Gene & Ole Anderson
AAU National Champion (1955 & 1957);
Big 10 Champion (1958 & 1959 at Michigan State);
AWA (Omaha) World Heavyweight title defeating Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon (January 8, 1964);
NWA Florida Heavyweight title ();
NWA Florida Television title ();
NWA Florida Tag Team titles (2);
NWA Georgia Heavyweight title ();
NWA Georgia Tag Team titles ();
American Tag Team title ();
Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles ();
In The Beginning:
Tim Woods started in Football at Oklahoma State in wrestling but transferred to Michigan State before the season started..
Earned an Agricultural Engineering degree at Cornell University & a Mechanical Engineering degree at Michigan State..
George Woodin was also an accomplished amateur wrestler at Michigan State University..
George Woodin had a very strong amateur wrestling background:
~~~George Woodin was an AAU National Champion (1955 & 1957)..
~~~George Woodin was a Big 10 Champion (1958 & 1959 at Michigan State)..
Getting into the Business:
George Woodin began his wrestling career at the age of 29 using the name Tim Woods..
January 8, 1964: Tim Woods defeated Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon to win the AWA World title in Omaha, Nebraska..
~~~The AWA refused to reognize the title switch, and one week later Vachon was wrestling as the World Champion..
1965: Tim Woods was given the name "Mr. Wrestling" by Nebraska promotor Joe Dusek..
Florida & Georgia:
Mr. Wrestling became a major superstar in the Georgia, Florida, Texas & Mid-Atlantic territories..
April 7 1967: Mr. Wrestling & Enrique & Ramon Torres defeated Lars Anderson & Gene Anderson & Bobby Graham
April 15 1967: Mr. Wrestling (Atlanta Television debut) defeated El Mongol!
July 11, 1967: Mr. Wrestling defeating El Mongol to win the Georgia State Heavyweight title..
June 13, 1970: Tim Woods & George Scott defeated Wahoo McDaniels & Thunderbolt Patterson for the American Tag Team titles!
1971: Mr. Wrestling entered Florida as a "heel", feuding with The Grappler (Johnny Walker, who later became Mr. Wrestling II)..
~~~His "true" idenity was revealed on "Championship Wrestling from Florida with Gordon Solie" by Dick Murdoch..
~~~Tim Woods unmasked and feuded with Dick Murdoch..
June 24, 1972: Tim Woods & Hiro Matsuda defeated Zodiak (Bob Orton) & Taurus (Denis Hall) for the Florida Tag Team titles..
September 28, 1972: Tim Woods defeated Jack Brisco for the Florida State Television title in Tampa, Florida..
January 1, 1973: Tim Woods & Big Bad John defeated Bobby Shane & Chris Markoff for the Florida State Tag Team titles..
July 31, 1973: Tim Woods defeated Paul Jones to win the Florida Heavyweight title in Tampa, Florida..
August 2, 1974: Tim Woods & Mr. Wrestling II defeated Gene & Ole Anderson for the Georgia Tag Team titles..
September 6, 1974: Mr Wrestling & Mr. Wrestling II defeated Gene & Ole Anderson for the Georgia Tag Team titles..
September 15, 1974: Tim Woods & Dino Bravo defeated Gene & Ole Anderson to win the Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles..
April 29, 1974: Mr. Wrestling & Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Gene & Ole Anderson for the Georgia Tag Team titles..
Wrestlers Unmasked by Mr Wrestling: Oki Yama as Butcher Vachon; Dr. M as El Mongol; Dr. Scarlet as Bill Watts..
1983: Mr Wrestling & Mr Wrestling II vs The Road Warriors -- This was Tim Woods' final match..
Tim Woods was an avid collector of motorcycles as well as an accomplished photographer and saxophone player..
Tim Woods also ran a heating and air conditioning business after retiring from the wrestling ring..
November 30, 2002: Tim "Mr. Wrestling" Woods, passed away from a heart attack at his home in Charlotte at the age of 68..
Robert Louis Howell wrote: