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Wrestler: Tony Garea
Real Name: Anthony Garcia
Birthday:
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status:
Height & Weight:
Trained by: Wild Don Scott
Debut: 1973
Previous Gimmicks: Tony Garcia (Australia)
Finishing Move: Octopus Hold
Favorite Moves:
Notable Feuds:


[Tony Garea Gallery]

  • WWWF Tag Team titles w/Haystacks Calhoun defeating Toru Tanaka & Mr Fuji (05/20/73-09/11/73);
  • WWWF Tag Team titles w/Dean Ho defeating Toru Tanaka & Mr Fuji (11/14/73-05/08/74);
  • WWWF Tag Team titles w/Larry Zbyszko defeating The Yukon Lumberjacks (11/21/78-03/06/78);
  • WWWF Tag Team titles w/Rick Martel defeating The Wild Somoans (11/08/80-03/17/81);
  • WWWF Tag Team titles w/Rick Martel defeating The Moondogs (07/21/81-10/13/81);
  • NWA (San Francisco) Tag Team titles w/Pat Patterson defeating Don Muraco & Invader 1 (May 15, 1976);


  • In The Beginning:
  • Tony Garea was an accomplished sprinter and Rugby player before turning to wrestling..
  • Tony Garea & Rick Martel's tag team partnership was originally formed in NWA New Zealand..
  • 1972: Tony Garea left New Zealand to further his career in the United States..
  • Tony Garea also wrestled occasionally in Australia while being primarily based in the USA..
  • Tony Garea (while wrestling in Australia) caught the eye NWA President Eddie Graham, who was visiting the counry..
  • ~~~Tony Garea was offered the opportunity to wrestle for Eddie Graham's Florida territory..
  • ~~~Tony Garea was to work his way to try and re-establish himself in United States..
  • ~~~He eventually joined the WWWF headed by Vince McMahon Sr. and made the move to New York..

    NWA San Fransisco:
  • 1973: Tony Garea & Bob Orton Jr. co-won Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year..
  • May 15, 1976: Tony Gaea & Pat Patterson defeated Don Muraco & Invader 1 to win the NWA San Francisco Tag Team titles..
  • September 18, 1976: The Royal Kangaroos defeated Tony Garea & Pat Patterson for the NWA San Francisco Tag Team Titles..

    World (Wide) Wrestling Federation:
  • Tony Garea won five seperate WWWF Tag Team titles with 4 partners; Haystacks Calhoun, Dean Ho, Larry Zbyszko & Rick Martel..
  • March 17, 1979: The Valiant Brothers & Lou Albano vs Larry Zbyszko & Ivan Putski & Tony Garea..
  • September 22, 1980 - WWF/NWA: Larry Zbysko beat Tony Garea by disqualification..
  • November 8, 1980: Tony Garea & Rick Martel defeated The Wild Samoans to win the WWWF Tag Team titles..
  • December 1980 - MSG: Tony Garea & Rick Martel vs The Moondogs..
  • January 10, 1981: The Moondogs beat Rick Martel & Tony Garea via DQ so Martel/Garea retain their titles..
  • February 14, 1981: Tony Garea & Rick Martel defeated The Moondogs to retain the Tag titles..
  • March 16, 1981 - MSG: Tony Garea vs Bulldog Brower..
  • March 21, 1981: Tony Garea vs Stan Hansen..
  • March 18, 1981: Tony Garea & Andre the Giant beat Moondog Rex & Sgt Slaughter..
  • March 18, 1981: Tony Garea defeated Hulk Hogan (yes, that's correct)..
  • May 4, 1981: Tony Garea/Rick Martel/Gorilla Monsoon vs Stan Hansen/Lou Albano/Moondog Rex..
  • May 23, 1981: Tony Garea vs George Steele..
  • June 21, 1981: Tony Gary & Rick Martel defeated The Moondogs to win the WWWF Tag Team titles..
  • October 13, 1981: Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito defeated Tony Garea & Rick Martel for the WWWF Tag Team titles..
  • January 16, 1982: Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito vs Tony Garea & Rick Martel..
  • June 28, 1982: Tony Garea vs Adrian Adonis..
  • November 1982: Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito vs Tony Gary & Rocky Johnson..
  • January 1983: The Wild Somoans vs Tony Garea & Eddie Gilbert..
  • April 30, 1983: Tony Gary vs Ray Stevens..
  • February 18, 1984: Mr. Fuji & Tiger Chung Lee vs Tony Garea & Eddie Gilbert..
  • March 21, 1984: Andre the Giant & Tony Garea & Jimmy Snuka defeated The Wild Samoans..
  • July 23, 1984 - Brawl to End it All: The Iron Sheik pinned Tony Garea..
  • October 5, 1985 - SNME: Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine beat Lanny Poffo & Tony Garea..
  • August 28, 1985 - Michigan State Fair: King Kong Bundy beat Tony Garea..
  • January 2, 1986 - TNT: Terry Funk breaks a bottle over Tony Garea`s head in a saloon type brawl..
  • August 28, 1986 - The Big Event: Ted Arcidi beat Tony Garea via submission..
  • Tony Garea settled into an office position with the World Wrestling Federation for nearly 20 years!
  • October 3, 2005 - WWE Homecoming: Tony Garea participated in a Legends Ceremony which included roughly 24 Legends..
  • Tony Garea's younger brother Johnny Garcia (Garea) also wrestled in New Zealand and had a brief stint in the WWF..