Floyd Creatchman dead at 46
GREG OLIVER -- Co-producer, SLAM! Wrestling
|The Great Samu and Floyd Creatchman. (Photo courtesy of Eddie Creatchman's daughter Cheryl and granddaughter Alissa Silver. )
"Wrestling was in Floyd's blood, heart and soul," said his niece Alissa
Silver. "My uncle was a hell of a lot more original than these every day
people... from his taste in cars, clothes, furniture and thoughts."
Though never a star at the wrestling-side of the business, like his
father, Floyd had enough training in the ring to be able to take the
falls safely, and to make them look convincing. Father and son even had
feuding stables for a time in Detroit.
"I didn't know Floyd very well -- he wasn't in that much or that long
and to my recollection never worked other towns in the territory besides
Detroit," recalled Terrance Teagarden, who was a ring announcer in
Detroit and worked behind-the-scenes in the promotion as well. "Seemed
like a nice guy, very polite and a hard worker."
In International Wrestling, the Pretty Boy's stable included Hercules
Daddy Siki, Pretty Boy Simms, The Great Samu, Richard
Charland and Shiek Ali (Stephen
Petitpas). He also hosted a Piper's Pit-type segment, and sometimes
billed himself as a "sports agent" rather than a manager. On June 30,
1986, Creatchman managed The Great Samu to a victory over Dino Bravo
for the International title at the Paul Sauve Arena. His tag team of
Charland and Ali also held the International tag belts.
In 1985, he even made a short run in Memphis as Leslie Floyd Creatchman
III, lasting about three weeks. According to Avruskin, the younger
Creatchman was brought in by Vince McMahon for tryouts in the WWF on a
couple of occasions.
The only son of the late Eddie and Goldie Riesler Creatchman, Floyd is
survived by his sister Cheryl, his niece Alissa Silver and his nephew
Joel and his caregiver Rhoda. He was buried at Montreal's Mount Pleasant
Cemetery, in the Radomer Society Section, on Monday.
Eddie and Floyd Creatchman in our Canadian Hall of Fame