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SLAM! Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame: Wolfman

The Wolfman. Courtesy Terry Dart.
REAL NAME: Willie Farkas
6'2", 250 pounds
ALIASES/NICKNAMES: Hungarian Wolfman

Came to Canada in 1936 from Hungary, looking for work as a soccer player. Instead, he ended up a pro wrestler. His gimmick as the Wolfman came about from his broken-English and dark complexion. He claimed to have been raised by wolves, and wore wolf fur on his trunks and boots.

Memories

  Let me be the first to remember The Wolfman. He had a couple of brief visits to the WWWF during the early and mid 70s. I enjoyed him because I always liked the heels. His finishing move was a "hanging neckbreaker" - he would stand back to back with his opponent, reach around with both hands to grip his foe by the chin, and then bend over, lifting his opponent off his feet. It was an awkward move and it only worked if his opponent was short. The opponent would squirm and kick and eventually submit.
  If I remember correctly, The Wolfman was brought to the ring on a long chain by his manager. He'd be unchained only when the match began, and as soon as the match was over he'd be put back in chains as soon as possible, as if his manager feared the Wolfman might run loose and injure some fans at ringside. One time The Wolfman resisted being chained up and ran around the ring, biting the ropes and threatening the referee. Finally, the manager was able to get the chain on and lead him out of the ring.
  He was always introduced as being "From The Wilds of Canada!"
  I saw him against Andre The Giant at The Boston Garden sometime in the mid 70s. Andre was too tall for The Hanging Neckbreaker, so all The Wolfman could really do was bite Andre on the leg. Andre crushed him in about two minutes. That was the last I saw of the Wolfman.
  I don't know if he ever fought Bruno or Pedro, the two WWWF champs of that era, but perhaps someone else knows. The Wolfman was never a top flight heel attraction, like an Ivan Koloff or a Kowalski, but I always liked him.
  Don S.
  I have another Wolfman memory involving Andre. I don't know if anyone remembers the Mike Douglas Show from the 70s. It was a daytime talk show, a bit like Rosie O'Donnal's current show. Anyway, Mike Douglas was broadcasting his show from Miami Beach one week and his co-host was the comedy legend Jerry Lewis. Mike thought it would be funny to put Jerry in the ring with a couple of professional wrestlers (This was long before Jay Leno got in the ring with Hulk Hogan!).
  A ring was set up on the beach and Jerry stepped in. Mike Douglas would be his tag team partner. Who shows up as their opponents? None other than Andre and The Wolfman. Jerry made a few comments about Wolfman's hair but not much else happened. Most of the match was made up of Andre chasing Jerry Lewis around the ring. Truthfully, The Wolfman seemed kind of uninterested. The bit wasn't as funny as Mike Douglas had hoped, but it was thrilling to see a couple of wrestlers on a daytime talk show.
  A final word on The Wolfman. When Bruiser Brody turned up in the WWWF during the late 70s I didn't think much of him. I know he went on to become a legendary figure in the sport, but at the time I thought, "Ah, Brody is just a Wolfman wannabe!"
  That's how fond I was of The Wolfman.
  DS
 I was young but I remember at the end of The Wolfman's matches they would put a big X across the screen.With Vince Jr. yelling We need security to get him out of the ring. I also remember them announcing he was from " The wilds of Canada".
 He was the scariest wrestler of his time.
 Zoltan1065@aol.com
 Yeah, I remember the 'X' they used to put across the screen. If I'm not mistaken, the reason for the censoring was because the Wolfman used to gnaw on his opponent after the match. I was only 10 at the time, but thought it was great.
 DaveHeu@cs.com
 Oh what a shock & joy to see a posting about the Wolfman. I remember seeing those old WWWF shows with the chains & the X across the screen. He was one of my favorites of the time. Never did I imagine I would come upon mention of him ever again. I was not such a big fan during the late '70s or early '80s. When I went back to being a fan, there was nothing to be seen regarding the Wolfman. Thanks for the memory & the smile.
 Greg. ghutwagner@cs.com
 Captain Lou Albano used to lead him into the ring on a chain - he wore animal skins and furs into the ring......
 The X'ing of the screen was later used by McMahon for Black Jack Mulligan appearances...
 The Wolfman ruled!
 Jonathan Ginsberg