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| birth_date = November 22, [[1931]]
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| death_date = August 5, [[2009]]
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'''Al Tomko''' was a Canadian [[professional wrestler]] and wrestling promoter.
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'''Al Tomko''' (November 22, [[1931]] – August 5, [[2009]]) was a [[Canadian]] [[professional wrestler]] and wrestling promoter.
   
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
Tomko started out as a wrestler in his hometown of Winnipeg in the 1950s with his own promotion, the Olympia Wrestling Club. After he shut down the Olympia Club to pursue non-wrestling ventures, he would join the larger Madison Wrestling Club in the 1960s and become one of that promotion's top heels; he would later buy the Madison Club in 1967 and merge it with the [[American Wrestling Association]] in 1968. He acted as the AWA's Winnipeg promoter from 1966 through to the mid-1970s, sometimes wrestling on the promotion's local shows as "Crazy Legs" Leroy Hirsch, and he was credited with launching the career of [[Roddy Piper]].
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Tomko started out as a wrestler in his hometown of [[Winnipeg]] in the 1950s with his own promotion, the Olympia Wrestling Club. After he shut down the Olympia Club to pursue non-wrestling ventures, he would join the larger [[Madison Wrestling Club]] in the 1960s and become one of that promotion's top heels; he would later buy the Madison Club in 1967 and merge it with the [[American Wrestling Association]] in 1968. He acted as the AWA's Winnipeg promoter from 1966 through to the mid-1970s, sometimes wrestling on the promotion's local shows as "Crazy Legs" Leroy Hirsch, and he was credited with launching the career of [[Roddy Piper]].
   
Tomko later left Winnipeg and headed to Vancouver, where he bought Sandor Kovacs' ownership stake in [[NWA All Star Wrestling]] in 1977. While promoting the Vancouver territory, he began pushing himself as All Star's top star in the early-1980s (despite his age, being physically past his prime, and lacking wrestling skills) and gave himself almost all of All Star's championships (including the Vancouver version of the NWA Canadian Heavyweight title) at various points. Under Tomko's leadership, All Star went into decline (with co-owner [[Gene Kiniski]] selling his share of the company in 1985) and would be out of business by 1989.
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Tomko later left Winnipeg and headed to [[Vancouver]], where he bought [[Sandor Kovacs]]' ownership stake in [[NWA All-Star Wrestling]] in 1977. While promoting the Vancouver territory, he began pushing himself as All-Star's top star in the early-1980s (despite his age, being physically past his prime, and lacking wrestling skills) and gave himself almost all of All-Star's championships (including the Vancouver version of the NWA Canadian Heavyweight title) at various points. Under Tomko's leadership, All-Star went into decline (with co-owner [[Gene Kiniski]] selling his share of the company in 1985) and would be out of business by 1989.
   
Tomko died of pancreatic cancer at age 77 on August 5, 2009.<ref>[http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2009/08/06/10379921.html Al Tomko -- a true original -- dies]</ref>
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Tomko died of pancreatic cancer at age 77 on August 5, [[2009]].<ref>[http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2009/08/06/10379921.html Al Tomko -- a true original -- dies]</ref>
   
 
==Championships and accomplishments==
 
==Championships and accomplishments==
*5-time [[NWA Vancouver Canadian Heavyweight Championship|NWA Vancouver Canadian Heavyweight Champion]]
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*'''[[Madison Wrestling Club]]'''
*2-time NWA Vancouver Canadian Tag Team Champion
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:*[[Madison Wrestling Club Tag Team Championship]] (1 time) - with [[Moose Morowski|Stan Mykietowich]]
*2-time [[NWA International Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version)|NWA Vancouver International Tag Team Champion]]
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*1-time Madison Wrestling Club Tag Team Champion
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*'''[[NWA All-Star Wrestling]]'''
*1-time MAC Tag Team Champion
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:*[[NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship (Vancouver version)|NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship (''Vancouver version'')]] ([[NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship (Vancouver version)#Title history|5 times]])
*1-time [[UWA Heavyweight Championship (Vancouver version)|UWA Heavyweight Champion]]
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:*[[NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version)|NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (''Vancouver version'')]] ([[NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version)#Title history|2 times]]) - with [[Igor Volkoff]] (1) and [[Bob Brown]] (1)
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:*[[NWA International Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version)|NWA International Tag Team Championship (''Vancouver version'')]] ([[NWA International Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version)#Title history|2 times]]) - with [[Moose Morowski]] (1) and Bob Brown (1)
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:*[[UWA Heavyweight Championship (Vancouver version)|UWA Heavyweight Championship]] ([[UWA Heavyweight Championship (Vancouver version)#Title history|1 time]])
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*'''[[West Coast Championship Wrestling]]'''
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:*[[WCCW Mid-Heavyweight Championship]] (1 time)
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://slam.canoe.ca/SlamWrestlingBios/tomko_al.html Slam! Wrestling profile]
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*[[File:Cm logo.jpg|50px]] [https://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=13789&gimmick=Al+Tomko Profile]
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*[[File:Wrestling Data logo.png|50px]] [https://www.wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bios&wrestler=2160 Profile]
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Latest revision as of 21:22, July 30, 2019

Al Tomko (November 22, 1931 – August 5, 2009) was a Canadian professional wrestler and wrestling promoter.

CareerEdit

Tomko started out as a wrestler in his hometown of Winnipeg in the 1950s with his own promotion, the Olympia Wrestling Club. After he shut down the Olympia Club to pursue non-wrestling ventures, he would join the larger Madison Wrestling Club in the 1960s and become one of that promotion's top heels; he would later buy the Madison Club in 1967 and merge it with the American Wrestling Association in 1968. He acted as the AWA's Winnipeg promoter from 1966 through to the mid-1970s, sometimes wrestling on the promotion's local shows as "Crazy Legs" Leroy Hirsch, and he was credited with launching the career of Roddy Piper.

Tomko later left Winnipeg and headed to Vancouver, where he bought Sandor Kovacs' ownership stake in NWA All-Star Wrestling in 1977. While promoting the Vancouver territory, he began pushing himself as All-Star's top star in the early-1980s (despite his age, being physically past his prime, and lacking wrestling skills) and gave himself almost all of All-Star's championships (including the Vancouver version of the NWA Canadian Heavyweight title) at various points. Under Tomko's leadership, All-Star went into decline (with co-owner Gene Kiniski selling his share of the company in 1985) and would be out of business by 1989.

Tomko died of pancreatic cancer at age 77 on August 5, 2009.[1]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


TriviaEdit

Al Tomko is not the father of current TNA star Travis Tomko. He does have two sons who also wrestled - Todd Tomko (who used the ring name Rick Davis) and Terry Tomko (who competed as The Frog, first while wearing a mask, and later unmasked).

ReferencesEdit

  1. Al Tomko -- a true original -- dies

External linksEdit

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