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{{Infobox Wrestler
| name = Paul Perschmann
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| name = Paul Perschmann <br>[[File:WWE HOF 2013.png|150px]]<br>Class of 2019
| image = [[Image:Buddy-Rose.gif|200px]]
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| image = [[File:Buddy Rose Full.png|200px]]
 
| names = ''''"Playboy" Buddy Rose''''<br>Paul Perschman<br> (The) Executioner
 
| names = ''''"Playboy" Buddy Rose''''<br>Paul Perschman<br> (The) Executioner
| height = 6 ft. 1 in. (185 cm)
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| height = 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
| weight = 140 kg
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| weight = 308 lbs (140 kg)
| birth_date = November 27, [[1952]]
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| birth_date = {{Birth date|1952|11|27}}
| birth_place = Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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| birth_place = [[Las Vegas, Nevada]]
| death_date = April 28, [[2009]] (age 56)
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| death_date = {{Death date and age|2009|4|28|1952|11|27}}
| death_place = Vancouver, Washington, USA
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| death_place = [[Vancouver, Washington]]
| resides = N/A
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| billed = Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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| billed = [[Las Vegas, Nevada]]
 
| trainer = [[Billy Robinson]]<br>[[Verne Gagne]]
 
| trainer = [[Billy Robinson]]<br>[[Verne Gagne]]
 
| debut = [[1973]]
 
| debut = [[1973]]
 
| retired = [[2005]]
 
| retired = [[2005]]
 
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'''"Playboy" Buddy Rose''' ('''Paul Perschmann''') was an American wrestler.
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'''Paul Perschmann''' (November 27, [[1952]] &ndash; April 28, [[2009]]) was an [[American]] [[professional wrestler]], better known by his ring name, '''"Playboy" Buddy Rose.'''
 
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==Career==
 
==Career==
Trained by [[Verne Gagne]] and [[Billy Robinson]] in the mid-1970s. Wrestled primarily for the [[American Wrestling Association|AWA]], [[World Wrestling Entertainment|WWF]], and for promoter [[Don Owen]] in [[Pacific Northwest Wrestling]] throughout his career. One of his most memorable feuds during his time in the Pacific Northwest was with a young [["Rowdy" Roddy Piper]], fresh from a stint in California. According to Piper in his autobiography, this was the feud that "made" both men. Rose would remain in the Pacific Northwest while Piper would eventually move on to the Carolinas and later, the World Wrestling Federation.
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Paul Perschmann was trained by [[Verne Gagne]] and [[Billy Robinson]] in the early 1970s. Under his own name, he made his debut on December 3, 1973 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin in a 10-minute draw with fellow camp mate [[Sgt. Slaughter|Bob Remus]], the future Sergeant Slaughter. He wrestled primarily for the [[American Wrestling Association|AWA]], [[World Wrestling Entertainment|WWF]], and for promoter [[Don Owen]] in [[Pacific Northwest Wrestling]].
   
A consummate heel, Rose was well respected for his great ability to both work the microphone and take a bump. He even turned his excessive weight gain during the later part of his career into a gimmick. When the ring announcer listed his weight as 317 lbs., Rose would angrily grab the mike away from him and say, "I do not weigh 317 pounds. I weigh 217." This would of course bait the crowd into a booing frenzy. On occasion, he would also do one-handed push-ups in the ring and challenge other more muscular opponents to a "pose-down."
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One of the most legendary feuds in the Pacific Northwest pitted Rose against "Rowdy" [[Roddy Piper]]. According to Piper in his autobiography, this was the feud that really made him a name in the business, and it cemented Rose's status as an icon of the region. Rose also had a long feud with "Superfly" [[Jimmy Snuka]]. His long-time tag team partner, [[Edward Wiskoski]], stood by his side for three decades.
   
Rose, wrestling with a mask under the name "The Executioner," lost to [[Tito Santana]] in the opening match of ''[[WrestleMania (1985)|WrestleMania 1985]]''. He later returned to the [[World Wrestling Entertainment|World Wrestling Federation]] as enhancement talent. His most infamous WWF moment was a televised skit : the "Blow Away" diet plan, a parody of infomercials which sold weight loss products. In the skit, Rose, who at the time was close to 400 lbs., poured some type of powder (laundry soap) on himself, and then he stood in front of an industrial-strength fan, which "blew away" the powder and the fat with it.
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Wrestling for the WWF during 1982-83, he would often work 90 days in a row. When he had a rare day off, he would fly back to the West Coast and headline cards there. At the peak of his WWF run, he was main eventing at Madison Square Garden against [[Bob Backlund]] for the WWF World Heavyweight title. Rose, who also had some bouts with [[Pedro Morales]] during this period, was managed by the [[Grand Wizard]].
   
Rose was found dead on April 28, [[2009]], at his home in Vancouver, Washington by his wife, Tammy Perschmann. A cause of death was not immediately available, but there were reports that Rose had several health issues, including diabetes and obesity.<ref>[http://www.kptv.com/entertainment/19320827/detail.html Wrestler "Playboy" Buddy Rose Found Dead] at FOX12 Oregon (KPTV)</ref>
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Rose and [[Doug Somers]] engaged in a feud with the [[Midnight Rockers]] over the AWA Tag Team Titles in 1986 and 1987. During this run, Rose was never pinned.
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A consummate [[heel (professional wrestling)|heel]], Rose was well respected for both his great ability to work the microphone and as a ring general. Later in his career, when he gained a large amount of weight, he turned this into a comical gimmick. When the ring announcer introduced him and listed his weight at 271 pounds, Rose would angrily take the microphone away from him, and would flip the seven and one around and claim to weigh "a slim, trim, 217 pounds". This would bait the crowd into a booing frenzy. On occasion, he would also do one-handed push-ups & kip ups in the ring, and challenge other more muscular opponents to a "pose-down." Rose claims that Vince McMahon used to say, "I want everybody to work out...except for Buddy," knowing that Rose's weight was his gimmick.
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Rose, wrestling as the masked Executioner, lost to [[Tito Santana]] in the opening match of the inaugural [[WrestleMania (1985)|WrestleMania]].
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Rose had another run in the WWF from 1990 to early 1991, being used primarily as a comical enhancement talent.
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In the mid-to-late 1990s, Rose hosted a call-in talk show on a Portland radio station.
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His last match took place at Wrestle Reunion 2005 in Tampa, Florida. He competed in a six-man tag team bout pitting himself, Col. DeBeers ([[Edward Wiskoski]]) and Bob Orton, Jr. against Jimmy Valiant, Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka. This was billed as Jimmy Valiant's retirement match, but Rose (who took the biggest bump of the night) retired after this as a wrestler, and only made personal appearances. He opened a [[Glossary of professional wrestling terms#School|wrestling training school]] with Wiskoski in Portland after his retirement.
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==Death==
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On April 28, 2009, Rose was found dead in his home in [[Vancouver, Washington]] by his wife. The medical examiner attributed his death to natural causes. Rose, who had struggled with his weight since the late 1980s, was morbidly obese, leading to problems with blood sugar and diabetes.
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==In wrestling==
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*'''Finishing moves'''
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**''Las Vegas Jackpot'' ([[DDT (professional wrestling)|DDT]])
   
 
==Championships and accomplishments==
 
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:*[[NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship|NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Champion]] (8 times)
 
:*[[NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship|NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Champion]] (8 times)
 
:*[[NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship|NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Champion]] (12 times) - with [[Jesse Ventura]] (2), [[Edward Wiskoski|Ed Wiskoski / Col. DeBeers]] (4), [[Rip Oliver]] (2), [[Stan Stasiak]] (1), [[Brian Adias]] (1), [[Curt Hennig]] (1) and [[Avalanche]] (1)
 
:*[[NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship|NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Champion]] (12 times) - with [[Jesse Ventura]] (2), [[Edward Wiskoski|Ed Wiskoski / Col. DeBeers]] (4), [[Rip Oliver]] (2), [[Stan Stasiak]] (1), [[Brian Adias]] (1), [[Curt Hennig]] (1) and [[Avalanche]] (1)
:*[[NWA Southern Tag Team Championship|NWA Southern Tag Team Champion]] (1 time) - with [[Jimmy Golden]]
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:*[[AWA Southern Tag Team Championship|NWA Southern Tag Team Championship|NWA Southern Tag Team Champion]] (1 time) - with [[Jimmy Golden]]
 
:*[[NWA World Tag Team Championship (San Francisco version)|NWA World Tag Team Champion ''(San Francisco version)'']] (1 time) - with [[Edward Wiskoski|Ed Wiskoski]]
 
:*[[NWA World Tag Team Championship (San Francisco version)|NWA World Tag Team Champion ''(San Francisco version)'']] (1 time) - with [[Edward Wiskoski|Ed Wiskoski]]
   
==References==
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:*[[WWE Hall of Fame]] (Class of 2019)
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==External links==
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*[[File:Cm logo.jpg|50px]] [http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=1240&gimmick=Buddy+Rose Profile]
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*[http://www.wwe.com/superstars/wwealumni/buddyrose/ WWE Alumni Profile of Buddy Rose]
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*[http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/b/buddy-rose.html Online World of Wrestling profile]
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Latest revision as of 11:23, April 21, 2019

Paul Perschmann (November 27, 1952 – April 28, 2009) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, "Playboy" Buddy Rose.

CareerEdit

Paul Perschmann was trained by Verne Gagne and Billy Robinson in the early 1970s. Under his own name, he made his debut on December 3, 1973 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin in a 10-minute draw with fellow camp mate Bob Remus, the future Sergeant Slaughter. He wrestled primarily for the AWA, WWF, and for promoter Don Owen in Pacific Northwest Wrestling.

One of the most legendary feuds in the Pacific Northwest pitted Rose against "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. According to Piper in his autobiography, this was the feud that really made him a name in the business, and it cemented Rose's status as an icon of the region. Rose also had a long feud with "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka. His long-time tag team partner, Edward Wiskoski, stood by his side for three decades.

Wrestling for the WWF during 1982-83, he would often work 90 days in a row. When he had a rare day off, he would fly back to the West Coast and headline cards there. At the peak of his WWF run, he was main eventing at Madison Square Garden against Bob Backlund for the WWF World Heavyweight title. Rose, who also had some bouts with Pedro Morales during this period, was managed by the Grand Wizard.

Rose and Doug Somers engaged in a feud with the Midnight Rockers over the AWA Tag Team Titles in 1986 and 1987. During this run, Rose was never pinned.

A consummate heel, Rose was well respected for both his great ability to work the microphone and as a ring general. Later in his career, when he gained a large amount of weight, he turned this into a comical gimmick. When the ring announcer introduced him and listed his weight at 271 pounds, Rose would angrily take the microphone away from him, and would flip the seven and one around and claim to weigh "a slim, trim, 217 pounds". This would bait the crowd into a booing frenzy. On occasion, he would also do one-handed push-ups & kip ups in the ring, and challenge other more muscular opponents to a "pose-down." Rose claims that Vince McMahon used to say, "I want everybody to work out...except for Buddy," knowing that Rose's weight was his gimmick.

Rose, wrestling as the masked Executioner, lost to Tito Santana in the opening match of the inaugural WrestleMania.

Rose had another run in the WWF from 1990 to early 1991, being used primarily as a comical enhancement talent.

In the mid-to-late 1990s, Rose hosted a call-in talk show on a Portland radio station.

His last match took place at Wrestle Reunion 2005 in Tampa, Florida. He competed in a six-man tag team bout pitting himself, Col. DeBeers (Edward Wiskoski) and Bob Orton, Jr. against Jimmy Valiant, Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka. This was billed as Jimmy Valiant's retirement match, but Rose (who took the biggest bump of the night) retired after this as a wrestler, and only made personal appearances. He opened a wrestling training school with Wiskoski in Portland after his retirement.

DeathEdit

On April 28, 2009, Rose was found dead in his home in Vancouver, Washington by his wife. The medical examiner attributed his death to natural causes. Rose, who had struggled with his weight since the late 1980s, was morbidly obese, leading to problems with blood sugar and diabetes.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • Las Vegas Jackpot (DDT)

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

National
Regional
World Wrestling Entertainment

External linksEdit

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