Frank Williams was a New York area outlaw/independent wrestler known for his many appearances on WWE television from 1975 to 1984.
Ringside 41 Lucha Libre
"El Vaquero" aka "Cowboy" Frankie Williams was a star for Ringside 41 a wrestling company directly marketed toward the Hispanic community of New York/Tri-State area. The WWWF had a working agreement with Ringside 41, which saw Frank Williams and others get an opportunity to work with the WWWF.
Frank Williams was a staple on WWF television and preliminary matches. In spite of his lower card status, Frankie racked up some impressive wins during his long stay beating Tony Altimore and a rookie Bad New Allen.
Williams also served as a color commentator in 1980. After being injured by a Swede Hanson piledriver, and being knocked off the stretcher by Hanson and manager Freddie Blassie, Williams warned against the dangers of the piledriver and that he would not wrestle Swede Hanson again until the piledriver (or neckbreaker as Frank called it) was banned. Frank wrestled Swede again in 1983 at the Boston Garden.
According to an interview with Larry Sharpe, Frankie was a backstage joker and sometimes assistant to Gorilla Monsoon at television tapings. As well as being an on air talent, Frank also made the Tag Team and Intercontinental trophy belts for the WWF from the late 70s to the mid 80s.
For some, Williams is best known for his appearance on Piper's Pit. Where Piper taunted and humiliated him, before beating him up and throwing him off the set.
After the Piper incident, Williams retired from wrestling.
Frankie Williams passed away on April 23, 1991.
- Teams and stables
- with Pete Sanchez