Sep 11, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Arnold Skaaland
Weight: 238 lbs.
Date of birth: January 21, 1925
Date of death: March 13, 2007
From: White Plains, NY
Pro debut: 1946
- Skaaland served as referee for the infamous 1962 match between Freddie Blassie and Rikidozan in Japan.
- Skaaland’s most controversial moment occurred in 1983, when he threw in the towel for Bob Backlund after the Iron Sheik trapped the titlist in the camel clutch, ending the clean-living kingpin’s long reign.
- He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1994 for managing both Sammartino and Backlund to WWE Championships.