Wrestling By The Numbers: Douglas ‘Doug Gilbert’ Lindzy
The professional wrestling world has been morning the death of former 1-Time AWA Tag-Team Champion Douglas ‘Doug Gilbert’ Lindzy. The 76-year-old South Bend Indiana native passed away on November 4th after a 3-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Lindzy is best remembered for having great runs with both the American Wrestling Association and Georgia Championship Wrestling during his career. Prior to entering the squared circle Lindzy was well known in Kansas City as a successful weight lifter and body builder in the 1950’s. He debuted in professional wrestling in 1959 after having been trained at the Marigold Arena in Chicago.
Over his 26-year career Douglas Lindzy wrestled under numerous personas including Doug Gilbert, Mr. High, The Professional, Redbeard, The Destroyer, Gashouse Gilbert and The Spoiler # 1. Lindzy was a journeyman performer having competed in numerous top territories making his home in the Mid-West. In the 1960’s he formed a tag-team with Mr. Low Dick Steinborn and the duo became a top draw for the AWA which included a big money feud with the tag-team The Kalmikoff’s. In 1968 he also had major singles success competing as The Professional in Georgia, at the height of his popularity he challenged NWA Champion Gene Kiniski for his title.
In the 1970’s Lindzy competed regularly for Georgia Championship Wrestling, Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and the World Wide Wrestling Federation. He also completed a tour of the orient with New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1975. He was known for being an agile high flyer in the ring but also impressed with his strength. He is one of the few men in history to have body slammed Andre the Giant during a match, a feat he competed during a Grand Prix Wrestling show in Montreal. When his wrestling career started to fade in the late 1970’s he started running a gym in Omaha Nebraska. Lindzy worked his final two matches in 1985 and 1986 for the World Wrestling Federation on a pair of their house show events promoted in Omaha.
Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Douglas ‘Doug Gilbert’ Lindzy by the numbers…
American Wrestling Association:
* 4 Matches on AWA All-Star Wrestling.
* 2 Main Event Matches on AWA All-Star Wrestling.
World Wide Wrestling Federation:
* 3 Matches on WWWF On MSG Network.
National Wrestling Alliance: Western States Sports
* 1 Match on NWA Western States.
* 1 Main Event Match on NWA Western States.
New Japan Pro Wrestling:
* 1 Match on NJPW Golden Fight Series 1975.