George Steele

Oct 14, 2009 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Photo credit: World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Photo credit: World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Real name: William James Myers
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 288 lbs.
Date of birth: April 16, 1937
Date of death: February 17, 2017
From: Detroit, MI
Pro debut: 1967
Trained by: Bert Rubi
Finishing move: Flying Hammerlock


– On May 3, 1980, Steele & Frankie Laine defeated John Bonello & Randy Scott to win the NWA Detroit Tag Team Titles. Amazingly, this would be Steele’s only major title win in his career
– In 1986, Steele developed a crush on Miss Elizabeth, leading to his most famous feud against Randy Savage
– At WrestleMania II, Steele competed in his only WWF PPV match, in a losing effort against Randy Savage
– In 1988, Steele began carrying a stuffed animal named ‘Mine’ to the ring
– In late 1989, Steele retired from the ring, as he was battling Crohn’s disease
– In 1994, he made his acting debut, appearing as Tor Johnson in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood
– On June 24, 1995, Steele was inducted into the then-WWF Hall of Fame by Doink The Clown
– In early 1999, Steele briefly returned to the WWF, competing as a member of The Oddities
– On January 10, 2000, Steele made his only appearance on WCW programming, defeating Jeff Jarrett in a Bunkhouse Brawl with Chris Benoit as special guest referee
– At Slammiversary 2008, Steele appeared as one of Jay Lethal’s groomsmen, alongside Koko B Ware & Jake Roberts

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