Baron Von Raschke

Jan 9, 2022 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Real Name: James Donald Raschke
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 281 lbs.
Date of Birth: July 30, 1940
From: Omaha, Nebraska
Pro Debut: 1966
Retired: 1996
Trained By: Verne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon
Finishing Move: Brainclaw

Biography

– Raschke was a successful amateur wrestler in his youth
– In 1966, he joined the AWA, working as a referee whilst training for an in-ring career
– On September 16, 1966, ‘Jim Raschke’ defeated Johnny Kace in his debut match
– In 1967, Raschke moved to territories in Canada and the northern US, debuting his Baron Von Raschke character
– On January 31, 1969, Raschke fought Texas Heavyweight Champion Dan Miller to a time-limit draw
– On March 7, 1970, Raschke defeated Dick The Bruiser in a No-DQ Match to win the WWA World Title
– On December 26, 1970, Raschke defeated Bobo Brazil to retain the WWA World Title
– On June 18, 1971, Raschke fought Dick The Bruiser to a double-DQ to retain the WWA World Title
– On July 16, Raschke defeated Ernie Ladd to retain the WWA World Title
– In late 1971, Raschke made a brief tour of Japan with the IWE promotion
– On November 26, 1971, Raschke defeated Dick The Bruiser in a German Death Match to regain the WWA World Title
– On December 10, Raschke defeated Wilbur Snyder to retain the WWA World Title
– On December 26, 1972, Raschke fought The Crusher to a draw to retain the WWA World Title
– On January 25, 1974, Raschke lost a Loser Leaves Town Match to Bob Ellis, ending his fruitful stint with WWA. He would return to the AWA the following month
– On March 21, 1975, Raschke defeated AWA World Champion Verne Gagne by DQ. The duo would wrestle a series of DQ finishes through the rest of the year
– In December 1976, Raschke worked his first matches for the WWWF. He would be a regular for the promotion beginning in early 1977
– In September 1977, Raschke left the WWWF in favour of Mid-Atlantic
– On October 12, 1977, Raschke defeated Ricky Steamboat to win the Mid-Atlantic Television Title. The title would be renamed to the NWA Television Title during this reign
– On January 10, 1978, Raschke defeated Tim Woods to retain the NWA Television Title
– On January 20, Raschke defeated Mr Wrestling to retain the NWA Television Title
– On February 5, Raschke defeated Tiger Conway Jr to retain the NWA Television Title
– On February 28, Raschke defeated Johnny Weaver by DQ to retain the NWA Television Title
– On April 3, Raschke defeated Johnny Weaver to regain the NWA Television Title, having lost it early the previous month. Raschke would retain the title against Weaver in a series of matches throughout April 1978
– On June 14, 1978, Raschke & Greg Valentine defeated Ricky Steamboat & Paul Jones to win the NWA Tag Team Titles
– On July 29, Raschke & Valentine defeated Paul Jones & Mr Wrestling to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– On August 24, Raschke & Valentine defeated Dick Murdoch & Tony Atlas to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– On October 14, Raschke & Valentine defeated Ricky Steamboat & Paul Jones to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– On October 22, Raschke & Valentine defeated Dick Murdoch & Paul Jones to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– On October 29, Raschke & Valentine defeated Blackjack Mulligan & Johnny Weaver to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– On November 23, Raschke & Valentine defeated Jimmy Snuka & Paul Orndorff to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– On April 16, 1979, Raschke & Paul Jones defeated Jimmy Snuka & Paul Orndorff to win the NWA Tag Team Titles
– On April 25, Raschke & Jones defeated Snuka & Orndorff to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– On May 29, Raschke & Jones defeated Snuka & Orndorff in a Cage Match to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– On July 3, Raschke & Jones defeated Ric Flair & Jim Brunzell to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– On July 21, Raschke & Jones defeated Ric Flair & Ricky Steamboat in a Lumberjack Match to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– On August 22, 1979, Raschke & Jones defeated Ric Flair & Blackjack Mulligan to regain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– On October 22, 1979, Raschke & Jones defeated Jay Youngblood & Ricky to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– In 1980, Raschke moved to Georgia Championship Wrestling
– On June 8, 1980, Raschke defeated Austin Idol to win the Georgia Heavyweight Title
– On June 24, Raschke defeated Jay Strongbow to retain the Georgia Heavyweight Title
– On August 1, Raschke fought Mr Wrestling II to a no-contest to retain the Georgia Heavyweight Title
– In late 1980, Raschke moved to Florida to compete for CWF
– On November 21, 1980, Raschke defeated Barry Windham to win the NWA Florida Television Title
– On December 1, Raschke defeated Scott McGhee to retain the NWA Florida Television Title
– On January 11, 1981, Raschke defeated Bubba Douglas to retain the NWA Florida Television Title
– On January 30, Raschke fought Mike Graham to a draw to retain the NWA Florida Television Title
– By 1982, Raschke was full time with the AWA once again
– On May 6, 1984, Raschke & The Crusher defeated The Sheiks (Jerry Blackwell & Ken Patera) to win the AWA Tag Team Titles
– On May 16, Raschke & The Crusher defeated Steve Regal & Nick Bockwinkel to retain the AWA Tag Team Titles
– The next day, Raschke & The Crusher defeated Abdullah The Butcher & Sheik Adnan Al-Kassie to retain the AWA Tag Team Titles
– On May 20, Raschke & The Crusher defeated Sheik Adnan Al-Kassie & Chris Markoff to retain the AWA Tag Team Titles
– On June 8, Raschke & The Crusher defeated Abdullah The Butcher & Jerry Blackwell to retain the AWA Tag Team Titles
– On June 15, Raschke & The Crusher defeated Abdullah The Butcher & Sheik Adnan Al-Kassie to retain the AWA Tag Team Titles
– At Starrcade 1986, Raschke & Hector Guerrero defeated Shaska Whatley & The Barbarian
– On December 29, 1991, Raschke & Ken Patera defeated The Punishers (Hammer & Sledge) to win the PWA Tag Team Titles
– Raschke made a one-off appearance for WCW at Slamboree 1993, teaming with Ivan Koloff in a loss to Brad Armstrong & Thunderbolt Patterson
– Raschke wrestled his final match on February 10, 1996, defeating David Lynch at an independent event in Princeton, WV
– In retirement, Raschke managed a collectibles store in Lake George, Minnesota
– Raschke appeared in the crowd at AEW Full Gear 2021, putting the Iron Claw on Ethan Page

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