Eric Embry
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Eric Embry
Eric Embry
Birth nameDouglas Eric Embry
Born (1959-02-28) February 28, 1959 (age 60)
Tell City, Indiana
ResidenceCloverport, Kentucky
Professional wrestling career
Eric Embry
Don Fulton
Billed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Billed weight232 lb (105 kg)
Billed fromDallas, Texas
Trained byLou Thesz
Debut1977
RetiredOctober 30, 1992

Douglas Eric Embry (born July 10, 1959) is a retired professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Championship Wrestling from Florida (as "Nitro" Eric Embry), World Class Championship Wrestling and the United States Wrestling Association (as "The Flamboyant" Eric Embry). He is known for his feuds with Skandor Akbar and his army, eventually winning control of World Class from Akbar and changing the name to USWA.

Professional wrestling career

Early career (1977 - 1985)

Embry wrestled in Southwest Championship Wrestling (later Texas, then USA All Star Wrestling) as one of the Fabulous Blondes, along with Ken Timbs and later Dan Greer. Later, he wrestled for 5 Star Wrestling in Baton Rouge. He would also wrestle in Canada, for Stampede Wrestling in Calgary, Alberta, All Star Wrestling in Vancouver, British Columbia.

World Class Championship Wrestling/USWA Dallas (1987 - 1991)

Embry joined World Class Championship Wrestling in 1987. Embry was a booker for the Dallas Sportatorium promotion from 1988 until 1991. During his time as booker, Embry lived at the Sportatorium because he had no other place to live.[1] In early 1988, he had a feud with Jason Sterling, where Sterling was offered $100 for every minute he spent in the ring with Embry.[1]Jeff Jarrett won the WCWA World Light Heavyweight Championship from Embry on October 15 of that year, but Embry regained the title in November.[2] After trading the title with Jarrett once more, Embry regained it at SuperClash III on December 13.[2] Two weeks later, he lost the title to Cactus Jack.[3] In 1989, he became a face during his feud with Skandor Akbar and his army before the promotion went out of business.

World Wrestling Council (1985 - 1987, 1990 - 1991)

In 1985, Embry first joined World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico. On August 17, 1985, he defeated Super Medico II to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship. On November 25, 1985, he became a double champion, by defeating Invader III to win the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Championship. On January 18, 1986, Embry lost the Junior Heavyweight title back to Invader III, after nearly two months as champion. On May 17, 1986, after exactly nine months as champion, he lost the Puerto Rico Heavyweight title back to Super Medico III. Embry left WWC in 1987.

During Embry's times as a heel, fans (particularly in Puerto Rico) would often chant Erica! Erica! to draw heat, because Eric Embry called the Puerto Rican fans "greasy, slimy Puerto Ricans". He also insulted commentator and former referee from the heel's side, Hugo Savinovich, by calling him "son of a bitch", instead of the correct last name, that led to a heated feud.

After leaving Texas in 1990, Embry made his return to WWC and won the WWC Caribbean Tag Team Championship with Rick Valentine twice.

USWA Memphis (1991 - 1992)

In February 1991, Embry went to Memphis in the United States Wrestling Association, teaming up with Tom Prichard and Miss Texas, sparking a Texas vs. Tennessee feud. On May 3, 1991, Embry defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship. His reign didn't last, as he lost the title to Bill Dundee ten days later on May 13. A week later on May 20, Embry regained the title from Dundee. On July 15, Embry defeated booker Eddie Marlin and referee Paul Neighbors in a hair vs. hair handicap match, shaving both men bald. On August 12, Embry and Miss Texas lost a hair vs. hair tag team match to Jeff Jarrett (subbing for an injured Dirty White Boy) and the Dirty White Girl, losing Miss Texas' hair as she was the loser of the fall. On November 4, Embry finally lost the Southern title to Tom Prichard, after reigning as champion for nearly six months. Embry and Prichard would switch the title back and forth multiple times until February 1992.

Japan (1990, 1992)

In the summer of 1990, Embry wrestled a tour for All Japan Pro Wrestling. In July 1992, he wrestled a tour for Wrestling International New Generations, due to the talent exchange between USWA and W*ING.

Career-ending accident

On October 30, 1992, Embry's career came to an end due to a road accident in Hawesville, Kentucky, when a big rig jack-knifed while coming down a hill hit his vehicle. "I saw it coming, pulled over as close to guardrail as possible, and prayed, please God don't let it be that bad", stated Eric. He was thrown to the back seat. He suffered a badly bruised liver and severe ligament and cartilage damage to his left knee. He said that he took it as a sign from God that it was time to get out of the Business.[4]

He now owns a business in Kentucky installing and servicing satellite TV systems for Dish Network.

Championships and accomplishments

Lucha de Apuesta record

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Eric Embry (hair) Eddie Marlin and Paul Neighbors (hair) Memphis, Tennessee live event July 15, 1991

Notes

  1. ^ a b Renwick, Meredith (February 11, 2004). "Sterling jumps into Link with past". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b "Jeff Jarrett". SLAM! Wrestling. February 5, 2005. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Mick Foley". SLAM! Wrestling. November 18, 2004. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Paul Bearer Interview". PWInsider (Archived by Gamespot). October 10, 2005. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 1992". Wrestling Information Archive. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 1991". Wrestling Information Archive. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners Inspirational Wrestler of the Year". Wrestling Information Archive. Archived from the original on 2008-06-16. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.

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