Buddy Rogers

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Portrait painting by Chris Dale of wrestler of Pat O'Connor.
A far cry from forming

Patrick John O’Connor 1924 – 1990 New Zealand meant to be a sheep farmer but served for six months in the New Zealand Royal Air Force in 1945 and working as a blacksmith to pay the bills. To trained before entering the world of professional wrestling. He won the New Zealand Heavyweight Championship in amateur wrestling in both 1949 and 1950. Then moved to North America in 1955 and worked for Maple Leaf Wrestling and won other championships.

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