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Sam Menacker

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Real Name Frank L. Menacker
Birthplace New York City, New York (United States of America)
Date of Birth 13th May 1914
Date of Death 7th January 1994
 
 

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Alias Golden Terror, Sam Menacker, Sammy Menacher, Sammy Menacker
Familiy Tie Sam Menacker was the ex husband of June Byers.
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Statistics and information about the 886 matches fought by Sam Menacker in our events database
Managed Promotion Mike London Sports, Inc.
Frank "Sam" Menacker was born in New York circa 1915,and was originally a baseball player in the New York Yankees organization, playing class A baseball as a catcher before turning to the mat. (He had his name changed from Frank to Sam because promoters at the time thought that Frank didn’t sound Jewish enough.) Sam wrestled for several years until his career was brought to an abrupt halt by the war. Sam was discharged after 5 years in 1946, with the rank of Major.

Sam went on to become a famous wrestler in the 1940s. His high-profile character even got him some movie roles, his most famous being one of the 10 strongmen in "Mighty Joe Young" (1949) where, alongside onetime world boxing champion
Primo Carnera, and actor Henry Kulkovich, they had a tug-rope match with the giant ape. Around 1960, Sam migrated to Indianapolis where, retired from wrestling, he did color commentary for the American Wrestling Association, and after 1964 for the World Wrestling Association, on local WTTV Channel 4. It was during this time it seemed that every World Champion lived in Indianapolis. Along with the wildly popular Chuck Marlowe (and occasionally with local heel "Pretty Boy" Bobby Heenan, who later gained fame as Bobby "the Brain" Heenan) they provided exciting ringside reports every Saturday afternoon, commenting on the tactics of legends like Dick the Bruiser ("The World’s Most Dangerous Wrestler"), Wilbur Snyder ("The World’s Most Scientific Wrestler"), Cowboy Bob Ellis, Bobo Brazil and other heroes and heels. As Sam provided the lively commentary every main event, it seemed, called for "an investigation by the Commission" and "a Re-Match" -- usually a Lumberjack Match, or a Texas Death Match (which would not be televised).

In the late 1960s / early 1970s, Sam Menacker was wrestling commentator in the (then) "World Championship Wrestling" program broadcast over the 9-Network in Australia. This was a major promotion at the time, originally associated with the IWA, later with NWA. Menacker provided commentary on the activities of such classic wrestlers as Gorilla Monsoon, Tex McKenzie, Skull Murphy, Bob Ellis, Killer Karl Kox, Killer Kowalski, The Spoiler (Don Jardine), and so on. Interestingly, just as every champion seemed to live in Indianapolis for people living there, all the champions seemed to reside in Australia for those watching this earlier version of "WCW". At one stage, Sam Menacker was so irate with one of the "baddies" that he briefly came out of retirement and put on his wrestling trunks for one last stint of professional wrestling.

Sam retired from commentating in the late 1970s; he died in Illinois in 1994.
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