Gene Anderson



Height: 6'0"

Weight: 250 lbs

Real Name: Gene Anderson

DOB: 1939

DOD: 10/31/1991

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Other Names: "Pretty Boy"

Wrestler Since: 1958

Finishing Maneuver: Unknown

History: (Last Updated: 1/13/2006)

Gene Anderson may not be a wrestling name well-known to many fans today. Yet so much wrestling history can be credited to his namesake, it's incredible to think that he's not as remembered as he should be. Need proof? Here's a simple statement: without Gene Anderson's contributions, it's possible that the Four Horsemen might never have existed. Now THAT'S an impact on the sport.

Anderson was born in 1939 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he grew up exposed to the various organizations competing in the area. The most prominent came together in the late 1950's, as Verne Gagne spear-headed the American Wrestling Association, which was primarily stationed in Minneapolis for the first few years. Gagne took Anderson under his wing, training him in the sport. For the next decade, Gene Anderson worked on bettering his craft, slowly becoming a well-known wrestler, both in the area and outside of it. It was in the late 1960's that Anderson performed his first part of "brotherhood", as Lawrence Heinemi united with him as Lars Anderson. The two formed a powerful tag-team in Georgia, winning the NWA Southern Tag-Team Titles twice, along with the NWA World (Georgia) Tag-Team Titles. The Andersons were a force to be reckoned with.

When Gene and Lars began to split apart, though, Gene needed to find a new partner. Enter Alan "Rock" Rogowski, who had previously wrestled in the AWA. Rogowski joined Gene in the NWA and changed his name to become another Anderson brother: Ole Anderson. The two 'brothers' formed the first version of the legendary Minnesota Wrecking Crew, and would wreck havoc over the next 7 years, winning the NWA Atlantic Coast/Mid-Atlantic Tag-Team Titles 6 times, followed by 4 more reigns with the NWA Georgia Tag-Team Titles. The team remained a major force in tag-team wrestling until 1981, when Gene Anderson opted to retire from active competition due to the abuse his body had taken over the last 23 years.

For the next few years, Gene stayed in the business, being the 'evil' manager for men like Ivan Koloff and "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, before finally retiring completely in 1984. After retirement, Gene kept himself active, joining up as a Deputy Sheriff in North Carolina. He watched as his son, Brad Anderson, entered the professional wrestling circuit in 1987, cheering him on. On October 31st, 1991, Gene Anderson died of a massive heart attack, much to the sorrow of the wrestling community.

You may still be wondering about Gene's effect on wrestling history. Well, when Gene Anderson retired, the "Anderson family name" was continued by Ole Anderson. In 1985, he recruited Martin Lunde to join him. Lunde changed his name to become "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson, and the two formed another version of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew. The Andersons later joined with "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, and J.J. Dillon to create the first version of the Four Horsemen. Who knows if the group would have come about the same way, had not Gene Anderson, the only TRUE Anderson, not created the lineage that ran on for decades in professional wrestling.

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (2 - 3)
- NWA Georgia Tag Team Title Tournament (September 21, '73) = The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene & Ole Anderson) fell in the first round to Bob Armstrong & Tom Jones. Stan Vachon & Bobby Duncum won the tournament.
- NWA Georgia Tag Team Title Tournament (September 9, '77) = The Minnesota Wrecking Crew defeated Dusty Rhodes & Thunderbolt Patterson, then were beaten by Pak Song & the Executioner. Tommy Rich & Tony Atlas won the tournament.
- NWA Georgia National Tag Team Title Tournament (November 27, '80) = The Minnesota Wrecking Crew beat Kevin Sullivan & Austin Idol, then fell to Robert Fuller & Stan Frazier. The Freebirds won the tournament.

Title Summary:
- NWA Southern (Georgia) Tag-Team Champion w/ Lars Anderson (1/1967 - 4/1967)
- NWA Southern (Georgia) Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Lars Anderson (4/28/1967 - 5/12/1967)
- NWA World (Georgia) Tag-Team Champion w/ Lars Anderson (4/28/1967 - 1967)
- NWA Atlantic Coast Tag-Team Champion w/ Ole Anderson (3/26/1970 - 9/22/1970)
- NWA Atlantic Coast Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Ole Anderson (11/06/1972 - 11/13/1972)
- NWA Atlantic Coast Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Ole Anderson (3/03/1973 - 5/29/1973)
- NWA Atlantic Coast Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Ole Anderson (7/05/1973 - 10/02/1973)
- NWA Atlantic Coast Tag-Team Champion(5) w/ Ole Anderson (12/26/1973 - 1974)
- NWA Atlantic Coast Tag-Team Champion(6) w/ Ole Anderson (3/09/1974 - 4/08/1974)
- NWA Georgia Tag-Team Champion w/ Ole Anderson (5/31/1974 - 8/02/1974)
- NWA Georgia Southeastern Tag-Team Champion w/ Ole Anderson (6/19/1974 - 9/17/1974)
- NWA Georgia Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Ole Anderson (8/16/1974 - 9/06/1974)
- NWA Georgia Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Ole Anderson (9/20/1974 - 10/25/1974)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag-Team Champion w/ Ole Anderson (1/75 - 5/15/75)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Ole Anderson (6/11/1975 - 1/27/1976)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Ole Anderson (2/03/1976 - 5/05/1976)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Ole Anderson (6/28/1976 - 12/26/1976)
- NWA Georgia Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Ole Anderson (10/22/1976 - 1/14/1977)
- NWA Georgia Tag-Team Champion(5) w/ Ole Anderson (2/25/1977 - 4/29/1977)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag-Team Champion(5) w/ Ole Anderson (5/08/1977 - 8/01/1977)
- NWA Georgia Tag-Team Champion(6) w/ Ole Anderson (6/1977 - 1977)
- NWA Georgia Tag-Team Champion(7) w/ Ole Anderson (1977 - 8/1977)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag-Team Champion(6) w/ Ole Anderson (8/29/1977 - 9/23/1977)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag-Team Champion(7) w/ Ole Anderson (10/14/1977 - 10/30/1977)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag-Team Champion(8) w/ Ole Anderson (5/01/1981 - 12/1981)

PWI Achievement Awards: (2 wins, 1 1st RU, 0 2nd RUs, 0 3rd RUs)
- 1975 Tag-Team of the Year (Gene & Ole Anderson)
- 1976 Tag-Team of the Year, 1st Runner-up (Gene & Ole Anderson)
- 1977 Tag-Team of the Year (Gene & Ole Anderson)