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Ox Baker on "The Price is Right" with Bob Barker (1981)
Ox Baker on "The Price is Right" with Bob Barker (1981)
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Ox Baker starts riot in 1974
Ox Baker starts riot in 1974
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Ox Baker Laying down the law to Gordon Solie and Ron Garvin
Ox Baker Laying down the law to Gordon Solie and Ron Garvin
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Dick the Bruiser & Andre the Giant Vs Ox Baker & Karl Von Krupp
Dick the Bruiser & Andre the Giant Vs Ox Baker & Karl Von Krupp
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"Scott Spears Now" with Ox Baker on "The Heart Punch" killing two men
"Scott Spears Now" with Ox Baker on "The Heart Punch" killing two men
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OX BAKER HAS DIED
OX BAKER HAS DIED
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Lou Thesz interviews: Ox Baker
Lou Thesz interviews: Ox Baker
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Ox Baker causes a riot in Cleveland (1960s)
Ox Baker causes a riot in Cleveland (1960s)
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The Price is Right (2/12/81) | Ox Baker
The Price is Right (2/12/81) | Ox Baker
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Ronnie Garvin and Ox Baker
Ronnie Garvin and Ox Baker's False Teeth - ICW Wrestling
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Ox Baker Interview, Followed by Ox Baker vs. Ron Martinelli
Ox Baker Interview, Followed by Ox Baker vs. Ron Martinelli
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WWC: Ox Baker Attacks Invader #1 (1983)
WWC: Ox Baker Attacks Invader #1 (1983)
::2012/07/23::
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Ox Baker Funny Promo Poffo
Ox Baker Funny Promo Poffo's ICW Wrestling 1980's
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MARK LEWIN  VS  THE OX BAKER
MARK LEWIN VS THE OX BAKER
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Ox Baker talks about funny ribs
Ox Baker talks about funny ribs
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OX Baker Talks about "Escape from NY"!
OX Baker Talks about "Escape from NY"!
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1970s IWA rujet woods v ox baker Wrestling Rare
1970s IWA rujet woods v ox baker Wrestling Rare
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70s WWA Ox Baker vs Tiny Hampton Westling Matches
70s WWA Ox Baker vs Tiny Hampton Westling Matches
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Abdullah The Butcher crosses paths with Ox Baker in Charlotte, NC 2010
Abdullah The Butcher crosses paths with Ox Baker in Charlotte, NC 2010
::2012/12/04::
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Ox Baker Charlotte greetings with Backlund,Danny Hodge,Ron Garvin and Lacey Von Erich
Ox Baker Charlotte greetings with Backlund,Danny Hodge,Ron Garvin and Lacey Von Erich
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CCW "Birthday Bash" Ox Baker/TKO Knuckles/Brutal Pain VS Bobo Brazil Jr./Sabu (4/19/14)
CCW "Birthday Bash" Ox Baker/TKO Knuckles/Brutal Pain VS Bobo Brazil Jr./Sabu (4/19/14)
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Ox Baker tells a story
Ox Baker tells a story
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Austin Idol V Ox Baker
Austin Idol V Ox Baker
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WWC: Hercules Ayala vs. Ox Baker (1985)
WWC: Hercules Ayala vs. Ox Baker (1985)
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Dick the Bruiser & Andre the Giant Vs Ox Baker & Karl Von Krupp
Dick the Bruiser & Andre the Giant Vs Ox Baker & Karl Von Krupp
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WWC: Ox Baker and Invader #1 Interviews (1983)
WWC: Ox Baker and Invader #1 Interviews (1983)
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Ox Baker VS BOBO BRAZIL JR. Highlights
Ox Baker VS BOBO BRAZIL JR. Highlights
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The Mountain Goats - Ox Baker Triumphant - 2/25/2009 - Swedish American Hall
The Mountain Goats - Ox Baker Triumphant - 2/25/2009 - Swedish American Hall
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Ray Gunkel vs Ox Baker
Ray Gunkel vs Ox Baker
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The Mountain Goats - Ox Baker Triumphant
The Mountain Goats - Ox Baker Triumphant
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Ox Baker W/Percival A. Friend VS Bobo Brazil Jr. (loser goes in a trash can) (12/21/13)
Ox Baker W/Percival A. Friend VS Bobo Brazil Jr. (loser goes in a trash can) (12/21/13)
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Ox Baker Shoot Interview
Ox Baker Shoot Interview
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Dick the Bruiser Jr vs Ox Baker Jr
Dick the Bruiser Jr vs Ox Baker Jr
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Ox Baker: The Wrestler That Did the Most, With the Least
Ox Baker: The Wrestler That Did the Most, With the Least
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Ox Baker says hello to The Steiner Brothers
Ox Baker says hello to The Steiner Brothers
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PWS OX BAKER TRIBUTE
PWS OX BAKER TRIBUTE
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Ox Baker
Ox Baker's Teeth
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CARLOS COLON VS. OX BAKER (1982) WWC WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE (FINAL)
CARLOS COLON VS. OX BAKER (1982) WWC WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE (FINAL)
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Jimmy Snuka, Don Muraco, and Ox Baker get COMPLETELY DAMAGED!
Jimmy Snuka, Don Muraco, and Ox Baker get COMPLETELY DAMAGED!
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MARK LEWIN vs OX BAKER Detroit Big Time Wrestling
MARK LEWIN vs OX BAKER Detroit Big Time Wrestling
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Wilbur Snyder & Pepper Gomez vs Ox Baker & "Big" Bill Miller (2nd fall)
Wilbur Snyder & Pepper Gomez vs Ox Baker & "Big" Bill Miller (2nd fall)
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WWE 2K14 Defeat The Streak Part 2 Ox Baker and Slobberknocker
WWE 2K14 Defeat The Streak Part 2 Ox Baker and Slobberknocker
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PWA CT - Ox Baker & Josef Von Schmidt
PWA CT - Ox Baker & Josef Von Schmidt
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OX BAKER wants you at ComiCONN 2010!
OX BAKER wants you at ComiCONN 2010!
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MWF Ox Baker
MWF Ox Baker's Executioner -vs- Relic : October 2003
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PWA-CT OX Baker seminar  2012
PWA-CT OX Baker seminar 2012
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BW Wrestling Insiders #24:  John Cena Sr.
BW Wrestling Insiders #24: John Cena Sr.'s Ox Baker Tribute : wwe wwe nwa pro wrestling
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CCW "Slamapalooza" Uncle Hogg VS The Butcher Beast with Ox Baker (3/8/14)
CCW "Slamapalooza" Uncle Hogg VS The Butcher Beast with Ox Baker (3/8/14)
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LANNY POFFO WITH OX BAKER & PAYS TRIBUTE TO BROTHER RANDY SAVAGE.wmv
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Ox Baker says his Goodbyes to friends for last time in person 10/13/14 last time ever on video
Ox Baker says his Goodbyes to friends for last time in person 10/13/14 last time ever on video
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Ox Baker
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Ox Baker speaks at the Killer Kowalski Memorial Show in Malden, Massachusetts on October 26, 2008.
Birth name Douglas A.Baker[1]
Born (1934-04-19)April 19, 1934[2]
Sedalia, Missouri, United States
Died October 20, 2014(2014-10-20) (aged 80)
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Doug Baker
Ox Baker
The Ox
The Arkansas Ox
Billed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[1]
Billed weight 340 lb (150 kg)[1]
Billed from Waterloo, Iowa
Trained by Buddy Austin
Pat O'Connor
Bob Geigel
Debut 1964[3]

Douglas A. Baker (April 19, 1934 – October 20, 2014) was an American professional wrestler and actor, better known professionally as Ox Baker. He was famous for his finishing move, the Heart Punch, sometimes called the "Hurt Punch", after Baker's famous catchphrase "I love to hurt people!". He appeared in several movies including Blood Circus and Escape from New York.

Early life[edit]

Baker, the oldest of five siblings, began as an amateur high school wrestler, boxer and football player in his adopted hometown of Waterloo, Iowa before getting thrown out of school. He also played football for two years in the armed forces.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Baker was trained by Buddy Austin, Pat O'Connor, and Bob Geigel, and debuted in 1964. As time went on he was winning a majority of his matches by knock out caused by the Heart Punch; he later renamed the move the Hurt Punch when Stan Stasiak, from who Baker adopted the move, objected. Initially debuting as a kind, horn-rimmed glasses wearing, country simpleton, Baker later turned into a villain. He was known for his unique look with his shaved head and black bushy mustache and eyebrows and ability to cut a promo.[4] He was also famous for wearing t-shirts to the ring, declaring himself "The Great Heart Puncher".[3]

In 1967 Baker worked for the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) as The Friendly Arkansas Ox. In his first appearance there, Baker teamed with Armand Hussein in a handicap match versus Gorilla Monsoon. Later on Baker went to fight in different promotions through North America, including Stampede Wrestling in Canada, the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico, and the United States-based American Wrestling Association throughout the 1970s. On June 13, 1971, Baker and his partner the Claw were wrestling in an AWA Midwest Tag Team Championship tag team match against Alberto Torres and Cowboy Bob Ellis in Verdigre, Nebraska. Torres was injured during the match and died three days later. Though evidence indicated that Torres died of a ruptured appendix, Baker's Heart Punch was blamed; the death was worked into Baker's wrestling persona, reinforcing his heel character. On August 1, 1972, Baker lost to Ray Gunkel. Following the match, Gunkel died in the locker room; his death was attributed to a blood clot, which broke off from a hematoma caused by Baker, which led to a heart attack.[5] Again, the death was worked into Baker's character, and in 1974, Baker caused a riot in Cleveland, Ohio, for continually Heart Punching an opponent after the match was finished.[3]

During his career he defeated "Cowboy" Bob Ellis for the World Wrestling Association's World Heavyweight Championship in Indianapolis and Carlos Colon for the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship in Puerto Rico's World Wrestling Council. Baker beat The Sheik to win the Detroit version of the US Heavyweight title; he also won the NWA American Heavyweight Championship and the NWA Texas Heavyweight title several times. In addition, Baker was a multi-time tag team champion; he teamed with Ole Anderson and Skandor Akbar to capture tag team championships in the National Wrestling Alliance and National Wrestling Federation. Baker teamed with Chuck O'Connor to win the WWA World Tag Team Championship in 1976. He also teamed with Superstar Billy Graham to hold the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship. He is noted for a feud with Randy Savage in International Championship Wrestling, the southern promotion that Savage ran with his father Angelo Poffo and his brother Lanny Poffo. Late in his career, Baker appeared with Central States Wrestling as a face and feuded with Rip Rogers.

In 1988, Baker returned to the AWA. Under contract, Baker teamed up with The Russian Brute of ICW fame. The following year he opened "Ox Baker's Wrestling School", becoming a well-renowned trainer. His students include Mark Calaway and Bryan Clark.[4] He also did commentary for some IWCCW events in the early 1990s. Baker made an appearance in Ring of Honor in 2004 during their At Our Best show, confronting Dusty Rhodes before the show started and again during the main event. Baker also made an appearance in Combat Zone Wrestling on December 8, 2007, at Cage of Death 9 as the guest of Cult Fiction (Halfbreed Billy Gram and Toby Klein). In December 2013, Baker returned to the ring to be crowned the CCW Champion after being a surprise entrant in a thirteen-man battle royal in Ohio.

Acting career and other media[edit]

Baker has worked in movies from time to time, most notably in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He appeared as a fighter in Jackie Chan's The Big Brawl and as Kurt Russell's gladiatorial opponent in John Carpenter's Escape From New York.[3] In addition, he was cast in the professional wrestling film named for his catch phrase, I Like to Hurt People. In 1981, Baker was a contestant on the game show The Price is Right.[3] In 1985, Ox Baker played the Russian in the wrestling movie Blood Circus, and in 2013 appeared in Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear as The Butcher.[6]

In 2005 a documentary on Baker's life and career was filmed, directed by Halfbreed Billy Gram, with the working title of I Love the People I Hurt: The Life and Legend of the Mighty Ox Baker. Also filmed during this time was a short comedy feature titled My Smorgasboard with Ox, co-written and co-starring Baker and Gram. Both remain in post-production.

In 2006 the North Carolina-based indie band the Mountain Goats released a song on their Babylon Springs EP titled "Ox Baker Triumphant" in which Baker is betrayed by the wrestling community and rises up to strike vengeance upon them.

In 2011, Baker self-published a cookbook, which included recipes and stories from his time in wrestling.[4]

Death[edit]

Baker died on October 20, 2014 in Hartford, Connecticut,[7] due to complications from a heart attack.[1][8]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Midwest Championship Wrestling
    • MCW International Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[18]
  • Pro Wrestling Academy (Connecticut)
    • Ox Baker "Old School" Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Wrestling legend Ox Baker passes away". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. October 20, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2014 Finishes (RIP)". Cauliflower Alley Club. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Held, Kevin S. (October 20, 2014). "Missouri native, wrestling legend Ox Baker dead". KSDK. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Oliver, Greg (July 14, 2011). "Ox Baker: Wrestler, chef, author". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Steven (June 24, 2008). "How Ray Gunkel's death changed wrestling". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ Barnes (October 20, 2014). "Ox Baker, Pro Wrestler Turned Actor, Dies at 80". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Mike (October 20, 2014). "Douglas 'Ox Baker' passes away". PWInsider. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ Namako, Jason (October 20, 2014). "Wrestling legend Ox Baker passes away today". WrestleView. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ Mackinder, Matt (January 17, 2008). "Sir Oliver Humperdink recalls career of yesteryear". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved April 4, 2008. 
  10. ^ NWA Austrailasian Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  11. ^ AWA Midwest Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  12. ^ "List of CAC Award Winners". Cauliflower Alley Club. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  13. ^ Florida Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  14. ^ NWA Southern Heavyweight Title (Florida) history At wrestling-titles.com
  15. ^ IWA North American Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  16. ^ NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  17. ^ NWA Georgia Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  18. ^ Duncan, Royal; Will, Gary (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  19. ^ NWA American Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  20. ^ Texas Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  21. ^ NWA United States Heavyweight Title (Chicago/Detroit) history At wrestling-titles.com
  22. ^ NWA Americas Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  23. ^ NWA World Tag Team Title (Los Angeles version) history At wrestling-titles.com
  24. ^ NWA British Empire/Commonwealth Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  25. ^ NWF North American Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  26. ^ NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title (Southern Division) history At wrestling-titles.com
  27. ^ Stampede Wrestling North American Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  28. ^ NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  29. ^ WWA World Heavyweight Title (Indianapolis) history At wrestling-titles.com
  30. ^ WWA World Tag Team Title (Indianapolis) history At wrestling-titles.com
  31. ^ WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  32. ^ WWC Universal Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com

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