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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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OX BAKER HAS DIED
OX BAKER HAS DIED
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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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Lou Thesz interviews: Ox Baker
Lou Thesz interviews: Ox Baker
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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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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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Ox Baker causes a riot in Cleveland (1960s)
Ox Baker causes a riot in Cleveland (1960s)
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OX Baker Talks about "Escape from NY"!
OX Baker Talks about "Escape from NY"!
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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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Austin Idol V Ox Baker
Austin Idol V Ox Baker
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WWC: Ox Baker Attacks Invader #1 (1983)
WWC: Ox Baker Attacks Invader #1 (1983)
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Ray Gunkel vs Ox Baker
Ray Gunkel vs 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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80s ICW Ox Baker
80s ICW Ox Baker 'CAN OF SOUP' Promo Wrestling Poffo
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The Mountain Goats - Ox Baker Triumphant
The Mountain Goats - Ox Baker Triumphant
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Jerry Lawler vs  Lord Humongous with Jiim Neidhart & Ox Baker interfering (April 30, 1984)
Jerry Lawler vs Lord Humongous with Jiim Neidhart & Ox Baker interfering (April 30, 1984)
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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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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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MARK LEWIN  VS  THE OX BAKER
MARK LEWIN VS THE OX BAKER
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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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WWC: Ox Baker and Invader #1 Interviews (1983)
WWC: Ox Baker and Invader #1 Interviews (1983)
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Thoughts On The Passing Of Ox Baker
Thoughts On The Passing Of Ox Baker
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OX BAKER DEAD AT 80 WRESTLING LEGEND!
OX BAKER DEAD AT 80 WRESTLING LEGEND!
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Ox Baker talks about funny ribs
Ox Baker talks about funny ribs
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Ox Baker VS BOBO BRAZIL JR. Highlights
Ox Baker VS BOBO BRAZIL JR. Highlights
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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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70s WWA Ox Baker vs Tiny Hampton Westling Matches
70s WWA Ox Baker vs Tiny Hampton Westling Matches
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Ox Baker says hello to The Steiner Brothers
Ox Baker says hello to The Steiner Brothers
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ox baker says "support your local no kill shelters"
ox baker says "support your local no kill shelters"
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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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Ox Baker Shoot Interview
Ox Baker Shoot Interview
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Ox Baker tells a story
Ox Baker tells a story
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Beyond Ringside: Ox Baker Interview
Beyond Ringside: Ox Baker Interview
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OX BAKER - Raped Ox ep - full
OX BAKER - Raped Ox ep - full
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WWC: Hercules Ayala vs. Ox Baker (1985)
WWC: Hercules Ayala vs. Ox Baker (1985)
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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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Mad Dog Vachon tribute - Von Raschke, Bockwinkel, Ox Baker, Destroyer, Hodge and Okerlund
Mad Dog Vachon tribute - Von Raschke, Bockwinkel, Ox Baker, Destroyer, Hodge and Okerlund
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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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LANNY POFFO WITH OX BAKER & PAYS TRIBUTE TO BROTHER RANDY SAVAGE.wmv
LANNY POFFO WITH OX BAKER & PAYS TRIBUTE TO BROTHER RANDY SAVAGE.wmv
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Ox Baker - 5 Alarm Smarm
Ox Baker - 5 Alarm Smarm
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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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Ox Baker
Ox Baker
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Iron sheik shoot Von erich and gary ox baker
Iron sheik shoot Von erich and gary ox baker
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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
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Ox Baker at Cauliflower Alley 2003
Ox Baker at Cauliflower Alley 2003
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WWC: Ox Baker vs. Keith Larson (1982)
WWC: Ox Baker vs. Keith Larson (1982)
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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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Sheik pins Ox Baker for US title
Sheik pins Ox Baker for US title
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Ox Baker
Ox Baker.jpg
Ox Baker speaks at the Killer Kowalski Memorial Show in Malden, Massachusetts on October 26, 2008.
Birth name Douglas A.Baker
Born (1934-04-19)April 19, 1934
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 1962

Douglas A. Baker[1] (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 has appeared in several movies including Blood Circus and Escape from New York.[2]

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]

In the early 1960s Baker approached Kansas City, Missouri promoters about wrestling and was paid $300 for his first night. Following that night he went into training with Buddy "Killer" Austin, Pat O'Connor, and Bob Geigel. A couple of years later he was ready, standing 6'5" and weighing 342 pounds (hence the nickname "Ox"). He began his wrestling career by defeating Frank Hickey in Kansas City, and later the Missouri Mauler as well. 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.[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 and the American Wrestling Association throughout the 1970s. On June 13, 1971, Ox and his partner the Claw were wrestling in an AWA Midwest Tag Team Championship tag team match against Alberto Torres and his partner 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.[4]

Baker returned to the WWF for a brief time in 1980. During his career he defeated "Cowboy" Bob Ellis for the World Wrestling Association title in Indianapolis and Carlos Colon for the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship in Puerto Rico's World Wrestling Council. 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 Tag Team title in 1976. He also teamed with Superstar Billy Graham to hold the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship. 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. 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.[3] 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, 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 as well as the professional wrestling film named for his catch phrase, I Like to Hurt People. On February 12, 1981, Baker was a contestant on the game show The Price is Right. He won his way on stage (winning Poker Game) but lost on the Big Wheel. In 1985, Ox Baker played the Russian in the wrestling movie Santo Gold's Blood Circus.

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.[3]

Death[edit]

Baker died on October 20, 2014 in Hartford, Connecticut,[5] due to complications from a heart attack.[1][6]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Midwest Championship Wrestling
    • MCW International Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[15]
  • 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. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0048809/
  3. ^ a b c Oliver, Greg (July 14, 2011). "Ox Baker: Wrestler, chef, author". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Steven (June 24, 2008). "How Ray Gunkel's death changed wrestling". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Mike (October 20, 2014). "Douglas 'Ox Baker' passes away". PWInsider. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ Namako, Jason (October 20, 2014). "Wrestling legend Ox Baker passes away today". WrestleView. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ Matt Mackinder (January 17, 2008). "Sir Oliver Humperdink recalls career of yesteryear". SLAM! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved April 4, 2008. 
  8. ^ NWA Austrailasian Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  9. ^ AWA Midwest Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  10. ^ Florida Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  11. ^ NWA Southern Heavyweight Title (Florida) history At wrestling-titles.com
  12. ^ IWA North American Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  13. ^ NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  14. ^ NWA Georgia Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  15. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  16. ^ NWA American Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  17. ^ Texas Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  18. ^ NWA United States Heavyweight Title (Chicago/Detroit) history At wrestling-titles.com
  19. ^ NWA Americas Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  20. ^ NWA World Tag Team Title (Los Angeles version) history At wrestling-titles.com
  21. ^ NWA British Empire/Commonwealth Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  22. ^ NWF North American Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  23. ^ NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title (Southern Division) history At wrestling-titles.com
  24. ^ Stampede Wrestling North American Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  25. ^ NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  26. ^ WWA World Heavyweight Title (Indianapolis) history At wrestling-titles.com
  27. ^ WWA World Tag Team Title (Indianapolis) history At wrestling-titles.com
  28. ^ WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  29. ^ WWC Universal Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com

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