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Brute Bernard

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Brute Bernard

Wild, bald-headed heel from Quebec. Stood about 6'2" and, according to one report, was brought into pro wrestling by promoter Jack Britton.

Made his first Maple Leaf Gardens appearance in 1957, wrestling as Jim Bernard. Formed a very successful tag team with the similarly-styled Skull Murphy of Hamilton, and the two were recognized as world champions in Florida and Australia, along with holding the top WWWF tag belts (which they lost to the team of Killer Kowalski and Gorilla Monsoon in 1963).

Bernard and his manager, Mike Paidousis, defeated Fritz Von Erich and Waldo Von Erich for the American tag title in 1967. He also formed successful tag teams with "Missouri Mauler" Larry Hamilton, and The Angel (Frank Morrell).

Bernard was married to wrestler Betty Jo Hawkins. He moved to the Carolinas and continued to wrestle into the 1980s. Bernard died in 1984 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"A man that is the most talked about wrestler around is Brute Bernard. He hails from Montreal, Canada, and at 6'2" tall, and 270 lbs. is danger itself. Brute enjoys taking other wrestlers apart, and if he has a favorite hold it would have to be punching and kicking." (From MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING PHOTO ALBUM, 1974)

Prominent Titles:

  • WWWF US tag champion, with Skull Murphy, 1963
  • 2-time NWA World tag champion (Florida), with Skull Murphy, 1964
  • 5-time IWA World tag champion (Australia), with Skull Murphy, 1966-69
  • NWA American champion (Texas), 1967
  • NWA American tag champion (Texas), with Mike Paidousis, 1967
  • Brass Knucks champion (Texas), 1967
  • NWA Atlantic Coast tag champion, with Larry Hamilton, 1971-72
  • NWA American tag champion (Texas), with Larry Hamilton, 1972
  • NWA Atlantic Coast tag champion, with Mike York, 1973
  • 2-time World Brass Knucks champion (Australia), 1974, 78

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