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Paycheck for $75.00 endorsed by the vicious pro wrestler and signed by wrestling promoter John Powers
Paycheck endorsed: ""M. Abdullah/Larry Shreeve", 3x8¼. Also signed by "John Powers". Cleveland, Ohio, 1972 June 2. Check no. 148, drawn on the account of Ameri-Can Wrestling Club at the National City Bank of Cleveland, payable to Abdullah for $75.00. Professional wrestler Larry Shreeve fought under the name ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER (b. 1936). In a scripted sport where illegal moves are more or less expected, Abdullah was legendary for his viciousness in the ring. Often he would grab a fork or pencil to gouge his opponent in the face. Three weeks after this check was signed, Abdullah claimed the National Wrestling Federation title in a brawl with former champion (and pro football Hall of Famer) Ernie Ladd. (Ladd seemed to be winning the fight until he was whacked unconscious with a cane while the referee himself was on the floor.) After retiring from the ring, Shreeve opened, Abdullah the Butcher's House of Ribs and Chinese Food in Atlanta, Georgia. JOHNNY POWERS (b. 1943), himself a former and future NWF champion (1970, 1973) became a popular announcer, hosting TV's "Championship Wrestling with John Powers." Powers, who dyed his hair blonde to fight as "the Golden Adonis", went on to become a major wrestling promoter and owner of a wrestling school. After the NWF folded in 1975, Powers and Abdullah engaged in a bitter public feud, whether genuine or scripted is anyone's guess. Lightly creased. Pinhead sized hole in upper left corner. Bank stamps cross but do not obscure endorsements. Corners and edges lightly worn. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition. This image has been censored to conceal sensitive information displayed in the image. The actual document does not have these concealing marks.

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Born: January 1, 1936 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Film Credits
2013 WWE: The Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling History (Other), 2011 WWE: Best Cage Matches (Other), 2011 WWE Hall of Fame 2011 (in person), 2011 WrestleMania XXVII (in person), 2010 Hart and Soul: The Hart Family Anthology (Other), 2010 Card Subject to Change (Other), 2009 WWE: The Rise and Fall of WCW (Other), 2009 Starrcade: The Essential Collection (Other), 2009 RPW: Sizzlin Summer Bash (in person), 2009 IWA Mid South: Legacy of Violence (in person), 2007 The Triumph and Tragedy of World Class Championship Wrestling (Other), 2007 Psychopathic: The Videos (Other), 2006 Best of IPW Hardcore Wrestlin: Vol. 1 (in person), 2005 UXW: Violent by Nature (in person), 2005 The Bret Hart Story: The Best There Is, Was, and Ever Will Be (Other), 2004 The Rise & Fall of ECW (Other), 2004 IWA East Coast: Battle of the Butchers (in person), 2003 MLW: Rise of the Renegades (in person), 2003 King of Carnage: Fatal Fourway (in person), 2003 Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Volume 3 (in person), 2002 AJPW Samurai TV (in person), 2001 Wrestling Gold Vol.1: Busted Open! (Other), 2001 ACW Wrestling's Wildest Matches! (in person), 2000 Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Volume 1 (in person), 2000 Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Vol. 2 (in person), 2000 BJPW Samurai TV (in person), 1999 Heroes of Wrestling (in person), 1993 ECW Ultra Clash '93 (in person), 1993 Eastern Championship Wrestling (Other), 1991 WCW World Championship Wrestling (Performer), 1991 Starrcade (in person), 1991 Halloween Havoc (in person), 1988 Starrcade (in person), 1985 Starrcade (in person), 1985 Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents Lords of the Ring: Superstars & (Other), 1985 I Like to Hurt People (in person), 1983 Starrcade (in person), 1982 Roaring Fire (Performer), 1971 Caged Men Plus One Woman (Performer), 1957 Stampede Wrestling (Performer)

Born: March 20, 1943 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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