Buddy Rose

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Buddy Rose
Buddy Rose.gif
Born (1952-11-27)November 27, 1952
Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Died April 28, 2009(2009-04-28) (aged 56)[1][2]
Vancouver, Washington, US[1][2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Buddy Rose[3]
The Executioner[3][1]
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[3]
Billed weight 317 lb (144 kg)[3]
"A slim, trim 217 lb"[3][1]
Billed from

Las Vegas, Nevada[3]

Parts Unknown (as The Executioner)
Trained by Verne Gagne[4]
Billy Robinson[4]
Debut 1973[4]
Retired 2005

Paul R. Perschmann[4][5] (November 27, 1952 – April 28, 2009) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, "Playboy" Buddy Rose.[3]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Paul Perschmann was trained by Verne Gagne and Billy Robinson in the early 1970s. Under his own name, he made his debut on December 3, 1973 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin in a 10-minute draw with fellow camp mate Bob Remus, the future Sergeant Slaughter,[2] he wrestled primarily for the AWA, WWF, and for promoter Don Owen in Pacific Northwest Wrestling.

One of the most legendary feuds in the Pacific Northwest pitted Rose against "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. According to Piper in his autobiography, this was the feud that really made him a name in the business, and it cemented Rose's status as an icon of the region. Rose also had a long feud with "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka. Colonel DeBeers was his on-and-off tag team partner for three decades.

Wrestling for the WWF during 1982-83, he would often work 90 days in a row. When he had a rare day off, he would fly back to the West Coast and headline cards there, at the peak of his WWF run, he was working main events at Madison Square Garden against Bob Backlund for the WWF World Heavyweight Title. Rose, who also had some bouts with Pedro Morales during this period, was managed by the Grand Wizard.

Rose, wrestling as the masked Executioner, lost to Tito Santana in the opening match of the inaugural WrestleMania.[2][5]

Rose and Doug Somers engaged in a feud with the Midnight Rockers over the AWA World tag team title in 1986 and 1987. During this run, Rose was never pinned.

Rose had another run in the WWF from 1990 to early 1991. Having gained a large amount of weight, he turned this into a comical gimmick dating back to his AWA days. When the ring announcer introduced him and listed his weight at 317 pounds, Rose would angrily take the microphone away from him or her and claim to weigh "a slim, trim, 217 pounds", this would bait the crowd into a booing frenzy. On occasion, he would also do one-handed push-ups and kip-ups in the ring, and challenge other more muscular opponents to a "pose-down." Rose claims that Vince McMahon used to say, "I want everybody to work out...except for Buddy," knowing that Rose's weight was his gimmick.[6] Rose memorably appeared in a faux infomercial for the "Buddy Rose Blow Away Diet," which consisted of pouring powder all over himself and then "blowing away the fat" with a household fan, which resulted in him looking the same. Rose was primarily used as an enhancement talent during this run, earning only a few victories over other undercard wrestlers on house shows, while losing all of his televised matches to elevate other stars, most notably against Kerry Von Erich in Von Erich's WWF television debut on the July 1990 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event.

In the mid-to-late 1990s, Rose hosted a call-in talk show on a Portland radio station, he was also active in Portland Wrestling, a short-lived revival of the original promotion, as the manager of The Butcher.[7]

His last match took place at Wrestle Reunion 2005 in Tampa, Florida, he competed in a six-man tag team bout pitting himself, Colonel DeBeers and Bob Orton Jr. against Jimmy Valiant, Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka. This was billed as Jimmy Valiant's retirement match, but Rose retired after this as a wrestler, and only made personal appearances, he opened a wrestling training school with DeBeers in Portland after his retirement.


On April 28, 2009, Rose was found dead in his home in Vancouver, Washington by his wife, the medical examiner attributed his death to natural causes. Rose, who had struggled with his weight since the late 1980s, had experienced problems with blood sugar and diabetes.[1][8]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Russell, Michael (April 30, 2009). "Ex-pro wrestler dies in Vancouver". The Oregonian. Advance Publications. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Oliver, Greg (2009-04-29). ""Playboy" Buddy Rose dies". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Buddy Rose". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Buddy Rose Profile". Online World Of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  5. ^ a b c "Legendary Portland Wrestling star Buddy Rose found dead". Wrestling Observer. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20060508093246/http://playboybuddyrose.com/QandA/QandA-01.html
  7. ^ a b Apter, Bill. "Names Makin' News." Inside Wrestling. Holiday 1997: 9+.
  8. ^ Eck, Kevin (April 9, 2009). "Remembering Playboy Buddy Rose". The Baltimore Sun. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  10. ^ Rodgers, Mike (2004). "Regional Territories: PNW #16". KayfabeMemories.com. 
  11. ^ a b Rodgers, Mike (2004). "Regional Territories: PNW #16 Page #2". KayfabeMemories.com. 

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