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Brute Bernard

Name: Brute Bernard
Height: 6'2" / 188cm
Weight: 270lbs / 120 kg
Born: June 6, 1921
From: Quebec, Canada
Trained by: Jack Britton
Debut: 1957
Died: July 14, 1984
Finisher: Backbreaker
Also known as: Jim Bernard, The Brute

Toured Australia: 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974 and 1978.


Made his name initially as tag partner of Skull Murphy in WWWF. Toured the world with Skull until Murphy's death in 1969. Won the IWA World Tag titles in Australia with Murphy 6 times, deteating Mark Lewin & Dominic de Nucci, Lewin & Bearcat Wright, Mario Milano & Billy White Wolf, Mario Milano & Antonio Pugliese, Lars Anderson & Dick Murdoch. Lost the straps to Lewin & Wright twice, Milano & Pugliese twice, Don Leo Jonathan & Antonio Pugliese and Mario Milano & Spiros Arion. Continued as a solo wrestler in Australia, where he had his greatest success, winning the Austro-Asian title from Spiros Arion before dropping it back to him. Also wrestled extensively in the Carolinas, wheLe he teamed with the Missouri Mauler, and Texas. Was married to pro wrestler Betty Joe Hawkins.

Was famous for his 'camel walk'. Died in mysterious circumstances in 1984, from a gunshot wound. Some allege suicide, some claim misadventure while playing a game of "Russian Roulette". 

Major titles: Austro-Asian Heavyweight Championship, World Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Championship (Australia) (2), United States Heavyweight Championship (Texas), NWA Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Championship (Texas) (2), NWA World Tag Team Championship (2 - w/ Skull Murphy), WWWF United States Tag Team Championship (w/ Skull Murphy), IWA World Tag Team Championship (5 - w/ Skull Murphy), Atlantic Coast Tag Team Championship (w/ Larry Hamilton), Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (w/ Jay York), American Tag Team Championship (3 - w/ Mike Paidousis (2), w/ Larry Hamilton), Western States Tag Team Championship (w/ Frank Morrell)

Brute Bernard v Killer Karl Kox, World Championship Wrestling 1974

Credit: Mark Dalgleish, Wikipedia, Libnan Ayoub's 100 Years of Australian Professional Wrestling
Photo credit: Wikipedia