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WWE: Big John Studd

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posted on Jun, 27 2004 @ 02:02 PM

When looking back on the goliaths of WWE, the name of John Minton, aka Big John Studd, is one that ranks with the likes of Andre the Giant, Gorilla Monsoon and Big Show.

Standing 6 foot 10 and weighing in at 364 pounds, Studd was a mountain of a man who dominated WWE competition throughout the 1970s and 80s. He first came to prominence in the early 70s under the name Chuck O'Connor, but it was once he adopted his more famous ring name that he reached his greatest heights. He competed in numerous territories, including the NWA's Carolinas region, where he held the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship with a rookie Ric Flair.

In WWE, he was a serious threat to WWE Champion Bob Backlund and gave Hulk Hogan the first major challenge of his championship run. His feud with Andre over the title of "wrestling's true giant" is among WWE's most storied conflicts, and it culminated in the $15,000 Bodyslam Challenge match at the first WrestleMania. During the mid 1980s, he formed a regular tag team with fellow behemoth King Kong Bundy that is to this day the most gargantuan duo in WWE history. Studd made a brief comeback to WWE in 1989 that saw him win the first Royal Rumble ever broadcast on pay per view. In March 1995, after a 17 month struggle with Hodgkins's disease, John Minton succumbed to liver cancer at the age of 46, robbing the sport of one of its true giants.

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