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October 6th is German-American Day

posted Oct 5, 2017, 5:33 PM by Wrestling Scout   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 6:40 PM ]
October is German-American Heritage Month and October 6th is German-American Day.

Pro-wrestling has included German wrestlers from the pioneer era as many Europeans  and European immigrants had their own style of wrestling from the Old Country that they had mastered.

After the World Wars, German heels were everywhere.  Some like Hans Schmidt (Quebecer Guy LaRose), Karl Von Hess (the son of Midwestern Hungarians) and Kurt and Karl Von Brauner (Canadian Doug Donovan) were not German at 
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all, but were fantastic in the role.  Some like Kurt Von Poppenheim, Kurt Von Brauner and Baron Von Raschke were authentically of German stock.  There is also the controversial use of Naziism by pro-wrestling heels, whether it is the Baron wearing a swastika or iron cross on his cape, Fritz Von Erich goose stepping around the ring, Waldo Von Erich flashing the Nazi salute or the Von Brauners outrageous alliance with Jewish manager Saul Weingeroff, it seemed nothing was out-of-bounds for the sake of riling fans.

It is believed that German heritage is the largest amongst the American population, so this list is by no means complete, but shows some of the diverse pro-wrestlers who were from Germany, were the born to German immigrants or have German ancestry.

This is a list (and certainly a very incomplete one) of North American pro-wrestlers of German heritage.

Americus (Gus Schoenlein)
Bobby Bruns
Ad Santel
Hans Steinke
Frederich Von Schacht