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Eddie Sharkey (born February 4, 1936) is an American professional wrestling trainer. He is often called "The Trainer of Champions".[2] He has been instrumental in training some of the biggest names in the sport. He was also the owner of Pro Wrestling America.

Eddie Sharkey
Born (1936-02-04) February 4, 1936 (age 83)[1]
Spouse(s)Princess Little Cloud (divorced)
Mary Beth Rivera (m. 2006)
Professional wrestling career


Professional wrestling careerEdit

American Wrestling AssociationEdit

In the late 1950s, he joined the carnival circuit as a wrestler. Sharkey was trained by Boris Malenko, Bob Geigel, and Joe Scarpello. Sharkey made his American Wrestling Association (AWA) debut in Fargo, North Dakota in 1961 where he was a babyface. He had feuds with Danny Hodge, Bob Boyer, and Jack Donovan. Sharkey left the AWA over a disagreement with promoter Verne Gagne.

In September 1968, he won the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship from Jack Donovan in Central States Wrestling.[3][4] The title was later retired.[3][4]

Pro Wrestling AmericaEdit

While working at Gramma B's, Sharkey recognized the future that four of the bouncers (Hawk, Animal, Rick Rude, and Barry Darsow) could have in wrestling. Sharkey opened his own professional wrestling promotion, Pro Wrestling America, in 1982 and trained the men himself.

He also partnered with Terry Fox to open another professional wrestling school in Minnesota.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Growing up in south Minneapolis, Sharkey was a huge wrestling fan. His father, Tom Shyman, was a first-generation immigrant from Poland who worked in the liquor-display business. Sharkey took up boxing in his teens.

Sharkey married Maryland professional wrestler Princess Little Cloud (Dixie Jordan). When Jordan gave birth to their children, he left the wrestling profession for eight years to spend more time at home. He took a job as a bartender at Gramma B's in the Twin Cities. Sharkey and Jordan later divorced. He married Mary Beth Rivera on April 20, 2006.

Wrestlers trainedEdit

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


  1. ^ "Eddie Sharkey OWW Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Staff: Shawn Daivari". The Academy School of Professional Wrestling. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Central States: NWA United States Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 255–256. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  4. ^ a b c "NWA United States Heavyweight Title (Central States version)". Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Clevett, Jason (January 4, 2005). "Signs point to success for Aries". SLAM Wrestling. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  6. ^ Murphy, Ryan (June 29, 2009). "Where Are They Now? Bob Backlund". WWE. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d "Wrestling Legends to visit with fans at Dave and Busters". Military News. November 21, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  8. ^ Xamin, Mark. "Bios: Lacey". SLAM Wrestling. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  9. ^ Melok, Bobby (April 15, 2013). "Where Are They Now? Rick Steiner". WWE. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "Bios: Sean Waltman". SLAM Wrestling. Retrieved July 3, 2008.
  11. ^ Eck, Kevin. "Madusa's Bio". Archived from the original on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
  12. ^ "List of CAC Award Winners". Cauliflower Alley Club. Retrieved December 7, 2017.

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