Ripper Collins (wrestler)
Roy Lee Albern (October 10, 1933 – November 12, 1991), known by the ring name Ripper Collins, was an American professional wrestler who wrestled mainly during his career for 50th State Big Time Wrestling also known as NWA Hawaii.
|Birth name||Roy Lee Albern|
|Born||October 10, 1933|
|Died||November 12, 1991 (aged 58)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Ripper Collins|
Pretty Boy Collins
|Billed weight||264 lb (120 kg)|
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Collins started pro wrestling in Texas and later went to St. Louis. In 1961 he made his debut in the American Wrestling Association where he stayed until 1963.
NWA Hawaii (1965-1979)Edit
Collins made his debut in 50th State Big Time Wrestling in 1965. He would stay there for most of his career as a heel. He held the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship fourteen times from 1966-1973, 1978-1979 and the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship seven times from 1966-1967, 1969-1971.
On January 19, 1966 he defeat Ron Reed for NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship. In August he dropped it to Neff Maivia and recaptured the title in October. On March 15, 1967 he dropped it to Jim Hady. On October 29, 1969 Collins won the title from Pampero Firpo and would hold it multiple times from 1969-1971 feuding with Sam Steamboat. He would drop the belt to his former partner Johnny Barend in 1970 and would defeat Barend a month later. He dropped the belt to Frankie Laine on February 6, 1971.
On January 6, 1966 he and Johnny Barend won the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship defeating Luther Lindsay and Bearcat Wright. Collins would hold the belts fourteen times from 1966-1979 with Barend, Curtis Iaukea, "Crazy" Luke Graham, Buddy Austin, Mad Dog Mayne, Ed Francis, Johnny Valentine and Phil Whipper Watson Jr. On November 28, 1973 Collins and Valentine won the titles by defeating Sam Steamboat and Peter Maivia. The titles were then vacated and remained inactive until 1977. In 1978 Collins won the titles for the fourteenth and final time with Whipper Watson Jr. and dropped the titles in 1979.
In 1979, Collins left NWA Hawaii.
Collins also wrestled in All Japan Pro Wrestling in 1973. In 1976 he wrestled for Stampede Wrestling in Calgary, Canada where he would win the Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship three times with Frenchy Martin, Bobby Bass and Larry Sharpe.
In 1980 he wrestled for NWA Polynesian and retired.
After wrestling he owned and operated a nightclub in Hawaii called the "Squared Circle".
He was married to female wrestler Barbara Baker. After retiring from wrestling he resided in Hawaii.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- 50th State Big Time Wrestling
- All Star Pro Wrestling
- Dominion Wrestling Union
- NWA Hollywood Wrestling
- Pacific Northwest Wrestling
- Stampede Wrestling
- Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship (3 times) – Frenchy Martin (1), Bobby Bass (1), Larry Sharpe (1)
- World Championship Wrestling
- IWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
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