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Real Name: George Wagner
Stats: 5' 9" 210 lbs.
Gorgeous George was born George Wagner in Seward, Nebraska and began his wrestling career during his teens. Wagner developed the gimmick that would forever change both him and the "sport."
He grew his hair out so it was long, could be curled and pinned back with gold-plated bobby pins, and dyed it platinum blond. He wore elegant robes, and was always escorted to the ring by one of his valets (Geoffrey or Thomas Ross) who would spray his corner of the ring (as well as George's opponents) with disinfectant and perfume.
He was the originator of using entrance music, and was always accompanied by his theme "Pomp And Circumstance." Gorgeous George's ring entrances were legendary, and often took nearly as long as his matches. The effeminate grappler worked people into fits of laughter, curiosity, and outright rage with his pageantry and theatrics.
The consummate villain, George would cheat at every possible opportunity, infuriating fans to the point of rioting on several occasions. So riveted were they by George's theatrics, fans would flock in droves to see him wrestle, and even more importantly, they tuned-in in record numbers to watch Gorgeous George on the then brand-new medium of television.