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Grizzly Smith

Grizzly Smith

(1932 – 2010)

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Grizzly Smith

Grizzly Smith
(1932 – 2010)

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Grizzly Smith

(1932 – 2010)
About Grizzly
This is a tribute to Aurelian Smith. Aurelian Smith was a professional wrestler better known as Grizzly Smith. He was the father of professional wrestlers Aurelian, Jr. (Jake "The Snake" Roberts), Michael (Sam Houston), and Robin (Rockin' Robin).
After his wrestling career ended, he served for a time as a backstage official in the World Wrestling Federation and a road agent in World Championship Wrestling, as recounted in Mick Foley's book Have A Nice Day.
Aurelian Smith began competing in professional wrestling in Texas, but he worked on an oilfield part-time as well. Aurelian Smith also competed in Georgia, where he challenged Freddie Blassie for the NWA Georgia World Heavyweight Championship but was
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unable to win the title belt. While wrestling in Texas, Smith met Luke Brown, who he followed to Oklahoma. Aurelian Smith, who had wrestled under the ring names Jake Smith and Tiny Anderson, began competing as Grizzly Smith, although he also wrestled as Tiny Smith. Aurelian Smith and Brown formed a tag team known as The Kentuckians, and the pair used the gimmick of a pair of hillbillies. Together, they won the Georgia version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship in 1962 and held them until dropping them to Lenny Montana and Gypsy Joe on November 23 of that year.
The Kentuckians' biggest rivals were The Assassins, with whom they feuded in matches across the United States. In many of these matches, The
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Assassins were joined by The Missouri Mauler and The Kentuckians teamed with Haystacks Calhoun. The Kentuckians biggest win over The Assassins came while competing in the Los Angeles-based World Wrestling Association on August 8, 1965, when they defeated their rivals to win the WWA World Tag Team Championship. They held the belts for several months before dropping them to Gorilla Monsoon and Luke Graham the following January. Later in 1966, Smith and Brown won the American Wrestling Association's Midwest Tag Team Championship.
Aurelian Smith's feud with The Assassins also took him to Western Canada, where he teamed with Don Leo Jonathan to defeat The Assassins for the Vancouver version of the NWA Canadian
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Tag Team Championship. Smith, who was wrestling under the ring name Ski Hi Jones, and Jonathan held the title from March 25, 1968 until the following month, when The Assassins regained the championship in a rematch.
Aurelian Smith then returned to Texas, where he was involved in a rivalry with The Spoiler. The two wrestlers feuded over the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship, which Aurelian Smith won from The Spoiler in June 1968. The following month, Smith gained another title when he teamed with Fritz Von Erich to defeat The Spoiler and Gary Hart to win the NWA American Tag Team Championship. Aurelian Smith and The Spoiler continued to feud, however, and The Spoiler regained the Heavyweight Championship in
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August and the Team Team Championship in September.
The Kentuckians reunited in the NWA Tri-State territory. In an April 1971 match that was scheduled to see Bill Watts and Billy Red Lyons challenge Waldo Von Erich and Karl Von Brauner for the Tri-State version of the NWA United States Tag Team Championship, Smith and Brown took the place of the challengers. They won the match and the title belts but were stripped of the championship later that month. They continued to pursue the belts and regained them later that month, holding them until a loss to The Spoilers later that year.
After retiring as a competitor, Aurelian Smith promoted wrestling events in Louisiana alongside Jack Curtis.
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Grizzly Smith

This is a tribute to Aurelian Smith. Aurelian Smith was a professional wrestler better known as Grizzly Smith. He was the father of professional wrestlers Aurelian, Jr. (Jake "The Snake" Roberts), Michael (Sam Houston), and Robin (Rockin' Robin).
After his wrestling career ended, he served for a time as a backstage official in the World Wrestling Federation and a road agent in World Championship Wrestling, as recounted in Mick Foley's book Have A Nice Day.
Aurelian Smith began competing in professional wrestling in Texas, but he worked on an oilfield part-time as well. Aurelian Smith also competed in Georgia, where he challenged Freddie Blassie for the NWA Georgia World Heavyweight Championship but was...

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Rest in peace Grizzly
I first met Grizzly at ****
My sincere condolences to all friends and family of Grizzly
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Grizzly used to really enjoy ****
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Grizzly inspired me to ****
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