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Bill Eadie got into professional wrestling by accident. He was working as a high school teacher and a coach for the football and track
teams, when during a summer break a friend asked him to go to the matches. Bill took him up on it, never before having watched on
television, much less a live event.
They went to one a card in Pittsburgh, promoted by Geto Mongol, where the unexpected happened. â€œGeto started talking to us and
offered to train us, so it all started right there. He asked me if I had any interest in wrestling and I said, â€˜yeah, but I donâ€™t know how
to wrestle.â€™ At that point I was smart enough to know I didnâ€™t know enough to be in the ring with those guys.â€�
Bill and his friend Ron, along with Larry Zbyszko, spent about nine months training with Geto at a farmhouse on his property. He was still
teaching school, but the desire to test himself athletically was being re-ignited by his surroundings. He began working the occasional
cards in the area, but one day in 1973 Geto called and asked him to make a serious career decision.
Getoâ€™s partner, Bepo Mongol, had been injured and could not follow through with some commitments the Mongols had made, which
included an upcoming summer tour of Japan. Bill accepted and quickly metamorphosed into the Mongol gimmick, and became known
as Bolo. â€œThe first real break was going to Japan with him. That Japan tour was a great chance because I was able to start working
with top guys basically because I was with him.â€�
Upon returning to the states, Geto decided to continue working with Bill. After a short run in the NWF area, they went to Georgia to work
for the new All-South Wrestling Alliance for Ann Gunkel. Bill wasnâ€™t aware that working for Gunkel meant working for an â€œoutlawâ
€� to the NWA. â€œHell, at the time, I didnâ€™t know anything about that. All I knew was I had been booked to work and so we went. I
didnâ€™t have enough experience or maybe I was just naive about the business at the time that if someone was booking me, I was
going to wrestle.â€�
Following a successful stint with All-South, they went directly to Eddie Einhornâ€™s IWA, another group considered an outlaw. â€œHere
again, I hadnâ€™t been in the business long, so I didnâ€™t know what was going on. These guys would be calling in these threats and
I was thinking it couldnâ€™t be real. I was never concerned about it, but years later I heard people calling it an outlaw group. Hell, in my
first few years I never worked for a regular group, but I didnâ€™t know it at the time. To me, the NWA was just initials â€“ I had never
worked for any of their territories. I just knew whoever was paying me to work and help me feed my family was who I was going to be
When the IWA went defunct, Jim Crockettâ€™s booker, George Scott, came calling, and the duo decided to work for the Mid-Atlantic
territory for awhile. As their program with Ole and Gene Anderson was coming to an end, Scott made an offer to them to stay, but with the
idea of changing gimmicks.
â€œDuring that period of time, I really got to know George and we hit it off really well. He had this idea to make me a masked man at the
end of the Mongols run. I told him I was loyal to my partner since he had broken me in, but Geto was very gracious, and he had been
away from home for well over a year by that time. He didnâ€™t want to stay any longer, and between being away from home for so long
and making those long trips in the Charlotte territory, he was ready to go home. So he told me if I wanted to try it and stay, I should go
ahead, but he was going home. Well, George came up with the Superstar gimmick.â€�
While Billâ€™s wifeâ€™s grandmother was busy making masks, Bill was busy working with Boris Malenko to learn new moves, so that
when the change occurred no one would catch on that Bolo Mongol and the Masked Superstar were the same person. It must have
worked because to this day, there are still people saying they didnâ€™t realize it, even though his first night under the hood followed his
last night as a Mongol.
â€œNobody knew. I even had to change vehicles. I had a Ford LTD that I had been driving, so after the change was made, I started
leaving it at home. I had gone out and bought a brand new van when the decision was made to start the Superstar character, and I didnâ
€™t drive it until the first night as the Superstar. On Sunday night I drove the LTD to Greensboro and had the hair match. On Monday, I
drove to Greenville in the green van. There are people that come up to me now and say they never realized it was the same person.â€�
The Superstar would go on to have huge programs with the Mighty Igor, Black Jack Mulligan and Paul Jones during his first two years in
the Mid-Atlantic area. In 1978, he went back to Georgia, this time for Georgia Championship Wrestling, where the inevitable feud
happened with Mr. Wrestling #2 â€“ a program that drew so much money no one would let it end.
â€œAll I had heard about Walker was bad. Everybody would tell me he didnâ€™t always want to go along with the programs, and that he
was stubborn, but I never found him that way. Our styles really meshed right away. We went so many times and had so many good
matches. He was the kind of guy that if he felt secure and comfortable with you, he would try stuff. We never sat down and talked
careers, but I imagine someone somewhere had tried to shaft him so he became cautious.â€�
Bill bounced around Georgia and the Carolinaâ€™s on and off during the early 1980â€™s, but continued to make trips to Japan, and
just before his first trip to work for the Montreal territory, he did a short run for Bill Wattâ€™s Mi-South group. He had already told Watts
his stay in the territory would be brief, as he had already committed to Dino Bravo from a friendship formed on a recent Japan tour. â€œI
had already promised Dino I would go up to Montreal so my stay with Watts was short, plus I didnâ€™t want to stick around there too
long and go through that travel schedule. I thought the road trips in Charlotte were long, but they were even worse in Mid-South.â€� He
would go on to spend several months at a time in the Montreal territory.
Before he took off the hood, Bill also found work in Florida, the Midwest for Verne Gagne, and a great run in the WWWF, which included a
program with the champion Bob Backlund. â€œHe was very good â€“ very serious. A lot of people criticized him because of his
interviews and the way he carried himself in the ring, but I think that set him apart. He wasnâ€™t flamboyant. Everybody was used to
interviews by guys like Flair or Tommy Rich. He was just real simple and down to earth. At that time McMahon was having some
problems with discipline up there and I think he proved a point taking a guy who no one thought would be champion, and so he made
him the champion. Some people never caught onto him and they criticized him, but on the whole, I think he did a great job. He was easy
to work with. He was one of the strongest guys in a ring, and also one of the nicest. He would bend over backward trying to have a good
match with you.â€�
Bill returned to the WWF after a short run in Japan, along with his partner from that tour, Andre the Giant. McMahon had asked them to
come in under a similar gimmick that was over with the Japanese fans, and dubbed them the Super Machine and the Giant Machine. â
€œOf course, then you had the Big Machine, who was Mulligan, then we had the Hulk Machine, the Piper Machine â€“ anybody. And
everybody knew who everyone was. It was supposed to be a short lived gimmick, and I didnâ€™t want to go to New York again, but I was
doing it as a favor to Andre. I will say that I got treated well in New York, but I just didnâ€™t enjoy all the travel. I stayed there for a number
of years. It was nothing against the office, the administration or the talent â€“ I just didnâ€™t want to be away from home so long.â€�
Despite his unlike for the travel accustomed with working for the World Wrestling Federation, he stayed and took on a new character â€“
Axe â€“ for the tag team known as Demolition. Similar in nature to the Road Warriors, Demolition dominated the WWF tag team scene
for a few years, even having a showdown with the Roadies eventually.
Billâ€™s health forced him to slow down, so he took on a managerial role with Demolition before leaving the WWF altogether. He would
continue to wrestle sporadically for independent groups throughout the 1990â€™s, using the Demolition and Superstar gimmicks.
Today, Bill is working with kids and spending his spare time with family. He is also occasionally making appearances at various
reunions and conventions, as he enjoys meeting and talking with fans. In addition, he is currently working on a book, chronicling his life
and career in wrestling.