Outback Jack (wrestler)

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Outback Jack
Birth namePeter Stilsbury
Born (1958-02-04) 4 February 1958 (age 61) [1]
Victoria, Australia
Residence Florida [1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) The Mercenary
Sgt. Green
Outback Jack
Billed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) [2]
Billed weight300 lb (140 kg) [2]
Billed from Humpty Doo, Australia [2]
Trained byLes Thornton [1]
Debut1986

Peter Stilsbury (born February 4, 1958) is an Australian former professional wrestler, best known for appearing in the World Wrestling Federation as Outback Jack from 1986 to 1988. He portrayed a northern Australian bushman coming to America to compete in the WWF.

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Contents

Professional wrestling career

Early career

Stilsbury started his career in Canada with Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling in November 1986. [1] He was brought into the WWF that month in response to the mainstream popularity of the Australian film Crocodile Dundee . [3] Wearing an Australian bush jacket, [4] he appeared in several vignettes hyping his debut by showing him in the wilds of the Australian Outback—specifically, the Northern Territory. [2] [5] In the vignettes, he drove a Jeep and drank beer with cows. [5] In addition, as part of the storyline, he claimed to have learned survival skills from the Aborigines. [2]

Stu Hart Canadian professional and amateur wrestler, promoter, and trainer

Stewart Edward Hart, was a Canadian professional wrestler, wrestling booker, promoter, coach and trainer, football player, amateur wrestler, and sailor. He is best known for founding and handling Stampede Wrestling, a professional wrestling promotion based in Calgary, Alberta, teaching many individuals at its associated wrestling school "The Dungeon" and establishing a professional wrestling dynasty consisting of his relatives and close trainees. As the patriarch of the Hart wrestling family, Hart is the ancestor of many wrestlers, most notably being the father of Bret and Owen Hart as well as the grandfather of Natalya Neidhart and David Hart Smith.

Stampede Wrestling

Stampede Wrestling was a Canadian professional wrestling promotion based in Calgary, Alberta. For nearly 50 years, it was one of the main promotions in western Canada and the Canadian Prairies. Originally established by Stu Hart in 1948, the promotion competed with other promotions such as NWA All-Star Wrestling and Pacific Northwest Wrestling and regularly ran events in Calgary's Victoria Pavilion, Ogden Auditorium and the Stampede Corral between 1948 and 1984. Bought out by promoter Vince McMahon, the company was briefly run by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) before being sold back to the Hart family the following year. Run by Bruce Hart until January 1990, he and Ross Hart reopened the promotion in 1999 and began running events in the Alberta area.

<i>Crocodile Dundee</i> 1986 Australian comedy film

Crocodile Dundee is a 1986 Australian-American action comedy film set in the Australian Outback and in New York City. It stars Paul Hogan as the weathered Mick Dundee. Hogan's future wife Linda Kozlowski portrayed Sue Charlton. Inspired by the true-life exploits of Rod Ansell, the film was made on a budget of under $10 million as a deliberate attempt to make a commercial Australian film that would appeal to a mainstream American audience, but proved to be a worldwide phenomenon.

World Wrestling Federation (1986–1988)

Stilsbury made his WWF debut in November 1986, as Outback Jack. [6] His wins mainly came over jobbers such as Jose Estrada, Steve Lombardi, Barry O, Barry Horowitz and "Iron" Mike Sharpe. [1] [7] However, Outback Jack also defeated well-known superstars such as Nikolai Volkoff and former WWE Champion The Iron Sheik. [8]

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He soon became a jobber himself, losing matches to high-level superstars such as "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and Rick Rude. Outback Jack feuded with Frenchy Martin, and the two had matches featured on the 4 May and 25 May 1987 episodes of WWF Prime Time Wrestling . Outback Jack won both matches. [9] [10]

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On the 3 August 1987 episode of WWF Prime Time Wrestling, Outback Jack rescued Tito Santana from an attack by Ron Bass. This led to a match between Outback Jack and Bass later in the show. Bass won, [11] and the pair continued to face each other into the following year. [8] [12]

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Outback Jack made one appearance on the interview segment The Snake Pit with Jake "The Snake" Roberts, on June 6, 1987. [1] [13]

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On the 7 May 1988 episode of WWF Superstars of Wrestling , Outback Jack competed in his final televised match teaming with Brady Boone and Steve Blackman in a loss to The Islanders; this was the only match in which The Islanders competed as a team of three, as they were joined by new Islander Siva Afi. [1] [14] Outback Jack's brief career concluded at the only wrestling event held in Kissimmee, Florida's Tupperware Convention Center, on the evening of May 15, 1988. [15] The outcome of his rematch with Greg Valentine, who had pinned him three days prior at the Columbus Municipal Auditorium, remains a mystery. [12]

Post-World Wrestling Federation

World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly the WWF) had LJN Wrestling Superstars create an Outback Jack action figure to be produced and distributed worldwide. [5] In 2003, Pro Wrestling Illustrated published a list of the top 400 wrestlers in WWE history; Stilsbury was rankedNo. 371. [16] Stilsbury stated in an interview that he does not often think about his time with the World Wrestling Federation. [17]

In recent years Stilsbury has been involved in Highland Games caber tossing events in Florida. His eyesight has been declining, and he is now blind in one eye and has limited vision in his other. His sudden departure from the WWF has led to him being described as "one of the most asked about people in the business". [18]

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