Tony Borne

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Tony Borne
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Tony Borne (left) throwing an opponent out of the ring.
Birth nameAnthony Wayne Osborne
Born(1926-07-13)July 13, 1926 [1]
Columbus, Ohio, United States [1]
DiedAugust 27, 2010(2010-08-27) (aged 84) [1]
Oak Grove, Oregon, United States
Children Matt Osborne
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Tony Borne
Billed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) [1]
Billed weight220 lb (100 kg; 16 st) [1]
Trained by Ali Pasha [1]
Karl Pojello [1]
DebutSeptember 23, 1952

Anthony Wayne Osborne (July 13, 1926 – August 27, 2010) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, "Tough" Tony Borne. [1]


Professional wrestling career

Osborne was an amateur wrestler in both high school and in the United States Navy. [1] Promoter Al Haft first convinced him to try professional wrestling. [1] His initial trainers were Ali Pasha and Karl Pojello. [1] Pojello convinced Osborne to shorten his ring name to Borne. [1]

In the 1950s, he wrestled mostly in Texas and Pacific Northwest territories, becoming a mainstay in the NWA Pacific Northwest under promoter Don Owen. [1] in 1953, he had a stint in Mexico, where he wrestled the Blue Demon. [1]

Throughout his career he wrestled for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Pat O'Connor, Gene Kiniski and Lou Thesz. [2] In the early 1960s in the Omaha territory for promoter Joe Dusek, Osborne had matches with AWA World Heavyweight Champion Verne Gagne. He influenced up-and-coming wrestlers who spent time in the Pacific Northwest such as Roddy Piper, Rick Martel, Buddy Rose, Rip Oliver, Lonnie Mayne and Billy Jack Haynes.

After his son Matt became a professional wrestler, the duo worked occasionally as a tag team. [1]

Personal life

Osborne was the father of late professional wrestler Matt Osborne. [1] After retiring from professional wrestling, Osborne prospered in real estate. [1] A pacemaker was inserted in his heart in August 2010, but he died at his home on August 27 of that year. [1]

Championships and accomplishments

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