Recently I had a flashback to wrestler Steve O (Olsonoski), 6'1", 230#, during the year of his prominence at Georgia Championship Wrestling on Superstation WTBS. He didn't last long there, perhaps because he wasn't colorful enough for the burgeoning cable-TV market, or maybe he just wasn't much good at wrestling ... I liked him, but what do I know? ... I always thought he was hot.
He was a big fighter, born the same year I was and touted for (like me) having a college degree in education. (Looking back on it, I ask, Why mention his teaching credentials? but back then I savored the tenuous link between us.) He combined karate (or karate-ish traits) with traditional catch wrestling, foreshadowing pro-wrestling's future direction (not a good one, as far as I'm concerned). In the first three shots below, we see him winning knifehand-versus-knifehand against Japanese wrestler Haru Sonoda on 10 October 1981.
Steve looked his best in tight, grimace-making clenches, either struggling in a bear hug or pretzeled on the mat with another fighter--as in the last three shots below, against Jim Nelson on Halloween of 1981. Working a very slight resemblance to then-popular Olympic decathlete Bruce Jenner, his seventies-style hair invited grabbing. Like Bruce, he was a hero I liked to cheer for.
Want to see these matches in motion? See Steve-versus-Sonoda here and Steve-versus-Jim at about the 44-minute mark here.