“The Grappler” will be honored this April!

The Cauliflower Alley Club is pleased to announce that “The Grappler” Len Denton will be receiving a retired men’s wrestling award at the 50th annual CAC Reunion this coming April in Las Vegas, NV!

Highlights of Len Denton’s career, courtesy of Wikipedia.com:

Len Denton worked early in his career under a few different monikers and wrestled all over the territories across North America. His first real push came in the Southern territories first capturing titles in the Mid-South promotion. In Memphis with a young Jim Cornette as his manager he was teamed with Tony Anthony as the Dirty White Boys. When the Dirty White Boys lost their hair in a hair vs. hair match Denton and Anthony donned masks and became Grapplers 1 and 2. Denton was Grappler #2. The donning of the mask actually made fans believe they were seeing a brand new team in the area. They achieved some success with this new gimmick, winning the AWA Southern Tag Titles and feuding with the Fabulous Ones. The Grapplers would eventually leave Memphis and travel to the Central States area winning tag team gold there as well.

At this point in their careers Anthony and Denton split up, with Anthony wrestling as The Dirty White Boy, and Denton taking the Grappler gimmick to Texas before eventually moving on to the Pacific Northwest. While Denton was wrestling there in the early 1990s, a local jobber named Bobbly Blair assumed the “Dirty White Boy” moniker, though he had no connection to Anthony.

Denton

The Grappler has an extensive history in the Pacific Northwest as wrestler, booker, promoter, trainer and most recently (after neck surgery) a manager. The Grappler is one of the last remaining wrestlers from the NWA Pacific Northwest (Portland Wrestling) days.

Jake “The Snake” Roberts claims that in a Mid-South Wrestling bout, Jake “The Snake” Roberts put Denton in a front facelock and during the move Jake tripped on Denton’s foot, falling backwards, causing Denton to fall on his head. As a result, Roberts claims to have invented the professional wrestling move known as the DDT.

During the late 1990s, Denton worked for World Championship Wrestling under his real name. Of note is his title match against the undefeated WCW United States Champion Bill Goldberg on the May 11, 1998 edition of Monday Nitro. Play-by-play announcer Mike Tenay described Denton as “a very accomplished veteran grappler.”

The Grappler was active as a Wrestler for and Operated as the President of the Booking Committee for the new Portland Wrestling from 2001 to 2006.

The Grappler announced his “return from retirement” on January 10, 2010.

Read more about Len Denton’s title history and match highlights here:

http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/bios/l/len-denton/

Listen to Len Denton’s interview on OWW Radio here:
http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/90062/grappler-reflects-great-career/

Here are some of Len Denton’s famous matches:






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2 Responses to ““The Grappler” will be honored this April!”

  1. Finally…a BIG congratulations to Lyn Denton is in order on his upcoming award from the Cauiliflower Alley Club. Lyn is one wrestler who defines professionalism inside that squared circle. Whether he was wrestling in singles competition or as a tagteam competitor you could rest assured that you were getting your moneys worth when Lyn Denton was on the card. Working as The Grappler for Bill Watts in the early 80’s his talent was quickly realized as he captured the coveted North American Heavyweight Title, providing the fans in that territory with some most memorable matches against the likes of such stars as Ted DiBiase and Killer Karl Kox. He also had some tremendous matches as a tagteam competitor with Tony Anthony as The Grapplers and as The Dirty White Boys. I am 55 years old and have been watching wrestling since I was 6 years old. I’ve seen a lot of wrestlers come and go, some with more notoriety than Lyn, but none with more talent than Lyn. A Great worker in the ring, always a great interview, giving 110% every time he stepped through those ropes and… still working today. As a fan I appreciate all that you have given to this sport and the hours of Great entertainment that you provided to me. Again, congratulations to you Lyn Denton for a job well done. You deserve it!

  2. Congratulations Grappler! Well deserved! I’d love to see more updates from this legend!