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Tony Atlas is known by today's fans as the laughing sidekick of Abraham Washington on ECW and as Mark Henry's former manager. Fans from the early 90's might remember his stint in the WWF as Saba Simba. He's had quite a career, and is still seen from time to time with the WWE.
One of my first memories of Mr. USA came during an arm wrestling challenge with Jesse "the Body" Ventura. This was before I was a real fan of wrestling, it was sometime in 1983, and I was casually watching the WWF at that point. Of course Jesse was losing and put a thumb into Tony's eye, then dragged him over the table and whacked him with a chair.
|Atlas and Rocky Johnson|
After dropping the belts to Adrian Adonis and Dick Murdoch, Rocky and Tony split. But it wasn't like the WWE tag team splits you see today. They didn't feud or fight, they just went their separate ways. Tony kinda jobbed for a while and then headed to World Class Championship Wrestling where he became the Black Superman.
I don't remember much of what happened to Atlas after that. I know he had a stint in WCW, and I'm sure he worked the indy scene before eventually being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. That was my first HOF ceremony, and it was great to see him be honored for his accomplishments in the ring. He also started managing Mark Henry and from what I've heard helping to keep the big man on the straight and narrow while on the road too.
|Hogan gets pressed...|