Duane Bailey (a.k.a. Don Anderson)

Turned Pro: 1970

Trained By: Jack Kaiser

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Height: 5’9″

Wrestling Weight: 235 pounds

Territories Worked In: Portland, Oregon; Washington State; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Mobile, Alabama; Memphis, Tennessee.

Toughest Opponents: Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Bull Ramos, Jerry Lawler, Ken Mantel, Ripper Collins, Johnny Boyd & Norman Fredrick Charles III, Iron Sheik, Lord Alfred Hayes, Fuji, “Plowboy” Frazier, Danny Hodge.

Best Match: Versus Danny Hodge (for the learning experience) or versus Ken Mantel for the World’s Junior Heavyweight Championship. It’s very hard to say which match was the best for I enjoyed them all and learned from them all.

Favorite Move: Dropkick, Suplex, Flying and creating excitement in the crowd.

Titles Held: Western States Heavyweight Championship, Western States Tag Team Championship, Southern Heavyweight Championship, Southern Tag Team Championship, Mississippi State Championship, Gulf Coast Tag Team Championship, Arizona Heavyweight Championship and Arizona Tag Team Championship.

Biography (borrowed from his official website): In his youth, the now famous wrestler was turning heads and gaining recognition in another facet of sports. He began displaying his talent and determination at an early age and was anticipated to be an emerging star in the world of baseball. He could have easily taken this talent to the next level and turned pro, but the young star became more and more fascinated in another sport he was pursuing in which he was equally as talented.

His high school amateur wrestling background was a natural stepping stone into the “big time” and the world of professional wrestling. His real love became professional wrestling. Watching the professional wrestlers on television and reading about them in the wrestling magazines, he wanted to become a part of that world. He soon decided to make his dream a reality.

In 1970, he started training in Portland, Oregon under the supervision of retired World Jr.Heavy Weight champion Jack Kaiser. Kaiser was a wrestling star from the 1950 & 1960 era, and “knew the ropes”. He had much to offer an emerging star in professional wrestling.

Early in 1971 he entered the wrestling ring for his first professional wrestling match and his life long dream had come true. As with all his efforts, the wrestler strived for excellence in and around the ring. This meant intense hard work and dedication to the craft. He had to stay in top physical conditioning and have sharp ring savvy. He had 5 to 6 matches a week and appeared regularly on television, for championship matches, interviews, and guest appearances. He had once followed wrestling careers in magazines and newspapers, now the magazines and newspapers were following his career. He had made it to the “big time”.

He wrestled professionally from 1971 through 1977. While wrestling he traveled all over the United States and Canada working in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), American Wrestling Alliance (AWA) and the World Wide Wrestling Alliance (WWWA). He held 7 different championship belts, in singles and tag team matches.

Throughout his wrestling career, he was honored to work with some of the “Super Stars” of the business that he had idolized for so many years, like: Danny Hodge, Gorgeous George JR., Andrea The Giant, Dory Funk, Terry Funk, “Super Fly”Jimmy Snuka, Bo Bo Brazil, Lew Thez, Jerry Lawler, and the Fabulous Moolah.

When he was not traveling he would enjoy working with the high school wrestling teams and their coaches training their up and coming stars.

Like so many professional athletes will tell you, “your body will be the first to tell you when it is time to retire”, and in late 1977 he chose to retire from the ring to enjoy life and his family.

After retirement from the ring, the wrestler’s love of aviation led him to pursue a new career in airline technology. As in his other pursuits, once again his intelligence, drive, and determination, gained him the recognition and industry excellence he has always strived for. Currently, the wrestler resides with his family in Houston, Texas.