Outback Jack (wrestler)

Outback Jack
Birth name Peter Stilsbury
Born (1958-02-04) 4 February 1958 (age 61)[1]
Victoria, Australia
Residence Florida[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) The Mercenary
Sgt. Green
Outback Jack
Billed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[2]
Billed weight 300 lb (140 kg)[2]
Billed from Humpty Doo, Australia[2]
Trained by Les Thornton[1]
Debut 1986

Peter Stilsbury (born February 4, 1958) is an Australian former professional wrestler, best known for appearing in the World Wrestling Federation as Outback Jack from 1986 to 1988. He portrayed a northern Australian bushman coming to America to compete in the WWF.

Professional wrestling career

Early career

Stilsbury started his career in Canada with Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling in November 1986.[1] He was brought into the WWF that month in response to the mainstream popularity of the Australian film Crocodile Dundee.[3] Wearing an Australian bush jacket,[4] he appeared in several vignettes hyping his debut by showing him in the wilds of the Australian Outback—specifically, the Northern Territory.[2][5] In the vignettes, he drove a Jeep and drank beer with cows.[5] In addition, as part of the storyline, he claimed to have learned survival skills from the Aborigines.[2]

World Wrestling Federation (1986–1988)

Stilsbury made his WWF debut in November 1986, as Outback Jack.[6] His wins mainly came over jobbers such as Jose Estrada, Steve Lombardi, Barry O, Barry Horowitz and "Iron" Mike Sharpe.[1][7] However, Outback Jack also defeated well-known superstars such as Nikolai Volkoff and former WWE Champion The Iron Sheik.[8]

He soon became a jobber himself, losing matches to high-level superstars such as "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and Rick Rude. Outback Jack feuded with Frenchy Martin, and the two had matches featured on the 4 May and 25 May 1987 episodes of WWF Prime Time Wrestling. Outback Jack won both matches.[9][10]

On the 3 August 1987 episode of WWF Prime Time Wrestling, Outback Jack rescued Tito Santana from an attack by Ron Bass. This led to a match between Outback Jack and Bass later in the show. Bass won,[11] and the pair continued to face each other into the following year.[8][12]

Outback Jack made one appearance on the interview segment The Snake Pit with Jake "The Snake" Roberts, on June 6, 1987.[1][13]

On the 7 May 1988 episode of WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Outback Jack competed in his final televised match teaming with Brady Boone and Steve Blackman in a loss to The Islanders; this was the only match in which The Islanders competed as a team of three, as they were joined by new Islander Siva Afi.[1][14] Outback Jack's brief career concluded at the only wrestling event held in Kissimmee, Florida's Tupperware Convention Center, on the evening of May 15, 1988.[15] The outcome of his rematch with Greg Valentine, who had pinned him three days prior at the Columbus Municipal Auditorium, remains a mystery.[12]

Post-World Wrestling Federation

World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly the WWF) had LJN Wrestling Superstars create an Outback Jack action figure to be produced and distributed worldwide.[5] In 2003, Pro Wrestling Illustrated published a list of the top 400 wrestlers in WWE history; Stilsbury was rankedNo. 371.[16] Stilsbury stated in an interview that he does not often think about his time with the World Wrestling Federation.[17]

In recent years Stilsbury has been involved in Highland Games caber tossing events in Florida. His eyesight has been declining, and he is now blind in one eye and has limited vision in his other. His sudden departure from the WWF has led to him being described as "one of the most asked about people in the business".[18]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Outback Jack profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 14 June 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e Shields, Brian and Kevin Sullivan (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK/BradyGAMES. p. 228. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0.
  3. ^ Reynolds, R.D.; Blade Braxton (2007). The Wrestlecrap Book of Lists!. ECW Press. pp. 339–340. ISBN 1-55022-762-9.
  4. ^ Ball, Michael R. (1990). Professional Wrestling as Ritual Drama in American Popular Culture. Edwin Mellen Press. p. 93. ISBN 0-88946-112-0.
  5. ^ a b c Reynolds, R.D. (2003). WrestleCrap: The Very Worst of Pro Wrestling. ECW Press. p. 34. ISBN 1-55022-584-7.
  6. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "Ring Results: 1986". The History of WWE. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  7. ^ Nevada, Vance (12 May 2008). "Iron Mike Sharpe Jr". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  8. ^ a b Cawthon, Graham. "Ring Results: 1987". The History of WWE. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  9. ^ "Prime Time Wrestling". WWF Television. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 4 May 1987. USA Network.
  10. ^ "Prime Time Wrestling". WWF Television. Toronto, Ontario. 25 May 1987. USA Network.
  11. ^ "Prime Time Wrestling". WWF Television. New York City, New York. 3 August 1987. USA Network.
  12. ^ a b Cawthon, Graham. "Ring Results: 1988". The History of WWE. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  13. ^ "WWF Superstars of Wrestling". WWF Television. Buffalo, New York. 1987-06-06. Syndicated.
  14. ^ "WWF Superstars of Wrestling". WWF Television. New Haven, Connecticut. 1988-05-07. Syndicated.
  15. ^ "PRO BOUT", by Frank Carroll, The Orlando Sentinel
  16. ^ "PWI's WWE Top 400 Wrestlers". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
  17. ^ "Interview: Outback Jack". Media Man Australia. 14 November 2001. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  18. ^ "Outback Jack shoots on McMahon's ego". Online World of Wrestling. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009.

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