mike "the HIPPY" boyette
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Bio provided by Gulf Coast historian Mike Norris
Mike Bowyer was a judo champion while serving in the US Marine Corps. He had been competing in judo and freestyle wrestling since the age of nine. He was chosen to represent the US in Judo for the 1968 Olympics, but broke his leg during a practice session and was forced to give up his spot. When his leg healed he headed to Minnesota to try and break into pro wrestling. He managed to make the acquantenance of Verne Gagne who agreed to train him for the business. Gagne and Eddie Sharkey trained Bowyer and he made he initial appearances in Minnesota before heading to his native California for some appearances.
His big break came when he entered the Gulf Coast territory for promoter Lee Fields. Booker Bob Kelly initially made him a heel and he was dubbed "The Angry Man" Mike Boyette. The Boyette was an adaption of his real name because Bob Boyer was already in the area. Bowyer also bore a strong resemblance to long time Gulf Coast veteran Mario Galento whose true name was Butch Boyette. So he was dubbed "Boyette". His first gimmick as the Angry Man was constantly getting himself disqualified. He finally worked his way up to main event status with a feud with Cowboy Bob Kelly.
FROM NOV 1969 & JAN 1970
As his hair was growing longer he began calling himself "The California Hippie" to further agravate the conservative Southern crowds. But the younger fans were beginning to take to him so he had his fair share of fans as well. The Boyette / Kelly feud culminated in a cage match with the loser to have his hair cut. Kelly won the match and managed to cut some of the Hippie's hair off before he escaped.
WRESTLING AS "HIPPY" BOYETTE WOTH VALET the LOVELY LINDA
Although he still travelled to othe areas, such as
Tennessee, Oklahoma and California (where he worked as "The
Beastman")he was most successful in the Gulf Coast area.
IN THE LATER PART OF HIS CAREER AROUND JUNE 1979
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