Carl Ray Stevens [1935 - 1996]
Known as "The Crippler" and "Blond Bomber," Ray Stevens was born in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and embarked on his highly influential, five-decade-long professional wrestling career in 1950 at the age of 15 and within a couple of years had a series of memorable matches with Gorgeous George that helped elevate him to superstar status. One of his mentors was "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers who once said of Stevens, "Ray was one of the most talented and graceful wrestlers I've ever watched . . ." Stevens, who spent most of his professional wrestling career as a heel, was known for his two finishing moves: the "Bombs Away" knee drop and the piledriver. He feuded with the likes of Pepper Gomez, The Crusher, Pedro Morales, Mike Paidousis, Kinji Shibuya, Big Bill Miller, Dory Funk, Jr. and many others. In 1965, he teamed up with Pat Patterson to capture the NWA World Tag Team Championship. He later won four AWA World Tag Team Championships (three with Nick Bockwinkel and one with Patterson), as well as other tag team titles. Stevens, who died of a heart attack in 1996, was posthumously inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.
Ticketoride04_AT_yahoo.com Curt butler and buddy's daughter ...may 15,2016 I know these facts are correct Curt, email me n maybe you have some answers for me n some pics to exchange.. Thnx...Ray was a buddy in Hayward n lived with my wife's brother...He was a local here in East Bay n his son is in Sacramento Daughter... Didn't know Alice and you, I think but did know buddy and Carm as well as the loss of the girls durning the time I lived w them.
We had World Championship Wrestling in Australia in the mid 60's,Ray Stevens wrestled here for a few years ,he always had a lot to say after his bouts ,I remember him well,he had a characteristic of talking out the side of his mouth,the commentator was in fear of him.I thought I could remember him as being introduced as being from Atlanta,Georgia.Could that be correct. I will probably ose the connection to here so if you can share anything my email address if fetlockphotos_AT_bgpond.com
I am Buddy Austin daughter he was married to my mom Alice in 59' and had my brother in 59' and me in 61"
Met Ray Stevens and pat Patterson through a fellow wrestler and friend "Killer Buddy Austin". I worked with Buddy's wife Carmelita in San Jose at the time and Buddy would act as doorman and bouncer, on the side of his career as a Pro-Wrestler. He invited me to attend a Friday night match in Eureka, CA, in the armory one-a-month when the local Indian tribe got paid. Here I was having never been to a wrestling match in my life, traveling with Killer Buddy Austin & Ray Stevens in Buddy's suicide-door Lincoln and followed by Pat Patterson, who was Ray's tag-team partner, as they were Champions at the time. The night was a hoot, with the guys putting on quite a show, blood splattering from the head of Buddy's challenger, and figured out quickly that I was riding with the bad guys! On leaving we were met by a crowd of people who had gathered to harass the bay-guys, flashing cameras in their faces, as they acted out their roles of villains in public. The night ended in Hayward, CA, where Ray Stevens lived at the time, where we went pub crawling til the saloons closed. It was a great experience and often wondered what happened to Buddy and his wife Carmelita? Well, on doing this search, was given my answer and learned that their two small girls had died in a pool accident and that Buddy had died a number of years ago; and, Ray had also died of a heart attack a few years back. My heart goes out to Carmelita, and hope she is still getting on with life. Appears Pat Patterson is did well in wrestling promotions with McMahon in the years that followed. Curt Butler, an American ex-Patriot residing in Sweden. BallyZACA_AT_msn.com -END-
I meet both Ray Stevens and Red Bastein several times when Red was a manager at Ray Stern's GYM in San Mateo, CA - we are talking the mid 1960's. Both were great guys, loved working with the members and Ray was always buying me protein shakes, he used to say "Kid you gotta drink this stuff to get big" and would flex a bicep for me. Always the first one to help you if you needed a spot, he was fun to be around. Of course I was 15 and he was one of my heroes. Wish I saved the autograph he and Bastein had given me on their photos.