The Masked Superstar / Demolition Ax

Name: Bill Eadie
Year Inducted: 2014

The Masked Superstar / Demolition Ax

 

Bill Eadie got into professional wrestling by accident. He was working as a high school teacher and a coach for football and track teams, when a friend asked him to go to the matches. Bill took him up on it, never before having watched on television, much less a live event.

They went to a card in Pittsburgh, promoted by Geto Mongol, and the unexpected happened. “Geto started talking to us and offered to train us, so it all started right there. He asked me if I had any interest in wrestling and I said, ‘Yeah, but I don’t know how to wrestle.’”

Eadie and his friend Ron Matteucci, along with Larry Zbyszko, spent about nine months training with Geto at a farmhouse on his property. He was still teaching school but he had a desire to test himself athletically. He began working the occasional cards in the area but one day in 1973 Geto called and asked him to make a serious career decision.

Geto’s partner, Bepo Mongol (Nikolai Volkoff), had been injured and could not follow through with some commitments the Mongols had made, which included a summer tour of Japan. Bill accepted and quickly metamorphosed into the Mongol gimmick, and became known as Bolo. The Mongols then competed in the United States.

Mid-Atlantic booker George Scott came up with the Masked Superstar idea. While Bill’s wife’s grandmother was busy making masks, Bill was busy working with Boris Malenko to learn new moves, so that when the change occurred no one would catch on that Bolo Mongol and the Masked Superstar were the same person.

The Superstar would go on to have huge programs with the Mighty Igor, Blackjack Mulligan and Paul Jones during his first two years in the Mid-Atlantic area. In 1978, he went to Georgia for Georgia Championship Wrestling, where the inevitable feud happened with Mr. Wrestling #2—a program that drew so much money no one would let it end. “Our styles really meshed right away,” said Eadie. “We went so many times and had so many good matches. He was the kind of guy that if he felt secure and comfortable with you, he would try stuff.” The Masked Superstar was a big star in Japan, and worked in the AWA, WWWF, Florida, and Montreal.

In 1986, Eadie returned to the WWF after a short run in Japan, along with his partner from that tour, Andre the Giant as Super Machine and the Giant Machine. “Of course, then you had the Big Machine, who was Mulligan, then we had the Hulk Machine, the Piper Machine—anybody. And everybody knew who everyone was. It was supposed to be a short lived gimmick, and I didn’t want to go to New York again, but I was doing it as a favor to Andre. I will say that I got treated well in New York, but I just didn’t enjoy all the travel.”

Up next, Eadie transformed again, into Ax in the Demolition tag team, which dominated the WWF tag team scene for a few years. Eadie’s health forced him to slow down, so he took on a managerial role with Demolition before leaving the WWF altogether. He continues to wrestle sporadically for independent groups, using the Demolition and Superstar gimmicks.

- Rich Tate, georgiawrestlinghistory.com



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