If ever there was a name that fit a character,
WILD BULL CURRY was it.
His real name was Fred Thomas Koury, Sr., born on May 2, 1913. He was of Lebanese decent, one of five brothers and sisters and he lived with his family in the tough east end of Hartford, Connecticut. At that time, the neighborhood was made up of Italians, Polish and several other ethnic groups just out of Ellis Island. Everyone fought to eat and survive.
Being the eldest of five children he had no choice but to be the breadwinner of the family. So, at age sixteen he joined the circus where, in the true nature of Carney lore, he took on all comers in the big top's ring. Tall, short, fat, thin, aged twenty or fifty, the young BULL braved them all. After doing that during his teen years he became a Hartford policeman in his early 20's where he very quickly earned a reputation as a tough cop. And on that very police force was where the legend of
WILD BULL began. Just as the old west had a Wyatt Earp, and the forests of Tennessee had a Davey Crockett, Hartford had a BULL CURRY. In the 30's Hartford had an abundance of stockyards, which would serve as the source for where this particular legend's origin would begin. On one occasion a wild steer broke loose and started running down main street. The BULL wrestled it down after grabbing it by the horns. Next day headlines in the Hartford Courant read
WILD BULL TAMES RUNAWAY STEER. The name stuck with him from then on out.
He got his first break in Pro Wrestling in the 30's in Detroit, Michigan. He worked for a promoter named Alan Weismiller. Adam was Johnny Weismiller's (of Tarzan Fame), uncle.
At the time, WILD BULL was broke and hungry. The night before his first match he slept on the top of the Y.M.C.A. and had only a couple of cans of sardines to eat before his match. No one, even BULL himself for that matter, knew quite what to expect from the young grappler. However, after the first of what were to become his infamous and trademark riots, the BULL found a home with Weismiller for many years. He wrestled on top of the circuits from then on. His talent was so unprecedented that he even boxed Jack Dempsey in Detroit at the Fairground Coliseum in 1940 (Article in April 1995 Sports Illustrated issue).
Throughout his career he headlined cards all over the world. He wrestled legends such as Gorgeous George, Ski Hi Lee, Dory Funk Sr., Yukon Eric, Don Leo Jonathon, etc. He never took a backseat to anyone, anywhere, anytime. He had a nice run in New York, where he teamed up with the Sheik against such great teams as Rocca & Perez, Lewin & Curtis, the Grahams, etc.
He made a big move in the wrestling world in the early 50's when he journeyed to Texas. With his wild style he became an overnight sensation and became one of the biggest attractions to ever hit that area. To this day, they still talk about
WILD BULL CURRY in Texas. He had a 20 year run in which he had continued sell outs. His style was so chaotic and unparalleled that they created the Brass Knucks title for him, which was the forerunner of the Hard Core matches of today. He held the title for practically twenty straight years. He also held the Texas Heavyweight Championship, The Georgia Heavyweight title, and The U.S. Championship.
Hard Core matches came easy to
WILD BULL. No one ever came close to him in this type of match, in the past or present.
BULL CURRY was a natural born Fighter and Wrestler, he was the original Hard Core Champion, he was one of a kind, he was the