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 Ernie “The Grand Wizard” Roth

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Ernie “The Grand Wizard” Roth

  • Birth 30 Aug 1926 Canton, Stark County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 13 Oct 1983 Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Memorial ID 9269480

Professional Wrestler. Also known as "The Grand Wizard" back in the World Wide Wrestling Federation, Ernie Roth was arguably one of the greatest wrestling managers of all time. He was also a color analyst for the WWF. Roth had a number of other identities in the wrestling world, most notably Abdullah Farouk, manager of the original Sheik. As the Grand Wizard, the advisor dressed in deliberately mismatched clothes, most notably his spangly turban and wrap-around sunglasses. While his protégés – including wrestlers like Sergeant Slaughter, Ernie Ladd and Blackjack Mulligan – manhandled their opponents, the Wizard commanded the microphone. His finest accomplishment was managing, Superstar Billy Graham on the night that he dethroned Bruno Sammartino for the WWF/E championship in 1977. Ernie Roth died of a heart attack on October 13, 1983. In 1995, he was inducted into the WWF/E Hall of Fame.

Bio by: Adam J.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Adam J.
  • Added: 4 Aug 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9269480
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ernie “The Grand Wizard” Roth (30 Aug 1926–13 Oct 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9269480, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.