James Donald Raschke [1940 - Present]
"Dat is all da people need to know!"
A native of Omaha, Nebraska, James Raschke started wrestling in high school and became state heavyweight champion in 1958. He continued his wrestling career at the University of Nebraska and won the Big 8 Conference Championship as a heavyweight during his senior year. In 1963, Raschke captured a Bronze medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the World Games in Sweden. After a stint in the U.S. Army, Raschke embarked on his professional wrestling career in 1966 and soon teamed up with Mad Dog Vachon in Canada as "Baron von Raschke." He returned to the United States and worked in several different territories while further developing his wrestling skills, including his signature hold, the brain claw, earning the nickname, "The Clawmaster." During the 1970s, Raschke toured with All-Japan Pro Wrestling, American Wrestling Association (AWA), World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) and National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). In 1978, Raschke captured the first NWA Television Championship. Raschke and The Crusher defeated Ken Patera and Jerry Blackwell in 1984 to win the AWA World Tag Team Championship. Baron In 2007, Raschke made his stage debut in The Baron at the History Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Baron!!! Awesome! Our favorite wrestler!
Das ist richtig, Herr Baron von Raschke!
Howdy from Texas, I used to live on the same street as your parents when I was a kid in lavista, Nebraska. Just researching to see if you were still around. I live on AVA court. Good to see your still with us, good wrestling memories.
Long time wrestled at South high you was at North high I was born Jan 1 1940 in Omaha Ne. I worked at the Civic auditorium see you wrestle there many times I set the sound system with Pat ODonald Remember Bill Nielson /// Golden gloves?? // I roller skated at To old Cross town Roller Bowl I turned pro and taught at the Roller Bowl Rink on Leavenworth street . So what are you doing now adays hope you are in good health I,m in good health and living in Florida I lived in Grand Rapids Minn. for 2 year and im going to be moving to Messa ARz. Check my face book or say hello email ckologenskik_at_aol.com old high school friends also do you remember Nick Chiburis wrestled at So. high 1956 54 53 ????
The Baron was used by my son to keep from being bullied in school. He told kids that wanted to pick on him that his uncle was Baron von Raschke and they left him alone. A teacher wanted to know if it was true..think she wanted autograph..told her the truth and e all had a good laugh at the creativity and resourcefulness. Thanks "Baron" you were a hero in north carolina.
I just loved the interviews with him and mad dog vachon. I will never forget the one where he just stands there holding his claw while mad dog was chewing on the chain link cage. When it came to the kids and fans they and jessie ventura were the most approachable and friendly people you could meet!
i always loved the Baron!!! he's the man. i imitated him as a child from about 5 years old. me and my brothers lived for wrestling. when we weren't watching it we wrestled each other. somebody was going to get The Claw. LONG LIVE THE BARON!!!
I heard he was once considered for the role of "Colonel Klink" of TV's "Hogan's Hero's.
Much like The Spoiler and Freddie Blassie, The Baron was censored while in the WWWF in 1976. When he used his Brain Claw, they placed a big red 'X' over the screen, ostensibly to cover up the blood that almost always flowed when he used the Claw. The reason I've heard given over the years was largely psychological; Vince Sr. thought if people saw the 'X' over what was going on in the ring, then they would be that much more curious to see the "house" shows when the Baron appeared. I always found it rather funny that they would censor blood when the Claw was used, but they would show it almost any other time.
i thought he was an excellant performer who had to work with some pretty low talent
To be honest, i never liked this guy but still, he's a good wrestler