Born in Utica, New York, Tim Woodin received a degree in agricultural engineering at Cornell University and a degree in mechanical engineering at Michigan State University before embarking on his professional wrestling career at the age of 29. After Nebraska promoter Joe Dusek gave him the name, "Mr. Wrestling," Woods donned a white mask and his career skyrocketed as he became a fan favorite throughout the Florida, Georgia, Texas and Mid-Atlantic territories. During this time he was four-time NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Champion, NWA Television Champion, NWA Georgia Tag Team Champion, two-time Florida Tag Team Champion, NWA Florida Television Champion, NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team Champion, NWA Florida Heavyweight, NWA American Tag Team Champion and NWA United States Champion. Mr. Wrestling's final match in 1983 had him teamed up with Mr. Wrestling II against the Road Warriors. After his retirement from professional wrestling, Mr. Wrestling started a heating and air conditioning business. In 2002, he died of a heart attack at his Charlotte, North Carolina, home.