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.