Steve Olsonoski
Birth nameSteven L. Olsonoski
Born (1953-07-03) July 3, 1953 (age 70)[1]
Edina, Minnesota, U.S.[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Steve O
Steve Olsonoski
Super Ninja
Super Ninja Go[1]
Billed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Billed weight230 lb (100 kg)[1]
Trained byVerne Gagne[1]
Debut1978[1]
Retired1991

Steven L. Olsonoski (born July 3, 1953),[1] better known by the ring name Steve O, is a retired American professional wrestler[2] from Minnesota. He was considered one of the top junior heavyweights during the 1980s.[3]

Professional wrestling career

Steve Olsonoski, purportedly from Edina, Minnesota, began his wrestling career in the late 1970s in the American Wrestling Association. He was often described as an up-and-coming star.[3] He briefly teamed with Evan Johnson in the AWA, but his career progressed substantially as a solo wrestler. He wrestled off and on for the AWA through the 1980s.

Olsonoski, also known as Steve O., also wrestled for the National Wrestling Alliance in the early 1980s in the Georgia Championship Wrestling territory. While in Georgia he won the NWA Georgia Junior Heavyweight Championship, the NWA National Heavyweight Championship, the NWA National Tag Team Championship and twice won the NWA National Television Championship. He later returned to work for Verne Gagne in the American Wrestling Association.[3]

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Steve O Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved July 13, 2007.
  2. ^ "Jones defeats Bockwinkel". Milwaukee Sentinel. June 5, 1978. p. 2, Part 2. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Andrews, Michael (April 21, 2015). "Steve O. fondly remembers his former life as a wrestler". Canadian Online Explorer. SLAM! Sports. Archived from the original on October 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "NWA Georgia Television Championship history".
  5. ^ Hoops, Brian (January 16, 2019). "Pro wrestling history (01/16): Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton win WCW Tag Team Titles". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 – 1991". Wrestling Information Archive. Archived from the original on June 7, 2008. Retrieved July 14, 2008.
  7. ^ Pedicino, Joe; Solie, Gordon (hosts) (March 26, 1988). "Pro Wrestling This Week". Superstars of Wrestling. Atlanta, Georgia. Syndicated. WATL.