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Robert Manoogian, Jr. (January 4, 1918 - April 3, 2002) was an American professional wrestler who was best known for his work with National Wrestling Alliance in the 1940s as Bobby Managoff. His older sister, Armenuhi Manoogian (November 2, 1915 - October 3, 2011), known professionally as Kay Armen, was a popular singer during the 1940s/50s.
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Managoff was trained by his father Bob, Sr., also known as "The Terrible Turk" and "Big Yusiff". Bobby started wrestling in 1942 at age 24. He started his career in what is now National Wrestling Alliance. He won the Texas Heavyweight Championship in February 1942. On February 17, he lost the title to Juan Humberto in Dallas, Texas. In June 1942, he signed with National Wrestling Association, a subsidiary of National Boxing Association which was to sanction professional wrestling. He started a long feud with Yvon Robert. He defeated Robert on November 27, 1942, in Houston, Texas to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
He travelled in several cities of United States and defended his NWA Championship. He lost the title to "Wild" Bill Longson on February 19, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1944, he left National Wrestling Association and started wrestling around Texas. He formed a tag team with Otto Kuss. They both won the Texas Tag Team Championship in May 1945. They dropped the titles to Hans Schnable and Marvin Jones on May 14 in Galveston, Texas. In 1945, he won his second Texas Heavyweight Championship. He dropped the title to Dale Levin on July 13 in Houston, Texas. Afterward, he began feuding with "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers. They both had a successful feud which became one of the earliest feuds in sports-entertainment history.
In the late 1940s, he started travelling around Hawaii. On November 9, 1949, he defeated Jack Claybourne in Honolulu, Hawaii to win the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship. Dean Detton defeated him for the title on December 11. Managoff started feuding with Whipper Billy Watson between 1950 and 1953. On July 19, 1953, he defeated Hans Schnabel to win his second Hawaii title. He lost it to Ben Sharpe on August 23, 1953. He began a stint in Montreal, Quebec where he won the Montreal World Heavyweight Championship on five occasions. In 1965, he officially retired from professional wrestling.
On April 3, 2002, he died of heart failure.
Championships and accomplishments:
NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship (1 time),
National Wrestling Association
NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time),
Southwest Sports, Inc.
Texas Heavyweight Championship (1 time),
Texas Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Otto Kuss,
World Heavyweight Championship (Montreal version) (5 times),
Records are unclear as to whom he defeated for both of his title reigns., His reign with the title occurred before the NWA took control of the championship and, actually, took place before the NWA was created.
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