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Franz Schumann
Franz Schumann
Born December 27 1960 (1960-12-27) (age 56)
Linz, Upper Austria, Austria
Resides Germany
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Franz Schumann
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 106 kg (234 lb)
Trained By Rene Lasartesse
Debut 1985
Retired October 18, 2002

 

Franz Schumann is a retired Austrian professional wrestler, who was well known for his stint in Catch Wrestling Association.

Life and careerEdit

Born on December 27, 1960 in Linz, Austria, Franz Schumann had been a natural athlete, as he had won several national amateur wrestling championships in Austria. After a successful amateur career, he decided to become a professional wrestler, and he was trained by a legendary wrestler from Switzerland named Rene Lasartesse.

Schumann made his wrestling debut in 1985 for Otto Wanz' Catch Wrestling Association, where he would spend much of his career there. He would be solely a singles wrestler, until 1989, when he started getting in tag team matches with Wanz, Dave Taylor, and Steve Wright, among others, as his partners. It was in August 1990, that he won his first championship, the CWA World Tag Team Championship with Mile Zrno, defeating Dave Finlay and Marty Jones. He and Zrno would hold the titles until December 1991, when they lost the titles to Dave Taylor and Chris Benoit.

In February 1991, Schumann wrestled a tour with New Japan Pro Wrestling, his first time outside of Europe. While in NJPW, he wrestled with the likes of Hiroshi Hase, Osamu Kido, Shinya Hashimoto, and Keiji Mutoh.

After losing the tag team titles, Schumann refocused and became a singles wrestler. In July 1992, he defeated Fit Finlay to win his first CWA World Middleweight Championship. He would vacate the title in December 1992, focusing on his match against Jushin Thunder Liger, later that month. In July 1993, he regained the CWA Middleweight Championship, defeating Eddie Gilbert in a tournament final. His second reign as Middleweight champion lasted nearly a year, before Barry Horowitz upset him for the title. However, Schumann rebounded and regained the title nearly two weeks later. A year later, he became a double champion, when he defeated Tony St. Clair to win the CWA British Commonwealth Championship. Three months later, he lost the Middlweight title to Paul Roma. By the end of 1995, he also lost the British Commonwealth title back to St. Clair.

In 1996, Schumann returned to NJPW, to participate in the Best of the Super Juniors tournament, which was won by Black Tiger II. He was in 4th place in Block A.

After his Japanese tour, Schumann immediately returned to the CWA. In July 1996, he won his fourth and final CWA World Middleweight title, defeating Fit Finlay. In February 1998, he wrestled in the United States, to challenge Dan Severn for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Severn won the match and retained the title.

In April 1999, while wrestling for Otto Wanz and the CWA, Schumann opened up a National Wrestling Alliance territory in Germany, called NWA Germany. As CWA shut down in December 1999, Schumann was free to run his NWA territory full-time in Germany and Austria. He would also wrestle for other German and Austrian promotions as well, making him one of the hardest-working wrestlers in Europe.

However, injuries from his amateur and pro careers were catching up to him, to the point that he couldn't perform at the level he wanted to be. He wrestled his retirement match on October 18, 2002, teaming with Günther Wagner, defeating Aykut Artan and Barish Günay. Upon retiring, Schumann shut down NWA Germany.

RetirementEdit

In 2008, Schumann started to suffer a series of health problems, including a stroke and his kidneys were failing. He is currently under dialysis to maintain control of his kidneys.[1]

In June 2011, Schumann made a one-night return to the ring against fellow former CWA alumnus Karsten Kretschmer, in which he lost via disqualification.[1]

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing and signature moves
    • Dropkick
    • Flying clothesline
    • German suplex[2]
  • Nicknames
    • "The Hitman"
  • Entrance themes
    • "The Final Countdown" by Europe (CWA, 1986–1989)
    • "I've Been Looking For Freedom" by David Hasselhoff (CWA, 1989–1993)
    • "Seiryu" by Seikou Nagaoka (NJPW, 1991, 1996)
    • "No Limit" by 2 Unlimited (CWA/NWA Germany, 1993–2002)

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Catch Wrestling Association
    • CWA British Commonwealth Championship (1 time)
    • CWA World Middleweight Championship (4 times, final champion)
    • CWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Mile Zrno

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Youtube - German Newsclip of Franz Schumann's Return To The Ring". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yEFa-kyOew.
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Cagematch

External linksEdit

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