Eadie stayed with the Mongol gimmick for a few years, and along the way, received additional wrestling training at the famed Malenko School Of Wrestling in Tampa, FL. The school's founder, "Professor" Boris Malenko, would ironically enough become Eadie's manager years later, when both would work for Jim Crockett Promotions, based out of the Carolinas.
It was around 1975 that saw The Mongols, then the IWA World Tag Team Champions, leave the IWA for the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions. The Mongols brought the IWA title belts with them, although Crockett Promotions referred to them simply as International Tag Team champions. Geeto eventually retired from active competition, leaving Bill Eadie as a single competitor.
Don Jardine, competing under a mask at the time as The Super Destroyer, was set to leave the Mid-Atlantic area, prompting booker George Scott to ask Eadie to drop the Mongol gimmick and don a mask. Bolo was written out of the picture by first, assisting Ric Flair to gain a victory over Wahoo McDaniels. This set up a match between Wahoo and Bolo in Greensboro, NC on 9/26/76 with a "hair vs loser-leave town" stipulation added. Wahoo soundly defeated Bolo, and cut off Bolo's topknot for good measure. Two weeks later, manager Boris Malenko brought out his newest protege, a former Olympian from parts unknown,The Masked Superstar. Originally slated to work under the mask for only a few months, Eadie opted to stick with the gimmick, for it gave him the privacy and anonimity outside the ring to spend time with his family in public, as well as the ability to avoid the occassional overzealous wrestling fan.
He found himself traveling extensively around the world, making a huge name for himself overseas in New Japan Pro Wrestling. In the US however, he seemingly found his greatest claim to fame in Georgia and for Jim Crockett Jr.'s Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. Since the 70's didn't see the influx of insider newsletters or the internet, Superstar's identity was infact a secret which only added to the appeal. The "who-is-this-guy?" factor, coupled with the fact that Superstar combined a technical brilliance to his standard heel style punch-and-kick routine, made The Masked Superstar one of the most well-rounded competitors in the business.
He found himself involved in a couple of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling's more memorable angles,
such as a bitter feud with The Mighty Igor, culminating from Superstar smashing manager
Boris Makenko's "victory cigar" in Igor's face, blinding the Polish strongman, and earning
Superstar and Malenko a short-lived suspension. That angle led to several hot battles
the two that some long-time Mid-Atlantic fans still talk about.
Another feud was an interesting and unique heel vs heel feud involving himself and the huge Texan, Blackjack Mulligan. This feud was furthered when Superstar, with help from Masked Superstar #2 (John Minton aka Big John Studd) held Mulligan's arm down and stomped on it repeatedly, supposedly breaking Mulligan's dreaded "claw hand". Mulligan wore a cast for weeks as he and Superstar traveled the circuit in a series of heated grudge matches.
Other aspects of Superstar's "persona" revolved around his claim that he was a former Olympic athlete. This fact has been disputed for years, although several people within the business say that Eadie did indeed compete in the Pan Am games, in track and field, although he failed to medal. Another claim he would later make is that if he were to unmask, that anyone who followed the NFL would then recognize him. That most likely was simply a claim made to swerve the fans of his true identity, as Eadie hasn't had any known involvement with the NFL.
The Masked Superstar also became known as one of the premiere interviews in the business. This was likely due to his past with Boris Malenko, as Malenko himself was once known as one of the best talkers in the history of Florida wrestling. Whether he worked as a heel or a face, he always spoke very carefully and eloquently and gave as beleivable a promo as possible, making most any angle make sense.
The two joined forces as Jones, much like Superstar, could work a perfect heel style depsite having a technical arsenal that few could match. The two showed a chemistry in the ring that has only been shown by a small handful of teams since then. The Masked Superstar showed his loyalty to Jones and their quest to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship by vacating his Mid-Atlantic TV Title. He also promised fans that if he and Jones were to win the tag titles, he would unmask in the middle of the ring. Their chemistry resulted in Masked Superstar & Paul Jones gaining the NWA World Tag Team Titles in Greensboro, NC, upending arch-rivals Ray "Crippler" Stevens & Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka on November 27th, 1980. They also captured tag team gold once again on March 22. 1981, again in Greensboro,this time beating Stevens and "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff. Eadie did infact unmask in Greensboro as promised, and did so also in Richmond, VA as the two teams took their tag team battle around the Mid-Atlantic circuit. It is rumored that he unmasked in other cities as well. Sadly, no footage of his unmasking in Greensboro, or anywhere else, is known to exist.
The Masked Superstar followed up Crockett Promotions with stints in Georgia Championship
Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation (now the WWE). Georgia Championship Wrestling gave Superstar
several more title wins including National Tag Team Title victories, winning them with Super
Destroyer (the late, Scott Irwin) and then with King Kong Bundy, with Superstar and Bundy's title victory coming at the expense of two green muscleheads, and future NWA and WWE mega-stars, The Road Warriors.
Superstar's stint in Georgia also saw him win the National Heavyweight Title on three occassions, including defeating former NWA World Champion, Tommy "Wildfire" Rich to unify the Georgia Title and the National Heavyweight Title. Also, many long-time fans still talk about his feud with fellow masked grappler, Mr. Wrestling II. Their feud, which included a hot mask vs mask angle, helped pop the territory and solidified Geogia as one of the nation's hottest territories.
On a side note, Bill Eadie also competed in the WWF years later while under a mask, but not as The Masked Superstar. He, along with Blackjack Mulligan and Andre the Giant, formed a masked trio, The Machines, based on a successful gimmick used in New Japan Pro Wrestling, consisting of Giant Machine (Andre), Big Machine (Mulligan), and Super Machine (Eadie). The Machine's "gimmick" soon became that of a comedy role, with other "Machines" showing up (Hulk Hogan as Hulk Machine, Roddy Piper as Piper Machine, George "The Animal" Steele as Steele Machine, and so on). Soon enough, the whole Machine gimmick was thankfully dropped.
Eadie soon followed up with a short stint in Florida Championship Wrestling. It was there where Superstar captured the Southern Heavyweight Title from a babyface rookie,Lex Luger. The Masked Superstar's stint in Florida lasted only about a year or so before he would once again enter the WWF, but this time, things would be much different than before.
1987 saw the debut of Demolition, Ax and Smash. Much like the Road Warriors, Demolition wore leather and spikes to the ring and wore outlandish facepaint. The lead man, Ax, was portrayed by Eadie, which would have marked his first time competing without his mask in almost 15 years. Ax's partner, Smash, was brought to life by Randy Culley, who had competed for years before in the WWF as Rex, one half of The Moondogs. As soon as Demolition walked through the curtain, fans were stunned in seeing what looked to be obvious Road Warrior clones. Although no one recognized Eadie, Culley's facial features were very obvious, so much so that it made Demolition look that much more like Road Warrior rip-offs. The whole Demolition gimmick looked to be a dismal failure.
Randy Culley was quickly dropped from the team, and instead of creating a new member, Vince simply got a new wrestler to fill the role. The "new" Smash came in the form of Barry Darsow, who had previously competed in the NWA as Soviet sympathizer Khrusher Khruschev, before leaving the NWA after suffering a severe knee injury by, ironically enough, the Road Warriors. Although there were still several who recognized Darsow (thanks to a huge tatoo on Darsow's bicep that he tried to hide with an elbow pad) , Demolition still had the stigma of being "Vince's Road Warriors". It was a label that Demolition looked to remove, and although it took years to do, Demolition in fact did that, and in the process, became one of the more solid tag teams of that era.
March 27, 1988 saw Demolition win their first WWF World Tag Team Title at WrestleMania IV in Atlantic City, NJ over Strike Force (Tito Santana & Rick Martel). They went on to successfully defend their title for almost a year and a half, breaking the record for longest WWF Tag Team Title reign held by The Valiant Brothers. Their title reign came to an end on 7-18-89 at the hands of The Brainbusters (Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson). However, they regained the titles about two months later. They went on to lose and regain the tag titles from The Colossal Connection, consisting of Haku and Andre the Giant.
Currently, Bill Eadie still competes for several independant promotions throughout the nation. He still works as either Demolition Ax or the Masked Superstar (legal battles nonwithstanding). It is at these local shows where Eadie can be found selling several old Demolition and Masked Superstar souveneirs, be it masks, pictures, tapes, shirts, and many other things. Despite his imposing demeanor in the ring, he is very personable to both fans and to his fellow workers, telling them of wrestling's pitfalls, as well as the fame and fortune that it holds. Whether in the ring or out, in a wrestling mask or with facepaint, Bill Eadie was, is, and always will be a wrestling legend, and in fact, a true superstar.
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