15 gridiron greats in WWE history

Ed "Wahoo" McDaniel

Wahoo McDaniel

The rugged Choctaw-Chickasaw Indian from the oil fields of Midland, Texas, clobbered opponents on the football field as a star with the New York Jets and in the ring as the “Master of the Indian Strap Match.” (WATCH) A terror on the gridiron in the early ’60s, Wahoo tomahawk chopped his way to stardom in Hawaii, Houston and Minneapolis when he became a fulltime grappler at the end of the decade.

But the powerful Native American made his biggest impression in the Mid-Atlantic region, where he battled rival Johnny Valentine in blistering matches that reddened the mat long before anyone put the letters ECW together. Late in his career, Wahoo brought the fight to young antagonists like Ric Flair, Roddy Piper and Greg Valentine, helping to establish the promising upstarts as the next generation of great ring villains.