Friday, August 27, 2010
Legendary professional wrestler "Tough" Tony Borne dies at the age of 83
Territorial wrestling veteran "Tough" Tony Borne
passed away this morning at his Milwaukie,Oregon home this morning.
He was 83 years old.
Borne (real name Tony Osborne) became a wrestling star in the 1950's and 1960's,
most famously in the Pacific Northwest,
teaming with Lonnie Mayne,
also known as Moondog Mayne,
to become one of the most famous combinations in that territory.
The duo held the Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title
on 11 occasions.
Borne had a series of memorable matches against AWA World Champion Verne Gagne, competed for the NWA World Title against Gene Kiniski and Lou Thesz,
and had an impact on up and coming wrestlers
who spent time in the Pacific Northwest,
including Rick Martel and WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
Borne's son Matt followed his father into pro wrestling,
competing as Big Josh in WCW and as the original Doink the Clown
in the World Wrestling Federation.
Borne's daughter was briefly married to Playboy Buddy Rose,
a situation which was turned into a wrestling angle.
All of us here at Wreslting News Center extends our deepest,sincere
condolences to the family and friends of Tony Borne.