Historical records matching Irwin (Ernie) Roth
About Irwin (Ernie) Roth
In the world of professional very few managers reach a height of popularity that can rival those that they manage. A couple of standouts are of course Bobby Heenan, Freddie Blassie, Lou Albano, “Precious” Paul Ellering and maybe Skandar Akbar.
At 5’7” and a hefty 130lbs there was Ernie Roth a.k.a. Abdullah Farouk, the mouth-piece for THE Sheik. The deal with him was that THE Sheik’s wealthy family sent him over here to America to watch over their son. His size shielded his brainpower, as he may have been small in stature he was a genius in leading his man to victory after victory. He would wear a turban and take great pride in his ability to verbally pounce all of the U.S. fans and any opponent. His sneaky ways combined with cowardice not seen since Barney Fife made him very very unpopular across the nation.
By distracting the ref, or tripping an opponent, actions that today are common but in his day were rare, in the 60’s he set a standard for the “heel” manager. This ‘Arabian” duo reached unheard of success during their partnership which when you hear stories today is remarkable that it only lasted five years.
Using a flashy wardrobe, often loud polyester clothing that glittered in every color in the rainbow and sometimes were rainbow colored, turban and sunglasses, coupled with his quick wit and large vocabulary he could be the mouth for wrestlers who either didn’t talk, like THE Sheik, or those who could talk but jabbered when they did, like Stan “The Man” Stasiak, he became the epitome of a manager of most of the baddest guys in every federation.
As the 70’s came in, THE Sheik and Farouk parted ways and Farouk dropped out of sight for a bit while THE Sheik went on to terrorize fans for more than a decade.
When Farouk made his reappearance in the WWWF in 1973 he led Stan Stasiak to a victory over Pedro Morales, within five years of that appearance he teamed with the legendary “Superstar” Billy Graham and they ended Bruno Sammartino’s 11 year run as WWWF champion. Not too bad huh?
In addition to those two heavyweight champions he managed the WWWF’s first ever Intercontinental Champion Pat Patterson, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Ken Patera, Don Muraco, Ernie “The Big Cat” Ladd, Ox Baker , Sgt Slaughter and many more.
On October 12, 1983 Ernie Roth a.k.a. Abdullah Farouk a.k.a. The Grand Wizard died of a heart attack. Almost 15 years after his death you can still find this dastardly villain of the squared circle appear in the guise of Paul E. Dangerously, James Vandenberg and even Jim Cornette.