Tribute to a Legend
By: Russ Shandro
Submitted: February 3rd 2016
Upon a career, at the professional level, if you Achieve ? You get noticed.
If you are at the Top of Your Game, have participated in the United States and won 52 of the Highest achievements in your profession and grew up in Alberta, that’s an achievement.
And put those on top of the 14 Personal Bests in Canada.
Now, that has to be a record!
By the late 1950’s, the young man stood tall and lanky, at 6’ 2”and had these amazingly large feet. size 16.5
He ventured to Regina to take a crack at the Roughriders Lineup. Things didn’t pan out for him, so he returned to Alberta, with Calgary as his next destination. Archibald Edward, was tuff and was known to routinely exercise his pugilistic assets.
He was not succeeding, to the level that he so…… desired.
He sought out the advice of Stewart, an individual who also was good in his Field of Study. They collaborated, studied and worked at refining young Archibald Edward’s desire and skills.
That first year was a “Learning Experience” for this young man, with dismal results! Young Archibald Edward decided to venture south in 1962, to the southern United States. A new city, a new country and a new name !
Listeners! If you are over 50 years of age, you will undoubtedly recognize this man that I describe.
He developed a “Personna” that embraced the enthusiasts that followed this venue.
To be more accurate, he was The Absolute Villain that kept us returning to the television and the live performances Saturday afternoons for 3 and a ½ decades!
Originally, he was:
1. The Masked Bounty Hunter
2. The Mongolian Stomper
And then finally
3. Archie The Stomper Gouldie
Stewart, the man who mentored him, you know as Stu Hart.
6 years on a variety of different circuits, with Multiple Titles, Archie The Stomper, returned to Canada and worked another three Professional Wrestling Circuits.
Stu Hart’s, Stampede Wrestling Circuit which encompassed Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton and Calgary was a struggling operation in the mid 60’s.
In 1968 “Archie The Stomper” returned to Stampede Wrestling, and the crowds came in droves.
Archie The Stomper could work the crowds, like a conductor with a symphony.
And he could work his opponents as well.
1984 had to be: The Ascent to the Pinnacle!
Stu Hart was promoting wrestling entertainment across the west, fans from Albert and Saskatchewan were worked into a Frenzie ! at each and every Venue.
It was in Calgary, when announcer Ed Whalen, the voice of Stampede Wrestling was interviewing both Archie The Stomper and Stu Hart, together.
This was the day that Archie….. Magnified the intensity of the word – Villain !
During the interview, Archie threatened to tear down Stu’s house – brick by brick, Pile Drive - Stu’s wife into the asphalt. And rip the young punk, Bret Hart apart, limb by limb. Well……. the crowd became raucous. And Archie, responded. He threw Stu to the mat and Stomped on his arm, merciless breaking it!
This disgusting act threw wrestling fans across Alberta into a tizzy.
Three months later upon healing, Stu Hart challenged Archie.
For 6 consecutive weeks, they fought each other, relocating to bigger facilities with each match.
And following that series, Archie took on the lunatic – Abdullah The Butcher.
Stampede Wrestling was on a roll and would be, for many years to follow.
Archie The Stomper Gouldie, wrestled professionally in both Canada and the United States until 1995,(age 59) when he was injured in a match with Bret The Hitman Hart.
After recovery, Archie made his home in Knoxville, Tennessee .
He became a trainer for the Knoxville Police Force, a Deputy Sheriff, and a Corrections Officer
His career has 1008 Documented Matches
This does not include the small town shows that many of us witnessed thru the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s
- 52 American Professional Wrestling Association Titles
- 14 Stampede North American Championship Belts
- Induction to the Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame
Archie Edward Gouldie was born November, 1936, in Carbon Alberta
On January 23, he passed away at age 79 due to complications from replacement hip surgery.
Thanks for the memories Stomper.
Rest in Peace