Baron Von Raschke by Rob Schamberger © 2012 Rob. All rights reserved.

Baron von Raschke

Baron Von Raschke painting by Rob Schamberger

Acrylic paint on 24″ x 24″ wood

Baron von Raschke, the three-time WWA World Champion is one of the most unique-looking wrestlers I’ve ever seen. Fans were instantly drawn to him and his antics in the ring simply because his look was so different. They kept watching because he was obviously a great wrestler. In his amateur days, he was a two-time NCAA All American, made it onto the Olympic team, was the Worldwide Interservice Wrestling Champion for the Army, and held many other prestigious titles.

He’s a favorite of mine, but I’ve probably only ever seen one or two of his matches. My personal attachment to him goes back to when I was a little kid, five or six years old maybe. My older step-brothers would put his finisher, the dreaded claw, on me all the time and yell, “The Claw! The Claw!” while we were playing around in the back yard. My step-brothers are both gone now, but those little childhood memories keep them alive and young in my mind!

And dat is all da people need to know!

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