Skandor Akbar Death – Prostate Cancer
1934-2010 (age 75)
Jim Wehba, known to wrestling fans as the cigar-smoking Skandor Akbar, was a heel manager for WCCW throughout the 80s.
Akbar’s stable, “Devestation, Inc” helped draw huge money for Fritz Von Erich‘s Texas-based WCCW – taking part in memorable programs with the baby faced Von Erich brothers.
Prior to managing, Akbar briefly wrestled throughout the 70s, including a run with the WWWF (now WWE) where he was managed by the late Classy Freddie Blassie.
Here’s Akbar in a short WWWF bout against Ivan Putski:
Skandor Akbar Death
Skandor Akbar Legacy, Influence
Just 11 days prior to Wehba’s death, Jim Ross speaks fondly of him in a blog post, noting that Wehba is the one who taught him how to save money.
In the same blog post, Jim Ross makes it a point to credit Wehba with helping steer Steve Austin in the right direction early in his career – a move that apparently paid off for Stone Cold given he had one of the most marketable and memorable runs in modern wrestling history.