Yesterday the world of professional wrestling loss one of its early pioneers in the sport. Harvey Maurice Evans, best known by his ring name “Rip “The Profile” Hawk“. Rip may be one of the last men from the pioneer days of pro wrestling that was still around. Rip was 91 years old.
Rip made his debut in pro wrestling in 1949. Rip was drafted to fight in the Korean War so he enlisted in the Unites States Marine Corps. While enlisted in the service he still continues to work on his Pro Wrestling. He was wrestling amateur style in Ohio when later on he was discovered by Jack Dempsey and from there, Evans was convinced to get into the professional ranks. Evans used his nickname that his sister gave him “Rip” and a promoter gave him the name “Hawk” since his nose resembled a hawks beak.
Rip started to compete for the Jim Crockett promotions in the Carolinas in the early 1960’s. While there he met Swede Henson and approached Crockett about forming a tag team with Hanson. Once they got the ok, they formed “The Blond Bombers” and eventually would go on to be a 9 time NWA World Tag Team Champion and other world tag team championships from various promotions.
In the early 1970’s Rip was paired with the Nature Boy Ric Flair and was billed as his Uncle. Hawk would leave the Jim Crockett promotions in 1974 and would retire permanently in 1977.
Hawk and Hanson were inducted into the NWA Legends Hall of Heroes in 2007
Maurice D. Proffit is a writer for Rant Sports