Gordon Solie
Real Name: Gordon Solie



Gordon Solie
By Steve Slagle

It seems that each sport has its own legendary "voice." A commentator who sums up the sport, just by speaking. In baseball, there was Harry Carry. In boxing, the legendary Howard Cossell epitomized the sport, without ever stepping in the ring. And in pro wrestling, there was the knowledgeable, dignified, somewhat raspy voice of "The Dean of Wrestling Announcers" Gordon Solie. Before good ol' JR, Tony Schiavone, Vince McMahon, Lee Marshall, "Mean" Gene, Jesse "The Body" or Gorilla Monsoon, there was one voice for the "sport" of wrestling -- and it belonged to Gordon Solie.

Gordon started out as a young radio sportscaster in the 1950's. through a series of circumstances, he wound up announcing wrestling cards in Florida. Given the fact that he was not terribly familiar with professional wrestling, Gordon arranged to have some of the wrestlers apply various holds on him, with force, so that he could better describe the effects to his viewers. It was an indicator as to his dedication to his new profession, a dedication that followed him throughout his 30 years of broadcasting pro wrestling. Solie was not only the most dedicated wrestling announcer, he was also the most prolific. At one point, he was the lead commentator for the regional NWA wrestling programs from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama simultaneously.


As the host of Superstation TBS's Georgia Championship Wrestling from the mid 1970's through the early 1980's, Gordon was easily the most famous and respected announcer in wrestling. His work on Eddie Graham's Championship Wrestling from Florida was also noteworthy, as Solie called some of the most historic matches in history while in Florida. Later, he rejoined his former TBS boss Ted Turner in the promotion that evolved (partially) from Georgia Championship Wrestling, WCW. While in WCW, Gordon did the play-by-play on various Turner-produced programs, such as the NWA Power Hour, NWA-WCW World Wide Wrestling, and the Saturday night World Championship Wrestling program (now WCW Saturday night) on TBS.  


In the mid-1990's, upon his retirement from broadcasting professional wrestling after more than 30 years in the business, Gordon Solie was promptly inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at a WCW Slamboree event. However, as is often the case with many wrestlers, his retirement was not final, and Mr. Solie continued to be involved in the sport on an independent level.  But then, sadly, in 1999 Solie underwent surgery to remove cancer from his throat.  The operation was a success, but Gordon -- who had made a living for almost half  a century by talking -- lost his ability to speak.  The cruel irony was not lost on his millions of fans from years gone by, however, Solie himself seemed at peace with the loss of his voice.

The Ring Chronicle would like to salute the man often referred to as "The Walter Cronkite of Wrestling," the dignified and articulate Gordon Solie, by inducting him into the TRC Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame...


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