13 Facts About Arnold Skaaland


Arnold Skaaland was an American professional wrestler and professional wrestling manager.


In 1978, Arnold Skaaland retired from in-ring competition and transitioned into a manager; unlike normal managers, he managed faces instead of heels.


Arnold Skaaland later became a road agent for the WWF once he stopped managing, and was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1994.


Arnold Skaaland served in the US Marines during World War II.


In 1963, Arnold Skaaland was a part of the newly created, New York City-based World Wide Wrestling Federation.


Arnold Skaaland was responsible for producing WWWF shows in the Westchester County Center in Westchester County, New York, and serving as an agent for Andre the Giant.


Arnold Skaaland managed Bruno Sammartino and Bob Backlund, with both men winning the WWF World Heavyweight Championship under his tutelage.


In 1978, Arnold Skaaland retired from regular wrestling, though he occasionally appeared as a late substitute for wrestlers that couldn't make a show.


Backlund's lengthy reign ended on December 26,1983, when Arnold Skaaland threw in the towel while Backlund was trapped in the camel clutch, the finishing move of challenger The Iron Sheik.


Arnold Skaaland appeared on WWF television later that year, with Backlund attacking him in order to consolidate his heel turn.


Arnold Skaaland had three sons from her: Edward Patrick Skaaland, James Allen Skaaland, and George Skaaland.


Arnold Skaaland died on March 13,2007, with his wife Betty Arnold Skaaland by his side, and had been sick for some time.


Arnold Skaaland is interred at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York.