Car­bon's "Stom­per" Gouldie passes

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A leg­endary pro­fes­sional wrestler with roots in Car­bon has passed away.

Archie Gouldie, also known in the ring as the Mon­go­lian Stom­per, the Masked Bounty Hunter and the Mid­night Stal­lion died on Jan­uary 23 at his home in Knoxville, Tn. He was 79.

Gouldie cut his teeth in the wrest­ing world at Stu Hart’s S tam­pede Wrestling pro­mo­tion as “the Stom­per” and held the North Ame r ican Heavy Weight Cham­pi­onship a record of 14 times be­tween 1968 and 1984. One of his op­po­nents was Dave Ruhl of Hanna. While most of his ten­ure at Stam­pede Wrestling was as a vil­lain, in 1983, he turned against Bad News Allen.

Out­side of Stam­pede Wrestling, he achieved most of his fame in South­east Cham­pi­onship Wrestling where he held the NWA South­east Heavy­weights Cham­pi­onship 11 times.

Along the way, he wres­tled names such as Bret Hart, Paul Orndorf, Har­ley Race, An­dre the Gi­ant and even Terry Bolder (Hulk Ho­gan). Jerry Lawler de­scribed him as one of his all time great op­po­nents.

He also wres­tled in Smoky Moun­tains Wrestling in 1992. Later in life, he served as a deputy Sher­riff in Knoxville County Ten­nessee, and worked as a corrections of­fi­cer.

While about 10 years his ju­nior, Reg Trem­panier re­mem­bers Gouldie. “He used to live here and go to Stam­pede Wrestling,” re­called Trepanier. “There used to be a cir­cuit. He would travel from to Saska­toon, Regina, Ed­mon­ton and Cal­gary.”

“All the wrestlers used to travel to­gether. It was pretty funny, be­cause they would get in the ring and were mad as hell at each other. Then, when it was all done, they would go out and get in the same car to travel to the next stop!”

Trepanier said he knew many of Gouldie's fam­ily mem­bers but none of his sib­lings are in the area now.

For­mer lo­cal realtor, the late Reg Gouldie, was Archie's nephew. For­mer Wrestler Archie "The Stom­per" Gouldie of Car­bon passed away on Jan­uary 23 at the age of 79. Through­out his ca­reer he fought the gi­ants in the in­dus­try in­clud­ing Hulk Ho­gan and An­dre the Gi­ant.

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