Lex Luger Was The WWE’s First Total Underdog

wrestling | 11/2/18

Born Lawrence Wendell Pfohl in 1958, WWE fans know him better as Lex Luger or “The Total Package.” Standing an intimidating six feet and six inches tall, and weighing 275 pounds, few wrestlers in his era were built so perfectly for the sport. Despite this, Luger was never a winner. He faced Yokozuna at SummerSlam ’93 and lost by a technicality (we’ll get to that later). Two years later he would get a rematch, only to come up short again. Still, the league touted him as “The All-American” and kept him in front of the lights. Now we’re going backstage to reveal the complex career of Lex Luger.

You won’t believe how he came up with his name!

He Started His Career In The Canadian Football League

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Lex Luger didn’t grow up thinking he would be a WWE (WWF at the time) star. He started his career playing football. After spending a year at Penn State on a full scholarship, he transferred to the University of Miami, where he starred as a linebacker.

After college, Luger played in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Montreal Alouettes. The team made the Grey Cup with him in 1979, losing 17-9 to the Edmonton Eskimos. Luger stayed with Montreal until 1981, when he was given his shot in the NFL.