Mr. Wrestling II was just passing through:MW II/Johnny Walker has left us at age 85(Strong Connection with former President Jimmy Carter)

Posted by Andy Durham on June 10, 2020 at 10:47 am under Photos, Professional | 5 Comments to Read

Jerry “The King” Lawler, part of the pack breaking the news today on the death of former professional wrestler, Mr. Wrestling II

Mr. Wrestling II, also known by his real name Johnny Walker, was a mainstay in the professional wrestling business for many years…

Johnny Walker/Mr. Wrestling II was 85 years old…

Jerry “The King” Lawler battling Mr. Wrestling II, with outside interference from Sam BassLance Russell on the call…Be sure to Click On the video button and check out the video…

from Wikipedia on Mr. Wrestling II/Johnny Walker:
John Francis Walker September 10, 1934-June 10, 2020 is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Mr. Wrestling II. He is best known for his appearances with Championship Wrestling from Florida and Georgia Championship Wrestling in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Walker, as Wrestling II, became an immediate top draw and legend for the Georgia territory, leading to ten reigns as the Georgia Heavyweight Champion. During Walker’s time in Georgia as Wrestling II, he was considered one of the top five most popular wrestlers in the United States. He also attracted a high-profile fan in Jimmy Carter, at the time the governor of Georgia…

Jimmy Carter, the governor of Georgia and later president of the United States during Wrestling II’s 1970s heyday, considered him to be his favorite wrestler, as well as his mother’s favorite.

Walker was invited to Carter’s presidential inauguration, but in the end declined the invitation. The United States Secret Service insisted that Walker appear unmasked for security reasons. Due to his popularity at the time under the mask, he couldn’t justify the possible ramifications of his identity being exposed.

Wrestling II did, however, on several occasions enjoy a private audience with Lillian Carter(Jimmy Carter’s mom). He faced scrutiny from the Secret Service on these occasions as well, but they went off without incident.


  • Andy Durham said,

    Mike Mooneyham….Charleston Courier-Post
    @ByMikeMooneyham

    My heart is heavy this morning with news of the passing of Johnny Walker, the man behind the mask of Mr. Wrestling No. 2. Great man and one of the most legendary figures in the history of pro wrestling.

  • Andy Durham said,

    Bruce Mitchell….PWTorch.com
    @mitchellpwtorch

    He was a PWI Star if ever there was one.

  • Andy Durham said,

    Ron Fuller….Wrestler/Promoter/Talker
    @RonFullerWelch

    We lost a great one today! Mr. Wrestling II, Johnny Walker was a close friend for 50 years. Maybe Georgia’s biggest star. I dropped the Georgia Championship belt to him in 1974, during the Atlanta War, and the rest was history. RIP my good friend.
    You will not be forgotten!

  • Andy Durham said,

    PWI/Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    @OfficialPWI
    The great Mr. Wrestling II passed away today at age 85. He held dozens of championships over the years and was voted Wrestler of the Year in our 1975 year-end poll.

  • Andy Durham said,

    Jorge
    @bronxfanatic

    I remember #MrWrestling2 when he wrestled for promotions in the Southeast/west, especially when he turned heel on a young Magnum T.A. Will forever be remembered for his trademark mask and the kneelift. #RestInPower