Adnan bin Abdul Kareem Ahmed Alkaissy El Farthie, also known to wrestling fans as Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey and Gen. Adnan during his WWF run passed away at age 84.
WWF and AWA announcer Ken Resnick shared the news of his passing. Hailing from Iraq and a high school friend to Saddam Hussein, Gen. Adnan had a successful career in the wrestling business.
He earned a scholarship to the University of Houston for football before transferring to Oklahoma State University. His skills were such that he came close to qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team on one occasion.
1950 and 60’s saw him work as Billy White Wolf where he wrestled for Pacific Northwest and Oklahoma locations. He became American citizen in 1964. He won the WWWF Tag Team Championship with Chief Jay Strongbow in 1976. In an attempt to heal his neck injury post surgery at that time, an angle was created where Ken Patera hit a swinging neckbreaker on him to enhance the storyline.
This led to the tag team titles being vacated. Gen. Adnan wrestled for Eddie Graham’s Championship Wrestling from Florida and in Hawaii in a feud with Tor Kamata. New Japan Pro Wrestling saw him feud against Osamu Kido, Haruka Eigen, and Antonio Inoki.
Gen. Adnan also organized wrestling events in Iraq in the 70s, but had to flee the place due to security threats raised by the then commander of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. His wrestling events involved matches with wrestlers like Bob Roop and Andre the Giant.
We send our condolences to Gen. Adnan’s family and his loved ones. You can also drop a message in the comments for this loss.