“He was the greatest combination of strength and agility the business had ever seen”.
Tom Magee was the real total package. He got everything in excess. He got the look, the physique, the strength, the size, the athleticism, the background. He was immediately billed as “MegaMan” and the next Hulk Hogan by an overenthusiastic Vince McMahon. His first match was on February 22, 1986 in the main event of a major All Japan show, where he took on Riki Choshu. Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter said of his first match: “He was the greatest combination of strength and agility the business had ever seen”. BUT… his ring work sucked at best. He looked effeminate, too soft on his opponents, too careful to not hurt his opponent, no crowd work, and probably no mic skills.
I remembers when I was a child watching Saturday and Sunday Morning Wrestling, the tv commentator called Magee “le gentil géant” (Gentle Giant) when Magee carefully deposed his opponent back on his feet after submitting to his back breaker. Despite all the abilities in the world, gentle giants aren’t the best suited for the violent world of pro wrestling.
Aliases: Mega Man, MegaMan, Mega Man Magee, Man of Steel
Birthdate: July 1, 1958
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height: 6’4.5″ (194 cm)
Weight: 275 lbs (125 kg)
Chest: 48″ (121 cm)
Biceps: 20″ (51 cm)
Waist: 34″ (86 cm)
Thigh: 28″ (71 cm)
ATHLETIC BACKGROUND: Tom Magee started working out at age 5 and never stopped. In his early years, Tom Magee was involved in martial arts. And in high school, he was successful at wrestling and track and field events and a phenom at gymnastics. Then at 19, he took up lifting seriously and went to compete in powerlifting and bodybuilding. He spended long hours in the weight room and has been on a strict diet since an early age. Magee has also a strong background in boxing, done some judo and kickboxing, and played football for the BC Lions in the 1980s. Holy fuck! This guy can do it all!!
MARTIAL ARTS: Black Belt in Karate
POWERLIFTING: – 2 time Canadian National Powerlifting Champion 1981-1982 – 1 time IPF World Powerlifting Champion (+125 kg) 1982 in Munich and placed 2nd in 1981 in Calcutta.
Best Powerlifting Competition Official Lifts: Squat: 860 lbs (390 kg) in an 80s squat suit Bench Press: 573 lbs (260 kg) raw Deadlift: 820 lbs (372 kg) raw Best Total: 2,230 lbs (1,011 kg)
Was the first Canadian to total more than 2,000 lbs for the three powerlifts. Has set 23 British Columbian records.
OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING: Set the British Columbian record for the Clean and Jerk
STRONGMAN: 1980 North American Tug-of-War Championship (placed 2nd)
– 3 times Canada’s Strongest Man champion 1982, 1983, 1988 – 3 times Le Defi Mark Ten Challenge winner 1984-1986 and placed 3th in 1988
1982 World’s Strongest Man (placed 2nd) 1983 World’s Strongest Man (placed 4th) 1985 World’s Strongest Man (placed 5th)
World’s Strongest Man Records: Cement Block Lift (Smith Machine Squat): 955 lbs (433 kg) 1982 WSM Cheese Deadlift (partial deadlift with wrist straps from 18″ off the floor with high bending bar): 1,180 lbs (535 kg) winning lift 1983
BODYBUILDING: – 1984 Mr. British Columbia winner
PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING: Learned wrestling at the legendary Stu Hart Dungeon. (Weird for such a mediocre wrestler!?!) Pro Debut: February 22, 1986 vs. Riki Choshu in the main event of a major All Japan show. WWF Debut: October 2, 1986 Ended his wrestling career in 1989.
“The Worst Match of the Year” back in 1988 Tom Magee vs. 40 years old 54th Yokozuna ex-sumo wrestler Hiroshi Wajima All Japan – 4-21-1988 Some people named this shitty horrible match “The Worst Match of All Time” and Magee “the worst wrestler ever”.
Tom Magee was named runner-up for Pro-Wrestling Illustrated 1986 Rookie of the Year.
MOVIES AND TELEVISION:
Starred in a 1982 documentary film “Man of Steel” about himself, the Canada’s greatest strongman, and his Preparation for the 1982 Powerlifting Championship Munich Germany.
Played a pitfighter/biker fighting Brian Bosworth in “Stone Cold” in 1991. And several other minor roles in movies and tv shows.
Today, Tom Magee is working as a trainer in the Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach, California. Certainly the most over-qualified trainer in California.