Monday, June 06, 2016

Danny Miller Passes Away

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of the great Danny Miller, who passed away Monday, June 6.

He was the first Mid-Atlantic TV champion, crowned in 1974 after defeating Ole Anderson in the finals of a tournament that took place on television. He was the 3rd ever Eastern heavyweight champion after that title was created in our area. He defeated the Missouri Mauler (Larry Hamilton) in 1971 for the honors. The Eastern title later evolved into the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship.

Miller was a mainstay in the area for years and was a major player behind the scenes working as local promoter for the Crockett's in the mid-1970s in the Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville market. He credits then-booker George Scott for teaching him the business side of wrestling.

He was a tag-team partner of Les Thatcher's in the early 1970s and they were an extremely popular duo.

For a look at Miller's entire career, check out this bio and obit on Canoe Slam! Wrestling.

Below is the newspaper clipping for one of Miller's biggest victories in the Mid-Atlantic area, defeating the Missouri Mauler for the Eastern Heavyweight title in the main event of a big Greensboro card.