Alex Carlson began his wrestling career like many a wrestling fan in backyards of friends in his local neighborhood. His love and fascination for wrestling however, proved too great as he hungered for the bigger, brighter lights and better competition in the world of professional wrestling.
With this goal in mind we enrolled himself into the AWA Hardknocks Wrestling Academy, where would learn the trade from African wrestling mega-stars like “The Lion of Africa” Shaun Koen and Nizaam “The Champ” Hartley. A naturally gifted athlete, Alex would quickly earn his stripes at the AWA’s training ground and was soon featured on the cards at AWA events and shows. Inspired by the Lucha Libre style, the fast paced and highflying Mexican version of professional wrestling, Alex went under the mask (a Lucha Libre tradition) and was reborn as The Ultimo Wulf.
Capitalizing on his unique look and high-risk offence, The Ultimo Wulf became a prominent fixture when the AWA went national with their televised Slam Series in 2004. When many a Cruiserweight in the AWA preferred the ground-based mat techniques, The Ultimo Wulf was one of the few took to the skies, wowing many an audience with his plethora of moves such as moonsaults, corkscrews and top-rope planchas.
After the dust of the TV deal had settled, while still under the mask, Alex wrestled briefly under the name of The White Angel before taking a hiatus from the wrestling ring. A sabbatical of sorts to “recharge the batteries”, for when he returned to the ring he was no longer the cruiserweight from before, but rather a bigger and muscular heavyweight. Eager to enter a new division with malice and intent, Alex dubbed himself The Bruiser – a chain wielding biker with a thirst for blood. This would mark the first time that Alex would be competing without the mask. After a brief stint in Johannesburg under the moniker of LX-Treme, Alex found his way back to his Cape Town wrestling roots trading in his mask once again for a cowboy hat to become the classy Bobby Rose. Mixing in attributes from previous his personas, the Bobby Rose character was big brute that could brawl but also had a flair for the air as well. Proving to be successful in his current run, Bobby Rose finally managed to ascend the ranks of the AWA’s heavyweight division by earning himself an AWA All Africa Heavyweight Championship match when he defeated The Missing Link and Boerseun at the House of Pain show on December 9th 2010.
At the Builder’s Warehouse show on December 15th, Alex once again wrestled under the mask, this time as the Masked Samurai. Citing that he was ready to try a different “look”, he proved yet again in the ring why he was the number one contender as well as one of the best wrestlers in the country.
Tragically, on the morning of December 16th, Alex passed away after a horrific car accident.
While wrestling fans may have come to know the many faces of Alex Carlson, it is his family, friends and wrestling peers that shall fondly remember the man behind the “mask”.
He will be remembered for being a locker-room prankster, as Alex was known for stirring up a little trouble to not only entertain himself, but his wrestling brethren as well. He will be remembered for being a man who loved his wrestling and helped train many of the current AWA roster members like Vinnie Vegas and The Hillbilly Kid. He will be remembered for being imaginative in not only his many personas/gimmicks, but also with his in ring work and for being one of the pioneers of high-flying in SA wrestling. But most of all, he will be remembered for being a man who loved and cared for his family and friends, always willing to go that extra mile.
To the friends and family of Alex Carlson, we at the AWA would like to extent our deepest sympathies and condolences.
To Alex, may you rest in peace our friend and brother-in-arms. The moments and memories you have shared with us over the years shall remain always. Thank you.