Born in Detroit, Michigan on November 12, 1956, Bill was trained for professional wrestling by Kurt Von Steiger in 1973, and had his first match June 16, 1974 in Tucson, Arizona.
Since that time, Bill has wrestled on several tours of Japan for the FMW Promotion, wrestled in Canada, and virtually every state in the United States. During his wrestling days in Mexico, Bill held the W.W.A. World Heavyweight Championship for over one year, and as the American masked Mercenaries with Louie Spicolli and Tim Patterson. They were the W.W.A World Trio’s Champions for over three years!
Bill also found time to become one of the top ring announcers in the business, performing such duties for the WWF and various independent promotions in Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Tampa, Honolulu, Tokyo, Japan, Mexico City, and Seoul, South Korea. Another highlight of Bill’s life has been his acting career! He has over a dozen films to his credit as an actor or stuntman. Bill thanks Gene LeBell for much of his Hollywood success!
Along the way Bill felt an urge to give something back to this great sport. He opened up his Bill Anderson School of Wrestling in 1984! Along with veteran Red Bastein, trained Sting, The Ultimate Warrior, Angel of Death, and Strangler Steve DiSalvo in 1985! Since then, Bill has trained over 1000 men and women. Students came from all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, England and Japan to learn from the best.
Big Bill also had his skills tested in the ring with some of the greatest wrestlers, men like Harley Race, Bret Hart, Sean Michaels, Randy Savage, Mil Mascaras, Paul Orndorf, Tatsumi Fujinami, Rocky Johnson, Jimmy Snuka, Black Gordman, The Great Goliath, Curt Hennig, Playboy Buddy Rose, John Tolos, Adrian Adonis, One Man Gang, Kimala, the original Sheik, Tiger Jeet Singh, Marty Jeanetty and hundreds more!
In March of 1996 Bill became a born again Christian. He has performed and given testimonies at wrestling events and churches with “Superstar” Billy Graham, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Ted DiBiase, and Nikita Koloff. A couple of years ago he spent 10 days in India, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Japan doing missionary work for Athletes International Ministries.
In 2001 and 2002, Bill had the opportunity, presented by Armed Forces Entertainment to entertain men and women stationed overseas at military bases in Afghanistan, Turkey, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Bahrain, England, France, Kuwait, Japan, Korea, Okinawa, Guam and several islands in the Pacific.
Retired now from active wrestling, Bill still does occasional ring announcing at wrestling events. His hobby is playing golf with his son Audie! Bill feels his greatest accomplishment in wrestling has been the countless friendships that mean so much to him!