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Playboy Buddy Rose (Paul Perschmann) studied under Verne Gagne and Billy Robinson.  He was the man in Portland, working for Pacific Northwest Wrestling. Rose also competed in the AWA and the WWF.

Mr. Rose’s feud with Rowdy Roddy Piper launched him to national prominence. He also feuded with Superfly Jimmy Snuka.  Rose worked with tag partner Colonel DeBeers for three decades.

The Playboy was a great heel who reveled in his rotund body type.  He frequently challenged his hard body opponents to pose down and one-handed push up contests.  He could really wrestle, despite using his girth as a gimmick.

Mr. Rose died of natural causes on April 28, 2009.

The Playboy mixes it up with Ric Flair in Portland in 1982