Adonis joined the American Wrestling Association in the late 1970s, where he teamed with Jesse "The Body" Ventura to win the tag team titles.
Both he and Ventura joined the WWE in 1981, and Adonis was soon feuding with world heavyweight champion Bob Backlund and Intercontinental title holder Pedro Morales.
He also won the tag team title with Dick Murdoch, defeating Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson, the father of Hollywood star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. They held the belts nine months before losing and splitting up.
After an injury that shelved him, his weight ballooned up to over 400 pounds at one time. He still was very athletic, and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan became his manager.
It was during this time he began using the "DDT" as a finishing move. Jake "The Snake" Roberts began using the move a few months later and nicknamed the move, thus he is now given credit for inventing it.
Adonis then began carrying a briefcase to the ring, which held a bottle of spray called "Fragrance" inside of it. He would then use it on opponents, something that Rick Martel would copy several years later.
Now with manager Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart as his manager, "Adorable" Adrian Adonis was invented. An effeminate androgynous character with make up caked on his face, the wrestler "Goldust" in today's WWE is a replica in many ways.
Adonis was known to go to the ring wearing women's clothing and accessories, taking it a step further than Goldust ever did.
In Wrestlemania II, Adonis had one of his bigger moments by quickly defeating Uncle Elmer. He soon began feuds with Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan, Junkyard Dog, and George "The Animal" Steele. He then began a talk show called "The Flower Shop."
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper then began a feud, where Adonis beat him in a match, covered Piper with lipstick, then destroyed the "Piper's Pit" set. Piper soon returned the favor by destroying the "Flower Shop," setting the stage for confrontation.
In Wrestlemania III, the two had a hair vs. hair match. Adonis lost after Brutus Beefcake assisted Piper, then Beefcake ended up cutting off most of the hair himself.
Leaving WWE shortly thereafter, Adonis rejoined the AWA. He hurt his ankle, forcing him to not be able to wrestle a tour of Japan. The AWA stopped paying him, so Adonis tried to rejoin WWE unsuccessfully.
A few months later, while wrestling the independent circuit, Adonis was killed along with two other wrestlers in Newfoundland when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a moose. He was just 33 years old.
In his short time, Adonis was managed by such legends like "Classy" Freddie Blassie, Heenan, Hart, Paul E. Dangerously, and Sir Oliver Humperdink.
He also was given the Stanley Weston Award by Pro Wrestling Illustrated for his recognized lifetime achievement by a pro wrestling personality.
Innovative, flamboyant, athletic, and a excellent heel, Adonis was taken from us much too early but there is no denying his impact. Besides his DDT and Fragrance gimmicks, there have been many wrestlers who have tried to emulate his "gay stylist" act, as well as his androgynous character.
Adrian Adonis should be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame for his everlasting impact on wrestling. One we all will continuously witness for as long as we watch wrestling.