the World's largest wrestling database, that Mike Pappas,
"The Flying Greek" holds a 3-0 record with one draw over
the legendary, Randy "Macho Man" Savage?

FYI - Randy Savage won 29 Titles in his 32 year wrestling career, including the 
WWF World Heavyweight Championship twice and the WCW World Heavyweight 
Championship four times. A one-time WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, 
Savage was named by WWE as the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all-time
and has been credited with bringing "a higher level of credibility to the title through 
his amazing in ring performance."              


In 2018 Mike Pappas was recognized by the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame with the Wrestling Living Legend Award!

On September 9, 1970, Mike Pappas won the WWA Light-Heavyweight Title with a win over Steve Clements at the Convention Hall in Gadsden Alabama. 

TOP 40 - Mike Pappas fought in 104 WWF matches (3 years, 1971 to 1974) that's more matches for the WWF during that time period than; Shane McMahon (103), Alexis Smirnoff (103), Tom Zenk (102), Dory Funk, Jr. (96), the Ultimo Dragon (94), Stacy Kiebler (92), Baron Von Raschke (85) and many others.  His 104 matches from 1970-74 ranks him at #33 in appearances for the WWF during that time frame.

ELO RANKING - Mike Pappas ranked at #38 in 1971 and was again a top 40 ranked wrestler in 1973 at #33.
Manoli Savvenas
a.k.a, Mike Pappas, "the Flying Greek"

The premiere of the Flying Greek Documentary coming to the Fox Theater in Springfield Missouri, Friday December 10, 2021

Former European & WWA World Light Heavyweight Wrestling Champion
USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame - Wrestling Living Legend Award
Pappas held multiple Mexican titles and was an international top box office draw!
Mike Pappas
(Manoli Savvenas)

1968 - 1978

Height - 5'7"  (172 cm)
Weight - 170 lbs  (77 kg)


  •  Technical
  •  High Flyer

Signature Moves

  • Drop Kick
  • Flying Headscissors

Ring Nicknames

  • "the Flying Greek"
  • "Mighty Mite"
  • "Dynamite"


  • AWA
  • CSW
  • CWF
  • GPW
  • GWE
  • IW
  • IWA  Mid-South
  • NWA
  • Tri-State Wrestling
  • SLWC
  • UWF
  • WWE
  • WWWF

Notable Feuds

  •  Phil Hickerson
  •  Dennis Condrey
  •  Kenny Dillinger
  •  Duke Miller
  •  Mike Hendrick
  •  The Scorpion (Tenn 70s)

Famous Opponents

  • Alexis Smirnoff
  • Austin Idol
  • Bobby Heenan
  • Bruiser Brody
  • Dick Slater
  • Dr. X
  • Freddie Blassie
  • the Hollywood Blondes
  • Jerry Jarrett
  • Jerry "the King" Lawler
  • Jesse "the Body" Ventura
  • Jimmy Valient
  • Luke Graham
  • Mr. Fuji
  • Nikolai Volkoff
  • Randy Savage
  • Ric Flair
  • The Russians
  • the Spoiler
  • Tarzan Tyler
  • Tommy Gilbert
  • and many more...

Famous Tag Team Partners

  • Andre "the Giant"
  • Bearcat Brown
  • "Superstar" Bill Dundee
  • Bob Backlund
  • Gigi the Greek
  • Igor Putski
  • Johnny Ringo
  • Larry Zbysko
  • Pistol Pez Whatley
  • Rene Goulet
  • Ricky Steamboat
  • S.D. Jones
  • Sweet Daddy Watts
  • Ted Diabiase
  • Tojo Yamamoto
  • and many more...


Manoli Savvenas, the international wrestling star, fan  favorite and multiple title holder, who wrestled as Mike Pappas in the United States from 1968 - 1978, has owned his own jewelry business since 1979, where you will still find him everyday at Manoli's Jewelers in Springfield, Missouri.

Always a fan favorite, a savy ring technician and a true life champion, Manoli and his wife, Valerie Savvenas donate lots of jewelry and their time to many worthy charities in Springfield MO. They started Diamond Night in 2002 that benefits Boys and Girls Town and started the Greek Festival in 2008 that benefits St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church in Springfield MO.

In recognition of their contributions to the community in 2005 Manoli's Jewelers received the Small Business Philanthropist of the Year award, as well as the Presidents Council on Service Award in 2007, from President Bush, for the many ways that they serve the community. 

Manoli's Jewelers is located at 2700 S Glenstone Ave, Springfield, MO  65804, the business phone number is 417.882.0394. The store is closed on Sunday's and Monday's.

The Flying Greek Premeire!

Documentarians Chance Meeting with Mike Pappas Leads to Film 

The official The Flying Greek the movie Facebook page
The premiere coming Friday, December 10th at the Fox Theatre in Springfield, Missouri, check out our Facebook Page for additional details.

Mike Pappas' wrestling days lead to sparkling second career
by Scott Teal, Slam Wrestling
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Crowbar Press
  Tennessee Wrestling Legends Reunion Crowbar Award Winner!

Mike Pappas, the former NWA Mid-America Light Heavyweight Champion was recently the recepient of the "Crowbar Award", at the Tennessee Wrestling Legends reunion, in Gallentin, Tennessee, in September. The "Crowbar Award" was given to the former champion in recognition of his integrity, exceptional skills,aggressive wrestling style and contributions to professional wrestling. Pappas is one of the true success stories both in and out of the ring.

COMING SOON - "The Flying Greek", a film by Jason Brasier