He started out with the carnival circuits and moved up the ranks to become a celebrated wrestler. Though most often a baby face or fan favorite, he was known to show a brutal and brawling style when needed. He also incorporated sensational flying moves now commonplace, but unparallelled at the time he was in his prime.
Though effective in singles competition, Bastien was also accomplished in tag team action, holding titles with Hercules Cortez, The Crusher and Billy Red Lyons. The Cortez & Bastein team came to a sad end when Cortez was killed in a car crash.
In his last years of professional activity, Bastein was a trainer of other wrestlers and a road agent for the WWF.
Bastein died this August,. He was in his 80s.