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History and Biography of Ric Flair

Posted By on August 14, 2009

History and Biography of Ric Flair

History and Biography of Ric Flair

History and Biography of Ric Flair

Real Name: Richard Fliehr
Wrestling Debut: December 10, 1972
Height: 6’1
Weight: 245 pounds
Birthday: 02/25/49
Greatest Match: Ricky Steamboat, Clash of the Champions, 1989, 2 out of 3 falls
Titles Held: WCW World Champ (8), WCW International Champ, U.S. Champ (6) WWE champ (2), WWE Tag Champ (1).
Resides: Charlotte, North Carolina
Billed from
: Charlotte, North Carolina
Trained by: Verne Gagne, Hiro Matsuda
Retired: March 30, 2008

Mini Biography

“I’M A LIMOUSINE RIDING, JET AIR PLANE FLYING, STYLIN’ AND PROFILIN’ KISS STEALIN’, WHEELIN’AND DEALIN’, SON OF A GUN!” This was Ric Flair’s mantra in all of his promos back in the 80’s as he ruled the wrestling world in the NWA and later, in WCW and the WWE. “Slick” Ric Flair was born in 1949 and adopted as Richard Morgan Fliehr. In 1972, he began his illustrious wrestling career in the AWA after being trained by Verne Gagne. In 1974, he began wrestling in the Mid-Atlantic territory in North Carolina and in 1975; he was in a plane crash that broke his back in three different places. A few years later, he was back to wrestling ands on his way to making history. He went on to hold the U.S. title which was the most important title for the region at the time. Once in awhile the NWA World Champion would come into town and defend his belt but the World Championship belt was not as easy to win as it is today. However, he did win the NWA World Tag Team belts on several occasions with Black Jack Mulligan and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine as his partners.

In 1981, Ric Flair finally defeated the NWA World Champion, Dusty Rhodes for the belt and he would travel to different regions and defend the belt against the top talent in those regions. Before the NWA became the WCW, Ric Flair would go on to hold the NWA World title seven more times. In 1985, the Four Horsemen were formed because of an interview segment that the four men, Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn and Ole Anderson had to share. When they realized that they had common enemies in Dusty Rhodes and Magnum T.A., they formed their faction. J.J. Dillon became the manager of the group because he was Tully Blanchard’s manager at the time but Ric Flair was always the “leader” of the faction. They brutally destroyed the competition and ruled the NWA for the mid-1980’s. However, in 1986, Magnum T.A. was in a near fatal car collision that ended his wrestling career. There have been different faces in the Horsemen over the years to include the likes of Lex Luger, Barry Windham, Chris Benoit and even Sting.

Ric Flair has impacted the world of professional wrestling like no other and has dominated the sport for more than thirty years and has held numerous titles including holding the NWA World Title, the WCW World Title and the WWE World title collectively for an unprecedented sixteen times. His finishing maneuver is a figure four leg lock and he delivers a shot across an opponent’s chest with the side of his hand called a “knife edge chop” and when he delivers it, the crowd yells, “WHOOO!” In fact, when any wrestler delivers this devastating chop, the crowd yells “WHOO!” in homage to the one called the “Nature Boy”. He has impacted the sport that much and so much more that you cannot even talk about professional wrestling without mentioning the name of Ric Flair.

Ric Flair is the most decorated world champion in history. The 16-time world champ (depending on what is counted as a title win) is known as the dirtiest player in the game. With his jet-flying, limousine-riding “Nature Boy” persona, he has headlined the sport for over a quarter of a century. His trademarked “Woooo!” can be heard by the fans whenever any wrestler chops another wrestler.

Main Biography

Flair’s Background

Richard Fliehr was born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 25, 1949. He moved to Edina, Minnesota, grew up there and went on to play offensive guard in college at Minnesota.

Ric Flair debuted in professional wrestling in the AWA in 1972, after being trained by the legendary Verne Gagne. After about 2 years in the AWA, Flair left for the NWA. In 1975, Flair and a few other wrestlers were in a plane crash somewhere in North Carolina. Flair’s back was broken in the crash, but he returned to the ring the next year.

The Late ’70s

Ric Flair returned to the ring a few years later. He was a frequent U.S. title holder. That belt was the number one belt of the region. In those days, the regional belt was the most important belt in the area. Occasionally, the NWA World Champ would come to town and fight someone in the region. In addition, he won the NWA World Tag Team Championship on a few occasions with both Blackjack Mulligan and Greg Valentine as his partners.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship and Four Horsemen

On September 17, 1981 history was made. Ric Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes in Kansas City, Missouri to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. This was just the beginning of the now famous Flair/Rhodes feud. Dusty was suspended from the NWA in late1982 or early 1983. Then a masked man, known as the Midnight Rider, came onto the scene (who everyone knew was Rhodes). The Midnight Rider won the title from Flair on February 9, 1983. When the President of the NWA told the Midnight Rider to remove the mask, the title was returned to Ric Flair. Then, on June 8, 1982, Harley Race defeated Flair for the World Title in St. Louis, Missouri.

On November 24, 1983, the NWA held the first ever Starrcade in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was here, where Flair won the NWA Title for the second time from Harley Race. During an International tour, on March 21, 1984, Race regained the title in New Zealand. But, just two nights later, Flair won the World Title for a third time by defeating Race in Singapore.

At a show in Irving, Texas, Flair lost the Championship to Kerry Von Erich on May 6, 1984. Just a few weeks later, on May 24, Flair regained the title during their tour of Japan. This time, Flair kept the World Title for over two years. Then, on July 25, 1986, Flair’s long time nemesis, Dusty Rhodes, defeated Ric in Greensboro, North Carolina. After holding the title for only 13 days, Rhodes lost the title to Flair on August 7 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Nature Boy’s fifth title reign lasted a little over a year. Then on September 25, 1987, Ron Garvin won the title in Detroit, Michigan. It took Flair only two months to regain the title from Garvin. He started his sixth title reign in Chicago, Illinois on November 26, 1987.

After holding the World Title for a little more than a year, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat ended Flair’s sixth title reign on February 20, 1989 in the same city where he started it, Chicago, IL. On May 7, at Wrestle War ’89, Flair won the title back from Steamboat in Nashville, Tennessee. After this match, Terry Funk attacked The Nature Boy. Flair was out of action for about 6 months, after Funk piledrove him through a time keeper’s table. Flair returned to battle Funk and the rest of Gary Hart’s stable. Not able to take them on alone, Flair recruited Sting, Ole and Arn Anderson to reform the 4-Horsemen.

The Horsemen battled Hart’s men on many occasions, almost always coming out on top. After they had taken care of Hart’s stable, the NWA Championship Commitee awarded Sting a shot at the World Title. The Horsemen confronted Sting, and told him to refuse the title shot or leavethe Horsemen. When he refused, and demanded the match, the Horsemen warned him to watch his back. Soon there after, Sting was sneak attacked in the locker rooms and had a seriously damaged knee. When Sting returned to the ring, at the 1990 Great American Bash (July 7), he won the World Heavyweight Championship in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Formation of World Championship Wrestling

On January 11, 1991, Ric Flair defeated Sting to win the World Title for the eighth time. This wrestling organization the left the NWA and formed World Championship Wrestling. Flair was then recognized as the first WCW Heavyweight Champion of the World, taking place of his NWA World Title. While touring Japan, Flair lost to Tatsumi Fujinami on March 21 in controversial fashion. The decision was later reversed and the WCW Title returned to Flair, but World Championship Wrestling recognized Fujinami as the NWA champion. On May 19, 1991, Flair won the NWA Title for the ninth time by defeating Fujinami in St. Petersburg, Florida. After a conflict with Virgil Runnels (who we know as Dusty Rhodes), the top booker for WCW at that time, Flair signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation in mid-1991. After doing this, he was stripped of both the WCW and the NWA World Titles. This was the first time the NWA Title had ever been vacant.

Ric Flair joins the WWE

The first few years of the Turner led company were marred by bad decisions. The worst one involved Ric Flair leaving WCW with the title belt. The belt appeared on WWE television until legal actions forced them to stop. Ric Flair took on Bobby “The Brain” Heenan as his executive consultant and Mr. Perfect as his trainer. Eventually, Flair sold his belt back to WCW. After a couple of controversial WWF Title changes between the Undertaker and Hulk Hogan, the President of the WWF declared the title vacant and announced that the winner of the 1992 Royal Rumble would be the new WWF World Heavyweight Champion.

The Royal Rumble was held in Albany, New York on January 19, 1992. After drawing number three, Flair proved why he has been called “the 60-minute man”. Flair outlasted the other 29 WWF superstars (eliminating the British Bulldog, Big Boss Man, Randy Savage & Sid Justice) to win the Royal Rumble and the WWF World Title for the first time. He was in the ring for just over an hour, setting the record for the longest time in the ring in a Royal Rumble. He held the title until April 5 that same year, when he lost to “Macho Man” Randy Savage in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In Hershey, PA, Flair won the title back from Savage on September 1, 1992 with a little help from newcomer Razor Ramon. He held the title for just over a month, when Bret “The Hitman” Hart defeated him on October 12. After this, Mr. Perfect and Ric Flair had a dispute and split up. Flair and his new discovery, Razor Ramon, had a series of matches with Mr. Perfect and Savage. This feud eventually led to a loser leaves WWF match between Flair and Perfect. Flair lost this match and made his way back to World Championship Wrestling.

Flair returns to WCW

When Flair returned to World Championship Wrestling, Barry Windham, former partner in the 4-Horsemen, held the NWA Title and Big Van Vader was the WCW champion. Flair first went after the title which he had held nine times before, the NWA World Title. He won it from Barry Windham in Biloxi, Mississippi on July 18, 1993 for his tenth and final NWA title reign. He then lost it to Rick Rude in Houston, Texas on September 19 of that same year. In September of 1993, the NWA Title became known as WCW International World Title. Flair had several rematches with Rude, but was never able to beat him for the title due to disqualification finishes.

Ric Flair then got into a feud with Big Van Vader, which led to their big match at Starrcade 1993. Flair put his career on the line against Vader’s World Title. On December 27, in front of his hometown audience, Flair defeated Vader to win the WCW Title for the second time. Then on June 23, 1994, “The Nature Boy” beat Sting for the WCW International World Title in Charleston, South Carolina. This was the first time Flair won the International World Title, but this match unified the two titles into the World Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title. Flair kept the WCW Title until he was defeated by Hulk Hogan on July 17, 1994 in Orlando, Florida.

Flair and Hogan had a series of matches, leading to Flair putting his career on the line for a shot at the World Title. Hogan defeated Flair in this very controversial match. Flair reappeared on the scene, managing Vader during his feud with Hogan early in 1995. Because of Flair’s constant interference in Hogan’s matches, he asked the WCW Executive Commitee to reinstate Flair as an active wrestler.

After Vader was defeated by Hogan at the Bash at the Beach ’95, Flair came into the ring and verbally attacked Vader. Arn Anderson, Ric’s long time friend, came to Flair’s aid when Vader started to attack. This led to a handicap match at the Clash of the Champions – Ric Flair & Arn Anderson vs. Vader. Vader defeated Flair/Anderson, getting the pin on Arn. Flair was furious that they had lost and verbally attacked his best friend.

The New 4-Horsemen

Over the next few months we were brought to believe that Flair and Anderson’s longtime friendship had come to an abrupt end. At Fall Brawl ’95, we saw the first match between “The Nature Boy” and “The Enforcer”. This match was a see-saw battle. When it appeared that Flair was about to apply the figure-four. Brian Pillman came to the ringside area and jumped on the apron. Flair went over and punched Pillman. Brian retaliated by kicking Flair in the head with his cowboy boot, setting up Flair for the DDT. Over the next month, Flair begged Sting to be his partner against Anderson and Pillman. After figting them alone, Sting saw that Flair was a man of his word. The match was signed for Halloween Havoc.

Early that evening, Flair was supposedly attacked by Arn and Brian. When it came time for the match, Sting came to the ring alone. Sting controlled the beginning of the match but, as time went on, Anderson and Pillman took control. Then the croud erupted as “The Nature Boy” came running down the aisle in his street clothes, with his head bandaged. When Sting was able to get to his corner and make the tag, Flair entered the ring, ran off of the ropes and nailed his partner. They triple-teamed Sting and left him lying in the ring. On their way back to the locker rooms they did an interview with Mean Gene, stating that the Horsemen were back!

The Road Back to the Title

At Starrcade 1995, in Nashville, Tennessee, the WCW Championship Commitee decided to have a triangle match of the top contenders (the winner getting a title shot immediately after). The match was set…the winner of Sting vs. Lex Luger vs. Ric Flair would receive the shot at Randy Savage’s World Title. Flair started the match against Sting, then battled against Luger. Then trapped between Sting and Luger, Flair tagged in Sting to fight his best friend. Nearing the end of the match, Luger got Sting in the Human Torture Rack. When Lex lifted Sting, the ref was hit and knocked out. Flair came into the ring, clipping the knee of Luger from behind, knocking his opponents out onto the floor. Flair helped the referee up and he gave them the ten-count.

Jimmy Hart came down to ringside and offered to be in Flair’s corner during the World Title match. Flair accepted. Flair and Savage battled back and forth, until the Macho Man got Jimmy Hart’s megaphone. He nailed Flair on the head and climbed the ropes. He nailed a bloody Ric Flair with the flying elbow. As Jimmy Hart distracted the referee, Pillman, Chris Benoit (the newest member of the Horsemen), and Anderson entered the ring. “Double A” nailed Savage with a foreign object, and layed Flair on top for the pin. Flair was now the WCW Heavyweight Champion of the World for the third time.

At the January, 1996 Clash of the Champions, Hogan and Savage surprised everyone with the appearance of Woman and Miss Elizabeth. Woman turned on them that night, another set up by the Horsemen. On the January 22 edition of Monday Nitro, Savage won the World Title back from Flair in Las Vegas, NV. A rematch was scheduled for Superbrawl VI, in St. Petersburg, Florida, in a steel cage. Flair came to the ring with Woman, and Savage with Elizabeth. Late in the match, Woman had Savage and the referee distracted at one side of the cage. Flair walks over to the door, to Miss Elizabeth, who gives him her high-heel shoe. Flair nails Savage and gets the pin. He leaves the ring with the World Title, Woman, and Elizabeth. Flair’s fourth title reign lasted until April 22, 1996, when the Giant defeated him on Monday Nitro in Albany, Georgia.

1996 to Flair’s Disappearance (early 1998)

On Monday Nitro, Ric Flair taunted and flirted with Deborah McMichael (wife of former Chicago Bear Steve McMichael) for weeks. After this, and verbally attacking McMichael himself on several occasions, McMichael recruited Kevin Greene of the Carolina Panthers to help him battle the 4-Horsemen. The match was set – Flair & Anderson vs. McMichael & Greene.

McMichael & Greene were accompanied to the ring by Randy Savage and their wives. Flair & Anderson were accompanied by Benoit, Elizabeth & Woman (Pillman left WCW after a dispute with booker, Kevin Sullivan). About halfway through the match, Liz and Woman chased Deborah & Greene’s wife back to the locker rooms. As Kevin Greene was in the ring getting pummeled by the Horsemen, Liz and Woman came back to the ring along with Deborah McMichael. Deborah was carrying a briefcase which she handed to her husband on the outside of the ring. Steve opened it to find a 4-Horseman T-shirt and it was full of money. About that time Greene was crawling to the corner to get the tag. McMichael looked at his friend, looked at the money, then nailed Greene with the briefcase. Flair got the pin, then the 4-Horsemen pounded on Greene and Savage, and left them lying helpless in the ring.

Soon thereafter, Flair was awarded a shot at the U.S. Heavyweight Title. On July 7, 1996, in Daytona Beach, Florida, Ric Flair defeated Konnan to win the U.S. Title for the sixth time. All of this happened just about the same time that Scott Hall & Kevin Nash started the New World Order. The Horsemen were given the chance to destroy the NWO in the WARGAMES, but Sting & Luger asked to be part of the team so they could help in defeating NWO before it got too strong. Benoit and McMichael agreed to step down and let Sting and Luger be on the team. Then, at Fall Brawl, after Sting came down and entered the ring, he left his three teammates to fight four men. Luger eventually gave up and the Horsemen were cost the win because of Sting & Luger.

Flair held on to the U.S. Title for four months, until he received a shoulder injury while facing Kensuki Sasaki in Japan. In a lame attempt to make the NWO look stronger, Bischoff made it appear that Flair was attacked by the NWO on Monday Nitro. On television, He still claims that the NWO put Flair out of wrestling. Because of this injury, Flair had to vacate the U.S. Title in November of ’96.

Flair had surgery to repair his shoulder and has been rehabilitating for the last three months. On the March 10 edition of Monday Nitro, during Piper’s interview, the Horsemen came out and confronted Piper. Flair asked Piper to take the Horsemen as his partners at Uncensored and Piper accepted. Now Piper, McMichael, Benoit & Jarrett will be the Independent team in the 12-Man match. After this match, Flair came out on Nitro, saying that Piper dropped the ball. It now appears that instead of getting his deserved shot at Hogan, he will be stuck in a pointless feud with Roddy Piper. Let’s hope that WCW thinks on this one and gives Flair a clean win over Hogan before he has to retire.

At Slamboree, in Charlotte, Ric Flair made his return to the ring. He, Roddy Piper & Kevin Greene (of the Carolina Panthers) faced Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & Syxx. In this match, Flair was in his old form. He started the match and dominated while he was in the ring. NWO took control for a few minutes, but Flair/Piper/Greene ended up on top. The match ended by Flair applying the figure-4 on Hall, Piper applied the sleeper on Nash, and Greene powerslammed Syxx. On Nitro the next night, Flair agreed to wrestle Syxx one on one. During the match, the NWO attacked Flair. The Horsemen had been kicked out of the building earlier that night, so Flair was left helpless. After the beating, Nash said he wouldn’t rest until he put Flair and Piper out of wrestling. The next week on Nitro, Hall and Nash came out and said they wanted to defend the Tag Team Titles against Flair and Piper. This match happened at The Great American Bash. During the match Flair chased Syxx back to the locker room, leaving Piper alone to be defeated by Hall and Nash.

When confronted by Piper on Nitro, Flair told him the decision he made was best for Piper, himself, and the team. The next week, Piper questioned Flair again. This time, it not only brought Flair to the ring, but also Benoit and McMichael. When Mongo and Benoit confronted Piper, The Hot Rod attacked the 2 men, leaving Flair to choose between the Horsemen or his friend. Flair went after Piper, and was knocked down…when he did his famous beg in the corner…keeping Piper distracted long enough for Mongo to nail him with the briefcase. Benoit applied the Crippler Crossface while Flair and Mongo stomped away at Piper’s head. As Nitro went to a commercial, the Horsemen were leaving the ring…and Piper was out. After weeks of each member being on their own, this appears to be the rebirth of The Four Horsemen.

Return to the WWF

When the WCW was sold to the WWE, Flair wasn’t the same man anymore. According to his autobiography, he had lost confidence in his abilities due to the constant problems he faced in WCW. He credits Vince McMahon and Triple H with helping him to regain his confidence.


Triple H has made no secret in saying that Ric Flair was his favorite wrestler. In late 2002, the stable of Evolution was formed with Triple H as the leader. The concept was that Flair was the greatest of the last generation, Triple H was the greatest wrestler at the moment and the future of wrestling was Batista & Randy Orton. Even though Evolution has broken up, there is no doubt that Ric Flair will still be a main player in WWE.

Hall of Fame and Retirement

At the end of 2006, Vince McMahon decreed that the next time Ric Flair lost a match that he would be forced to retire. Ric Flair lost his match at WrestleMania XXIV to Shawn Michaels. However, the night before being forced to retire, Ric became the first active wrestler to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

“Retirement” and part–time appearances

On the March 31, 2008 edition of Raw, Flair delivered his farewell address. Afterward, Triple H brought out many current and retired superstars to thank Flair for all he has done, including Shawn Michaels, some of the Four Horsemen and Chris Jericho, followed by The Undertaker and then Vince McMahon. Along with the wrestlers, the fans gave Ric a standing ovation. This event represented a rare moment in WWE as both the heels and the faces broke character and came out to the ring together. The Undertaker’s and McMahon’s entrances, however, were not shown on the TV taping of Raw for the week in order to preserve their characters, more in the case of the Undertaker as it involved him hugging Ric Flair and then raising his arm in victory, but were included in Nature Boy Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection DVD as extras.

Flair made his first post-retirement appearance on the June 16, 2008 edition of Raw to confront Chris Jericho about his actions from the previous week, when Jericho brutalized Shawn Michaels. Flair did not want to come out of retirement and have an official match, but challenged Jericho to a fight in the parking lot, until he was ejected from the building by Vince McMahon.

On the February 9, 2009 episode of Raw, Flair made an appearance to once again confront Chris Jericho, telling him to respect the WWE Legends and the fans. The segment ended with Flair punching Jericho. Exactly one month later, on the March 9, 2009 episode of Raw, Flair appeared during a Money in the Bank qualifier match between Jericho and Kofi Kingston, distracting Jericho which cost him the match. Flair distracted Jericho as revenge for Jericho’s attacks on Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka and Ricky Steamboat. Jericho subsequently suggested Flair come out of retirement and challenged him to a match on the March 16, 2009 Raw.

That week, Flair declined Jericho’s challenge to come out of retirement. Instead he, along with Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka attacked Jericho. Flair made another appearance the next week, to accept Jericho’s challenge on behalf of Steamboat, Piper and Snuka for a 3-on-1 handicap match at WrestleMania XXV. Jericho then proceeded to brutally attack Flair, causing him to bleed and even destroying the watch that was given to Flair from Michaels after Wrestlemania.

At the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Flair inducted Ricky Steamboat whom Flair called the hardest competition he ever fought. The next day at Wrestlemania XXV, Flair was in the corner of Piper, Snuka, and Steamboat for the match against Jericho. Jericho went on to win the match, and then went after Flair. While Flair was knocked down, Mickey Rourke came into the ring and nailed Jericho with an upper left hook, at which time Flair came in and held up Rourke’s hand in victory.

On May 17, 2009, Flair returned to WWE during the Judgment Day pay-per-view, coming to the aid of Batista, who was being attacked by The Legacy faction (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase). He also appeared the following night on Raw, in a verbal confrontation with Orton. He then went on to compete in a Backstage Brawl with Orton on the June 1st Edition of Raw, after an interference from the rest of The Legacy, the fight ended with Flair trapped inside a steel cage as he was punted by Orton.

Personal life

In December 2005, a magistrate issued arrest warrants for Flair after a road rage incident that took place in Charlotte, in which Flair allegedly got out of his car, grabbed a motorist by the neck, and kicked the door of the motorist’s sport utility vehicle. Flair was charged with injury to personal property and simple assault and battery, both misdemeanors. This incident was ridiculed on WWE programming, most notably by the wrestler Edge. The charges were dropped after the witnesses failed to show for a scheduled court appearance.

In the 80s, Flair was an outspoken fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. When the Charlotte Hornets debuted in 1988, however, he then announced that they would be his favorite team. His loyalties lie with them even after they relocated to New Orleans. Whenever Chris Paul scores at Hornets home games, A clip of Ric Flair holding a basketball and wearing his signature robe plays with Flair saying his trademark “Woooo!”. The crowd usually repeats the “Wooo!”

Flair is sometimes seen attending the Carolina Hurricanes National Hockey League ice hockey games at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. When the Hurricanes score, one of a couple of videos appears on the scoreboard. One shows Flair in a Hurricanes jersey saying, “That’s another Carolina Hurricanes goal! Woooooo!” Flair is also seen in the open segments of every Carolina Panthers home game. He ends his segment with his trademark “Woooooo” in which the crowd usually imitates. Flair is also a big fan of the South Carolina Gamecocks and has appeared in their pregame video. His “Wooooo!” is played at Carolina Stadium after a Gamecock pitcher records a strikeout.

In September 2007, Flair opened a financial business called Ric Flair Finance. In July 2008, Ric Flair Finance filed for bankruptcy.


Flair’s son David is a semi-retired professional wrestler. Flair’s younger son Reid, who signed a developmental contract with WWE near the end of 2007, is an accomplished high school wrestler and made several appearances on WCW television along with his sister Ashley and half-sister Megan.

Flair became a grandfather in 2004 when his eldest daughter, Megan Fliehr-Ketzner, gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Morgan Lee Ketzner on May 9.

On May 27, 2006, Ric married his third wife, fitness competitor Tiffany VanDemark. On August 7, 2008, Tiffany announced that she had filed for divorce from Flair.

Flair’s daughter Ashley was arrested on September 5, 2008 for assaulting a police officer. The incident occurred after police were called to a fight involving Flair, Ashley, and her boyfriend.

Real-life feuds

In 2004, Flair engaged in an off-screen rivalry with Bret Hart. In Flair’s autobiography, Flair criticizes Hart for over-exploiting the death of his brother, Owen Hart, and the controversy surrounding the Montreal Screwjob. Flair also claimed in his autobiography that, despite Hart’s popularity throughout Canada and Europe, he was not a formidable money-making draw in the United States, a claim which Hart dismissed in a column written for the Calgary Sun. Hart claimed that he drew greater revenue than Flair, citing his headlining performances on consistently sold out tours throughout the United States during his career. He also criticized Flair on what he perceived as insults to fellow wrestlers Mick Foley and Randy Savage, both personal friends of Hart’s. Hart did acknowledge a decline in the WWF’s popularity during the mid 1990s, but he – and others – felt that this was largely attributed to the WWF’s well publicised sex and steroid scandals, as well as WCW’s acquisition of former top WWF stars.

Flair also had a long running feud with Shane Douglas, who would refer to him as “Dick Flair” and accuse him of sabotaging his push in the NWA/WCW after getting a solid push and a rub from his tag team partner Ricky Steamboat. Flair, in turn, responded that Douglas was always the guy that would blame his shortcomings on others. He called Douglas out as well as accused him of steroid abuse during a broadcast of the Internet radio show WCW Live! in which he said that he would meet him anytime and anywhere if he “took the needle out of his ass.” They were able to come to a working relationship during Douglas’ last stint with WCW.

Flair has also had issues with Mick Foley. In his 1999 autobiography Have a Nice Day!, Foley said, “Flair was every bit as bad on the booking side of things as he was great on the wrestling side of it.” This was in reference to how poorly Foley thought he was booked during his WCW career when Flair was on the booking committee. Flair responded in his autobiography, writing, “I do not care how many thumbtacks Mick Foley has fallen on, how many ladders he’s fallen off, how many continents he’s supposedly bled on, he will always be known as a glorified stuntman.” They have since buried the hatchet and are now friends.

Flair described in his autobiography how he attacked Eric Bischoff backstage at a WWE house show, saying it was due to hating how Bischoff treated him in WCW. Flair stated that Arn Anderson kept watch while he tried to get Bischoff to fight him, but that the confrontation was interrupted by Sgt. Slaughter, who promptly informed Vince McMahon of the incident. McMahon scolded Flair, telling him that his actions were unprofessional and that it couldn’t happen again.

In his book, Flair also touched on some real-life tension between himself and Hulk Hogan which largely stemmed from an incident that followed the conclusion of a tag match between Flair and his son, David, and the team of Curt Hennig and Barry Windham at WCW’s Souled Out pay-per-view on January 17, 1999, in Charleston, WV. Flair described Hogan and members of the New World Order coming out to attack them, as well as Hogan whipping an incapacitated David with a leather belt as Flair was forced to look on. “What no one had told me was that Hogan would try to be cute and whip David over and over again….there was Hogan — with all his experience, and all his celebrity — trying to be cute. He whipped David like a dog. It was sickening, and I’ll never forgive him for it”, Flair wrote of the incident.

Flair and wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino have a real-life disagreement over what reports call “the infamous backstage “snub” where Flair claims that Sammartino refused to shake his hand at a live event.”. The event took place on July 26, 2004 at Mellon Arena in Sammartino’s hometown of Pittsburgh. While Flair claims Sammartino ignored him due to comments made in his book stating Sammartino was “a Northeast star who couldn’t draw fans outside New York,” Sammartino disagrees. Sammartino referred to Flair as a “liar,” stating, “No, I don’t respect Ric Flair. I don’t respect him at all.”. Sammartino contends that Flair avoided him, and not vice versa.

History and Biography of Scott Hall aka Razor Ramon

Posted By on July 15, 2009

History and Biography of Scott Hall aka Razor Ramon

History and Biography of Razor Ramon

History and Biography of Razor Ramon

Date of Birth
20 October 1958, Miami, Florida, USA

Birth Name
Scott Oliver Hall

The Bad Guy
The Diamond Studd
The Lone Wolf
Last Call Scott Hall
Razor Ramon

6′ 5″ (1.96 m)

Mini Biography

Scott Hall was born into a military family on October 20, 1958. Due to the army life he grew up a traveller and spent his high school years at the All American High in Munich, Germany. When his family returned to the States he attended St Mary’s College in Maryland where he graduated with a degree in Pre Med, with hopes to become a children’s doctor. By this time Scott was already training to be a wrestler. He made his ring debut in South Carolina in 1984, and was picked up by the now defunct AWA soon after.

Almost a decade later without hitting major success in the wrestling world, Scott Hall signed with the WWF in 1992. Taking a character he had used previously in WCW, Scott expanded the Diamond Studd and turned him into a Cuban gangster, basing “The Bad Guy” Razor Ramon on the gangster movies he’d watched as a child.

After 3 successful years as Razor, and some great matches, including the Ladder Match against the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 10 (since voted the best Wrestlemania match of all time), Scott signed with WCW, where he had some of the most controversial years of his career. His May 1996 appearance on the Turner Broadcasting Monday Nitro program breathed life into a dying wrestling market when he instigated the New World Order. After winning several tag team golds with his best friend Kevin Nash, and a couple of singles US championships, Scott received an injury to his neck during a match with Jeff Jarrett in February 2000, which kept him off TV. Scott was fired from WCW in October of 2000, allegedly due to drunken behavior on a German tour prior to his injury.

In March 2001 Scott began to tour with New Japan. He did so well that New Japan invited him back several times throughout 2001. He also did a couple of independent shows around Florida and Alabama. January 2002 – Scott signed a two year deal with the WWF to bring back the New World Order with Kevin Nash and Hollywood Hulk Hogan. They made their first appearance in February. Scott faced Stone Cold Steve Austin at Wrestlemania X-8 in March, taking the loss. Granted custody of his 2 children and with a part time wrestling career it looks like Hall has finally found the balance he needs to go out as a star.

Main Biography


The man, the myth, the legend. Scott Hall, the founder of the nWo and greatest WWF Intercontinental Champion of all-time, is one of the best wrestlers in the world today. Scott graduated from the College of William and Mary, hoping to use his degree in Pre-Med to become a doctor after his wrestling career is over. Scott’s started wrestling overseas, having wrestled in Germany, Japan, and Puerto Rico. His first appearences in the US were in smaller federations like Florida Championship Wrestling, where he first met Dusty Rhodes. In 1984, Hall made his US wrestling debut in a tag match with Marty Jannetty. While in Florida and other smaller federations he was part of a tag team known as the Coyotes, with Scott being dubbed as Starship Coyote. Not much success, but at least a start. In 1985, Scott had a short stint in the NWA as Coyote, but then he moved on to the American Wrestling Alliance sometime later in the year. There he was known as “Big” Scott Hall and was tag team partners with Curt Hennig. The duo won the tag straps January 18, 1986 when they defeated Jim Garvin and Steve Regal after Scott unsuccessfully went after Rick Martel’s AWA Title. They held on to the belts for five months, losing them May 17 to Buddy Rose and Doug Somers. Hall moved on to singles competition in the AWA and gained a good reputation when he donated his winnings from a battle royal to a Minnesota charity. He started being managed by Diamond Dallas Page, and went after some of the AWA’s top competition, including Stan Hansen and Larry Zbyszko. However, he was never able to come away with the gold. In 1991, he wrestled in the CWA as Texas Scott before getting his first big break as a wrestler. Scott got his first chance at national exposure as the Diamond Studd in WCW under the managerial guidence of Page and the rest of his stable, Vinnie Vegas and Scotty Flamingo. His first big match was June 12, 1991 at Clash of the Champions XV, where he beat Tommy Rich. He also competed in an 8-man “Chamber of Horrors” match at Halloween Havoc ‘91. He teamed with Big Van Vader, Cactus Jack, and Abdullah the Butcher. They lost to Sting, El Gigante, and the Steiner Brothers when the Butcher was placed in the electric chair. His first WCW stay pretty much amounted to nothing, but he developed the Diamond Death Drop, now the Outsider Edge. He then moved to the WWF and wrestled as Razor Ramon. He made his first pay per view appearence with none other than Ric Flair at the 1992 Survivor Series. In the match, the team faced Razor’s former partner, Curt Hennig, and the Macho Man Randy Savage. Razor and Ric ended up losing the match by DQ. Razor’s impact was instant, as he got a WWF Championship shot at the 1993 Royal Rumble, but lost to Bret Hart’s Sharpshooter. His talent obviously didn’t go unnoticed, and he was named the 1992 Most Improved Wrestler by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. From there, the Bad Guy went on to incredible pay per view success. After losing to eventual King of the Ring Bret Hart in the first round, Razor went on to win his next seven pay per view matchups. After his match with Hart, Razor suffered an embarrassing to the 1-2-3 Kid on Monday Night Raw, and lost to him the following week as well. This led to a feud with Ted Dibiase and a face turn. At Summerslam ‘93, Scott defeated the Million Dollar Man in Ted’s last wrestling match in the US. Razor went on to win his first major title on September 27, 1993 when he and Rick Martel were the only two men left in a 20-man battle royal on Monday Night Raw. The two met the following week, and Razor was crowned the WWF Intercontinental Champion, winning the vacant belt. During this first reign as champion, after disposing of Irwin R. Schyster, Razor fought one of the greatest matches ever, defeating Shawn Michaels, who claimed to be the real IC Champion, in a ladder match at Wrestlemania X. The match was so good that it won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Match of the Year for 1994. Razor dropped the title to Diesel, with the help of Shawn Michaels, in Rochester, NY, April 13, 1994. At the 1994 King of the Ring, Razor lost to Owen Hart in the finals. He took the IC strap back from his future tag partner at Summerslam ‘94 in Chicago. During that match, Walter Payton was at ringside with him. Another five month reign ended at the following Royal Rumble, where he lost the IC Title to Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett had won the match by countout, but he wanted the title, and Razor agreed to continue the match. He was later pinned.

Razor had a chance to win the title back at Wrestlemania XI, but the Roadie interfered and Razor won the match by DQ. The feud with Jarrett didn’t end, and he beat both Jarrett and the Roadie in a handicap match at the first In Your House. He won the IC strap back in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from Jarrett in a ladder match May 19, 1995, but lost it back to Jarrett three days later. During this time, the WWF had a working agreement with the USWA, an organization headed by Jerry Lawler. There was a lot of talent exchanged, and while Razor was there, he won the USWA Heavyweight Title from Bill Dundee April 3, 1995. He lost the title less than a month later, May 1, to Lawler. The Bad Guy had another shot at the IC Title against Shawn Michaels in another ladder match at Summerslam ‘95, but this time he fell short. He won the belt back at In Your House IV in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Dean Douglas was awarded the title from Shawn Michaels after he was attacked and couldn’t compete earlier in the show. Ramon, having already lost a Tag Team Title match earlier in the event with the 1-2-3 Kid against the Smoking Gunns, was given a shot at Douglas. He pinned the champ to win his unprecidented fourth Intercontinental Title. His final WWF title run ended when he lost to Goldust at the 1996 Royal Rumble with interference from the 1-2-3 Kid, who blamed Ramon for their tag title loss at IYH IV. Razor defeated the 1-2-3 Kid at the next In Your House. On February 19, 1996 Razor was suspended from the WWF for six weeks due to “unprofessional conduct.” Rumors are that it was due to substance abuse. His rematch with Goldust at Wrestlemania XII had to be cancelled. Razor’s final WWF pay per view was April 28, 1996 at In Your House VII. There he lost to Vader. Razor’s WWF contract expired May 21, and he made his WCW entrance on the first ever two hour Nitro, May 27 of 1996. “You know who I am,” said Scott, “and we are taking over.” He declared war on WCW. This move changed the history of wrestling and the tides started to turn in favor of WCW. Eric Bischoff used Scott’s charisma and ability behind the mic and in the ring to promote his status and create an icon. This was the beginning of the Outsiders and the best angle ever, the New World Order. Hall was joined two weeks later by his big buddy, Kevin Nash, and they began the takeover. The duo challenged WCW’s three best wrestlers for a match at Bash at the Beach, and they were going to have a mystery partner. At the Great American Bash, their presence was felt when senior vice president Eric Bischoff was powerbombed off a rampway and through a table when he wouldn’t reveal WCW’s three competitors. July 7, 1996 brought Bash at the Beach as well as a little history. Sting, Lex Luger, and the Macho Man became the team of three, and when it came time for help, Hollywood Hogan bought his ticket and the New World Order was founded. The trio quickly added numerous members and has continued to threaten WCW ever since. At the next pay per view, Hog Wild, the Outsiders (Hall and Nash) took a step up the ladder, defeating Sting and Lex Luger. At Fall Brawl, Hall, Nash, Hogan, and a fake Sting beat Luger, Sting, Flair, and Arn Anderson, furthering the nWo’s power in WCW. Hall and Nash quickly took the tag titles, winning them for the first time at Halloween Havoc ’96, where they defeated Harlem Heat, and have now held them several times. They lost the belts twice, first to the Steiners and then to the Giant and Luger. Both times the title were given back to them by Bischoff on the following Nitro. After a short hiatus by Hall for an unknown reason, though it has been rumored to have been because of drug rehabilitation, Scott came back with Nash and Syxx to form the Wolfpac, which started a feud with Ric Flair and Rowdy Roddy Piper with their “Tradition Bites” campaign. The Wolfpac fought Flair, Piper, and Kevin Greene at Slamboree ’97, and they somehow lost the match. Hall and Nash came back to whip Flair and Piper’s asses at the 1997 Great American Bash less than a month after the defeat.

The Outsiders lost their tag titles to the Steiner Brothers on Monday Nitro, October 13, 1997. They didn’t regain them until a Nitro event January 12, 1998, where they beat the Steiners. Scott won the 60-man battle royal at World War III ’97, probably his biggest singles victory in WCW, and won a shot at the title at Superbrawl. Of course, Scott had to get screwed out of his title shot when Piper awarded Hogan a rematch with Sting. Hall started taking a survey on every Nitro and Thunder, and has acted as the face of the nWo. He started doing a lot of jobbing for the nWo, being the big name that everyone would beat to show that the nWo wasn’t invincible. He even lost to Larry Zbyszko at Souled Out, whom Scott has had an ongoing feud with dating back to the “Tradition Bites” slogan and even going back to their days in the AWA. Just before Souled Out ’98, Hall and Nash lost the titles back to the Steiners on a Nitro. The Outsiders’ feud with the Steiners continued until February of 1998, when Scott Steiner joined the nWo and turned on his brother at Superbrawl VIII as the Outsiders won the tag belts back. Hall and Nash started their own nWo tag belts as well as the WCW tag straps around. Scott was finally given the World Title shot that he won at World War III, four months after winning it. Hall was given absolutely no push leading up to the match. He faced off with Sting March 15 at Uncensored ’98. The two fought a pretty good match, except that Scott constantly needed help from Dusty Rhodes, who recently joined the nWo. Scott was in control for much of the match, but he was reversed while trying to put on the Outsider Edge into a Scorpion Death Drop and lost the match. The week of March 15, 1998, Scott, it is rumored, entered rehab for the third time for substance abuse after doing an interview on the March 16th Nitro clearly intoxicatied. During the same hiatus, he went through a divorce, as Bischoff called him “too dangerous for television.” During his time off, the nWo had a split, pitting Hogan and his followers against Nash and Macho Man (the Wolfpac). Scott made his return on May 17, where the unthinkable happened. At the Slamboree ’98 pay per view, he and Big Sexy put the belts on the line against the Giant (the newest member of Hollywood’s nWo) and Sting. As Nash was about to Jacknife the Giant, Hall nailed him across the back of the head with one of their belts, joining Hogan and ditching the Wolfpac. Giant and Sting became the new tag champs, and the breakup of one of the most dominating tag teams in history was complete. He was out of action again as he actually did check into a rehab center May 22, 1998. He returned on the July 6 edition of Nitro, in front of nearly 40,000 fans in Atlanta, where he jobbed to Bill Goldberg, who later in the night won the World Title from Hulk Hogan. The following week, Hogan blamed Hall for losing the title and challenged him to a match. In the middle of the match, DDP came out to get Hogan. Then came Nash, who offered Scott a spot in the Wolfpac. At first it looked like Hall would accept, but he turned his back on Nash again and regained the favor of Hollywood. The next week, on the July 20 Nitro, Medium Sexy the Nash Killer joined forces with the Giant to take away the tag team titles from Nash and Sting, officially winning his fourth tag team strap in WCW. After missing a number of weeks in action due to a back/neck injury suffered in the weight room, Scott returned at the September 10 Thunder, acting drunk. The next Sunday at Fall Brawl, Scott lost to Konnan, as he came out “intoxicated.” On Nitro the following night, Hall was so “drunk” that Bischoff interrupted his match with Luger and told him to go to the back. While Scott’s drinking angle continued, he was arrested in Orlando, FL after “keying” a limo outside a night club. His feud with Nash led to a match at Halloween Havoc. In a brutal match, Hall came out vicotrious when Nash was counted out after he left Scott laying in the ring after feeling two Jacknifes. The two were to have a rematch at World War III, but by then the nWo Black and White, especially Bischoff, who Hall decked on the previous Nitro, had had enough of Hall’s beer-drinking antics. They came in before Scott’s match and beat him up. The Big Kev helped him clean house, but wouldn’t give him the nWo salute. The two met later in the 60-man battle royal, when Nash threw Luger and Hall out at the same time to win the match and earn a World Title match at Starrcade. Hall is the only man to be in the final five in all three of the battle royals.

From there a feud with Bam Bam Bigelow started. Although their match at Starrcade was cancelled, Hall made his presence felt in the main event, when he helped Nash win the title by stunning Goldberg with a taser. Then, on January 4, 1999, the unthinkable happened. The nWo reunited with Hollywood Hogan’s return from a short “retirement.” All of the key pieces were there, except now they carried the slogan of the Wolfpac. Hall’s feud with Bam Bam continued, and Goldberg joined the party. Scott also began to have Disco Inferno be his lackey, much like the Louie Spiccoli angle, while continuing to carry the taser around. At Souled Out, Hall brought back the match he’s most remembered for: the ladder match. Dubbing himself “king of the ladder match,” Hall suffered a loss to Goldberg, as he grabbed the taser and used it on the Outsider. Eight days later he beat Bam Bam in a brutal ladder match on Nitro. Then Scott challenged Chris Benoit for his spot as the number one contender to Bret Hart’s US Title. With the help of Nash, Hall defeated Benoit and was scheduled to fight Hart at Superbrawl IX. Well, Hart ended up dropping the belt to Piper, and Piper got what he’s had coming to him for a long time now. With some help from Disco and Nash, and finally with the help of the second rope he pin Piper at Superbrawl and Hall won his first singles belt in WCW . His foot was then ran over by a fan’s car and cause him to injured and he did not appear for a few in nitro and thunder.

Scott Hall… 1999, the year of the Outsiders

Scott Hall, who is undeniably the best technical wrestler in the wolfpac, spent most of 1998 on the side lines or getting punked. Hall was screwed out of the title shot against Hogan he rightfully won in the Battle Royal. He was punked so Sting could return with his new image. We all realize now this was a big mistake because Sting’s new image never took off. Things really started goin bad for Hall when WcW’s president , Bischoff, fired Sean Waltman.

Hall was suspended from WCW and was “too dangerous for live TV”. Behind the scenes, Hall was facing major personal problems……ranging from his family to his drug/alcohol addiction. Many people were worried about Hall. He was in trouble constantly in 1998, making the news a few different occassions. He wrecked several cars and had run ins with the police and fellow wrestlers. He was visibly impaired on camera to the point they wrote it in the script. I did not like that angle. The fans seemed to turn on Hall, siding with his ex-partner Nash. The Hall and Nash feud lasted entirely too long with all the fans jumping on the Nash bandwagon. Nash was not the same without Hall’s guidance. Hall struggled for most of ’98 and ended the year reuniting with long time best friend Kevin Nash. Gainning more positive airtime, Hall proved himself as the backbone of the nWo once again. “1999 is the year for Scott Hall and the Outsiders”, Hall stated, proving once again that the man who is just too sweet is back for good. 1999 is his year, he deserves it and even more owns it.

Extreme Championship Wrestling / New Japan Pro Wrestling (2000)

Hall wrestled in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) for a brief period. He wrestled two non-televised matches (one against Big Sal, the other against Justin Credible) on November 10 and 11. He then wrestled in Japan and also did some independent shows in the United States. When he was in New Japan Pro Wrestling, he was a part of nWo Japan/Team 2000/ArisTrisT usually tagging with Masahiro Chono, fellow WCW alumni Scott Norton or Super J/Black Scorpion/nWo Sting. The highlights of his stay in New Japan, however, were only defeats: a loss to All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) Triple Crown champion Keiji Mutoh (the match was booked by New Japan, but AJPW Wada officiated) and a loss to then-rookie Hiroshi Tanahashi, who was trying to break out into the heavyweight division.

Return to the World Wrestling Federation (2002)

Hall then returned to the World Wrestling Federation and reunited with Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan to repackage the nWo in February. He started a feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin and they fought each other in a match at WrestleMania X8 which Austin won. On the March 25 edition of Raw, Hall was drafted to the Raw brand as a result of the Brand Extension, where he feuded with Bradshaw, culminating in a match at Backlash which Hall won. Hall then continued his feud with Austin before being released from his WWF contract due to personal issues stemming from a child-custody dispute with his wife and an airline altercation.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2002–2005)

Hall worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) periodically between 2002 and 2005. He was on TNA’s debut pay-per-view and later teamed up with Syxx-Pac when he made his debut in the promotion. Hall had three matches for the International Wrestling Association (IWA) in Puerto Rico in April 2003. On February 24, 2004, the Outsiders briefly reunited for Ultimate Pro Wrestling’s fifth anniversary show where they lost to Tom Howard and Christopher Daniels. They also had a match in Japan in May 2004 where they lost to Naoya Ogawa and Shinya Hashimoto. Hall disappeared until late 2004, when he made his return alongside the debut of Kevin Nash, and both signed and were offered contracts as TNA prepared for their first monthly pay-per-view, Victory Road. Hall joined Nash and Jeff Jarrett in the Kings of Wrestling, a stable similar to the nWo. The Kings of Wrestling lost to Randy Savage, Jeff Hardy, and A.J. Styles at Turning Point on December 5. Hall lost to Jeff Hardy at Final Resolution on January 16, 2005 in his final TNA match of this stint.

World Wrestling Council (2007)

On July 13, Hall made his return to wrestling for the World Wrestling Council (WWC) as Razor Ramon, albeit while wearing WolfPac themed attire, in the main event of the WWC Anniversary tour at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan against Carlito. Hall was defeated after Gran Apollo interfered on Carlito’s behalf. The next night, Hall won his 1st offical World Championship, the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship when he defeated Carlito and then-champion Apollo in a Three-Way Dance match in the main event of the evening. On August 4 and September 23, Hall successfully defended the title against Eddie Colón, Carlito’s younger brother. On October 27, he again retained the title at WWC’s Halloween Wrestling Xtravaganza by defeating Carlito’s cousin Orlando “Fireblaze” Colon. In this match, Scott was managed by his friend Rico Casanova.

Scott Hall no-showed his scheduled appearances in Puerto Rico for WWC where he was scheduled to wrestle on December 14 in Ponce and December 15 in Caguas. Hall arrived late to the island Friday which is the reason why he missed the Ponce event. Although Hall was on the island on Saturday, he was affected emotionally by several family issues that had occurred earlier in the week and was unable to compete.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2007)

On the November 1 edition of Impact!, it was predicted by Kevin Nash that Scott Hall would be Sting’s mystery partner at Genesis. On the November 8 edition of Impact!, Hall made his return to major American pro wrestling television, rebuffing the advances of Kurt Angle’s wife, Karen, and then battling Kurt in his dressing room. Hall stated that he was in TNA solely to confront Nash. Hall asked Nash why he was not there to help him in his troubled past, and Nash responded that it was a result of his own nonstop partying and risk of losing his family. Hall then claimed that all was forgiven and the two embraced in the ring. He also revealed that he was not Sting’s mystery partner. The reunited Outsiders and Samoa Joe then began a feud with the Angle Alliance. They were to compete together at Turning Point, but Hall no-showed the event. Hall and Nash were set to challenge for the TNA Tag Team title at Final Resolution, but Hall “had other plans”,[citation needed] so Samoa Joe subbed for him at the event; although, it is unsure whether Hall’s appearance was actually planned, or if it was only a scripted announcement.

Juggalo Championship Wrestling (2007–present)

Hall made his Juggalo Championship Wrestling (JCW) debut on August 12, 2007 at Bloodymania, losing to the JCW Heavyweight Champion Corporal Robinson. In the match, Hall took his first ever bump on thumbtacks.

On October 6, 2007, Corporal Robinson, Scott Hall, and Violent J formed the Juggalo World Order (JWO) at Evansville Invasion. At that years Hallowicked After Party, on October 31, Shaggy 2 Dope was introduced as a member of the group. After the main event of the night, special guest referee Nosawa ripped off his referee shirt to reveal that he too was a member of the JWO. At Bloodymania II, Kevin Nash teamed with Scott Hall and proclaimed himself a member of the group. The 2008 Hallowicked After Party saw the JWO induct its newest member, 2 Tuff Tony.

On November 9, the Juggalo World Order (Scott Hall, Shaggy 2 Dope, Violent J, 2 Tuff Tony, and Corporal Robinson) “invaded” Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s Turning Point PPV by purchasing front row tickets to the event. They proceeded to promote their faction by flashing their JWO jerseys, before being removed from the building. The group expressed interest in “invading” WWE at its 2009 Royal Rumble PPV, but were unable due to filming commitments for Big Money Rustlas in Los Angeles. They have also shown interest in “invading” Ring Of Honor and Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Scott Hall teamed with Kevin Nash at Great Lakes Championship Wrestling on the 21st of March 2009 and faced The New Age Outlaws, in what was the first nWo vs. DX. Nash walked out on Hall, and the two were surposed to face off in June how ever this never happened and the two are again teaming at JCW’s Bloodymania as part of team jWo with the ICP.

Personal life

Hall married Dana Lee Burgio in 1990. Their marriage became rocky as Hall had many infidelities during his WCW stint, especially during trips abroad. Hall’s other personal issues included drug and alcohol abuse, in addition to DUI and sexual harassment arrests and lawsuits. The couple divorced in 1998, remarried in 1999, then divorced permanently in 2001. He has two children, a son, Cody Taylor (born in 1991), and a daughter, Cassidy (born in 1994).

Hall had also been dating TNT president Brad Siegel’s niece, Emily Sherman, during his divorce. He ended the relationship when they had an argument after one of Hall’s ex-girlfriends had approached him during WCW’s tour of Germany. The argument allegedly also involved a food fight and a confrontation between Sherman and Hall the next day at the airport upon Hall’s return to the United States.

On October 10, 2008, Hall was arrested during a roast of the Iron Sheik held at a Crowne Plaza hotel in New Jersey, in which comedian Jimmy Graham joked, “After The Sheik and Hacksaw Jim [Duggan] got caught sniffing coke in the parking lot, his career fell faster than Owen Hart.” An enraged Hall charged at Graham and knocked down a podium, then grabbed the microphone from Graham and yelled about how he was disrespecting Hart. Graham described the incident on his MySpace page, adding that he loved Hart as a wrestler and a man and believed Hart would have laughed at the joke. He also claimed that Hall was drunk at the time of the attack.

History and Biography of Jeff Hardy

Posted By on June 17, 2009

History and Biography of Jeff Hardy

History and Biography of Jeff Hardy

History and Biography of Jeff Hardy

Date of Birth
31 August 1977, Cameron, North Carolina, USA

Birth Name
Jeffrey Nero Hardy

The Charismatic Enigma
Enigmatic Soul
Rainbow Haired Warrior

6′ 2″ (1.88 m)

Trained by
Dory Funk, Jr.
Michael Hayes

October 15, 1993

Raleigh, North Carolina

Mini Biography:

Born on August 31, 1977, Jeffrey Nero “Jeff” Hardy began wrestling at a young age. Hardy along with his brother Matt began their own federation named Trampoline Wrestling Federation. In 1998, the Hardy brothers were signed to WWF, where they were trained by Dory Funk, Jr. and managed by Michael Hayes. The two later won the WWE Tag Team Championship on six occasions and made sure that they became one of the most successful tag teams in WWE history. In 2000, the tandem included another individual, Lita, and the three became known as Team XTreme. The Hardys worked all over the East Coast as well as continuing to do jobs for WWF. Matt had formed his own wrestling promotion, OMEGA (Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts) with Thomas Simpson. The promotion was successful and included such talent as Matt, Jeff, Shannon Moore, The Hurricane, Lita, Joey Matthews, Caprice Coleman, and many others.

In June 2004, Hardy debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he lost to NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett for the title. He then spent 2004 teaming up with A.J. Styles and Ron Killings, and later won in a singles match with Scott Hall.

At Armageddon in December 2008, Hardy defeated the defending champion Edge and Triple H in a triple threat match to capture the WWE Championship.

Jeff Hardy is an artist and a daredevil. His world revolves around writing, recording music, and employing tinfoil and paint to craft intimate, personal, and sometimes bizarre works of art.

The youngest brother of folk singer/songwriter Jack Hardy, Jeff Hardy played bass and sang background vocals in his brother’s band for 11 years. He was a part of the close-knit community of folk musicians in New York’s Greenwich Village in the ’70s and ’80s, a member of the Musician’s Co-Op that ran the Speakeasy nightclub and published The Fast Folk Musical Magazine. He performed with dozens of musicians in New York clubs and toured with his brother around the U.S. and in Europe.

Main Biography:

‘Jeffrey Nero Hardy’ is a wrestling professional from the USA, who was born on 31st August, 1977, in Cameron, North Carolina. He is famous in the world of wrestling for his hi-flying aerial stunts and maneuvers. He is believed to be the most flexible and fit in the entire wrestling industry. Most of his flying moves come from the ring’s top rope. He also sports a funky look, and covers his face with fluorescent paint that shines in the dark. He also switches hairstyles frequently and changes hair color from time to time. He is known by many nicknames such as ‘The Charismatic Enigma’, ‘Enigmatic Soul’, ‘Rainbow Haired Warrior’, and ‘Jeffro’. He has worked with almost every wrestler in his field.

Early Years
Jeff Hardy is the youngest son of Gilbert and Ruby Moore Hardy. He and Matt Hardy, his elder brother, had childhood ambitions of becoming professional wrestlers. They both used to watch wrestling on television, and by the time Jeff was 16 years old, he was associated with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now known as the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), as a wholesaler of wrestling equipment. Dory Funk Jr., who was a former wrestling professional, trained both the brothers in his Funkin’ Dojo, a wrestling academy. The brothers continued their practice and Jeff carried on with his job with the WWF. Jeff also became a part of the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts (OMEGA), a wrestling establishment started by brother Matt and Thomas Simpson. Many other wrestlers were also involved with the OMEGA such as The Hurricane, Lita, Joey Matthews, and Caprice Coleman.

Jeff and Wrestling
In 1998, Jeff and Matt signed a contract with the WWF, and were initially a part of ‘Raw’, a section of the WWF. When they started out, they formed a tag team, and called themselves ‘The Hardy Boyz’. Soon the WWF viewers started regarding Jeff as the most foolhardy performers of his time. He won many tag team championships with Matt. Jeff also accepted a challenge with ‘The Undertaker‘ for the ‘Undisputed Championship’ title in a ladder match. He, however, lost that match, but certainly gained The Undertaker’s respect. Jeff also vied to achieve many singles titles on various occasions, but was unsuccessful. Later, the brothers decided to part ways, after which Jeff continued with ‘Raw’, and Matt joined ‘Smackdown’, another section of the WWF. Jeff worked with Shawn Michaels, and also with Trish Stratus. He participated in a match with ‘The Rock’, which was to be his swan song. It was rumored that he either failed a drug test or refused one, for which the WWE management fired him.

Jeff entered into contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), in 2004. Here. he fought with A.J. Styles for the X-Division title. Since then, Jeff has scaled new heights in the world of wrestling. He also fought against Jeff Jarrett in a ladder match, but ended on the losing side. In TNA’s Lockdown April PPV event, he won a steel cage match against ‘Raven’. While with the TNA, he won many matches and defeated many renowned wrestlers.

On 4th August, 2006, Jeff rejoined WWE, and on the first day he defeated ‘Edge‘, the then WWE champion, by disqualification. He also competed with Johnny Nitro for the Intercontinental title at ‘Unforgiven’, but lost. On 2nd October, he defeated Nitro and gained the Intercontinental title. The title kept bouncing back and forth between Jeff and Nitro. Jeff eventually regained the title on 13th November.

On 21st November, 2006, Jeff teamed up with his brother and defeated the ‘Full Blood Italians’. Later, they got the opportunity to win the tag team title at Armageddon, in a ladder match, but were unsuccessful. On 2nd April, 2007, they participated in a 10-team match for the ‘World Tag Team Championship’, which they won. On 4th June, they eventually yielded their titles to Cade and Murdoch. Jeff also participated in the ‘WWE championship scramble’ match at ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘No Mercy’, but lost. In December 2008, he defeated ‘Edge’ and ‘Triple H‘ in a triple threat match to win the WWE Champion title. In the Royal Rumble of 2009, Jeff lost his title to Edge due to an interference by his brother, Matt Hardy.

The Hardys reunion (2006–2007)
On the November 21 episode of ECW Hardy teamed with his brother Matt for the first time in almost five years to defeat the Full Blooded Italians. At Survivor Series, they both were a part of Team DX, which gained the victory over Team Rated-RKO with a clean sweep. The brothers then received their first opportunity since Hardy’s return to win a tag team championship at Armageddon. They competed in a 4-team ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, but they came up short in their attempt. In the course of the match, however, they inadvertently legitimately injured Joey Mercury’s face.

With Hardy still feuding with Johnny Nitro and MNM into 2007, he was challenged once again by Nitro at New Year’s Revolution in a Steel Cage match for the Intercontinental Championship. Hardy once again defeated Nitro. Hardy then teamed with Matt to defeat MNM at both the Royal Rumble and No Way Out. The next night on Raw, February 19, Hardy was defeated for the Intercontinental title by Umaga. In April 2007, Hardy competed in the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 23. During the match, Matt threw Edge onto a ladder and encouraged Hardy, who was close to the winning briefcase, to finish him off. Hardy then leaped off the ladder nearly twenty feet, drove Edge through the ladder with a leg drop, seemingly injuring both Edge and himself. The two were unable to continue the match and were removed from ringside on stretchers.

The next night on Raw, April 2, the Hardys competed in a 10-team battle royal for the World Tag Team Championship. They won the titles after eliminating Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch. They then began a feud with Cade and Murdoch, with the Hardys retaining the Championship in their first title defense against them at Backlash and again at Judgment Day. The Hardys, however, dropped the titles to Cade and Murdoch on June 4 on Raw. The Hardys earned a rematch at Vengeance: Night of Champions but were defeated.

World Championship (2007–present)
In the midst of feuding with Umaga, who defeated Hardy at The Great American Bash to retain the Intercontinental Championship in late July, Hardy was abruptly taken off WWE programming. He posted on his own website and in the forums of TheHardyShow.com that it was time off to heal, stemming from a bad fall taken in a match against Mr. Kennedy on the July 23 edition of Raw. He made his return on the August 27 edition of Raw beating Kennedy by disqualification after Umaga interfered. The following week, on September 3, Hardy successfully captured his fourth Intercontinental Championship by defeating Umaga for the title.

This was the start of a push for Hardy, and at Survivor Series, Hardy and Triple H were the last two standing to win the traditional elimination match. Hardy began an on and off tag team with Triple H, which eventually led to a respectful feud between the two. The feud continued at Armageddon, when Hardy defeated Triple H to become the number one contender for the WWE Championship. In the weeks leading up to the Royal Rumble, Hardy and Randy Orton engaged in a personal feud, which began when Orton kicked Hardy’s brother, Matt, in the head in the storyline. Hardy, in retaliation, Swanton Bombed Orton from the top of the Raw set and seemed to have all the momentum after coming out on top in their encounters. Hardy, however, lost the title match at the Royal Rumble, but was named as one of six men to compete in an Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out, where he survived to the final two before being eliminated by the eventual winner, Triple H.

During the March 3 edition of Raw, Hardy appeared on Chris Jericho’s “Highlight Reel” segment as a special guest, but ended up delivering a Twist of Fate to Jericho. This led to an Intercontinental title match on the following Raw where Hardy dropped the title to Jericho. Off-screen, Hardy dropped the title after he was suspended for sixty days, as of March 11, for his second violation of the company’s Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy. Hardy was also removed from the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania XXIV after the suspension was announced. Hardy returned on the May 12 edition of Raw, defeating Umaga via pinfall. This reignited the rivalry between the two, and they met in a Falls Count Anywhere match at One Night Stand, which Hardy won.

On June 23, 2008, Hardy was drafted from the Raw brand to the SmackDown brand, as a part of the 2008 WWE Draft. Hardy made his SmackDown debut on the July 4 episode of the show, defeating John Morrison. Hardy participated in the WWE Championship Scramble match at Unforgiven and also challenged for the Championship at No Mercy and Cyber Sunday, but failed to win each time. At Armageddon in December 2008, Hardy defeated the defending champion Edge and Triple H in a triple threat match to capture the WWE Championship.

In January 2009, Hardy’s next storyline led to his involvement in scripted accidents, including a hit-and-run automobile accident and an accident involving his ring entrance pyrotechnics. At the 2009 Royal Rumble, Hardy lost his WWE Championship to Edge after Hardy’s brother, Matt, interfered on Edge’s behalf and hit Hardy with a steel chair. The buildup to this feud involved Matt implying that he was responsible for all of Hardy’s accidents over the past few months, and at WrestleMania XXV, Hardy was defeated by Matt in an Extreme Rules match. In a rematch at Backlash, however, Hardy defeated Matt in an “I Quit” match.

At Extreme Rules, Hardy defeated Edge to win the World Heavyweight Championship in a ladder match. Immediately after the match, however, CM Punk cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase, which gave him a guaranteed world championship match at any time he wanted, and defeated Hardy to win the championship.

Other Interests
Jeff Hardy has many other interests apart from wrestling, like riding his dirt bike. He is also an artist and a poet. Hardy learned to play the guitar and drums and later, in 2003, formed a band ‘Peroxwhy?gen’ that included members of the ‘Burnside 6′ band and Shannon Moore. The band recorded a few songs, out of which one was used for Jeff’s entrance music in TNA wrestling. Rumors developed that the band has split up in 2004. At present, the band has only two members, Jeff and JR Merrill.

Jeff Hardy has made an impressive mark in the history of the wrestling world. With his colorful wrestling style, he promises to stay in people’s hearts for a long time to come.

Personal life

Son to Gilbert and Ruby Moore Hardy, he is the younger brother of Matt Hardy. Their mother died of brain cancer in 1986, when Hardy was nine. He developed an interest in motocross aged 12 and got his first bike, a Yamaha YZ-80, at age 13. He had his first race when he was in ninth grade. Hardy played baseball as a child, but had to stop after he crashed during a motocross race, injuring his arm. He also played football during high school as a fullback and linebacker. He briefly competed in amateur wrestling in high school. He had to stop playing sports in high school, after he was ordered to pick between professional wrestling and playing sports, and he chose wrestling. Hardy’s favorite subjects in school were U.S. history and art, which he did for extra credit.

He has a tattoo of roots that starts on his head, behind his ear, and finishes at his hand. He also has a few other signature designed tattoos, one of which, a dragon, he hid from his father. It was also the first tattoo he got in 1998. He later got tattoos of the Chinese symbols for “Peace” and “Health”, as well as tattoos of fire and a wave. Hardy regards his tattoos as his “artistic impulses”. Hardy is very good friends with Shannon Moore, who he has known since around 1987. He is also good friends with Marty Garner and Jason Arhndt. He regards Vanilla Ice as a big influence on him, and he was even nicknamed “Ice” by Scott Hall.

Hardy met his girlfriend Beth Britt in 1999, shortly after the Hardy Boyz had won the WWF Tag Team Championship for the first time. Hardy and his brother Matt went to a club in Southern Pines, North Carolina, where Hardy met her. On March 15, 2008, it was reported that Hardy’s house had burned to the ground in a fire. Hardy and his girlfriend were not home at the time, but his dog, Jack, was killed in the fire. It is believed that the fire was started by faulty electrical wiring. Hardy is building a new home in the same area.

On September 17, 2008, Hardy was involved in an incident at the Nashville International Airport’s Southwest gate. A Southwest Airline employee reported that Hardy appeared to be intoxicated and therefore, he was not allowed to board the flight. He was not, however, arrested as he was said to be “calm” and “co-operative”, and he made other arrangements to get home.

History and Biography of Dave Batista

Posted By on May 27, 2009

History and Biography of Dave Batista

History and Biography of Dave Batista

History and Biography of Dave Batista

Date of Birth
18 January 1966, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Birth Name
David Michael Bautista Jr.

Deacon Batista
The Animal

6′ 5″ (1.96 m)

Angie Bautista (13 October 1998 – 2006)
Glenda Bautista

Batista Mini Biography:

Batista Introduction:
David Michael Bautista was born on January 18, 1969. He is a former bouncer that met Curt Hennig and Road Warrior Animal in Minneapolis. He went to the WCW Power Plant for a tryout, and in another bad decision, WCW decided that he would never make it as a wrestler. He was trained by Wild Samoan Afa and made his wrestling debut in 1997.

Pre-WWE career:

Batista started off his career working for Afa’s WXW promotion under the name Kahn. Shortly after, he signed a WWE developmental deal and wrestled in Ohio Valley Wrestling. While there, he was known as Leviathan and Demon of the Deep. He would debut for WWE in May 2002.

Deacon Batista:
Batista made his WWE debut on the May 9, 2002 edition of SmackDown! He was the bodyguard for Reverend D-Von Dudley and held the collection plate. After a few months he left D-Von and SmackDown!. He debuted on the November 4, 2002 edition of Monday Night RAW and quickly aligned himself with Ric Flair. On the January 27, 2003 edition of RAW, Evolution was formed. The group featured Triple H, Ric Flair, Randy Orton, and Batista.

Formation of Evolution:
Batista missed 8 months in 2003 due to a tear in his biceps muscle. Several months after his return, Randy Orton was kicked out of Evolution. Over the next few months, Batista started to become a superstar. He went on to win the 2005 Royal Rumble and was guaranteed a title match at WrestleMania 22.

World Heavyweight Champion:
At WrestleMania 22, Batista won the World Heavyweight Championship from former Evolution leader, Triple H. Batista went on to defeat Triple H at Backlash and in a Hell in a Cell Match at Vengeance. The next night he was drafted to Friday Night SmackDown!.

SmackDown! Superstar:
Batista took his title to SmackDown! and immediately got into a feud with JBL which he dominated. In the summer of 2005, he signed a 5 year deal with WWE. After defeating JBL, he faced and teamed with Eddie Guerrero shortly before his death in the fall of 2005.

An Injured Champ:
After tearing a lat muscle, Batista continued to wrestle. During this time, he briefly held the tag team titles with Rey Mysterio. While wrestling with this injury, he tore his triceps muscle and had to vacate the World Heavyweight Title on the January 13, 2006 edition of SmackDown!. Batista regained the title on November 26, 2006 at the Survivor Series.

Losing and Regaining the Title:
Batista lost the title to the Undertaker at WrestleMania 23. He regained the title a few months later when he beat the Great Khali and Rey Mysterio at Unforgiven 2007. In December, he lost the title to Edge in a triple-threat match that also included the Undertaker.

Regaining the Title on RAW:
In 2008, Batista was drafted back to RAW. A few weeks later, the World Heavyweight Championship was shifted from SmackDown to RAW. Batista claimed the title for a fourth time when he beat Chris Jericho at Cyber Sunday 2008. He lost the title back to Jericho eight days later in a Steel Cage Match.

Batista Biography:

On July 11, 1999, Gillberg issues an open challenge. An unknown wrestler, competing without a ring name, excepted the challenge and quickly defeated Gillberg in seconds before heading back to the locker room.
This unknown wrestler worked for the WXW promotion, a group ran by Wild Samoan Afa, and finally assumed a ring name in October 1999, Kahn.

On October 30, 1999, in his ring debut from the WXW group, Kahn defeated Southtown Joe.
In February 2000, Batista signed a contract with the then WWF to see if together they could develop his skills .

In summer 2000, Kahn was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling, and assumed the new ring Leviathan as part of the Disciples of Synn.

On December 13, 2000, Leviathan upset the WWE’s Kane.

In May 2001, Leviathan started working dark matches.

On October 24, 2001, Leviathan defeated Val Venis on an OVW show. Leviathan defeated “The Machine” Doug Basham on November 28, 2001 in Jefferson, IN to claim the OVW Heavyweight title.

On January 16, 2002, Leviathan successfully defended the OVW title against ex WWF superstar and coach on ITV’s celebrity wrestling D-Lo Brown. Leviathan won a huge battle royal on March 2, 2002 in Indianapolis, IN and continued to gain recognition.

On March 30, 2002, Leviathan made short work of Bruiser Graham at the Tojo Yamamoto Memorial Show.

On May 9, 2002
Leviathan jumped ships and made his WWE debut on May 9, 2002. He became Deacon Batista; the side-kick of Reverend D-Von (Dudley). A short time later, the Deacon gimmick was dropped, and he assumed the ring name Batista. Outside the ring, Batista signed a new WWE contract.

On the August 15, 2002 edition of “Smackdown,” Batista is spotted tossing D-Von on the floor in the backstage area. The WWE’s way of seperating Batista and D-Von. Three weeks later, Batista made short work on the Rev. D-Von in a match.

Batista switched to the Raw roster on November 4, 2002, and changed his ring name to Dave Batista.
On the November 25, 2002 episode of “Raw,” Batista used outside interference from Ric Flair to defeat the monster Kane in a huge upset. The following week on “Raw,” Batista, with Flair in his corner defeated The Hurricane in Austin, TX.
At Armageddon ’02, Batista defeated Kane.

In January 2003, Batista was introduce to the WWE Fans as The Animal after he joined Triple H and Randy Orton in the formation of a new faction – Evolution.

In February 2003, Batista suffered a torn bicep injury, putting him out of action for a while .
At Armageddon ’03, Batista and Flair defeated the Dudley Boyz in a “tag team turmoil” match to capture the World Tag Team title in Orlando, FL. Batista and Flair successfully defended the World Tag Team title against the Dudley Boyz in a “tables” match at the 2004 Royal Rumble.

On February 7, 2004 in Saitama, Japan, Batista and Flair beat the Dudley Boyz to successfully defend the World Tag Team title.

At Wrestlemania XX in New York, NY, Evolution (Batista, Flair and Orton) defeated Mick Foley and The Rock aka The Rock and Sock connection reunited for one night only to rid the WWE of Evolution.
On the March 22, 2004 edition of “Raw,” Batista and Flair defeated Booker T and Rob Van Dam to regain the World Tag Team title in Detroit, MI.

After many of the WWE fans and Superstars began to realise that Batista was a very dominating prescence they began to focus on Evolutions Animal .

At Vengeance ’04, Batista defeated Chris Jericho.
After a long time watching HHH get all the glory after he did all the work,the WWE fans noticed changes in Batista as he appeared to be very interested in the World Championship .

Batista eliminated John Cena to win the 2005 Royal Rumble in Fresno, CA.Much to the horror of evolution member and then champion Triple H who realised he would have to face Batista @ Wrestlemania 21 unless he could convince him to move to Smackdown and face then WWE champion J.B.L.After months of will he ? wont he ? Batista answered HHH’s question with a helacious Batista Bomb through a table .

At Wrestlemania 21 in Los Angeles, CA, Batista defeated Triple H to capture the World Heavyweight title.
At Backlash ’05, Batista defeated Triple H to retain the World Heavyweight title.
Batista defeated Triple H at the 2005 Vengeance PPV in Las Vegas to retain the World Heavyweight title in a “hell in a cell” match.

World Heavyweight Champion (2005–2006)

Batista won the World Heavyweight Championship on April 3 at WrestleMania 21. Batista won a rematch with Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship at Backlash. After Batista retained his title against Edge, he was betrayed by Ric Flair, who helped Triple H viciously attack the champion as Triple H challenged Batista to a Hell in a Cell match at Vengeance. Batista survived the Pedigree and won the match at Vengeance, retaining his title yet again. With this win, Batista became the first wrestler to pin Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match.

On June 30, Batista was revealed as the last pick in the 2005 WWE Draft Lottery; he made a surprise appearance while JBL was celebrating his victory in a six-man elimination match to win the new SmackDown! Championship. JBL and Batista faced off at The Great American Bash where JBL defeated Batista by DQ after the referee saw Batista use a steel chair. They had a rematch at SummerSlam on August 21 in a No Holds Barred match in which Batista pinned JBL following a powerbomb on the steel steps. The feud culminated in a match between the two with Batista retaining the title in a Bull Rope match. Soon after retaining the title in a feud with Eddie Guerrero, WWE.com reported that Batista suffered a muscle tear in his back at the taping for the November 11 edition of SmackDown! due to a double chokeslam from Big Show and Kane. Plans had been made for Batista to defend the title in a Triple Threat match with Eddie Guerrero and Randy Orton on the November 18 episode, but the match did not take place due to the unexpected death of Guerrero on November 13, the date of the taping. Batista paid homage to Guerrero during the SmackDown! and Raw tribute shows dedicated to Guerrero’s memory.

Batista led Team SmackDown! against Team Raw in an inter-brand feud before Survivor Series. The feud saw Big Show and Kane chokeslamming Batista several more times in the weeks leading up to Survivor Series in an on-camera explanation for Batista’s injury. Batista ultimately helped his team win the match. After Batista saved Rey Mysterio from Big Show and Kane, it was announced that Mysterio would team with Batista to face the Big Show and Kane at Armageddon.

On the December 16 edition of SmackDown!, Batista and Mysterio defeated WWE Tag Team Champions MNM to become champions in a match they dedicated to Eddie Guerrero, and the clash with Big Show and Kane at Armageddon turned into a Champions vs. Champions encounter. Batista and Mysterio lost to Kane and Big Show at Armageddon. Two weeks later on SmackDown!, MNM defeated Batista and Mysterio after help from the returning Mark Henry to regain the WWE Tag Team Championships. During the interference, Henry attacked Batista, and performed his World’s Strongest Slam. The teams met again in a cage match that Henry also became involved in, and Batista and Rey were defeated again. On January 9, WWE.com announced that Batista tore his right triceps during a match with Mark Henry at a live event on January 6 in Verona, New York. WWE.com announced that, due to his injury, Batista was forced to vacate the World Heavyweight Championship at the SmackDown! tapings on January 13, two days after surpassing Triple H’s previous mark of 280 days for longest reigning champion. In his book, Batista Unleashed, Batista said that he believed that Henry was “careless” during their match as he never gave Batista any warning that the move was coming. Batista went on to have successful surgery on his arm on January 12.

Pursuit of a world title (2006)

Batista made an appearance at No Way Out and told the crowd that once his arm had healed he would return to regain his World Heavyweight Championship. At WrestleMania 22, he interrupted a Randy Orton interview, putting SmackDown! on notice; the World Heavyweight Championship would return to him by WrestleMania 23. Batista made his official return during the July 7 edition of SmackDown! immediately calling out and entering into a feud with Mark Henry. At Saturday Night’s Main Event, Batista won a six man tag match with Rey Mysterio and Lashley taking on King Booker, Finlay, and Mark Henry. Henry was legitimately injured and was ruled out of the scheduled match between the two at The Great American Bash, thus further delaying a potential feud between the two after being delayed by Batista’s initial injury.

Batista put out an open challenge to replace the injured Henry, which was answered by then-heel, Mr. Kennedy. Batista lost this match via DQ for failing to stop choking Mr. Kennedy into the turnbuckle with his boot, but continued to attack Kennedy resulting in a laceration on his forehead so severe that it exposed his cranium and required more than 20 stitches to close. Batista lost another match with Kennedy via count out in a rematch on SmackDown! before finally defeating Kennedy by pinfall on the August 4 edition of SmackDown!.

During this time Batista tried to regain a world title, facing both the Big Show for his ECW Championship during an ECW show, and King Booker for his World Heavyweight Championship during SummerSlam and SmackDown!. Batista won the SummerSlam match, but not the title as the contests ended via disqualification meaning Booker retained the title. In the SmackDown! bout a few weeks later, Booker retained with help from his Court. Batista remained a top contender to the World Title, competing against King Booker on several occasions while feuding with Finlay, before finally defeating King Booker to regain the World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center. Ironically, the win occurred at the same arena where he surrendered the title in January.

Third reign as World Heavyweight Champion (2007)

At the beginning of the new year, Batista successfully retained the World Heavyweight Championship against Mr. Kennedy at the Royal Rumble. Two months later at WrestleMania 23, Batista lost the championship to the winner of the Royal Rumble match, The Undertaker. They continued to battle over the title to a stalemate in a subsequent Last Man Standing match at Backlash and a Steel Cage Match on the May 11 episode of SmackDown!. Following the latter, Edge took advantage and won the title from the Undertaker by using his Money in the Bank title opportunity. Afterward, Batista challenged Edge unsuccessfully for the World Heavyweight Championship at Judgment Day, One Night Stand in a Steel Cage Match, and Vengeance. The loss at Vengeance stipulated that Batista could no longer get another chance at the World Heavyweight Championship while Edge remained champion.

Batista accepted an open challenge from The Great Khali for The Great American Bash. Edge relinquished the title due to an injury the week before the PPV, and Khali became the new World Heavyweight Champion, winning a Battle Royal and eliminating Batista. Batista and Kane, Edge’s title opponent, faced Khali at The Great American Bash in a triple threat match where Khali retained the title. Batista received a disqualification victory against Khali at SummerSlam after Khali used a steel chair, thus retaining the title again. Batista finally claimed his third World Heavyweight Championship after eight consecutive attempts, by defeating Khali in a match that included Rey Mysterio at Unforgiven. His first challenge was from the Great Khali in a Punjabi Prison Match at No Mercy where Batista retained his title despite Khali having the majority of the offense. He won the match by leaping from the inner bamboo structure to the outer one, shortening his escape route and beating Khali to the floor.

After the return of the The Undertaker at Unforgiven, the duo reignited their feud at Cyber Sunday where the fans chose Stone Cold Steve Austin as the Guest Referee. Batista won via two Batista Bombs. The feud continued with a Hell in a Cell match at Survivor Series. During the match, Edge returned and interfered by giving Undertaker a con-chair-to. He then pulled an unconscious Batista on top of Undertaker for the pinfall to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. At Armageddon, Edge was entered into a Triple Threat Match, alongside The Undertaker, to challenge for Batista’s World Heavyweight title. This event would lead to the end of Batista’s third reign as champion, after Edge managed to score the pinfall and claim the World Championship.

Feud with Shawn Michaels; drafted to Raw (2008)

Batista appeared in the Royal Rumble, entering eighth, and was eliminated by Triple H. At No Way Out he was part of the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match and eliminated Big Daddy V, but was last eliminated by the Undertaker after a Tombstone Piledriver. At WrestleMania XXIV he defeated Umaga in an interpromotional match, pinning Umaga after a Batista Bomb. After Shawn Michaels defeated Ric Flair at the same event, Batista began a feud with Michaels, calling him selfish and egotistical. The two faced off at Backlash with Chris Jericho as the guest referee. Michaels won after faking a knee injury and performing Sweet Chin Music. Batista then defeated Michaels at One Night Stand in a stretcher match, thus ending their feud.

On June 23, Batista was drafted from SmackDown to the Raw brand during the 2008 WWE Draft. Batista became a World Tag Team Champion for a third time on the August 4 edition of Raw when he teamed up with John Cena, his SummerSlam opponent, to defeat Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase for the title, but they failed to retain the titles against the former champions on the next episode of Raw. Batista narrowly defeated Cena at SummerSlam.

On October 26 at Cyber Sunday, Batista defeated Chris Jericho for his fourth World Heavyweight Championship in a match in which “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was voted in as the special referee. Batista’s reign, however, only lasted eight days when Jericho won back the title in a Steel Cage match on a three-hour special episode of Raw.

Feud with Randy Orton and The Legacy (2008–present)

Batista then entered a feud with former Evolution partner, Randy Orton; at Survivor Series, Batista led a team of himself, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy, and R-Truth to face the team of Randy Orton, Shelton Benjamin, William Regal, Cody Rhodes, and Mark Henry. In the end it was Orton that was victorious when he got a blind tag and pinned Batista after a RKO. His feud with Orton continued up to Armageddon where Batista ended up victorious after a Batista Bomb. On the December 15 edition of Raw, Batista was put into a handicap match against Orton’s Legacy stable (Orton, Cody Rhodes, and Manu) with John Cena as his partner. During the match, Orton struck Batista with a punt to the head. Batista was knocked out and put out of action indefinitely due to a (kayfabe) head injury. WWE.com later reported that Batista elected to undergo surgery to repair a hamstring tear. The hamstring was injured at SummerSlam, in the same match that former World Heavyweight Champion John Cena was forced out of action with a neck injury. He was expected to be out of action for 6–8 months.

Batista returned from his hamstring injury on the April 6 episode of Raw, to save Triple H, Shane McMahon, and Vince McMahon from The Legacy (Orton, Cody Rhodes, and Ted DiBiase, Jr.) Vince McMahon, then announced that Batista would take his place at Backlash, where he would team up with WWE Champion Triple H, and Shane McMahon, to face The Legacy. During the match, Batista had brought out a chair, but Triple H tried to stop him, so they would not get disqualified. This distraction however, cost Triple H his championship, after he lost it to Orton. The following night on Raw, Batista won a singles match against The Big Show due to a distraction by John Cena, to become the #1 Contender for the WWE Championship at Judgment Day.

Personal life of Batista

Bautista was married to a woman named Glenda in the early 1990s and had two daughters with her, Keilani (born in 1990) and Athena (born in 1992) before divorcing. Bautista married his second wife Angie on October 13, 1998, yet they divorced in 2006. Before the age of 40, Bautista had already become a grandfather of two grandsons: Jacob & Aiden by Keilani, his first daughter. During his marriage with Angie, Bautista became an avid collector of vintage metal lunchboxes. He admits his favorite is the 1967 Green Hornet lunch box, as it has Bruce Lee on it. This collection started when he bought Angie an ET lunchbox and she did not want to break it, so he bought a second one. Bautista revealed that he and Angie were separated in the August 2006 edition of WWE Magazine. He later revealed, in his autobiography, a relationship with WWE Diva Melina after the divorce from his wife in 2006, which led to a brief angle on SmackDown! during a feud with MNM.

In October 2007, his autobiography “Batista Unleashed”, a WWE Book, was released. In an interview about the book, Bautista claims “I didn’t want to tell my story unless it was honest,” and that “you have to go through three sets of lawyers: Simon & Schuster lawyers, WWE lawyers, my lawyers. Everything now being the way it is, you can be sued for the simplest thing.” One source of controversy was the mentioning of Chris Benoit, who was almost completely removed due to controversy. Bautista responded saying “I loved the guy. I despise what he did, but that doesn’t erase him from my life. I fought to keep him in there and glad they did.” When asked about his ex-wife, Angie, he says ” we have really become close again, which we really haven’t been in years. I really learned a lot about her, and she learned a lot about me from reading the book. She actually saw things from a different perspective from reading the book. So that was definitely therapeutic.”

He has numerous tattoos, including a large Chinese dragon on his back, red Kanji lettering on his upper left biceps which says “Angel” in tribute to his former wife Angie, a signature design on his upper right biceps, and a small Sun on his stomach which encircles his belly button. He recently added a tattoo on his arm of the flags of the Philippines and Greece merged into one. He has also made a cameo appearance in Perfect Strangers.

History and Biography of Randy Orton

Posted By on May 6, 2009

History and Biography of Randy Orton

History and Biography of Randy Orton

History and Biography of Randy Orton

Date of Birth: 1 April 1980, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Birth Name: Randall Keith Orton

Son of legendary wrestler: Cowboy Bob Orton

Nickname: The Legend Killer
The Man of Destiny
Dream Killer

Height: 6′ 5¼” (1.96 m)

Pro debut: 2000

Debut: March 18, 2002

Weight: 245 pounds (111 kg)

Trained by: “Cowboy” Bob Orton,Jr.

Finishing move:

Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes

Mini Biography:

Career Highlights: WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, Intercontinental Champion, World Tag Team Champion and 2009 Royal Rumble winner.

About Randy Orton: Randal”Randy” Keith Orton was born on April 1, 1980 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Grandson of all time great wrestlers Bob Orton Sr. and son of “Cowboy” Bob Orton, Randy continue the Legacy of his family in wrestling profession. Randy is the eldest of his two brothers – Becky and Nathan. Randy has completed his graduation from Hazelwood Central High School in 1998. Later he joined the Unite States Marine Corps. After a year he was put into military prison for 38 days for disobeying his commanding officer. Orton gets training from his father “Cowboy” Bob Orton. Randy made his debut in WWE in 2001. Randy is the youngest to become “World Heavyweight Champion” at age of 24. He has also won World Tag Team Championship teaming up with Edge. This Legend Killer is also winner of 2009 Royal Rumble. Randy was the Ex-Member of group Evolution which consists of Triple H, Ric Flair and Dave Batista. On April 26, 2009, Orton teamed up with Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes to defeat Triple H, Batista and Shane McMahon at the 2009 Backlash pay-per-view.


Randall Keith “Randy” Orton (born April 1, 1980 in Knoxville, Tennessee), is an American third-generation professional wrestler currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment’s SmackDown! brand.

Orton comes from a family of professional wrestlers starting from his grandfather Bob Orton, Sr. His uncle Barry O was also a former wrestler. After graduating from Hazelwood Central High School he was trained by his father, “Cowboy” Bob Orton, and made his professional wrestling debut in 2000 with the MMWA-SICW in his hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri, and had a match with another St. Louis group, Central Championship Wrestling, with O.G. Stevie B. Not long after, he signed a developmental deal with WWE and was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling. He debuted on WWE programming in April 2002.


Orton trained at Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, until he was brought up to the main roster. He made little impact as a face on SmackDown! before being drafted to RAW, where he became a heel.

Orton’s heel turn was drawn out over several months. While sidelined with a separated shoulder, Orton launched the “Randy News Network”, a weekly vignette which featured Orton explaining the current status of his shoulder. He also provided an e-mail address by which fans could contact him to express their support (GetWellRandy@wwe.com). His smug, self-centred attitude gradually turned the fans against him.

Upon his return on January 20, 2003, Orton helped Triple H, Ric Flair and Batista beat down Scott Steiner, a rival of Triple H’s. Triple H later called the foursome Evolution. At this point Orton was given the gimmick of The Legend Killer which saw him defeating or humiliating legendary wrestlers and personalities. Orton gained infamy when he spat in the faces of wrestling legends Mick Foley and Harley Race. At Unforgiven 2003 on September 21, Orton defeated Shawn Michaels with the help of Ric Flair.

Orton went on to defeat Rob Van Dam for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at Armageddon 2003 on December 14. He became one of the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champions of recent years, holding the title for seven months.

World Heavyweight Champion

On the July 26, 2004 episode of Raw, Orton won a 20-man battle royal to become the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship. On August 15, 2004 at SummerSlam 2004, Orton defeated the World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit by pinfall following an R.K.O. to capture his first World Heavyweight Championship, making him the youngest ever World Heavyweight Champion in the WWE at the age of twenty-four. After the match, Orton and Benoit shook hands in which Benoit encouraged Orton to “Be A Man.” The match was held in Toronto, Ontario at the Air Canada Centre.

Orton was kicked out of Evolution the night after winning the World Heavyweight Championship, which the group’s leader, Triple H, believed belonged to him. Orton became a face, and Triple H began feuding with him over the title. Just under a month later on September 12, Orton lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Triple H at Unforgiven 2004. His short reign as World Heavyweight Champion was largely regarded as a dismal failure, in part due to his unwanted and sudden rise to main event status but largely because his face turn was not well received by the majority of the WWE audience, especially as Chris Benoit had clearly been a popular World Heavyweight Champion. Backstage politics by Triple H were also rumoured to have played a part in his short run as champion.

Orton vs Evolution

After being kicked out of Evolution the night after winning the World Heavyweight title, Orton began a lengthy feud with Triple H over the title. Towards the end of October, Orton was in a match where if he lost, he would not be allowed a shot at the title as long as Triple H was the champion, so when Orton was one of the one-night-only General Managers of RAW, he tried to make sure Triple H lost the title, by putting the belt on the line in a Battle Royal.

Orton, along with Maven, Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit, emerged victorious at Survivor Series 2004 in a match which entitled the winners to each be General Manager for one of the four weeks following the event. On the November 29, 2004, episode of RAW, Orton booked a Battle Royal for the World Heavyweight Championship. However, Vince McMahon overruled Orton, changing the Battle Royal to a number one contender match. Orton also gave Eugene and William Regal a match for the WWE World Tag-Team Championships against La Résistance, and scheduled a lingerie contest between several RAW Divas.

After the World Heavyweight Championship was vacated, Orton was chosen to face Triple H, Chris Benoit, Edge, Batista and Chris Jericho in an Elimination Chamber match at New Year’s Revolution to determine a new champion. Triple H managed to win the match, thus keeping their feud active for a longer period of time. He was later unsuccessful in his attempt to win back the World Heavyweight Championship from Triple H at the 2005 Royal Rumble.

The Legend Killer

After Batista’s push began, Orton was marginalized. He began an onscreen relationship with Stacy Keibler and briefly feuded with Christian. After “Superstar” Billy Graham advised Orton to “go where no wrestler has gone before”, Orton challenged veteran SmackDown! wrestler The Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania 21, making the ambitious claim that he would defeat The Undertaker, thus ending Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak.

This feud saw Orton hitting the R.K.O. on Jake “The Snake” Roberts, who had warned him not to “bite off more than he could chew” by facing The Undertaker. Just two weeks before WrestleMania, Orton cemented his heel status by knocking Stacy out cold with the R.K.O. He went on to slap The Undertaker and assault him following a distraction by his father, Cowboy Bob Orton. Despite interference from his father, Orton was defeated by The Undertaker at WrestleMania 21 after he attempted a Tombstone Piledriver, but was off-balance, enabling The Undertaker to reverse the move into his own Tombstone Piledriver for the pinfall victory.

In storyline terms, a match with Batista the night after WrestleMania aggravated Orton’s shoulder problems stemming from the previous night (in real life he was sidelined for several months while recuperating from his third genuine shoulder injury). The following week, WWE showed footage of Orton undergoing shoulder surgery in a hospital, where he sent Batista a message. Stacy Keibler, watching along with some other RAW divas, stated “Orton got what he deserved.” He made an appearance on RAW on May 16 to talk about he was going to stay on RAW to get revenge on Batista and take his world title during the draft lottery and got in a confrontation with Vince McMahon. While Orton claimed that he could not be drafted to SmackDown! because he’s on the injured list, Vince McMahon cleared the air for Orton by saying “Even those on the injured list are not immune to the draft.”

Orton returned on the June 16, 2005 edition of SmackDown!, attacking The Undertaker and announcing that he had been drafted back to SmackDown! as the second pick in the 2005 draft lottery. On August 4, he challenged The Undertaker to a WrestleMania rematch at SummerSlam, and his challenge was accepted. Orton won his first two matches following his injury, defeating Kamala (with Kim Chee) and Chris Benoit in consecutive weeks, and went on to defeat The Undertaker at SummerSlam following interference from his father. As a result of his wins, Orton became increasingly self-confident, and announced that he was creating a retirement fund for The Undertaker, who was “dead and buried.” However, The Undertaker returned on the first episode of Friday Night SmackDown!, setting the check alight with a mysterious bolt of lightning.

On the September 15 episode of SmackDown!, Orton and The Undertaker fought for a third time. Before the match, Orton and his father attempted to shock The Undertaker by placing a casket in the ring with an effigy of The Undertaker inside. Despite the psychological attack, Orton lost the subsequent match. The following week, the Ortons brought another casket to the ring, containing what was purportedly the Undertaker mannequin from last week. However, while the Ortons cut a promo on the mannequin and claimed to have defeated The Undertaker mentally, if not physically, the mannequin (revealing itself to be The Undertaker in the flesh) caught Orton by the throat and threw him into the coffin. As a result of the events of previous weeks, the Ortons were scheduled to face The Undertaker in a handicap casket match at No Mercy on October 9.

On October 3 edition of WWE Homecoming, Randy and his father appeared and interrupted “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Mick Foley during Piper’s Pit, this caused a confrontation between Randy and Piper who brawled causing Foley and Bob to intervene between the two which ended with Bob fighting Foley. The segment ended with Randy giving the R.K.O. to Piper and inevitably adding “Rowdy” Roddy Piper to the list of legends killed. This later set up a match between Piper and Randy for October 7 edition of SmackDown!, 2 days before the Ortons faced The Undertaker at No Mercy.

Before meeting The Undertaker however, The Ortons would deal with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper when Piper showed up on SmackDown!, and was clearly unhappy with getting RKO’ed by Randy. The two Ortons challenged Piper to a handicap match in which Piper won due to Undertaker’s distraction. While The Undertaker was on the titan tron, four mysterious and dark dressed men approached the ring with a casket in which The Undertaker urged them to take a look inside. When the Ortons did, they were shocked to find two lifelike dummies of themselves resting in peace inside the casket.

At No Mercy, Randy and his father “Cowboy” Bob Orton managed to beat The Undertaker in their first ever casket match, thanks to Bob Orton blinding Undertaker with a fire extinguisher followed by a chair shot from Randy Orton. In an attempt to prove that he is a bonafide Legend Killer, Randy Orton attacked the casket with an axe before setting it alight while believing that The Undertaker was still inside the casket. However, when the flames died down and the casket was opened, Randy and Bob were shocked to find The Undertaker wasn’t there.

On the October 14 edition of SmackDown!, Orton fought Eddie Guerrero to determine the Number One Contender to Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship. As Guerrero climbed up to the top rope for his finisher Frog Splash, Bob Orton pushed Guerrero off the turnbuckles and into the ring. As a result of this, Guerrero was declared the winner via DQ.

Orton was scheduled for a Triple Threat match against Eddie Guerrero and Batista on the November 18 edition of Friday Night Smackdown, where the World Heavyweight Championship would be up for grabs. It was predicted that Batista would drop the title to Guerrero because of having to take time away from the ring for injuries. However, after the unexpected passing away of Guerrero, it was unknown what would happen concering the Championship.

The expected Buried alive match between Orton and The Undertaker was called off allowing Orton to take Eddie’s place to join Team SmackDown to face Team Raw at Survivor Series.

On the November 25 edition of Smackdown! it was announced that Orton would face Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship in a No Holds Barred match. With Batista’s future as Champion still unclear because of an injury, it was rumoured Orton may have won the title. The match though ended as a no contest as the Raw roster invaded Smackdown within minutes of the match starting.

At Survivor Series, Orton was once again the sole survivor for the 3rd year in a row as Team Smackdown! defeated Team RAW in a classic Survivor Series match. His victory was however short lived as a returning Undertaker came down and made Orton run out of the ring.

On a special live edition of Smackdown on November 29, Orton gave The Undertaker an RKO, hit him with a crowbar and draped him over the trunk of one of Eddie Guerrero’s lowriders that Rey Mysterio had driven to the ring in honour of Eddie. Orton then started the car and reversed it into the Smackdown set, causing the car and, supposedly, The Undertaker, to catch fire. This angle has already attracted a large number of complaints from fans saying that this was a slap to the face of Eddie Guerrero’s legacy just two weeks after his death.

On the December 2 edition of Smackdown, The Undertaker started playing his usual tricks on Orton, including a casket and striking lightning near Orton whenever he tried to escape from the ring. The feud was finally settled with a Hell in a Cell match at Armageddon, where The Undertaker offered to retire if he lost. On December 16, The Undertaker entered the ring to deliver a promo while one of his druids appeared to be standing in the ring. The Undertaker sustained an RKO from Orton in a surprise attack. The druid revealed himself to be Orton’s father, who gave Orton the Undertaker’s urn, which, according to the storyline, allowed whomever held it to control The Undertaker. The Undertaker, however, beat both Ortons in a Hell in a Cell match, which ended their nine-month-long feud with The Undertaker.

Following Armageddon, Orton entered the January 2006 Royal Rumble as the thirtieth wrestler to enter the match, but he was eliminated by Rey Mysterio. Mysterio won the match and a title shot, and Orton urged him to put the title shot at stake in a match at No Way Out. In the weeks preceding No Way Out, Orton made disparaging remarks about Eddie Guerrero, Mysterio’s friend, in an attempt to gain heel heat. Guerrero’s death had occurred only months previously, and many fans felt the comments were unwarranted and highly distasteful. Orton won at No Way Out, earning Mysterio’s title shot for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 22. General Manager Theodore Long re-added Mysterio to the WrestleMania 22 title match, however, making it a Triple Threat match between Orton, Mysterio, and then-champion, Kurt Angle. On April 2, at WrestleMania 22, Orton was pinned by Mysterio, making Mysterio the World Heavyweight Champion and ending their on-screen rivalry.

On April 4, 2006, Orton was suspended for sixty days for “unprofessional conduct.” In an interview, Orton stated, “my conduct was unbecoming of a champion, which is what I will be again when I return”. To cover for the suspension, a faked injury was devised, where Kurt Angle broke Orton’s ankle during a grudge match. In July, Orton said his suspension resulted from smoking marijuana backstage. Orton returned from his suspension in June to the Raw brand, where he engaged in a storyline feud with Hulk Hogan. Orton began cutting promos insulting the aging Hogan and flirted with Hogan’s eighteen-year-old daughter Brooke. At SummerSlam, the two met in a “Legend vs. Legend Killer” match, which Hogan won.

Rated-RKO and the Age of Orton

After the newly reformed D-Generation X (DX) (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) cost Edge the WWE Championship numerous times, Edge approached Orton and asked him to join forces to defeat the team. Orton, whose championship reign had been ended by Triple H in 2004, agreed, forming the tag team Rated-RKO. The two became the first to defeat DX since their reunion and quickly dominated the Raw brand’s tag team division to become tag team champions. As part of the angle, Rated-RKO attacked Ric Flair with steel chairs to enrage DX on November 27. At New Year’s Revolution, Rated-RKO faced DX in a title defense, but the match was declared a no-contest when Triple H suffered a legitimate injury during the match.

With Triple H out of action, Rated-RKO continued their on-screen rivalry with remaining DX member Shawn Michaels. Michaels teamed with John Cena to defeat Rated-RKO for the tag team championship on January 29. Orton and Edge suffered a series of losses to Cena and Michaels in the following months, building hatred towards one another. Edge and Orton also became rivals in their goals of achieving the WWE Championship. Neither Edge nor Orton won the Championship, and they lost their claims as number one contenders after a failed match with Cena at Backlash. Orton then continued his “Legend Killer” persona, attacking Shawn Michaels. Using frequent attacks to the head, including an elevated DDT and a running punt to the face, Orton defeated Michaels at Judgment Day. When the kayfabe wounded and concussed Michaels collapsed in the ring, the referee was forced to stop the match and award Orton the victory. Orton continued his attacks when he engaged himself in feuds with Rob Van Dam, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, and Sgt. Slaughter.

On the July 23 episode of Raw, Orton was named as the number one contender at SummerSlam for John Cena’s WWE Championship Weeks before their scheduled bout at SummerSlam, Orton attacked Cena on three separate occasions by performing RKOs on him. At SummerSlam, Orton lost the title match to Cena, who pinned Orton after executing an FU. The following night on Raw, Orton demanded a rematch for the title, but his request was declined by Raw General Manager William Regal. Orton then took his demands to Mr. McMahon, who also refused to give Orton a rematch unless he proved himself. That night, Orton interfered in Cena’s match by assaulting Cena and kicking Cena’s father, who was at ringside, in the head. Orton was granted his title rematch against Cena at Unforgiven and won by disqualification when Cena refused to stop punching Orton in the corner. Cena retained the WWE title because a title cannot change hands by disqualification. After the match, Cena’s father, who was again at ringside, kicked Orton in the head. At No Mercy, Orton was awarded the WWE Championship by Mr. McMahon after Cena was stripped of the title due to an injury the previous week, which also ended the Orton-Cena storyline prematurely. Orton then lost the title to Triple H in the opening match of the show, making Orton’s reign the third shortest in WWE history. Later in the night, Orton defeated Triple H in a Last Man Standing match to regain the title, thus becoming a two-time WWE Champion in one night.

Following No Mercy, Orton continued his feud with Shawn Michaels, who made his return on the October 8 episode of Raw and performed Sweet Chin Music on Orton. The two met in a title match at Cyber Sunday after a match was made in which the fans would get to vote on either Michaels, Jeff Hardy or Mr. Kennedy as the opponent. As a result, Michaels was voted to face Orton. In the match, Orton was disqualified when he performed a low blow on Michaels, but Orton retained the title. In a scheduled rematch, Orton successfully defended the title at Survivor Series against Michaels when he performed the RKO on Michaels for the win. The stipulation of the match was that if Michaels used Sweet Chin Music, the match would be stopped and Michaels would never get a chance at the WWE title, but if Orton got himself disqualified, he would lose the title.

After weeks of intensity between the two, Orton defeated Jeff Hardy to retain the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble. Following this, he re-engaged in his feud with John Cena, who had returned from injury and won the 2008 Royal Rumble match. Instead of cashing in his title opportunity at WrestleMania XXIV, Cena decided to face Orton for the title at No Way Out. Orton lost the match after getting himself intentionally disqualified, thus retaining the title. At WrestleMania, Orton retained the WWE Championship in a Triple Threat match involving Cena and Triple H. Orton won the match by pinning Cena after a Pedigree from Triple H. The following month, at Backlash, Orton lost the title to Triple H in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match, which also included Cena and John “Bradshaw” Layfield. After failing to win the title back at Judgment Day, Orton faced Triple H in a Last Man Standing match at One Night Stand for the title. Orton lost the match and legitimately broke his collarbone.

The Legacy

He made his in-ring return on the November 3 episode of Raw losing to CM Punk by disqualification, after Ted DiBiase, Jr. interfered. As retaliation Orton went on to punt DiBiase in the head. On the December 1 episode of Raw, Orton proposed that he along with Cody Rhodes and Manu form an alliance. The following week, they made it official, by defeating Batista and Triple H, Orton’s former stablemates, in a three-on-two handicap match, dubbing themselves The Legacy. On January 25, 2009, Orton won the 2009 Royal Rumble match, by last eliminating Triple H. On the March 2 episode of Raw, Orton challenged Triple H for the WWE title at WrestleMania XXV. At the event, Orton lost the match. Orton, however, won the title at Backlash, in a six-man tag team match, with Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, facing off against Triple H, Batista, and Shane McMahon.

Personal life

In November 2005, Orton announced his engagement to his girlfriend Samantha Speno. They married on September 21, 2007. In December 2007, Orton announced that he and his wife were expecting their first child, a daughter. Orton and his wife welcomed Alanna Marie Orton on July 12, 2008.

He had a tattoo on his left arm which read “USMC” for United States Marine Corps but covered it up after receiving a bad conduct discharge from the service. He was sent home after serving thirty-eight days in military prison at Camp Pendleton in California.

Orton suffers from hypermobile shoulders. After being medically cleared to wrestle, after he broke his collarbone in a Last Man Standing match at One Night Stand against Triple H, Orton re-injured his collarbone in a motorcycle accident.

History and Biography of Edge

Posted By on May 1, 2009

History and Biography of Edge

History and Biography of Edge

History and Biography of Edge

Ring name(s) Edge
Adam Impact
Damon Stryker
Adam Copeland
Sexton Hardcastle

Billed height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)

Billed weight 113 kg (250 lb)

Born October 30, 1973 (1973-10-30) (age 35)
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

Resides Temple Terrace, Florida

Billed from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Trained by Ron Hutchison
Sweet Daddy Siki
Bret and Stu Hart
Dory Funk, Jr.
Tom Prichard
Leo Burke

Debut July 1, 1992

Mini Biography:

– Copeland trained for a full year at Sully’s Gym in Toronto.
– Copeland made his ring debut in a tag match with the El Fuego Kid against Joe E. Legend (was Just Joe in the WWF) and Zakk Wylde on June 1, 1993.
– Copeland (Sexton Hardcastle) and Jay Reso (Christian Cage) formed a tag team called High Impact and later changed to the Suicide Blondz.
– In the summer of 1997, the duo wrestled in the Maritimes for Emile Dupre’s Atlantic Grand Prix promotion, and feuded with The Super Models, Rick Martel and The Jackyl (formerly Cyrus in ECW).
– In December 1997, the Suicide Blondz captured the ICW Streetfight Tag Team title.
– On May 3, 1998, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Copeland defeated Christian Cage.
– Edge made his WWF television debut on “Raw” on June 22, 1998 against Jose Estrada Jr.
– Edge was Sable’s (Rena Mero) mystery partner at the 1998 Summerslam. Edge and Sable defeated Marc Mero and Jacquelyn.
– Edge and Christian formed the Brood with Gangrel. The Brood eventually joined the Undertaker’s Ministry of Darkness.
– The Brood defeated the JOB Squad at the 1998 Rock Bottom in Vancouver when Christian defeated Scorpio.
– After Edge and Christian left the Brood, Gangrel formed the New Brood with the Hardy Boyz.
– On July 24, 1999, Edge defeated Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental title at the Sky Dome in Toronto.
– At the United Kingdom only pay-per-view Rebellion ’99, Edge and Christian defeated the Holly’s and the Acolytes in a three-way dance.
– Edge and Christian defeated the Hardy Boyz at No Way Out 2000 to earn a WWF World Tag Team title shot.
– At Wrestlemania 2000 in Anaheim, CA, Edge and Christian defeated the Dudley Boyz and the Hardy Boyz in a “ladder” match to capture the WWF World Tag Team title.
– Edge and Christian defeated X-Pac and the Road Dogg Jesse James at Backlash.
– At the King of the Ring in Boston, MA, Edge and Christian over came Too Cool, T & A, and the Hardy Boyz in a four team elimination match to regain the WWF World Tag Team title.
– At Summerslam 2000, Edge and Christian successfully defended the WWF World Tag Team title against the Hardy Boyz and Dudley Boyz in a thrilling TLC (Tables, Ladders, and Chairs) match.
– On the September 4, 2000 episode of “Raw,” Edge and Christian defeated The Rock and The Undertaker to retain the WWF Tag Team title.
– At No Mercy in Albany, NY, Edge and Christian (under the hoods of Los Conquistadors) defeated the Hardy Boyz for the WWF World Tag Team title.
– Edge and Christian captured their fourth WWF World Tag Team title at Armageddon. The Canadian duo won a four corners tag team championship match over RTC (Bull Buchanan and the Goodfather), the Road Dogg and K-Kwik, and the Dudley Boyz.
– One day after dropping the WWF World Tag Team title to The Rock and The Undertaker on “Raw,” Edge and Christian regained the title at the Smackdown tapings on December 19, 2001 in Charlotte, NC. Kurt Angle served as the special guest referee.
– On the March 19, 2001 episode of “Raw,” Edge and Christian used outside interference from Rhyno to defeat the Hardy Boyz for the WWF World Tag Team title.
– At Wrestlemania XVII in Houston, TX, Edge and Christian won TLC II over the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz for their seventh WWF World Tag Team title.
– Edge and Christian defeated Nova and Frankie Kazarian on April 25, 2001 at an UPW (Ultimate Pro Wrestling) show in Santa Ana, CA.
– At Insurrextion in London, England, Edge and Christian won a four team elimination match over the Hardy Boyz, the Dudley Boyz, and X-Factor.
– Edge defeated Rhyno in the semi-finals, and Angle in the finals to become the 2001 King of the Ring.
– At Invasion, Edge and Christian defeated Lance Storm and Mike Awesome.
– At Summerslam ’01, Edge pinned Storm for the Intercontinental title in San Jose, CA.
– Edge defeated Christian in a ladder match to regain the IC title at the No Mercy PPV in St. Louis, MO.
– At the Rebellion ’01 PPV in Manchester, England, Edge again defeated Christian.
– On the November 12, 2001 episode of “Raw” in Boston, MA, Edge pinned Angle to capture the WCW United States title.
– At the 2001 Survivor Series in Greensboro, NC, Edge defeated Test in an Intercontinental/U.S. title unification match.
– Edge defeated William Regal at the Vengeance PPV in San Diego, CA to successfully defend the Intercontinental title.
– At Wrestlemania X-8, Edge pinned Booker T.
– At Judgment Day ’02 in Nashville, TN, Edge defeated Angle in a hair v. hair match.
– At the July 2, 2002 “Smackdown” taping in Boston, MA, Edge and Hulk Hogan defeated Billy Gunn and Chuck Palumbo to capture the WWE World Tag Team title.
– Edge defeated Eddy Guerrero at the 2002 Summerslam.
– At the November 5, 2002 “Smackdown” taping in Manchester, NH, Edge and Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Chris Benoit and Angle to capture the WWE Tag Team title.
– On March 10, 2003, Edge under went successful neck surgery in San Antonio, TX.
– Edge returned to WWE television on the March 22, 2004 edition of “Raw,” after being drafted by Eric Bischoff to join “Raw.”
– At Backlash ’04, Edge defeated Kane.
– On the April 19, 2004 edition of “Raw” in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Edge and Chris Benoit defeated Dave Batista and Ric Flair to claim the World Tag Team title.
– At Vengeance ’04 in Hartford, CT, Edge pinned Randy Orton to capture the Intercontinental title.
– At Summerslam ’04, Edge defeated Chris Jericho and Batista to successfully retain the Intercontinental title.
– On the September 6, 2004 edition of “Raw, Edge was stripped of the IC title by Eric Bischoff due to injury.
– At the 2005 Royal Rumble, Edge pinned Shawn Michaels.
– Edge won the “Money in the Bank” ladder match at Wrestlemania 21, overcoming Shelton Benjamin, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Christian and Kane to gain the victory.
– At Backlash ’05, Edge defeated Chris Benoit in a “last man standing” match.
– Edge defeated Matt Hardy at the 2005 Summerslam when the referee stop the match due to blood.
– Despite losing to Ric Flair via DQ at New Year’s Revolution ’06 in Albany, NY, Edge cashed in his money in the bank title shot after Cena had survived the elimination chamber match. In under two minutes, Edge pinned Cena to capture the WWE title.
– At Wrestlemania 22, Edge defeated Mick Foley in a “hardcore” match.
– At One Night Stand ’06, Edge, Foley and Lita defeated Tommy Dreamer, Terry Funk and Beulah.
– Edge defeated Rob Van Dam and Cena in a triple threat no-DQ match on the July 3, 2006 edition of “Raw” in Philadelphia, PA to regain the WWE title.
– Edge defeated Cena at the 2006 Summerslam PPV to retain the WWE championship.
– At Cyber Sunday ’06, Edge and Randy Orton defeated DX (Triple H and Shawn Michaels). Eric Bischoff served as the special guest referee.
– At the November 13, 2006 Raw/ECW tapings in Manchester, England, Edge and Randy Orton defeated Roddy Piper and Ric Flair to capture the World Tag Team titles.
– Edge defeated Mr. Kennedy on the May 7, 2007 edition of “Raw” and captured Mr. Kennedy’s Money in the Bank briefcase.
– At the May 8, 2007 Smackdown taping in Pittsburgh, PA, Edge cashed in on his money in the bank title shot during The Undertaker-Batista cage match, and captured the World Heavyweight title.
– Edge defeated Batista at Judgment Day ’07 to retain the World Heavyweight title.
– At One Night Stand ’07, Edge defeated Batista in a steel cage match to remain World Heavyweight champion.
– Edge returned from an injury at the 2007 Survivor Series, and attacked The Undertaker during the Hell in the Cell match involving the “dead man” and Batista.
– Edge defeated Batista and The Undertaker at Armageddon ’07 in Pittsburgh, PA, to regain the World Heavyweight title.
– At Royal Rumble ’08, Edge defeated Rey Mysterio to remain World Heavyweight champion.
– Edge successfully defended the World title against an injured Rey Mysterio Jr. at No Way Out ’08.
– Edge defeated The Undertaker at One Night Stand ’08 in San Diego, CA in a TLC match to capture the vacant World Heavyweight title, and end the career of the “Dead man.”
– At Night of Champions in Dallas, TX, Edge defeated Batista, thanks to a belt shot to the head, to remain World Heavyweight champion.
– At the 2008 Survivor Series, Smackdown General Manager Vickie Guerrero added the returning Edge to the Triple H vs. Vladimir Kozlov WWE title match in Boston, MA, and speared Hunter to win the WWE championship.
– Edge defeated Jeff Hardy to regain the WWE championship at the 2009 Royal Rumble in Detroit, MI. In the end, Matt Hardy turned against his brother.
– At No Way Out ’09, Edge lost the WWE title in the Smackdown elimination chamber. Later in the night, he attacked Kofi Kingston and steal his spot in the Raw elimination chamber match. Edge out lasted John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Mike Knox and Kane to win the World Heavyweight title.
– At Backlash ’09 in Providence, RI, Edge defeated John Cena in a “last man standing” match to capture the World Heavyweight title.


The Edge was born David Howell Evans, in Barking, Essex in 1961. When he was 2 the family moved to Dublin. During his childhood he learnt how to play the guitar and the piano. In 1978 the Edge became the guitarist and keyboardist of U2. The Edge is still in the group, who have conquered the world for nearly 30 years. Edge debuted in the WWE in 1998 as a loner that would enter the ring through the crowd.

The Brood:
While feuding with Gangrel, his “brother” Christian debuted at the side of Gangrel. Edge eventually joined the Brood which was led by Gangrel. The Brood then became part of the Ministry of Darkness which later merged into the Corporate Ministry. Edge & Christian left the Brood and Gangrel in 1999 and went on to become the most successful team in WWE history.

Edge & Christian:
As partners they won the World Tag Team Titles on 7 different occasions. Their 3 way feud with the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz was a classic as were the TLC matches they had against those teams. By 2001, the two men became goofballs that would allow fans 5 seconds of flash photography among other zany antics. In 2001, Edge won the King of the Ring tournament and that set in motion the undoing of this team.

SmackDown Superstar:
In the original draft, Edge was taken number 6 by SmackDown. While there, he feuded with Kurt Angle and won the WWE Tag Team Titles with both Hulk Hogan & Rey Mysterio. In 2003, Edge needed neck surgery and was off for a year.

RAW Star:
In March 2004, Edge was drafted by RAW. In June, he became World Tag Team Champ with the World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit. In July, he became Intercontinental Champion by beating Randy Orton. He feuded with Evolution and Chris Jericho. In September, he suffered a groin injury and missed a month of action. When he returned, he asked the fans to vote for him to fight Triple H in the main event of Taboo Tuesday.

World Title or Nothing:
By fan vote, he and Benoit were to wrestle for the tag team titles at Taboo Tuesday. He walked out on his partner who would go on to win the belts. The Edge vs Benoit feud culminated in a 3 way match with Triple H for the World Title which resulted in the title being declared vacant. Around this time, Edge’s autobiography was released.

Matt Hardy & Kane:
Edge started 2005 off feuding with Shawn Michaels. At WrestleMania 21, he won a Money in the Bank ladder match which entitled him to wrestle for any championship whenever he wanted to within a year. A few months later, reality and wrestling story lines collided as he started going out with Matt Hardy’s girlfriend Lita. This led to a feud between the men and a feud with Kane who was “married” to Lita at the time.

Cashing in the Money in the Bank Twice:
At New Year’s Revolution 2006, he cashed in his title shot after John Cena survived an Elimination Chamber Match. He easily beat the worn out champ to win his first world title. He lost the belt a few weeks later at The Royal Rumble. A few months later he won the title from Rob Van Dam but lost it back to John Cena. In May 2007, he won the Money in the Bank title shot from Mr. Kennedy and used it to easily beat the Undertaker the following night after the Undertaker fought in a steel cage match against Batista and was beaten up after the match by Mark Henry.

WWE Champion (2006)
Edge and Flair formally met at New Year’s Revolution in 2006 in a match for Flair’s Intercontinental Championship where Edge was disqualified. Later that night, following the main event Elimination Chamber match, Vince McMahon appeared on stage and declared that John Cena would defend the WWE Championship he’d just retained. An already bloodied and fatigued Cena was forced into a match against Edge, who decided to cash in his Money in the Bank contract at that moment. Edge defeated Cena in less than two minutes after two spears to become WWE Champion for the first time. In an interview conducted after New Year’s Revolution on WWE.com, Edge announced that he and Lita would have “hot, nasty, sex” in the middle of the ring on Raw the next night to celebrate his victory. On Raw, Edge held up to that promise by engaging in foreplay with Lita until they were interrupted by Ric Flair, who called Edge a disgrace and “dead in the bed”. Flair, however, ended up on the receiving end of a con-chair-to on the announcers’ table until John Cena came out to rescue Flair and deliver an FU to a half-naked Lita much to the surprise of Edge. The “Live Sex Celebration” segment earned Raw a 5.2 rating, the highest Raw rating in over a year, leading Edge to call himself the “most-watched WWE Champion in the last 5 years”.

Three weeks later, at the Royal Rumble, Edge lost the WWE Championship back to Cena. He then lost a return match on a special Thursday edition of Raw held in February. Edge blamed special guest referee Mick Foley for his loss, claiming biased officiating and attacked him. At Saturday Night’s Main Event, Foley got revenge on Edge by assaulting him with a Con-chair-to. They feuded until WrestleMania 22 in April, where Edge defeated Foley in a Hardcore match by spearing him through a flaming table, but suffered second degree burns.

Edge used his victory over Foley to once again challenge John Cena for his WWE Championship. Triple H was involved in a feud with Cena at the time, resulting in a Triple Threat match at Backlash, where Cena pinned Triple H to retain the title. After Backlash, Edge continued his feud with Mick Foley as they entered a Triple Threat Hardcore Match. Foley, however, immediately attacked friend Tommy Dreamer with Edge’s assistance. Edge and Mick Foley then proclaimed that, because of their brutal match at WrestleMania, they were the true Hardcore Champions. At One Night Stand, Edge, Foley, and Lita defeated Dreamer, Terry Funk, and Beulah McGillicutty in an “Extreme Rules” tag team match. Edge later interfered in a WWE Title match between champion John Cena and challenger Rob Van Dam, helping Van Dam win the title. Edge was unable to win the title at Vengeance.

Two weeks later on Raw, Edge pinned Van Dam in a Triple Threat No Disqualification Match, after blindsiding Cena with the title belt, to become WWE Champion for the second time. The match marked the first time the WWE Championship changed hands on Raw since October 8, 2001. This re-ignited his feud with Cena, and Edge lost by disqualification at Saturday Night’s Main Event in order to retain his title. As a result of these tactics, Cena snapped and FU’ed him through the ECW announcers’ table. Subsequently, a match was made for SummerSlam with the stipulation that if Edge was disqualified, he would not only lose the match, but also his title. At SummerSlam, Edge retained his title by pinning Cena after he hit him in the back of the head with brass knuckles while Lita distracted the referee. The following night on Raw, Lita threw Cena’s customized “spinner” belt into the Long Island Sound at Edge’s command, who declared it the end of the “Cena era” in his life. Edge later unveiled the new “Rated R” version of the belt. Cena, however, interfered in Edge’s match later that night, chased him down to the outside of the building, beat him down, and tossed him into the polluted Long Island Sound himself. The next week, Cena made a deal with Edge: if Edge could defeat him in a match for the WWE Championship, he would sign a contract to move to SmackDown!. Edge agreed, on the condition the match be a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match (TLC) held at September’s Unforgiven in Edge’s home town of Toronto. At the event, he lost the championship after Cena performed the FU on him, sending Edge crashing through two stacked tables from a ladder. At one point during the match, Cena locked in an STFU on Edge, who later said he was legitimately choked unconscious, the first time he had been knocked out in a match during his career.

Rated-RKO (2006–2007)
On the October 2, 2006 episode of Raw, interference from D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels and Triple H) cost Edge his “final chance” at Cena’s WWE Championship in a Steel cage match, though their interference was a response to the interference of Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch. The following week on Raw, Edge used an edition of The Cutting Edge to join forces with Randy Orton to form Rated-RKO (although they did not use this name until several weeks later) and began a feud against DX. Edge cited Orton’s lack of success after being kicked out of Evolution by Triple H and DX’s “stale” antics “taking up TV time” as reasons to join forces. The duo succeeded early in defeating DX at Cyber Sunday due to the vote-in guest referee Eric Bischoff favoring Rated-RKO. The pair then won the World Tag Team Championship from Ric Flair and Roddy Piper on the November 13, 2006 Raw, making Edge a record holder of 11 World Tag Team Championship title reigns in his WWE career. The success halted at Survivor Series when Team Rated-RKO was defeated by Team DX in a clean sweep of 5–0. The feud with DX continued at New Year’s Revolution where Edge and Orton were battered by DX to end the match in a no contest. Edge and Orton, however, claimed victory on the grounds that Triple H legitimately tore his right quadriceps in the match. To Edge and Orton, this marked the end of DX. Shawn Michaels vowed to deal with Rated-RKO, and the next week on Raw he took out Orton with a con-chair-to while Edge looked on from the entrance ramp. On the January 29, 2007 edition of Raw, Rated-RKO lost the World Tag Team Championship to Michaels and John Cena.

In early February, Edge beat Rob Van Dam to qualify for the Money in the Bank ladder match, but suffered a legitimate broken jaw in the process. He remained on TV but avoided physical confrontations until WrestleMania 23. Meanwhile, his tag partner Orton also qualified for the Money in the bank match, which led to dissent between them. He failed to win at WrestleMania after Jeff Hardy removed them both from the match by performing a nearly 20-foot leg drop off a ladder onto Edge. He then entered a feud, along with former partner Orton, with John Cena and Shawn Michaels. All four men were aiming for the WWE Championship, and at Backlash they competed in a Fatal Four-Way match in which Cena successfully defended his title.

Love Leads to More Championship Gold:
Edge started a relationship with SmackDown GM that allowed him to gain an unfair advantage to continue winning championship gold. In the summer of 2008, the two got married. Edge has continued to win world championships in a cowardly fashion to live up to his nickname of “The Ultimate Opportunist”.

Personal life

Copeland used to play hockey with current Detroit Red Wing Aaron Downey. He is a New Jersey Devils fan. As a teenager, Copeland (along with his friend Jason Reso) attended WrestleMania VI sitting in the eleventh row at ringside. He was cheering on WWF Champion Hulk Hogan against The Ultimate Warrior, and he credits this match with making him realize he wanted to be a wrestler. Twelve years later Copeland returned to SkyDome as a competitor at WrestleMania X8

Copeland has been married two times. He was originally married to Alanah Morley on November 8, 2001, the sister of Val Venis, but they divorced after three years on March 10, 2004. He was then married to Lisa Ortiz on October 21, 2004, but they soon divorced on November 17, 2005.

His autobiography, titled Adam Copeland On Edge, was published on November 4, 2004. Unlike most wrestlers who used ‘ghost writers’ to write their autobiographies, Copeland wrote the entire book himself. Mick Foley wrote the foreword to his book. Copeland does not smoke. He claims he had his first cigarette when he was sixteen, hated it, and has not smoked since. Copeland has several tattoos. He has a tattoo of a red and black sun on his left upper biceps (which covers a tattoo of a muscular shark which resembled the Street Sharks), a star on his right upper biceps with several smaller stars below it, two skulls wearing bandannas, adorned with flowers and hearts, below said star tattoo, along with a tattoo of a cross on his left forearm, and another tattoo of a scroll like piece of paper that adorns the words Rise Above. Adam has also got a tattoo of a maple leaf on his foot. All of Copeland’s tattoos represent a stage in his career: his sun, which Copeland got while recovering from his neck injury, represents “looking towards brighter days.” The cross tattoo represents his time with the Brood, and his star and skull tattoos represent his Rated R Superstar persona and his self-proclaimed status as the “Guns ‘N Roses of wrestling”.

History and Biography of Mick Foley

Posted By on April 16, 2009

History and Biography of Mick Foley

History and Biography of Mick Foley

History and Biography of Mick Foley

Date of Birth
7 June 1965, Long Island, New York, USA

Birth Name
Michael Francis Foley

The King of Hardcore
The Boiler Room Dwellar
The Deranged One
Dude Love
Cactus Jack
The Hardcore Legend

6′ 2″ (1.88 m)

Mini Biography:

Michael Francis “Mick” Foley was born in Bloomington, Indiana and grew up in Smithtown, New York. Foley attended Ward Melville High School, where he was a member of the wrestling team. After attending college, Foley wrestled under the name “Jack Foley”. He would later change this and wrestled under the name “Cactus Jack”. After wrestling for numerous independent promotions, Foley made his way to World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he wrestled once again as Cactus Jack. He would soon make a name for himself in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), where his high risk wrestling was a better fit. It was during his time at ECW that Foley would become known as a hardcore legend.

After exiting ECW, Foley went on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now known as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Upon entering the WWE, Foley adopted the persona of the masked madman Mankind. During his tenure at WWE, Foley was able to perform as Dude Love, a character he had created in his teens though he would soon revert to Mankind. It was as Mankind that Foley performed in one of his most noted matches, A Hell in a Cell match against the Undertaker. A match which garnered a standing ovation as well as multiple injuries, including the loss of a tooth.

In the following years, Mick Foley would win the WWE championship multiple times, enter into tag teams (including the notable Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and would return to his Cactus Jack persona for a time before temporarily retiring from wrestling though he would later return to in ring performing and appearing in non wrestling roles such as commissioner and commentator During his career, Mick Foley has established himself as a legitimate writer, writing multiple autobiographical novels, fictional novels and children’s books.

Recently, Foley left WWE for Total Nonstop Wrestling (TNA)

Full Biography:

Mick Foley was born on June 7, 1965, in Long Island, NY. As a teenager, he made a tape of himself as a wrestler named Dude Love and filmed himself jumping off a house onto his opponent. He was trained by Dominic DeNucci and made his debt in 1986. No longer a full-time active wrestler, he keeps himself occupied by writing and has two New York Times Best Sellers on his resume.

The Beginning:
One of his first matches was a televised WWF squash match against the British Bulldogs. He gained notoriety in the Texas based USWA as Cactus Jack Manson before joining WCW. His first WCW tenure highlight was a PPV title shot against Sting at Beach Blast 92.

King of the Death Match:
Cactus Jack spent a portion of the early ’90s in Japan. It was in Japan where he won a King of the Death Match tournament in matches featuring barbed wire, a bed of nails, exploding barbed wire, and a ring set to detonate with C4 explosives. While in Japan, he got his arm badly scarred by Leatherface.

WCW Part 2:
Cactus returned to WCW and found himself in a feud with Vader. This feud featured him get a concussion and lose his ear in a freak accident. While in WCW, he also appeared in ECW. When he left WCW he joined ECW. His anti-hardcore ECW promos are considered the best promos in the history of the business. While in ECW his two most famous incidents involved accidentally setting a fan on fire and having hundreds of chairs thrown in the ring by the fans.

The Three Faces of Foley:
Foley joined the WWE in 1996 and was renamed Mankind. He immediately started a feud with the Undertaker. In 1997, they showed his teenage Dude Love footage and he started to wrestle as Dude Love. Later in the year, during a feud with Triple H, he became Cactus Jack again. At the 1998 King of the Ring, he fought the Undertaker in a Hell in the Cell match featuring two of the most famous bumps ever.

The Champ:
On the December 29, 1998, edition of Monday Night RAW, Mankind won his first world title. He would trade the title with the Rock several times. In the last half of 99, he formed the Rock & Sock Connection with the Rock. He also released Have a Nice Day, which was a NY Times #1 Best Seller. In 2000, he stopped being a full-time active competitor.

WWF Championship and retirement (1998–2000)
Although conventional wisdom holds that the Hell in a Cell match was responsible for Foley’s rise to main event status, live television crowds did not initially get behind Mankind because of the match. Foley decided that crowds might respond better if Mankind were more of a comedy character, and so he became less of a tortured soul and more of a goofy, broken down oaf. While Vince McMahon was in a hospital nursing wounds suffered at the hands of The Undertaker and Kane, Mankind arrived to cheer him up. Having succeeded only in irritating McMahon, Mankind unveiled a sock puppet named Mr. Socko. Intended to be a one-time joke, Socko became an overnight sensation. Mankind began putting the sock on his hand before applying his finisher, the mandible claw, stuffing a smelly sock in the mouths of opposing wrestlers.

McMahon manipulated Mankind, who saw the WWF owner as a father figure, into doing his bidding. McMahon created the Hardcore Championship and awarded it to Mankind, making him the first-ever champion of the hardcore division. Mankind was then pushed as the favorite to win the WWF Championship at Survivor Series, as McMahon appeared to be manipulating the tournament so that Mankind would win. He and The Rock both reached the finals, where McMahon turned on Mankind. As The Rock placed Mankind in the Sharpshooter, McMahon ordered the timekeeper to ring the bell even though Mankind did not submit, a reference to the Montreal Screwjob from the year before.

After weeks of trying to get his hands on McMahon’s new faction, the Corporation, Mankind received a title shot with The Rock at In Your House. Mankind knocked The Rock out by shoving a dirty sweatsock in the Rock’s mouth, but McMahon ruled that the title would not change hands because The Rock never gave up. After several weeks of going after the Corporation, Mankind had his big night on December 29, where Mankind defeated The Rock and won his first WWF championship. The taped show was broadcast on January 4, 1999, so that is the date WWE recognizes as beginning the title run. Having title changes on broadcast television rather than pay-per-view was uncommon in professional wrestling, but because of the Monday Night Wars, TV ratings became more important. The rival WCW, attempting to take advantage of the fact that their show Monday Nitro aired live while Mankind’s title victory was taped the week before, had announcer Tony Schiavone reveal the ending of the Mankind-Rock match before it aired. He then added sarcastically, “That’ll put a lot of butts in the seats.” The move backfired for WCW, as Nielsen Ratings showed that Raw won the ratings battle that night, despite the Hogan vs. Nash main event which led to the reformation of the New World Order. Foley said that the ratings indicate that large numbers of viewers switched from Nitro to Raw to see him win the title and took great personal pride from this, and “Mick Foley put my ass in this seat” signs began showing up at WWF events.

Mankind first lost the WWF title to The Rock in a “I Quit” match at Royal Rumble. During the match, Foley took several bumps, including eleven unprotected chairshots. This match is featured on Barry Blaustein’s documentary Beyond the Mat, which shows the impact the match had on Foley and his family at ringside. The match ended after Mankind lost consciousness and The Rock’s allies played a recording of Mankind saying “I Quit” from an earlier interview. The match led to some legitimate tension between Foley and The Rock for a time, because in the planning for the match, far fewer chairshots were to have been used. The match was also voted 1999’s Match of the Year by the readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Mankind won the title back at a rematch on Halftime Heat, which aired during halftime at Super Bowl XXXIII, in the WWF’s first ever Empty Arena match. The two then competed in a Last Man Standing match at St. Valentines Day Massacre, which ended without a winner, meaning that Mankind retained the title. The next night, Mr. McMahon booked a ladder match for the championship, which The Rock won with help from The Big Show. Later in the year, Foley and The Rock patched up their friendship and teamed up to form a comedy team called the Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection, becoming one of the most popular teams during that time. The pair won the tag team titles on three occasions. Foley helped WWF Raw achieve its highest ratings ever with a segment featuring himself (as Mankind) and The Rock. The “This is Your Life” segment aired on September 27, 1999 and received an 8.4 rating.

Commissioner (2000–2001)
After retiring from active competition, Foley served as storyline WWF Commissioner under his real name rather than one of his personas. Foley has said that he intended for his Commissioner Foley character to be a “role model for nerds,” appearing as sort of an affable everyman, cracking lame jokes and making no attempt to appear tough or scary. Foley turned getting cheap pops into something of a catchphrase, as he shamelessly declared at each WWF show that he was thrilled to be “right here in (whatever city he was performing in)!” punctuated with an intentionally cheesy thumbs-up gesture. During this time, Commissioner Foley engaged in rivalries with Kurt Angle, Edge and Christian, and Vince McMahon without actually wrestling them. He left the position in December 2000 after being “fired” on screen by McMahon.

Foley made a surprise return on the Monday Night Raw just prior to WrestleMania X-Seven and announced that he would be the special guest referee in the match between Mr. McMahon and his son Shane at WrestleMania. After WrestleMania, Foley made sporadic WWF TV appearances throughout the spring and summer, at one point introducing Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura during a taping of Raw in the state as a foil to Mr. McMahon, as well as serving as the guest referee for the Earl Hebner versus Nick Patrick Referee match at the WWF Invasion pay-per-view.

Foley returned as commissioner in October 2001, near the end of The Invasion angle. During this brief tenure, Foley had the opportunity to shoot on the WWF’s direction and how dissatisfied he was with it. Saying that there were far too many championships in the company, he booked unification matches prior to the final pay-per-view of the storyline, Survivor Series. After Survivor Series, he ended his commissionership at Vince McMahon’s request and left the company. Foley and McMahon had a real-life falling out with each other at the time, and Foley was absent from WWE for almost two years.

Referee, sporadic wrestling, and color commentator (2003–2008)
Foley returned in June 2003 to referee the Hell in a Cell match between Triple H and Kevin Nash at Bad Blood. On June 23, during a Raw broadcast in Madison Square Garden, he was honored for his achievements in the ring and presented with the retired WWE Hardcore Championship belt. The evening ended with Foley taking a beating and kicked down stairs by Randy Orton and Ric Flair. In December 2003, Foley returned to replace Steve Austin as co-general manager of Raw. He soon grew tired of the day-to-day travel and left his full-time duties to write and spend time with his family. In the storyline, Foley was afraid to wrestle a match with Intercontinental Champion Randy Orton and walked out of the arena rather than face him.

In 2004, Foley returned briefly to wrestling, competing in the Royal Rumble and eliminating both Orton and himself with his trademark Cactus Jack clothesline. He and The Rock reunited as the Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection and lost a handicap match to Evolution at WrestleMania XX when Orton pinned Foley with an RKO as Foley pulled out Mr. Socko, this match turned out to be The Rock’s final match in the WWE. The two continued to feud, culminating in a hardcore match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at Backlash, where Orton defeated Foley as his Cactus Jack persona to retain the title with a botched RKO onto a barbed wire wrapped baseball bat, which Foley now regards as possibly the best match of his career.

Foley appeared as a color commentator at WWE’s ECW One Night Stand, which aired on June 12, 2005, and subsequently renewed his contract with WWE. Foley returned in 2005 in a match where fans were able to vote on which persona he would appear as—Mankind, Dude Love, or Cactus Jack—against Carlito at Taboo Tuesday. Foley cut promos for each character and an online vote was held. The fans voted for Mankind, who went on to win the match. On the February 16, 2006 Raw, Foley returned to referee the WWE Championship match between Edge and John Cena. After Cena won, Edge attacked Foley, and the following week, Edge challenged Foley to a match at WrestleMania 22. Edge defeated Foley after Spearing him through a flaming table. In the weeks after the match, Foley turned heel and allied himself with Edge against the newly rejuvenated ECW. This would be the first WWE heel turn of Foley since his feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin as Dude Love in 1998. At ECW One Night Stand, Foley, Edge and Lita defeated Terry Funk, Tommy Dreamer and Beulah McGillicutty.

Foley then engaged in a storyline rivalry with Ric Flair, inspired by real-life animosity between the two. In Have a Nice Day!, Foley wrote that Flair was “every bit as bad on the booking side of things as he was great on the wrestling side of it.” In response, Flair wrote in his autobiography that Foley was “a glorified stuntman” and that he was able to climb the ladder in the WWF only because he was friends with the bookers. The two had a backstage confrontation at a Raw event in 2003, but Foley has said that they have largely reconciled. To spark the feud, Flair again called Foley a “glorified stuntman” and Foley called Flair a “washed up piece of crap” and challenged him to a match. The result was a Two out of Three Falls match at Vengeance, where Flair beat Foley in two straight falls; with a rollup counter to the figure four in the first and by disqualification in the second after a trashcan shot. After the match, Flair was split wide open by Foley with a barbed wire bat. The two then wrestled an “I Quit” match at SummerSlam, which Flair won when he forced Foley to quit by threatening Melina with a barbed wire bat. On the August 21 edition of Raw, Foley literally kissed Vince McMahon’s buttocks as part of McMahon’s “Kiss My Ass Club” gimmick after he threatened to fire Melina. Shortly thereafter, she betrayed Foley and announced that he was fired.

Seven months later, Foley made his return to Raw on March 5, 2007, tricking McMahon into giving him his job back. On April 9, Foley contributed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and helped a young child named Michael Peña to become an honorary General Manager of the night. Foley appeared again on June 11 for Mr. McMahon Appreciation Night insulting McMahon. Foley also announced his place as a number one contender for the WWE Championship. During the Raw broadcast before Vengeance, Foley was scheduled to make his official in-ring return in a match against Umaga but he attacked Umaga before the match, and the match was never started. At Vengeance, Foley wrestled in a WWE Championship Challenge match involving WWE Champion John Cena, Randy Orton, King Booker, and Bobby Lashley. Cena retained by pinning Foley. A month later, Foley made an appearance on Raw as the special guest referee for a match between Jonathan Coachman and Mr. McMahon’s storyline illegitimate son Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle won the match, after Foley handed him a miniature Mr. Socko. Foley then made an appearance on SmackDown the same week, where he defeated Coachman with Hornswoggle as the special guest referee. On the January 7, 2008 episode of Raw, Foley and his tag team partner Hornswoggle qualified for the Royal Rumble by defeating The Highlanders, but Foley was eliminated by Triple H during the Rumble.

Foley debuted as a color commentator for SmackDown alongside Michael Cole at Backlash in 2008, replacing Jonathan Coachman. On the August 1 edition of SmackDown, Foley was kayfabe attacked by Edge during Edge’s promo for his SummerSlam match against The Undertaker. Foley sat out the August 8 SmackDown to sell his recovery from the injuries. Tazz filled in for Foley as a color commentator on SmackDown, while Raw wrestler Matt Striker filled in for Tazz on ECW. Foley told the Long Island Press in August 2008 that “creatively, the announcing job wasn’t working out too well”. Foley allowed his contract with WWE to expire on September 1, 2008.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2008–present)
On September 3, 2008, Foley’s agency, the Gillespie Agency, issued a press release that stated Foley had signed a short-term deal with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Foley claimed in the statement to be “very excited about the specifics of this agreement and the potential it holds”. Foley made his TNA debut on September 5, at a TNA house show giving a short speech about how he loved the product. The official TNA Wrestling website featured an image of a smiley face with a variation of Foley’s catch phrase, “Have a nice day!” (and, before No Surrender, “Have a nice Sunday!”).

On the September 18, 2008 edition of Impact!, Foley made his first televised appearance for TNA, where Jeff Jarrett introduced him to the audience on the arena’s video wall. Two weeks later, Foley made his full television debut in a promo making comments about the WWE roster, Vince McMahon and Kurt Angle. At Bound for Glory IV, he was the special guest enforcer for Jarrett and Angle’s match. Later, on Impact!, Foley said goodbye, but was then approached by Jeff Jarrett with a new offer; he later indicated that they had come to terms on a new contract and would make a major announcement the next week. On the October 23 episode of Impact!, Foley announced that he was now co-owner of TNA along with Jarrett, just after Kurt Angle headbutted him.

On November 27, Thanksgiving day, TNA presented the Turkey Bowl. Alex Shelley ended up being pinned by Rhino, and Foley handed Rhino the check. After the match, Shelley was refusing to put on the Turkey Suit the person who was defeated had to put on, eventually he did put it on. However, Shelley “flipped off” Foley and was then beat down and Foley told him he was lucky he still has his job. The Main Event Mafia’s Kevin Nash, Booker T, and Scott Steiner were going to take on Brother Devon, A.J. Styles, and Mick Foley in his debut matchup at Genesis. Nash, however, suffered a legitimate staph infection and missed Genesis. He was replaced by Cute Kip. Foley got the pin when he hit Scott Steiner with a Double Arm DDT onto a chair. He is feuding with Sting and will fight him for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Lockdown.

Personal life

Foley is married to Colette Foley, née Christie. The couple have three sons and a daughter: Dewey Francis (born on February 20, 1992), Michael Francis, Jr. (born in January 2001), Huey (born in 2003), and Noelle Margaret (born on December 15, 1993).

Foley has participated in numerous Make-a-Wish Foundation events, made surprise visits to children in hospitals and has also visited schools and libraries, talking to students about the value of education and the importance of reading and traveled to various military bases and military hospitals to visit U.S. troops. Foley sponsors seven children with Christian Children’s Fund, a group he has been affiliated with since 1992. In recent years, he has become one of the fund’s leading donors, helping fund childhood education centers in the remote areas of the Phillipines and Mexico, as well as four small community schools in the war torn West African country of Sierra Leone. After visiting the country in November 2008, an experience he called “one of the best experiences of my life; maybe the best”. . Foley committed to funding a larger primary school as well.

History and Biography of Steve Cold Steve Austin

Posted By on April 11, 2009

History and Biography of Steve Cold Steve Austin

History and Biography of Steve Cold Steve Austin

History and Biography of Steve Cold Steve Austin

Real name : Steve Williams
Height : 6’2″
Weight : 241 lbs.
Date of Birth : 12/18/1964
Lives in : Victoria, Texas
Wife: Debra
Ex-wife : Jeannie Clarke
Children : Jade (stepdaughter – 1981), Stephanie (1992), Cassidy (1996)
Finishing maneuver : Stone Cold Stunner

Mini Biography

The Beginning:
Steve Williams was born on December 18, 1964, in Victoria, TX. He was trained by Chris Adams and made his debut in 1990. He joined WCW in 1991. His WCW tenure is most known for his membership in the Dangerous Alliance and his tag team with Brian Pillman. Steve suffered an arm injury in late 1994 and was fired by Eric Bischoff over the phone.

ECW & The Ringmaster:
Steve returned to the ring in late 1995 wrestling for ECW. It was here where his mike skills were showcased. His bitterness and hatred for WCW came pouring out in his promos. He was then hired by WWE and spent his first six months as the Ringmaster and was managed by Ted DiBiase. Shortly after dropping DiBiase and the Ringmaster gimmick, Austin’s career skyrocketed.

Austin 3:16:
After winning the 1996 King of the Ring, Austin stated to the then-bible thumping Jake Roberts, “Austin 3:16 says I just kicked your a**”. The Austin 3:16 shirt went on to become the biggest selling shirt in the history of wrestling. Austin was a no-nonsense heel that the fans started to get behind despite being the bad guy.

Tha Hart Foundation:
In 1997, Austin’s feud with the Hart Foundation propelled him to the main event. His matches with Bret Hart were classics and featured the fans turn against the good guy Bret. He also feuded with Owen Hart and suffered a severe neck injury in their SummerSlam match. This injury forced him to miss several months and would eventually lead to his retirement.

The Champ and his Feud With Vince McMahon:
At WrestleMania 14, Austin became champion in a match that made headlines because of Mike Tyson’s involvement. His biggest rival was WWE owner Vince McMahon. The fans really got behind this feud as the fans liked seeing someone humiliate and beat up his boss. With the success of this feud, WWE took the lead over WCW in the Monday Night Wars.

The Rock & Neck Surgery:
Austin’s biggest rival in the ring was the Rock. Their feud originally developed as part of the Vince McMahon saga. They went on to main event 2 WrestleMania’s and wrestle in a third. Austin required neck surgery in late 1999 and missed most of 2000. By the time he returned to the ring, the Rock became a household name.

Leaving Wrestling:
By June 2002, Steve was very frustrated with his place in WWE. He was scheduled to lose a match to Brock Lesnar as the beginning of Brock’s push. Austin felt that was an insult and left. He returned in March 2003 to fight the Rock in what turned out to be his final match. Since then, he has been a TV personality for the company as GM & Sheriff. In 2007, he starred in the WWE Film, The Condemned.

Full Biography

Steve Austin is Born!

Steve Austin was born in 1990 when a 25 year old Steve Williams decided to pursue a life long interest and enrolled in a wrestling school run by Chris Adams. In 1991 ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin debuted in World Championship Wrestling.

Time in WCW and ECW

Steve Austin spent five years in WCW. He held the TV Title twice, the US Title twice, and the Tag Titles once with the late Brian Pillman.

1991-06-03 Steve defeats Bobby Eaton winning the WCW World TV Championship. On 1992-04-27 Barry Windham defeats Austin for the TV Title in a best of three. Austin’s reign fell 9 days short of Arn Anderson’s record. 1992-06-23 Steve Austin defeats Barry Windham for his second TV Title reign. On 1992-09-02 Austin loses the title to Ricky Steamboat in a no-DQ match.

1993-03-02 wins Tag Titles with Brian Pillman defeating Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas. The Hollywood Blondes become a top team. Several months later (1993-08-18) Pillman goes on the injured list and Austin loses the Tag Titles, with replacement Steven Regal, to Arn Anderson and Paul Roma.

The Blondes breakup.

1993-12-27 Steve defeats Dustin Rhodes (aka Goldust) two out of three to win the US Title. 1994-09-18 Austin regains US Title from Ricky Steamboat, who forfeited due to injury. Jim Duggan defeats Austin immediately after. At this point Austin is no longer given a push and is held back. Eventually Austin goes on the injured list and leaves WCW.

In the summer of 1995 ‘Superstar’ Steve Austin debuts in Extreme Championship Wrestling. Later that year Austin signs with the WWF.

Steve Austin’s rise thru the WWF

Steve Austin debuts as Ted Dibiase’s Ringmaster. Soon a feud with Savio Vega leads to a match, 1996-04-28, stipulating that if Austin loses Dibiase must leave the WWF. Austin later claims he threw the match to get rid of Dibiase. Austin begins to take on his Stone Cold persona.

1996-06-23 King of The Ring. Stone Cold defeats Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts marking the rise of Austin 3:16. Later that year, Austin begins bad mouthing Bret Hart. At the 1996 Buried Alive, Austin defeats Hunter Hearst-Helmsley (Triple H). 1997 Royal Rumble Austin defeats Bret Hart. At WM XIII Stone Cold loses to Bret Hart in a submission match, passing out rather than submitting. Thus elevating his career even higher.

(1997-05-27) Austin and HBK Shawn Michaels win the Tag Titles defeating Owen Hart and Bulldog. HBK takes time off, Austin is stripped of the Tag Titles. On July 14 Stone Cold is prepared to fight Owen and Bulldog by himself to reclaim the Tag Titles when none other than Dude Love, perhaps better known as Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) came to Stone Cold’s aid. Together they defeat Owen and Bulldog to recapture the Tag Team Championship belts.

(1997-08-3) Summer Slam. Austin defeats Owen Hart for his first IC Title win. But vacates the IC and Tag titles due to an injury sustained during the match by a badly executed pile-driver. Stone Cold returns to defeat Owen Hart at Survivor Series (1997-11-09) to win the IC Title a second time. On 1997-12-06 Austin defeats Rocky Maivia (The Rock) retaining the IC Title, however the next night on Raw he hands it to Rocky and goes after the WWF Championship. Actually the Rattlesnake took the IC belt and threw it in a river. Stone Cold eliminated Rocky at the 1998 Royal Rumble, earning his title shot at WrestleMania XIV. Steve Austin defeated HBK with Mike Tyson as the enforcer/referee and has fought to hang on to the title as much as possible since then. Stone Cold held the Tag Titles for a third time with, his then number one contender, the Undertaker. They defeated Kane and Mankind at Fully Loaded 1998. Austin’s most recent WWF Championship reign ended when Mankind won a Triple Threat match at Summer Slam 1999.

When Stone Cold walks to the ring in his black boots and black trunks everyone watching the show knows anything can happen (and probably will). Most of Stone Cold’s success may be attributed to three words: “Don’t trust anybody!”

On Byte This 1999-11-04 Austin said that he is indeed dating Debra, the two went on a hunting trip recently. He likes working with Triple H and said he, or the Undertaker, would be his first choice for a partner if he had to have one. On training he commented, “I like my hamburgers and beer.” Austin likes to enjoy life, so he doesn’t train as seriously as some other stars. He also mentioned that he may be getting new entrance music. One of his favorite past WWF stars was Ricky Steamboat. Also he remarked that Shawn Michaels was kind of a jackass.

Austin’s Injury and Return

At Survivor Series (1999-11-14) Steve Austin was hit by a car (scripted) in the parking area and Big Show took his place in the Triple Threat WWF Championship match defeating Triple H and Rock. Austin took the time off to undergo surgery to repair some prior injuries to his neck as well as film two more episodes of Nash Bridges which aired May 5 and May 19.

Austin underwent surgery in January of 2000. His return to the WWF in some capacity was definite but his in ring ability was questionable. The doctors stated a recovery time of around 6 months. On 2000-01-30 Stone Cold was interviewed at his home by Jim Ross, the Rattlesnake plans to be back in the ring in 3 to 4 months. But refuses to get back in at less than 100%. Steve was at the pre-WrestleMania show but did not get involved in any matches. His rehabilitation was going well but doctors still were reluctant to say he could ever compete again.

Austin appeared on WWF TV on SmackDown (2000-04-27). The Rattlesnake blew up the DX Express bus after Rock announced that Austin would indeed make an appearance. Then Stone Cold made his presence known at Backlash as he assisted Rock to regain the WWF Championship. Although it was a premature return since he was not physically ready for action.

On 2000-09-13 Steve Austin married Debra in a small Las Vegas ceremony. A couple weeks prior to Unforgiven 2000 Stone Cold announced he was going to be at the show to open the Stone Cold Court of Law and find the person who ran him down. Stating he had waived any legal proceedings he promised to open the biggest can of ‘whoop ass’ the WWF had ever seen.

Stone Cold continues his investigation through October, which mostly consisted of handing out stunners to much of the locker room. Commissioner Foley ends up suspending Austin until the investigation is finished. Finally on October 09 Rikishi (which didn’t make much sense) admits to running Austin down for The Rock. Commissioner Foley signs a match against Rikishi at No Mercy. Then Triple H reveals himself as Rikishi’s accomplice, marking his return as a heel. Stone Cold defeats Triple H in a no-DQ match at Survivor Series. Austin finds himself in a Six-Way WWF Championship Match at Armageddon.

January 2001 Stone Cold Steve Austin wins the Royal Rumble for a WWF Championship match. And then at WrestleMania XVII (aka X-Seven) Austin made one of the most surprising heel turns.

Stone Cold defeated The Rock on 2001-04-01 for the WWF Championship (5th time) then defected to the Alliance (WCW and ECW resurrected to take over Sports Entertainment). Austin’s ring time decreasesd during this period. He lost the title to Kurt Angle then regained it for a 6th reign as WWF Champion. Austin (WWF Champion) and The Rock (WCW Champion) were defeated by Chris Jericho in a tournament match to name an Undisputed Champion (2001-12-09).

2002 Austin Walks Out

Austin walked out on the WWF in June 2002. Mostly due to the frustration with his character and past injuries hindering his performance. While he was out of the WWE Austin and Debra went their separate ways.

Around this time the ECW and WCW were reabsorbed, then the WWF became the WWE, and RAW and SmackDown split the roster.

2003 Austin Returns in Limited Capacity

On March 30, 2003 Stone Cold made his way to WrestleMania XIX where he was finally defeated by The Rock.

2003-04-28 While Stone Cold was gone, Eric Bischoff mocked Austin a couple times and eventually drove Jim Ross to quit. Lita quit about a week later when Bischoff insisted she pose for Playboy. Linda MacMahon made one of her infrequent visits to Raw, on April 28th, and announced a co-general manager to keep Eric inline – Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Stone Cold remained as co-GM till November of 2003. Circumstances occurred that forbid Austin from striking a wrestler without being provoked. Austin put his career on the line at Survivor Series but his team lost and Stone Cold left Raw. He made an appearance at a special Christmas event for the troops in Iraq, he posed as Santa Clause and gave vince a stunner for a present. Fan response helped to bring Stone Cold back under his own terms; as Sheriff of Raw near the end of 2003.

Stone Cold Walks Again

Austin’s appearances were limited during his Sheriff reign in early 2004. (I went to one of the events where he road an ATV to the ring with Earl Hebner on the back. I’ll try to post some pictures eventually.) He refereed the Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg match at WrestleMania XX and shortly after WWE and Stone Cold went their separate ways, apparently over some contract dispute.

There was news of a multiple-movie contract with Stone Cold, backed by the WWE. One of the being The Longest Yard (2005) (Buy DVD)

2005 Steve Austin Returns Part Time

Stone Cold’s first TV appearance in about a year was at WrestleMania XXI. He made a couple appearances before making a bigger impact at WWE Homecoming. The three hour special return of WWE to the USA Network (here’s hoping they don’t get preempted by a dog show again…). Stone Cold showed up at Homecoming and gave a stunner to Vince, Shane, Stephanie, and for the first time ever Linda McMahon. Also during Homecoming, Hogan challenged Austin to a match.

Part–time appearances and the Hall of Fame

Austin made his first appearance on WWE programming in a year on April 3, 2005 at WrestleMania 21 where he was confronted by “Rowdy” Roddy Piper in Piper’s Pit until Carlito interrupted to insult both. This resulted in Carlito receiving a Stone Cold Stunner from Austin and Piper throwing him out of the ring. The segment ended with Austin and Piper celebrating with beer until Austin gave Piper a Stone Cold Stunner as well.

Then, at WWE Homecoming in October, Austin again returned to Raw, delivering Stunners to all four members of the McMahon family. An angle including Jim Ross being fired led to a match in which Austin agreed to face Ross’s replacement, Jonathan Coachman, at Taboo Tuesday, with the stipulation of Ross regaining his announcing job if Austin were to win and Austin losing his own job if he lost the match. Austin balked at the decision for Coachman to win, however, and once again walked out on the company after storyline disagreements. To explain away his failure to appear at Taboo Tuesday, Vince McMahon said on Raw that Austin had been involved in an accident, thus preventing him from competing. A substitution for Austin was made in the form of Batista, who faced the Coach along with Vader and Goldust, who was brought in to generate some last minute interest in the match. The stipulation was dropped due to Austin not competing.

Austin returned to WWE briefly to face John “Bradshaw” Layfield in a beer drinking contest at the March 5, 2006 edition of WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event. The feat was declared a no contest when Austin saw JBL cheating by pouring the beer down his clothes. Austin gave a stunner to JBL and then celebrated with the Stone Cold “beer salute.” Austin then inducted Bret Hart into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 1, 2006.

Austin returned to WWE programming (appearing on Raw, ECW, and SmackDown!) in March 2007, partially to promote his starring role in the release of WWE Films’ production, The Condemned. On March 31, 2007, Stone Cold inducted his friend Jim Ross into the WWE Hall of Fame. At WrestleMania 23, Austin, as a special guest referee, officiated the match between Bobby Lashley and Umaga. In the course of the event, Austin delivered stunners to Umaga, Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon, and Donald Trump. He then appeared in a video on the June 11 edition of Raw as part of “Mr. McMahon’s Appreciation Night”, where he shared his thoughts on his past feuds with McMahon.

Austin as the special guest referee at the 2008 Cyber Sunday event.

Austin appeared on the August 18, 2007 edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event, as a possible illegitimate child of Mr. McMahon and stunned McMahon and Jonathan Coachman. Austin appeared at SummerSlam where he was the replacement for Matt Hardy to battle Montel Vontavious Porter in a Beer Drinking Contest. The match ended in a no contest decision after Austin handed a beer to MVP and gave him the Stone Cold Stunner.

On the November 5, 2007 edition of Raw, Austin made an appearance to confront Santino Marella for bashing The Condemned. The argument ended as Marella received a Stone Cold Stunner from Austin, who then walked backstage only to return with a Budweiser beer truck to hose down Marella and his valet Maria with beer.

On December 10, 2007 during the Raw 15th Anniversary Spectacular, Austin returned after Vince McMahon received the mandible claw from Mankind and a chokeslam from The Undertaker for proclaiming himself “the greatest Raw superstar of all time.” Shortly after, McMahon received a Stone Cold Stunner as Austin called out all WWE stars in attendance to the ring to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Raw. The show closed as Austin, Triple H and Hornswoggle poured beer on McMahon, who was knocked out outside the ring.

On March 29, 2008, at the Amway Arena, in Orlando, Florida, Austin appeared as a guest at the 2008 WWE Hall of Fame, where at one segment of the taping when Dwayne Johnson was honoring his father and grandfather, the fans hinted to the two wrestlers for one more match, after The Rock on stage pointed out to Austin, and a match they had about 10 years prior.

On October 26, 2008 at Cyber Sunday, Austin was the special guest referee during a match between Batista and Chris Jericho for the World Heavyweight Championship. In between the match Stone Cold told a fleeing Jericho that if he was counted out or disqualified, Batista would win the Title. During the course of the match, Batista accidentally knocked Austin down. When Austin recovered, Randy Orton, who had come out as the third referee, knocked Austin back down, only to receive a Stone Cold Stunner when Austin recovered. Eventually Batista won the match by hitting his signature Batista Bomb on Chris Jericho, leading Austin to give the 3 count, making Batista the New World Heavyweight Champion.

On January 12, 2009 edition of Raw, Austin was announced to be the first member of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2009. Austin was inducted by his long term on-screen rival WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

At WrestleMania XXV, Austin was introduced alongside the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2009. After the introductions, the segment became an instant curtain call. Austin’s theme music hit, and he re-entered the ringside area wearing a vintage “Austin 3:16″ shirt driving an ATV. He drove the ATV around the ring, up the aisle, then in reverse next to the ring. Austin got in the ring, and it became what will be remembered as his farewell beer bash. He toasted the fans, and announcer Jim Ross, whom stated “We’ll never forget the night the Austin era began, and we’ll never forget the night it ended.” During the segment, announcers Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, and Michael Cole stressed that this was his “final time” in a WWE ring.

Personal life

Steve Williams dated Kathryn Burrhus throughout high school and college, and the two married on November 24, 1990. Nonetheless, Williams pursued a relationship with Jeannie Clark (“Lady Blossom”), whom he was working with. Subsequently his marriage to Kathy was quickly annulled on August 7, 1992 and Williams and Jeannie married on December 18, 1992. Together, they have two daughters, Stephanie (born in 1992) and Cassidy (born in 1994). He also adopted Jade, Jeannie’s daughter with former husband Chris Adams. They divorced on May 10, 1999 and their daughters now live in England with Jeannie.

On September 13, 2000, Austin married Debra Marshall. On June 15, 2002, however, police were called to their residence in San Antonio, Texas. They found a hysterical Debra with bruises. Austin had left the house and was asked by police not to return. On August 14, 2002, Austin was arrested and charged with domestic abuse. He pled no contest on November 25, 2002 and was given a year’s probation, a $1,000 fine and ordered to carry out eighty hours of community service. Debra would later claim that Steve Austin was a steroid user and this incident was the result of roid rage. Austin filed for divorce from Debra on July 22, 2002 and the divorce was finalized on February 5, 2003.

On November 13 2007, Austin was involved in an altercation at a Charlotte bar with former American Gladiator Jonathan Byrne. Byrne accused Austin of using steroids, and a heated argument ensued. Both men began shoving each other, but were soon separated by friends. Police were called, but no charges were pressed.

In December 2007, the Wrestling Observer newsletter reported that “Stone Cold” Steve Austin legally changed his real name (Steven Williams) to his wrestling name Steve Austin, following in the footsteps of former WWE Superstars Ultimate Warrior and Chyna.

Reported on March 3, 2009, TMZ cameras caught up with Austin walking out of the Fiuserefly restaurant in Venice Beach, California and it appears he has shaved off his trademark goatee beard for the first time in years, but he grew it again for the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame induction. The reporter also asked for Austin’s thoughts on steroids.

History and Biography of The Rock

Posted By on March 21, 2009

History and Biography of The Rock

history and biography of the rock

history and biography of the rock

Date of Birth
2 May 1972, Hayward, California, USA

Birth Name
Dwayne Douglas Johnson

The People’s Champion
The Brahma Bull
The Great One
The Rock

6′ 4″ (1.93 m)

Mini Biography:

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California. He is a third generation wrestler. His father is Rocky Johnson and his grandfather, on his mother’s side, was the late Peter Maivia. He was a member of the 1991 national champion Miami Hurricane football team. While attending Miami, he met and later married Dany Johnson (Garcia). In 2001, they had a daughter named Simone Alexandra. The couple got divorced in 2008.

Rocky Maivia:

Dwayne was trained to wrestle by his father and Pat Patterson. He started wrestling in 1995. As Rocky Maivia, he made his WWE debut at the 1996 Survivor Series. He quickly went on to become the Intercontinental champion. Even though he was a face (good guy), the fans hated him. During his matches, the fans would chant “Rocky Sucks”. After a brief absence, Rocky Maivia turned into the Rock.

The Nation of Domination:

The Rock was an arrogant heel that spoke about himself in the third person. As a bad guy, his promos were incredible and he seemed to come up with a new catch phrase on a continual basis. It was during this time that he came up with his signature gimmicks “The People’s Eyebrow” and “The People’s Elbow” with the joke being that he was the bad guy that the people hated.

The People’s Champ:

While Steve Austin was the top performer in the company, it was obvious that The Rock was about to reach that level. The Rock became WWE Champion at the 1998 Survivor Series, which was his second anniversary in the WWE. He would go on to main event 3 WrestleMania shows against Austin. Starting in 2000, the Rock would take a lot of time off due to his new film career.

Best Selling Author and the Start of a New Career:

In 2000, his autobiography, The Rock Says, went to number 1. Hollywood took notice and he hosted Saturday Night Live to promote WrestleMania 2000. His performance was so good that he received the role of the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns. While it was only a cameo role, he stole the movie and starred in the prequel, The Scorpion King.

The Transition From Wrestler to Actor:

By 2001, his wrestling career was a few months on and a few months off. However, his matches were always the main event and while his feuds were short they were memorable. In 2002, the fans were treated to a dream match when he finally got in the ring against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X-8. In 2004, he wrestled his final match at WrestleMania XX.


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was born on May 2nd 1972 in Hayward California. Dwayne has many Relitives that were/are professional wrestlers. His father Rocky Johnson inspired him to do alot, and to get into the wrestling biz. Dwayne was very good at football and carried it into college and high school. Johnson received collegiate football scholarship offers from several universities and settled on the University Of Miami. In 1991, he was part of the Miami Hurricanes’, but after getting an injury that kept him sidelined, he was replaced. There at Miami, Johnson met his future wife, Dany Garcia. Johnson graduated from the University of Miami in 1995 with a degree in criminology. Johnson continued his football career by after being passed over by the NFL, but he was cut two months into the season.

Johnson married Dany Garcia on May 3rd, 1997 a day after his 25th birthday. Dwayne and his wife have a daughter, Simone Alexander, born August 14th 2001. But sad things happen because on June 1, 2007, Johnson and Garcia announced that they would be splitting up after 10 years of marriage. But they said that they would stay bestfriends.

The Rock actually has made many charity donations and has started a charity called The Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation.

Finnaly, Dwayne Johnson joined the WWE in 1996 as Rocky Mavia! He was WWE’S first 3rd generation superstar. He debuted at Survivor Series 1996 as a babyface(good guy). On RAW Feburary 1997, he won the Intercotinental championship from Hunter Hearst Helmsley and it was only his 3rd month with the company. But fans were getting sick of his good guy gimmick due to the popularity of Stone Cold Steve Austin. So during some of his matches the fans would chant “Die Rocky Die!” and “Rocky Sucks!”

After losing his Championship to Owen Hart and coming back from an injury, Dwayne was able to turn Heel(bad guy). He joined the Nation Of Domination.

He used the nickname of “‘The Rock’ Rocky Maivia,” which was eventually shortened to just “The Rock.” The Rock soon drove out the leader, Faarroq and soon starting his sentences with “The Rock says……” Johnson was regonized as for the best cutting promos in the industry.

As you could see, he took classes at Miami university for speech, which he got “A’s” in. Rock spent the end of 1997 and the beginning of 1998 feuding with both Austin and Ken Shamrock.

Johnson next feuded with Faarooq, who was angry at the Rock for usurping his position. The Rock Recieved the Intercotinental after Vince told Stone Cold to release it to the Rock. He soon moved to a feud with Triple H and D-Generation X. Nation members would fight DX while the Rock would fight Triple H over the Intercontinental Championship. The Rock had many battles with Triple H for the belt, but soon lost it to him in a ladder match at SummerSlam 1998. At BrekDown, Rock defeated Ken Shamrock and Mankind in a triple threat steel cage match to become the #1 contender to the WWF Championship. After feuding with Mark Henry, The Nation was disbanded.

Johnson’s popularity as The Rock propelled him to the WWF Championship. Soon the reaction from the Crowd turned him Face again, and he began a fued with Mr. McMahon who said he has a “problem with the people” and thus he should target the “People’s Champion” (as The Rock claimed himself to be).
The Rock soon won his first WWF Championship against Mankind in Survivor Series 1998 in the finals of the “Deadly Game” tournament. At the time, he was the first African American Champion, and the youngest one too. Once again, The Rock turned heel after joining Vince and Shane Mcmahon in the Corporation. Later, At the Paper View In Your House, The Rock had a rematch against Mankind for the WWF Championship. Mankind won by submission but Mr. McMahon said that since The Rock did not tap out that The Rock would retain his title. The Rock began a feud with Mankind over the WWF Championship, during which the title changed hands back and forth between the two. Soon The Rock won his 2nd WWF Championship.

This feud lasted until Feburary 15th edition of RAW is WAR, where The Rock won his third WWF Championship in a ladder match after The Big Show chokeslammed Mankind off a ladder.
before losing to Undertaker at King Of The Ring 1999, for Undertaker’s WWF Championship where Undertaker retained the title. With Mankind out of the way, The Rock had to defend his WWF Championship at WrestleMania XV, but lost the belt to Stone Cold. Rock also lost the tittle rematch at Backlash. WWF fans began to cheer The Rock despite him being a heel, due to his comedic interviews, promos and segments which mocked wrestlers and announcers and made him popular to the fans. Soon The Rock turned Face again after being betrayed by Shawn Micheals, and started a feud with The Undertaker, Triple H, and the Coporate Minisrty. Sometimes he found himself working together with Austin. Rock defeated Triple H at historic Over The Edge 1999 before losing to Undertaker at King Of The Ring 1999, for Undertaker’s WWF Championship where Undertaker retained the title. He continued his rivalry with Triple H, after losing to him in a #1 contender’s match at Fully Loaded.

The Rock found himself in several singles and tag championship opportunities, so he teamed with former enemy Mankind to create The Rock N Sock Connection. And The Rock N Sock connection won the WWF tag team tittles 3 times. Aside from the championships, the team was regarded as one of the most entertaining teams in history, as Mankind imitated The Rock, who ignored Mankind, with both wrestlers having support from the crowd.. The team was also involved in a segment which occurred on RAW is WAR called “This Is Your Life,” in which Mankind brought out people from The Rock’s past, such as his high school girlfriend and gym teacher. The segment earned an 8.4 Nielsen Rating and is, to this day, one of the single highest rated segments in terms of viewership in RAW history.

The Rock soon entered the 2000 Royal Rumble and was left with the Big Show as the final two. The Big Show looked like he was going to eliminate The Rock in a choke-slam position, but The Rock reversed it, and sent the Big Show flying down the ropes, as the Rock came back up. The Rock’s feet, however, hit the floor first, although those watching the event did not see that. The Big Show attempted to prove that the Rock’s feet, not his, touched the ground first. He did manage to prove it, by providing video footage showing that he was the rightful winner. . Despite that, the decision that The Rock had won the Rumble match could not be reversed, so a number one contender’s match for the WWF Championship at No Way Out 2000 was held, which saw the Big Show come out on top after Shane McMahon interfered, knocking The Rock in the head with a steel chair. The Rock soon won agaist The Big Show again, and earned the right to face Triple H at the WrestleMania 2000. Triple H retained the title when Vince turned on The Rock, giving him two vicious chair shots, allowing Triple H to pin The Rock for the three-count. Over the next couple of months The Rock feuded with Triple H over the WWF Championship. A month after the match at WrestleMania 2000, The Rock had a rematch with Triple H at Backlash 2000 in which The Rock won his fourth WWF Championship. Later he won his fifth WWF championship at the 2000 King Of The Ring in a tag team match. He successfully defended the championship against superstars such as Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, Triple H, Kane, The Undertaker, and Shane McMahon. He soon lost his Tittle to Angle at No Mercy in 2000. Before the match of the Amageddon Hell In A Cell, The Rock cut one of his most successful promos ever, making fun of the other five competitors. Around that same time, Rock held the WWF Tag Team Championship with The Undertaker and the duo exchanged the titles with Edge and Christian.After fueding with Angle for the WWF championship, The Rock finally came out on top and regained the WWF Championship.

Afterwards, he feuded with the Royal Rumble 2001 winner, Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Rock went into Wrestle Mania 17 as the WWF Champion, but he was defeated after a shocking turn from Austin, who used Mr. McMahon to win the title. Soon Rock went on to film the movie “The Mummy Returns” after a storyline suspension from Mr. McMahon.

In early 2002, Rock feuded with Jericho and challenged him for the WWF Undisputed Championship at Royal rumble 2002, but lost the match. After losing to Jericho, Rock engaged in feuds and wrestled the likes of The Undertaker at No Way Out 2002 and Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X8. On July 21st, The Rock won his record-breaking seventh and final WWE Championship, which was then under the name “WWE Undisputed Championship”.

After fueding with Lesnar, UnderTaker, Angle and Triple H, The Rock lost his last Championship reign to Lesnar.

The Rock’s last heel turn began on SmackDown in February 2003, where he publicly criticized Hulk Hogan. The Rock later drafted himself to RAW and started a feud with the Hurricane and other babyfaces.
He also had a comical gimmick, where he played the guitar and sang songs mocking the host city for the event.When Stone Cold Steve Austin returned, they once again feuded, and the Rock defeated Austin at WrestleMania XIX, which was Austin’s last major appearance in a wrestling role. The Rock then had a feud with former WCW star Bill GoldBerg, to whom Rock lost at Backlash 2003. In this match, both superstars received a mixed reaction from the fans. The Rock then turned face once more by engaging in a one night feud against then-heels Chris Jericho and Christian. Despite that, he declared Christian as his favorite wrestler, and Christian began calling himself the “new people’s champion” and referring to his fans as “his peeps.”

The Rock has made occasional appereances with the WWE. Including standing up for Eugene, making a cameo appearance in his home-town of Miami and helping Foley turn back La resistance. He hosted a “Pie-Eating Contest” during the Diva Search 2004 and ended the segment by giving Johnathan Coachman a Rock Bottom and a People’s Elbow. After this appearance, Johnson reported in several interviews that he was no longer under contract with WWE. He also reported that the reason he was able to continue using the name “The Rock” was part of a dual ownership between him and WWE. The Rock made an appearance on WWE after a near three year absence, appearing on RAW via a pre-taped segment on the titantron.
The Rock’s latest apperances was inducting his father and his granfather into the WWE Hall Of Fame.

History and Biography of Chris Jericho

Posted By on March 3, 2009

History and Biography of Chris Jericho

History and Biography of Chris Jericho

History and Biography of Chris Jericho

Birth Name: Christopher Keith Irvine
Birth Place: Manhasset, NY
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/09/1970, Scorpio
Profession: Pro wrestler; actor; singer

Mini Biography

Chris Jericho was born November 9, 1970 in Manhasset, New York and was raised in raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His real name is Christopher Keith Irvine. He joined the Hart Brothers School of Wrestling when he was 19 year old. His father, Ted Irvine, is a former National Hockey League (NHL) player.

He is presently working with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), on its Raw brand. Chris is married to Jessica Lee Lockhart. On September 24, 2004 they were blessed with a son and on July 18, 2006, they were blessed with twin daughters. Jericho has also appeared on World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW).

On September 25, 1997, Chris Jericho joined the Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was given the award of The Order of the Buffalo Hunt in a ceremony held in Manitoba for his achievements in wrestling and working with underprivileged children.
In 1992, he came to Mexico where he did many small and largest wrestling companies, he also worked for Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL). In 1994 he moved to Japan where he competed for the Wrestling and Romance (WAR) promotion.

Jericho joined WCW on August 26, 1996 and his first match with Chris Benoit at Fall Brawl held on September 15, 1996. On June 28, 1997 Jericho won the WCW Cruiserweight Championship and in 1997 he won again.

On August 9, 1999 Jericho made his first appearance on WWE held in Chicago. He introduced himself as Y2J. When The Rock was in the ring doing a promo, Jericho interrupted him.

Full Biography


A year after graduating from college, Irvine was setting up rings for promoter Bob Holliday. At age nineteen, he entered the Hart Brothers School of Wrestling. Two months later, he was ready to start wrestling on independent shows, making his debut in October 1990. He took the name “Jericho” from the Helloween album, Walls of Jericho and from his Christian beliefs.

Jericho worked for Tony Condello in the tours of Northern Manitoba with future superstars Adam Copeland (Edge), Jason Reso (Christian Cage), and Terry Gerin (Rhino). He also wrestled in Calgary’s Canadian National Wrestling Alliance (CNWA) and Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling (CRMW). In the winter of 1992, he traveled to Mexico where he wrestled for several small wrestling companies as well as the largest in the country, Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL). In EMLL, Jericho took on Silver King, Negro Casas, and Último Dragón en route to an eleven-month reign as the NWA Middleweight Champion that began in December 1993. His burgeoning wrestling skills also took him to Japan in 1994 where he competed for the Wrestling and Romance (WAR) promotion, facing the likes of Gedo and Último Dragón, to whom he lost the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship. 1994 also saw Jericho reunited with his former teammate from CRMW, Lance Storm, as the Thrillseekers in Jim Cornette’s Smoky Mountain Wrestling promotion. In 1995, Jericho competed in the second Super J Cup Tournament, hosted by WAR, losing to Chris Benoit.

In 1996, thanks to a recommendation by Mick Foley to promoter Paul Heyman, Jericho began wrestling for the Philadelphia-based Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) promotion, winning the ECW Television Championship in June 1996. While in ECW, Chris Jericho made a name for himself, wrestling top talent such as Taz, Sabu, Rob Van Dam, Cactus Jack, Shane Douglas, and 2 Cold Scorpio. It was during this time that he drew the attention of WCW.

World Championship Wrestling (1996–1999)

On August 26, 1996 Jericho made his first appearance with WCW, and on September 15, he appeared at his first pay-per-view show, in a match against Chris Benoit at Fall Brawl. On June 28, 1997, Jericho defeated Syxx in Los Angeles, California to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship for the first time. He won the title again on August 12, 1997, by defeating Alex Wright.

Jericho began his WCW heel run when he won the title a third time, defeating Rey Mysterio, Jr. at Souled Out 1998 by forcing him to submit to the Liontamer. After the match, Jericho assaulted Mysterio’s knee with a toolbox. Mysterio needed six months of recovery before he could return to the ring. Jericho then had a short feud with Juventud Guerrera with Guerrera repeatedly wanting a shot at Jericho’s Cruiserweight Championship but constantly being rebuffed. This resulted in a Title vs. Mask match at SuperBrawl VIII. Guerrera lost the match and was forced to remove his mask. Following this match, Jericho began his ongoing gimmick of collecting and wearing to the ring trophy items from his defeated opponents, such as Guerrera’s mask, Prince Iaukea’s Hawaiian dress, and a headband from Disco Inferno.

Jericho then began a long feud with Dean Malenko in which Jericho constantly claimed to be a superior wrestler but refused to wrestle Malenko. Due to his mastery of technical wrestling, Malenko was known as “The Man of 1000 Holds,” so Jericho claimed to be “The Man of 1004 Holds.” During the March 30, 1998 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, after defeating Marty Jannetty, Jericho pulled out a long pile of paper that allegedly listed each of the 1004 holds he knew and then recited them to the audience. Many of the “holds” were fictional, and every other hold was an armbar. On the March 12, 1998 episode of WCW Thunder, Malenko appeared to defeat Jericho who was wearing the mask of Guerrera, however, this was revealed to have been a bribed Lenny Lane, resulting in a minor feud over Jericho not paying Lane for his role. At Uncensored Jericho finally wrestled Malenko and defeated him, leading to Malenko taking a leave of absence from wrestling. Jericho then proceeded to bring with him to the ring a portrait of Malenko, which he insulted and demeaned. Just prior to Slamboree, J.J. Dillon (referred to by Jericho as “Jo Jo”) scheduled a cruiserweight Battle Royal in which the wrestler who won would immediately have a shot at Jericho’s Cruiserweight Championship. Jericho accepted on the grounds that whoever had to face him would not have nearly enough energy to wrestle two matches in a row. At Slamboree, Jericho came out to announce the competitors in insulting fashion before the match started and then went backstage for coffee. The battle royal was won by what appeared to be Ciclope after Juventud Guerrera shook Ciclope’s hand then eliminated himself but was in fact a returning Malenko in disguise who proceeded to defeat Jericho for the championship. This led to Jericho claiming to be a victim of a carefully planned conspiracy to get the belt off of him. He at first blamed the WCW locker room, then added J.J. Dillon, Ted Turner, and finally in a vignette, he walked around Washington, D.C. with the sign “conspiracy victim” adding President Bill Clinton to the list of conspirators after being rejected from a meeting. Eventually Malenko vacated the title. In the match to decide the champion, Jericho ended up defeating Malenko at The Great American Bash to win the vacant title due to Malenko being disqualified after hitting Jericho with a chair. The next night Malenko was suspended for his actions.

At Bash at the Beach, Jericho was defeated by the recently returned Rey Mysterio, Jr. (who had recovered from his knee injury) in a No Disqualification match when the still suspended Malenko interfered. The next night, however, Jericho regained the Cruiserweight Championship from Mysterio after he interrupted J.J. Dillon, who was at the time giving the championship to Mysterio. Jericho was again awarded the championship. Eventually, Jericho decisively lost the title to Juventud Guerrera at Road Wild with Malenko as special referee. On August 10, Jericho defeated Stevie Ray to win the WCW World Television Championship (Stevie Ray substituting for the champion Booker T).

Soon after this, Jericho attempted to instigate a feud with the WCW World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg, calling him out repeatedly but never actually wrestling him. Jericho began referring to him as “Greenberg”. At Fall Brawl, Jericho, Ralphus, and the Ninja participated in a scene where before coming to the ring they attempted to replicate Goldberg’s guided ring entrance from his locker room but got lost repeatedly. At one point Jericho yelled “Rock and Roll! Hello Winston-Salem!” in reference to a similar scene from the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. When Jericho finally reached the entrance to simulate Goldberg’s pyro, the resulting pyro was so poor it caused Jericho to flip out and start kicking it. Then, a four and a half foot tall midget instead of Goldberg came out and was easily defeated by Jericho, who now claimed to be 1-0 against Goldberg to satirize Goldberg’s undefeated streak. This occurred three more times, eventually ending with Jericho claiming to be 4-0 against Goldberg, though they never actually wrestled once.

On November 30, 1998 Jericho lost the Television Championship to Konnan. Jericho then began a feud with Perry Saturn in early 1999. The feud saw Jericho and Saturn instigating bizarre stipulation matches, such as at Souled Out, where Jericho defeated Saturn in a “loser must wear a dress” match. At SuperBrawl IX Jericho and Saturn wrestled in a “dress” match which again saw Jericho defeat Saturn. Saturn finally defeated Jericho at Uncensored in a Dog Collar match.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment

Jericho alternated between WCW and a number of Japanese tours before his debut with the World Wrestling Federation. The build-up to Jericho’s arrival was a clock labeled “countdown to the new millennium,” counting down over the weeks prior to his arrival. On the home video, Break the Walls Down, Jericho states he was inspired to do this as his entrance when he saw a similar clock in a post office. Vince McMahon gave him the green light to use it as his intro to the WWF. The clock finally ran down on August 9, 1999 in Chicago, Illinois while The Rock was in the ring doing a promo. Jericho, a heel, who was actually being cheered instead of getting booed, entered the arena and proclaimed himself “Y2J” (a play on the Y2K bug). The Rock proceeded to verbally mock him for his interruption.

Jericho feuded with Chyna for the Intercontinental Championship. After losing to Chyna at the Survivor Series 1999, Jericho won his first Intercontinental title at Armageddon. This feud with Chyna lasted for many months, including a controversial decision during a rematch in which two separate referees declared each one of them the winner of a match for the title. As a result, they became co-owners of the title until Jericho attained sole ownership at the Royal Rumble. He ended up dropping the title to Kurt Angle at No Way Out.

On April 2, Jericho participated in a Triple Threat match against Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle at WrestleMania 2000. Angle entered the match-up as both the WWF European and WWF Intercontinental Champion. The first man to score a pinfall or submission would be declared Intercontinental Champion. The second man to score a pinfall or submission would be declared European Champion. Jericho was first pinned by Benoit and pinned Benoit later on in the match, making Jericho the new European Champion. Jericho lost the title the next day to Eddie Guerrero on Raw after Chyna turned heel to side with Guerrero, claiming she could not resist his Latino Heat. On the April 17 edition of Raw, Jericho upset Triple H in a WWF Championship match. Referee Earl Hebner had made a fast count when Jericho pinned Triple H, giving Jericho the title. After previous weeks of assault on referee Earl Hebner, Triple H told him that if he reversed the decision, then he would never touch him while he was under contract. After Hebner reversed the decision, he fired Hebner and assaulted him. Despite the pinfall win over Triple H, WWE does not recognize Jericho’s reign as champion. After the controversial decision, Jericho went on to feud with Chris Benoit. On the May 4 edition of SmackDown!, Jericho defeated Benoit to become Intercontinental Champion for the second time, but lost the title back to Benoit four days later on Raw.

Jericho’s popularity skyrocketed when he started feuding with Triple H and his wife (just married in the storyline at the time) Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. Fans took particular delight in his promos toward Stephanie, as he showered her with insults, calling her a “filthy, dirty, disgusting, brutal, bottom-feeding, trash-bag ho” and throwing a pie in her face. He got the best of Triple H on more than one occasion, even helping the Brooklyn Brawler, a renowned jobber, gain an upset victory over the then four-time WWF Champion. Their feud climaxed at Fully Loaded, when they competed in a Last Man Standing match, with Jericho only losing the match to Triple H by one second and thanks to multiple occasions of Stephanie helping Triple H, especially in the final moments.

2001 – 2002

At the 2001 Royal Rumble, Jericho defeated Chris Benoit in a Ladder match to win the Intercontinental Championship for the third time. At WrestleMania X-Seven, he successfully defended his title in a match against William Regal, only to lose it four days later to Triple H.

At Judgment Day, Jericho and Benoit won a “Tag Team Turmoil” match, earning a shot at Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H for their WWF Tag Team Championship on Raw the next night. Benoit and Jericho won the match, in which Triple H legitimately tore his quadriceps and spent the rest of the year injured, and Jericho became WWF Tag Team Champion for the first time. The team defended their title in the first Fatal Four-Way Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match where Benoit sustained a year-long injury doing a diving headbutt through a table. Despite being carried out on a stretcher, he returned to the match to climb the ladder and retain the championship. The duo lost the titles one month later to the Dudley Boyz on June 19, 2001.

In the following months, Jericho became a major force in The Invasion storyline in which WCW and ECW joined forces to overtake the WWF. Jericho remained on the side of the WWF (despite previously competing in WCW and ECW) and retained his status as a face. However, signs of a heel turn slowly became obvious as Jericho began to show jealousy toward fellow WWF member, The Rock. The Rock kept reminding Jericho that he had never won “the big one” (a world championship), and wrote Jericho off as a “comedy act”. Jericho faced The Rock in a match at No Mercy for the WCW Championship after Jericho defeated Rob Van Dam in a number one contenders match. Jericho finally won “the big one”, pinning The Rock after debuting a new finisher, the Breakdown. This championship victory was Jericho’s first official world championship victory (Jericho had actually won the WWF Championship from Triple H on April 17, 2000 only to have that match stricken from the record 15 minutes later.) One night later, the two put their differences aside and won the WWF Tag Team titles from the Dudley Boyz, with Jericho becoming a double champion. After they lost the titles to Test and Booker T, they continued their feud. On the November 5 edition of Raw, The Rock defeated Jericho to regain the WCW Championship with a surprise roll up. Following the match, Jericho savagely attacked The Rock with a steel chair, thus marking a full-fledged heel turn that lasted for two years. At the Survivor Series, Jericho would almost cost The Rock, and the WWF, victory in their elimination matchup by attacking him again. On December 9, at Vengeance, Chris Jericho defeated both The Rock for the rechristened World Championship, and Stone Cold Steve Austin for his WWF Championship, on the same night to become the first-ever wrestler to hold both championships at the same time, making him the first WWF Undisputed Champion. He fought both of the men he defeated at Vengeance on separate occasions and retained his title at the next two pay-per-views, Royal Rumble (vs. The Rock) and No Way Out (vs. Stone Cold).

Jericho lost the title to Triple H in the main event of WrestleMania X8. After his title loss Jericho became a member of the SmackDown! roster and continued his feud with Triple H, helping cost Triple H his newly won Undisputed Championship at Backlash. The rivalry culminated at Judgment Day when Triple H defeated Jericho in a Hell in a Cell match. Jericho then started a short feud with Edge. Shortly thereafter, Jericho was drafted back to Raw, where he captured the Intercontinental Championship from Rob Van Dam and teamed with Christian to capture the tag team titles from The Hurricane and Kane on October 14, 2002.


On January 13, 2003, Jericho won an over-the-top-rope challenge against Kane, RVD, and Batista to select his entry number for the Royal Rumble match, choosing number two in order to start the match with Michaels. After Michaels’ entrance, Jericho entered as the second participant. Christian, in Jericho’s attire, appeared as the real Jericho attacked Shawn from behind. He eliminated Michaels shortly afterwards, but Michaels got his revenge later in the match by causing Jericho to be eliminated by Test, whom Jericho would feud with simultaneously along with Michaels and Jeff Hardy. The two fought again at WrestleMania XIX. In the end, Michaels managed to get a roll-up and score the victory. Jericho, however, hit Michaels with a low blow after the match following an embrace.

Later in 2003, Jericho began a romance with Trish Stratus as tag team partner Christian began one with Lita. This, however, to be a bet over who could sleep with their respective female first, with a Canadian Dollar at stake. Stratus overheard this and broke it off with Jericho, who then tried to make it up to her by saving her from Kane. Stratus agreed that the two of them could just be “friends”. After Christian was put in a match against Stratus, where he put her in the Walls of Jericho, Jericho sought revenge on Christian, which led to a match at WrestleMania XX. Christian defeated Jericho after Stratus ran down and “inadvertently” struck Jericho (thinking it was Christian) and Christian got the roll-up. After the match, Stratus turned on Jericho and revealed that she and Christian were a couple. This led to a handicap match at Backlash, which Jericho won.

Jericho won his seventh Intercontinental Championship at that year’s Unforgiven in a ladder match against Christian, the title previously being stripped from Edge due to an injury. Jericho’s seventh reign was short lived, as he lost it at Taboo Tuesday to Shelton Benjamin, who the fans voted to be his opponent.

Jericho then teamed up with Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, and Maven to take on Triple H, Batista, Edge, and Snitsky at Survivor Series, where the stipulation stated that the winning team would become the General Manager of Raw throughout the next four weeks. Jericho’s team were victorious, so they took turns as General Manager. During Jericho’s turn as General Manager, Triple H was stripped of his World Heavyweight Championship because a Triple Threat match for the title a week earlier had ended in a draw. At New Year’s Revolution, Jericho competed in the Elimination Chamber against Triple H, Chris Benoit, Batista, Randy Orton and Edge for the vacated World Heavyweight Championship. Shawn Michaels was the special guest referee. Jericho began the match with Benoit but was ultimately eliminated by Batista.

At WrestleMania 21, Jericho participated in the first-ever Money in the Bank ladder match. The match concept was suggested by Jericho, and he competed in the match against Benjamin, Chris Benoit, Kane, Christian, and Edge. Despite coming up with the idea for the match, he lost the match when Edge claimed the briefcase. At Backlash, Chris Jericho yet again challenged Shelton Benjamin for the Intercontinental Championship, but failed in his attempt to win the belt. On June 12, 2005 Jericho wrestled in the first match of the ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view event, against Lance Storm. Jericho used his ‘Lionheart’ gimmick, instead of his more well known ‘Y2J’ gimmick. Jericho lost after interference from Jason and Justin Credible; Jericho was hit in the head with a Singapore Cane, allowing Storm to pin him.

Later that June, Jericho became a heel for the third time in the WWE by turning on WWE Champion John Cena. Jericho lost a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship at Vengeance which also involved Christian to Cena. The feud continued throughout the Summer and Jericho lost to Cena in a championship match at SummerSlam. The next night on Raw, Jericho faced Cena in a rematch, this time in a “You’re fired” match, where the loser would be fired. Cena won again, and Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff kayfabe fired a pleading Jericho, who was carried out of the arena by security. WWE’s official website confirmed on July 28, 2005 that Chris Jericho signed a short-term contract extension to stay with the company after his long-term contract expired, which presumably ended after his loss to Cena on August 22. On August 25, Jericho announced his departure from WWE in a statement on (and later pulled from) his official website, saying that after 15 years of wrestling he was mentally burnt out and no longer challenged by wrestling at that point in time, noting that he has done everything he has ever wanted to do in the business. He said that the “You’re fired” match with John Cena was his last match “for now,” but said he was not done with wrestling or WWE, and that if he returned to wrestling, it would be with WWE. On his official website he added a press release saying he is touring with Fozzy, acting, hosting his XM Radio show, The Rock Of Jericho, appearing on VH1’s Best Week Ever, and being a guest commentator on MuchMusic’s Video on Trial.


His return had been promoted since September 24, 2007 with a viral marketing campaign using a series of 15-second cryptic binary code videos, similar to the matrix digital rain featured in The Matrix series. The videos contained hidden messages and biblical links related to Jericho, although speculation existed throughout WWE fans over who the campaign targeted. The text “Save Us” and “2nd Coming” were most prominent in the videos. The campaign spread throughout the internet with numerous websites, though no longer operational, that featured hidden messages and biblical links to further hint at Jericho’s return.

Jericho made his return to WWE television on the November 19, 2007 edition of Raw, where he interrupted Randy Orton during Orton’s orchestrated “passing of the torch” ceremony. Jericho revealed his intentions to reclaim the WWE Championship in order to “save” WWE fans from Orton, with a new haircut and the Y2J gimmick again. Jericho wrestled in his first match in over two years on the November 26 edition of Raw, debuting a new finishing maneuver called the Codebreaker, to defeat Santino Marella. At his first pay-per-view appearance, Armageddon, he was booked in a WWE title match against Randy Orton. Jericho, however, defeated Orton by disqualification when John “Bradshaw” Layfield (JBL) interfered in the match. As a result, Orton retained the title. He began a feud with JBL and met him at the Royal Rumble. Jericho was disqualified after hitting JBL with a steel chair. At No Way Out, Jericho competed in his fourth Elimination Chamber match alongside Triple H, Shawn Michaels, JBL, Umaga, and Jeff Hardy. He was the third man eliminated when Hardy pinned him following Michaels’ Sweet Chin Music. On the March 10 edition of Raw, Jericho captured the Intercontinental Championship for a record eighth time, this time defeating Jeff Hardy.

On the June 9 edition of Raw, Jericho turned heel once again by attacking Shawn Michaels during his talk show segment The Highlight Reel, and after that developed a “self-righteous businessman” gimmick, wearing a suit and tie. At Night of Champions, he lost the Intercontinental title to Kofi Kingston after a successful distraction by Shawn Michaels. He hosted the final version of The Highlight Reel on the July 28 edition of Raw. At Unforgiven, Jericho lost an Unsanctioned match to Michaels. But in the main event, Jericho entered in the Championship Scramble as a replacement for the defending champion CM Punk and subsequently won the World Heavyweight Championship. On the September 22 edition of Raw he successfully retained his title in a Steel Cage match against CM Punk. Later on, it was announced that Jericho would defend his World Championship against Shawn Michaels at No Mercy, thus continuing the feud between the two. He successfully defended his title against Michaels at No Mercy in a ladder match. At Cyber Sunday, Jericho dropped the title to Batista with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest referee. Eight days later, however, on a three hour special episode of Raw, he defeated Batista to win back the title in a steel cage match. This reign would last until the 2008 Survivor Series, where Jericho lost to the returning John Cena. On the December 8 edition of Raw, he won a Slammy Award for the Superstar of the Year. On the January 12, 2009 episode of Raw, Jericho was involved in a narrative in which WWE Executive Vice President Stephanie McMahon kayfabe fired him. The next week, he was rehired by McMahon after a forced apology to her and the fans. Jericho became an entrant on the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match when he defeated CM Punk for a spot. On No Way Out, he survived to the final three as he eliminated Mike Knox and helped eliminate the champion John Cena. He was pinned by Rey Mysterio when he reversed the Walls of Jericho.

Personal life

His father, Ted Irvine, is a former National Hockey League (NHL) player.

Jericho currently divides his time between homes in Los Angeles, California and Tampa, Florida. Jericho’s wife is named Jessica Lee Lockhart, with whom he has a son, Ash Edward Irvine (born September 24, 2003) and two daughters, twins Cheyenne Lee Irvine and Sierra Lorreta Irvine (born July 18, 2006). Cheyenne and Sierra’s births were premature, at the 27 week mark, and they weighed 2 pounds 7 ounces and 2 pounds 5 ounces.

Despite being born in the prominent Long Island neighborhood of Manhasset, New York, Jericho is a proud Canadian, having been raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He also mentioned that he was pulling for Canada when Canada played the United States in the 2002 Olympic gold medal hockey game. In fact, Vince McMahon felt that by introducing him as “born in Manhasset, New York”, American fans would be more likely to get behind him. He shares dual citizenship with both Canada and the United States.

Jericho was inducted into the Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame on September 25, 1997. On July 5, 2004, Jericho was awarded The Order of the Buffalo Hunt in a ceremony held in Manitoba for his achievements in wrestling and his continual commitment to working with underprivileged children. The award has previously been given to Pope John Paul II, Chicago mayor Richard Daley, Desmond Tutu, and Mother Teresa.

In 2008, while wrestling against Shawn Michaels in a ladder match at No Mercy, Jericho broke one of his front teeth when he was hit in the face with a ladder by Michaels. The damaged tooth has since been fixed.

On February 7, 2009, Jericho was involved in an altercation with fans outside Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, British Columbia after a World Wrestling Entertainment live event. A man and woman were detained by police and released without charge regarding the incident, and police continue to investigate.