History and Biography of Chris Jericho

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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

1990–1996

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.

2003-2005

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.

2007–present

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.

 

 

History and Biography of The Big Show

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History and Biography of The Big Show

Date of Birth
8 February 1972, Aiken, South Carolina, USA

Birth Name
Paul Randall Wight Jr.

Nickname
Big Nasty Bastard
The Giant
Big Show
Showkishi
The Showster
The Big Showbowski

Height
7′ (2.13 m)

Spouse
Bess Katramados     (11 February 2002 – 2007) (divorced) 2 children
Melissa Ann Piavis     (14 February 1997 – 2000) (divorced) 1 child

Mini Biography:

Paul Donald Wight better known in WWE as The Big Show was born on February 8, 1972 in Aiken, South Carolina. The Big Show was trained by Larry Sharpe. Big Show joined WCW on June 18, 1995 where he wrestled as The Giant. He wrestled with many famous WCW Superstars like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Goldberg etc. Show debuted in WWE on February 9, 1999. Show signed a ten-year contract with the World Wrestling Federation on February 9, 1999. He debuted as a villain and as the member of Vince McMahon’s heel stable, The Corporation, at 1999 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre event. He defeated Mankind at WrestleMania and got a chance to become referee at the main event against The Rock and Steve Austin. Vince McMahon berated Show and Show then punched McMahon.

The Big Show then teamed up with The Undertaker and beating Kane and X-Pac for the WWF Tag titles but they lost titles a few weeks later to The Rock and Mankind. Show then got involved in an angle where his dad was apparently dying of cancer while he was feuding with the Big Bossman. The Bossman sent a fake policeman to report his father died during a RAW, which upset Wight huge. Later Show’s dad eventually died, and Bossman continued to further desecrate his father’s memory, as well as attacking Wight at his funeral. Show finally defeated the Big Bossman. Big Show was then sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling for few months to lose weight. Then after a long absense, Show makes his return at the Royal Rumble of 2001.

Now the big show is fighting with WWE under the brand WWE Raw & smackdown. He is currently the Unified Tag Team Champion with partner as Chris Jericho and is scheduled for a TLC match with the DX this week.

Main Biography:

World Championship Wrestling (1995–1999)

Wight debuted in WCW at The Great American Bash on June 18, 1995 as a plant during the match between Arn Anderson and The Renegade, who was accompanied by manager Jimmy Hart. Nearly a month later at a Main Event show, prior to Bash at the Beach, Wight interfered in an interview between Hulk Hogan and “Mean” Gene Okerlund. Wight introduced himself as The Giant, and claimed in character, to be the son of André the Giant and blaming Hulk Hogan for the death of his “father” resulting to the start of rivalary between Hogan and the big show.

On October 29, The Giant came to the ring with The Taskmaster and challenged Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, making his WCW in-ring debut. Giant was awarded the victory by disqualification after interference from Jimmy Hart, Hogan’s manager. Hart then revealed that the contract Hogan signed (which he had written) had a clause stating that the title would change hands on a disqualification, and, as Hart had intentionally caused a disqualification, The Giant was the new World Heavyweight Champion. The title was held up one week later as a result of the controversial finish of the match.

After a short feud with The Loch Ness Monster, The Giant won the World Heavyweight Championship a second time by defeating Ric Flair. After Hogan formed the New World Order (nWo), he defeated The Giant for the Championship at Hog Wild following interference from Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. The Giant joined the nWo twenty three days later, citing Ted DiBiase’s money as his primary motivation, feuding with Lex Luger and the Four Horsemen.

After the nWo and the nWo Wolfpac merged together again in January 1999, Hogan declared that there was only room for one “giant” in the group, and forced Giant and Nash to wrestle for that spot. Nash defeated him following a run-in by Scott Hall and Eric Bischoff. The Giant was then attacked by the entire nWo. Unhappy with his remuneration, Wight allowed his WCW contract to expire on February 8, 1999 at his 27th birthday.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1999–2006)

1999–2000

Wight signed a ten-year contract with the World Wrestling Federation on February 9, 1999, debuting as a villain and a member of Vince McMahon’s stable, The Corporation, at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: In Your House. During the Mr Vince McMahon versus Steve Austin cage match, Wight tore through the canvas from underneath the ring and attacked Austin. However, Wight cost McMahon the match when he threw Austin into the side of the cage and the cage broke, spilling Austin outside to the floor and granting him the victory.

When The Undertaker was sidelined with injuries, Wight set his sights on the WWF Championship. After Steve Austin was run-over at the 1999 Survivor Series, Wight was given his place in the triple threat match for the WWF Championship. In that match, which also featured The Rock, he pinned Triple H to become champion.

2001–2003

Wight returned at the 2001 Royal Rumble, but was eliminated by The Rock. Angered by his quick elimination, Wight proceeded to chokeslam The Rock through the announcer’s table before leaving the arena. He then began competing for the WWF Hardcore Championship, which he lost to Kane in a Triple Threat match which also included Raven at WrestleMania X-Seven.

In late 2002, Wight was traded to SmackDown!, immediately challenging Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship. Wight became a two-time WWE Champion defeating Lesnar at Survivor Series, after Brock’s manager Paul Heyman turned on him. At No Mercy, Wight defeated Eddie Guerrero for the WWE United States Championship and then formed an alliance with the then WWE Champion Brock Lesnar.

2004–2006

Wight abandoned a departing Lesnar immediately before WrestleMania XX. At the pay-per-view, Wight lost the United States Championship to John Cena.

On April 3, 2005 at WrestleMania 21, Wight faced Sumo Grand Champion Akebono in a worked sumo match; the match was added to the show to attract a strong pay-per-view audience in Japan, where Akebono is considered a sporting legend.

On October 17, Wight defeated Edge and was thus entered in an online opinion poll, with the winner of the poll facing John Cena and Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship at Taboo Tuesday. The poll was won by Shawn Michaels, meaning that the other two options would wrestle for the World Tag Team Championship. Wight teamed with Kane to defeat Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch for the Tag Team Championship.

ECW brand, ECW Champion and departure

At WWE vs. ECW Head to Head on June 7, Wight jumped to the returning ECW brand; he removed his Raw shirt to reveal an ECW shirt during a twenty man battle royal including members of the Raw and SmackDown rosters against members of the ECW roster.

On the July 4 episode of ECW on Sci Fi, Wight beat Van Dam to win the ECW World Championship with the assistance of ECW’s General Manager Paul Heyman, who declined to make the three-count for Van Dam after Van Dam hit his signature Five Star Frog Splash on the Big Show.

At Cyber Sunday he faced John Cena and King Booker in a Champion of Champions match. The fans voted for King Booker’s World Heavyweight Championship to be on the line. Booker won the match following interference from Kevin Federline, who was just beginning a feud with Cena at the time. At Survivor Series, Cena wrestled Big Show in a traditional 10-Man Survivor Series Tag Team Match, with Cena and Bobby Lashley leaving as the sole survivors of the match after Cena pinned Big Show to claim the victory due to a double team with Lashley. Wight then began a feud with Lashley, who left SmackDown! to join the ECW brand to participate in the Extreme Elimination Chamber match at December to Dismember for the ECW Championship. After busting Big Show open by breaking one of the plexiglass pods with his face, Lashley speared and pinned him to claim the ECW Championship. On December 6, 2006 following an unsuccessful rematch, WWE.com announced that Wight was taking time off from the ring to heal injuries he had sustained on ECW.

Return to WWE (2008–present)

A noticeably slimmer Wight returned to WWE under his last used ring name (The) Big Show, at No Way Out, stating that he had lost 108 pounds, previously weighing at least 500 pounds when he took time off from injuries. Wight then attempted to attack Rey Mysterio after his World Heavyweight Championship match with then champion Edge but got into a physical confrontation with boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. after Mayweather came from the crowd to defend his friend Rey. The confrontation ended with Mayweather breaking Wight’s nose with a punching combination.

Raw (2009)

On April 13, Big Show was drafted to the Raw brand as a part of the 2009 WWE Draft. At Backlash, Big Show interfered in a Last Man Standing match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Cena and Edge, when he threw Cena into a spotlight, thus resulting in Edge winning the title.

At Night of Champions, Big Show was announced as Chris Jericho’s new tag team partner, after replacing Edge. The new duo was able to successfully defend the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship against The Legacy when Big Show forced Ted DiBiase to submit to the Colossal Clutch.

Personal life

Like André the Giant, Wight has acromegaly, a disease of the endocrine system. Wight underwent successful surgery in the early 1990s on his pituitary gland which halted the progress of this condition. By the age of twelve, Wight was 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall, weighed 220 lb (100 kg), and had chest hair. In 1991, as a member of the Wichita State University basketball team at age nineteen, Wight was listed at 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m). His shoe size is 22 5 E, his ring size is 22.5, and his chest is 64 inches (160 cm) in circumference. In 2005, Wight leased a bus and hired a bus driver because of the practical problems his size presents to air travel and car rental.

Wight played basketball and football in high school at Wyman King Academy in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina. He was a standout center for the basketball team and a tight end for the football team. While at Wichita State University, Wight played basketball, and is a member of the Beta-Chi Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Wight also attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1992 to 1993 and was a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Cougars basketball team. During his one year at SIUE, Wight scored a total of thirty-nine points for the Cougars in limited action.

In December 1998, Wight was arrested and detained for allegedly exposing himself to a hotel clerk in Memphis, Tennessee. Wight was later released due to a lack of evidence.

Wight married his first wife, Melissa Ann Piavis, on February 14, 1997. They separated in 2000 and their divorce was finalized on February 6, 2002. Together they have a daughter named Cierra. He married his second wife, Bess Katramados, on February 11, 2002.

In March 1999, Wight was charged with assault by Robert Sawyer, who alleged that Wight had broken his jaw during the summer of 1998 in the course of an altercation at Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Uniondale, New York. Wight claimed that Sawyer had verbally abused, threatened, and shoved him, and that he had responded by punching Sawyer. After three days, Judge Thomas Feinman gave a verdict of not guilty.

 

 

History and Biography of Edge

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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.

Biography

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 The Big Show

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Date of Birth
8 February 1972, Aiken, South Carolina, USA

Birth Name
Paul Randall Wight Jr.

Nickname
Big Nasty Bastard
The Giant
Big Show
Showkishi
The Showster
The Big Showbowski

Height
7′ (2.13 m)

Spouse
Bess Katramados     (11 February 2002 – 2007) (divorced) 2 children
Melissa Ann Piavis     (14 February 1997 – 2000) (divorced) 1 child

Mini Biography:

Paul Donald Wight better known in WWE as The Big Show was born on February 8, 1972 in Aiken, South Carolina. The Big Show was trained by Larry Sharpe. Big Show joined WCW on June 18, 1995 where he wrestled as The Giant. He wrestled with many famous WCW Superstars like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Goldberg etc. Show debuted in WWE on February 9, 1999. Show signed a ten-year contract with the World Wrestling Federation on February 9, 1999. He debuted as a villain and as the member of Vince McMahon’s heel stable, The Corporation, at 1999 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre event. He defeated Mankind at WrestleMania and got a chance to become referee at the main event against The Rock and Steve Austin. Vince McMahon berated Show and Show then punched McMahon.

The Big Show then teamed up with The Undertaker and beating Kane and X-Pac for the WWF Tag titles but they lost titles a few weeks later to The Rock and Mankind. Show then got involved in an angle where his dad was apparently dying of cancer while he was feuding with the Big Bossman. The Bossman sent a fake policeman to report his father died during a RAW, which upset Wight huge. Later Show’s dad eventually died, and Bossman continued to further desecrate his father’s memory, as well as attacking Wight at his funeral. Show finally defeated the Big Bossman. Big Show was then sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling for few months to lose weight. Then after a long absense, Show makes his return at the Royal Rumble of 2001.

Now the big show is fighting with WWE under the brand WWE Raw & smackdown. He is currently the Unified Tag Team Champion with partner as Chris Jericho and is scheduled for a TLC match with the DX this week.

Main Biography:

World Championship Wrestling (1995–1999)

Wight debuted in WCW at The Great American Bash on June 18, 1995 as a plant during the match between Arn Anderson and The Renegade, who was accompanied by manager Jimmy Hart. Nearly a month later at a Main Event show, prior to Bash at the Beach, Wight interfered in an interview between Hulk Hogan and “Mean” Gene Okerlund. Wight introduced himself as The Giant, and claimed in character, to be the son of André the Giant and blaming Hulk Hogan for the death of his “father” resulting to the start of rivalary between Hogan and the big show.

On October 29, The Giant came to the ring with The Taskmaster and challenged Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, making his WCW in-ring debut. Giant was awarded the victory by disqualification after interference from Jimmy Hart, Hogan’s manager. Hart then revealed that the contract Hogan signed (which he had written) had a clause stating that the title would change hands on a disqualification, and, as Hart had intentionally caused a disqualification, The Giant was the new World Heavyweight Champion. The title was held up one week later as a result of the controversial finish of the match.

After a short feud with The Loch Ness Monster, The Giant won the World Heavyweight Championship a second time by defeating Ric Flair. After Hogan formed the New World Order (nWo), he defeated The Giant for the Championship at Hog Wild following interference from Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. The Giant joined the nWo twenty three days later, citing Ted DiBiase’s money as his primary motivation, feuding with Lex Luger and the Four Horsemen.

After the nWo and the nWo Wolfpac merged together again in January 1999, Hogan declared that there was only room for one “giant” in the group, and forced Giant and Nash to wrestle for that spot. Nash defeated him following a run-in by Scott Hall and Eric Bischoff. The Giant was then attacked by the entire nWo. Unhappy with his remuneration, Wight allowed his WCW contract to expire on February 8, 1999 at his 27th birthday.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1999–2006)

1999–2000

Wight signed a ten-year contract with the World Wrestling Federation on February 9, 1999, debuting as a villain and a member of Vince McMahon’s stable, The Corporation, at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: In Your House. During the Mr Vince McMahon versus Steve Austin cage match, Wight tore through the canvas from underneath the ring and attacked Austin. However, Wight cost McMahon the match when he threw Austin into the side of the cage and the cage broke, spilling Austin outside to the floor and granting him the victory.

When The Undertaker was sidelined with injuries, Wight set his sights on the WWF Championship. After Steve Austin was run-over at the 1999 Survivor Series, Wight was given his place in the triple threat match for the WWF Championship. In that match, which also featured The Rock, he pinned Triple H to become champion.

2001–2003

Wight returned at the 2001 Royal Rumble, but was eliminated by The Rock. Angered by his quick elimination, Wight proceeded to chokeslam The Rock through the announcer’s table before leaving the arena. He then began competing for the WWF Hardcore Championship, which he lost to Kane in a Triple Threat match which also included Raven at WrestleMania X-Seven.

In late 2002, Wight was traded to SmackDown!, immediately challenging Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship. Wight became a two-time WWE Champion defeating Lesnar at Survivor Series, after Brock’s manager Paul Heyman turned on him. At No Mercy, Wight defeated Eddie Guerrero for the WWE United States Championship and then formed an alliance with the then WWE Champion Brock Lesnar.

2004–2006

Wight abandoned a departing Lesnar immediately before WrestleMania XX. At the pay-per-view, Wight lost the United States Championship to John Cena.

On April 3, 2005 at WrestleMania 21, Wight faced Sumo Grand Champion Akebono in a worked sumo match; the match was added to the show to attract a strong pay-per-view audience in Japan, where Akebono is considered a sporting legend.

On October 17, Wight defeated Edge and was thus entered in an online opinion poll, with the winner of the poll facing John Cena and Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship at Taboo Tuesday. The poll was won by Shawn Michaels, meaning that the other two options would wrestle for the World Tag Team Championship. Wight teamed with Kane to defeat Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch for the Tag Team Championship.

ECW brand, ECW Champion and departure

At WWE vs. ECW Head to Head on June 7, Wight jumped to the returning ECW brand; he removed his Raw shirt to reveal an ECW shirt during a twenty man battle royal including members of the Raw and SmackDown rosters against members of the ECW roster.

On the July 4 episode of ECW on Sci Fi, Wight beat Van Dam to win the ECW World Championship with the assistance of ECW’s General Manager Paul Heyman, who declined to make the three-count for Van Dam after Van Dam hit his signature Five Star Frog Splash on the Big Show.

At Cyber Sunday he faced John Cena and King Booker in a Champion of Champions match. The fans voted for King Booker’s World Heavyweight Championship to be on the line. Booker won the match following interference from Kevin Federline, who was just beginning a feud with Cena at the time. At Survivor Series, Cena wrestled Big Show in a traditional 10-Man Survivor Series Tag Team Match, with Cena and Bobby Lashley leaving as the sole survivors of the match after Cena pinned Big Show to claim the victory due to a double team with Lashley. Wight then began a feud with Lashley, who left SmackDown! to join the ECW brand to participate in the Extreme Elimination Chamber match at December to Dismember for the ECW Championship. After busting Big Show open by breaking one of the plexiglass pods with his face, Lashley speared and pinned him to claim the ECW Championship. On December 6, 2006 following an unsuccessful rematch, WWE.com announced that Wight was taking time off from the ring to heal injuries he had sustained on ECW.

Return to WWE (2008–present)

A noticeably slimmer Wight returned to WWE under his last used ring name (The) Big Show, at No Way Out, stating that he had lost 108 pounds, previously weighing at least 500 pounds when he took time off from injuries. Wight then attempted to attack Rey Mysterio after his World Heavyweight Championship match with then champion Edge but got into a physical confrontation with boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. after Mayweather came from the crowd to defend his friend Rey. The confrontation ended with Mayweather breaking Wight’s nose with a punching combination.

Raw (2009)

On April 13, Big Show was drafted to the Raw brand as a part of the 2009 WWE Draft. At Backlash, Big Show interfered in a Last Man Standing match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Cena and Edge, when he threw Cena into a spotlight, thus resulting in Edge winning the title.

At Night of Champions, Big Show was announced as Chris Jericho’s new tag team partner, after replacing Edge. The new duo was able to successfully defend the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship against The Legacy when Big Show forced Ted DiBiase to submit to the Colossal Clutch.

Personal life

Like André the Giant, Wight has acromegaly, a disease of the endocrine system. Wight underwent successful surgery in the early 1990s on his pituitary gland which halted the progress of this condition. By the age of twelve, Wight was 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall, weighed 220 lb (100 kg), and had chest hair. In 1991, as a member of the Wichita State University basketball team at age nineteen, Wight was listed at 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m). His shoe size is 22 5 E, his ring size is 22.5, and his chest is 64 inches (160 cm) in circumference. In 2005, Wight leased a bus and hired a bus driver because of the practical problems his size presents to air travel and car rental.

Wight played basketball and football in high school at Wyman King Academy in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina. He was a standout center for the basketball team and a tight end for the football team. While at Wichita State University, Wight played basketball, and is a member of the Beta-Chi Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Wight also attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1992 to 1993 and was a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Cougars basketball team. During his one year at SIUE, Wight scored a total of thirty-nine points for the Cougars in limited action.

In December 1998, Wight was arrested and detained for allegedly exposing himself to a hotel clerk in Memphis, Tennessee. Wight was later released due to a lack of evidence.

Wight married his first wife, Melissa Ann Piavis, on February 14, 1997. They separated in 2000 and their divorce was finalized on February 6, 2002. Together they have a daughter named Cierra. He married his second wife, Bess Katramados, on February 11, 2002.

In March 1999, Wight was charged with assault by Robert Sawyer, who alleged that Wight had broken his jaw during the summer of 1998 in the course of an altercation at Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Uniondale, New York. Wight claimed that Sawyer had verbally abused, threatened, and shoved him, and that he had responded by punching Sawyer. After three days, Judge Thomas Feinman gave a verdict of not guilty.

 

 

History and Biography of Bret The Hitman Hart

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History and Biography of Bret The Hitman Hart

Date of Birth
2 July 1957, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Birth Name
Bret Sergeant Hart

Nickname
Hitman
The Excellence of Execution

Height
6′ 1″ (1.85 m)

Mini Biography

Bret Hart is one of Canada’s most successful wrestlers. He is also recognized as one of the worlds best wrestlers ever. Hart comes from the legendary Hart Family of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He owns a junior hockey team named after him and has his own column in the Calgary Sun. Bret has held the WWF World Title (5), Intercontinental Title (2), co-held the Tag Team Title (2), the US Heavyweight Title (2) and was the 1993 King of the Ring. He and his brothers and sister hold dual citizenships in both Canada (where he was born) and the US (where his mother was born).

Biography
Bret Hart grew up surrounded by wrestling. Whether it was his father, the legendary wrestler and trainer Stu Hart, the infamous Dungeon, the Stampede Wrestling organization, an amateur wrestling background at Ernest Manning High School in Calgary or his large family of wrestling brothers, Bret was surrounded by the wrestling business at every turn.

And he has been involved in the family business of professional wrestling since hawking programs for his father’s events at the age of six. But when he left high school, Bret almost left the wrestling business behind as well, enrolling in Mount Royal College, taking a broadcast course and dreaming of becoming a director.

However, Bret could not deny his destiny in the ring and soon returned to wrestling, training with his legendary father, as well as the many legendary figures that passed through Calgary and through the Dungeon.

Once in the ring in Calgary, Hart met with outstanding success. He would hold all three of Stampede’s recognized titles. In addition to being a two-time British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Champion and a five-time co-holder of the International Tagteam title, Hart would reign as Stampede’s top champion, holding the North American Heavyweight Championship six times. Hart also travelled to Japan, wrestling the legendary Tiger Mask for New Japan Pro Wrestling.

When father Stu sold the Stampede Promotion to Vince McMahon in August 1984, Bret was one of the major stars to be signed by the WWF. Initially, Hart was used on the lower card, especially in Canada at venues such as Maple Leaf Gardens. Soon, however, Hart was teamed with brother-in-law Jim “the Anvil” Neidhart and the pair, managed by Jimmy Hart, would become known as the Hart Foundation.

Shy during promos, Hart took to wearing sunglasses, the same sunglasses that would later become his trademark. After boxer Thomas “Hitman” Hearns lost to Sugar Ray Leonard, Hart took Hearn’s nickname and Bret “the Hitman” Hart was born.

The Hart Foundation would quickly rise up the ranks as one of the top teams in the WWF, and would make their first appearance on pay-per-view as part of the Wrestlers/Football Players Battle Royale at Wrestlemania II. Hart was the last man eliminated by eventual winner, Andre the Giant.

Battle royales aside, the Hart Foundation had their sights set on the British Bulldogs and the WWF Tagteam titles. In January 1987, the Hart Foundation received a televised tagteam title match against the Bulldogs. With the Dynamite Kid suffering an injury just a month before, the WWF was looking to switch the straps, and the Harts were the ones who were on the receiving end of that switch.

With controversial referee Danny Davis instrumental to the Hart Foundation defeating the British Bulldogs, Davis was soon a part of Jimmy Hart’s stable, and the Foundation teamed with Davis against the Bulldogs and Tito Santana at Wrestlemania III. The Hart Foundation would spend the summer of 1987 defending the titles against the Bulldogs, the Can-Am Connection, the Killer Bees and the Rougeaus. However, in the fall of 1987, the Hart Foundation would fall to Strike Force (Santana and Rick Martel) and their first run as WWF Tagteam Champions would come to an end.

For the rest of 1987 and much of 1988, the Hart Foundation would attempt to regain the WWF Tagteam titles from Strike Force. However, after an altercation with Bad News Brown during the Wrestlemania IV Battle Royale, Bret would start to hear the cheers of the crowd and turned face, with Neidhart siding with him against manager Jimmy Hart. This led to a brief singles push for Hart but soon the Hart Foundation would be fueding with the Jimmy Hart-led Rougeaus.

After defeating the Bolsheviks in short order at Wrestlemania VI, the Hart Foundation once again challenged for the WWF Tagteam Champions and, with some help from Legion of Doom, defeated Demolition for their second reign as WWF Tagteam Champions. The Hart Foundation would remain as Tag Champions until they were dethroned by the Nasty Boys at Wrestlemania VII.

After the Hart Foundation lost the Tagteam titles, Bret began to be pushed in single’s competition. At SummerSlam ‘91, Hart defeated Curt Hennig to become the Intercontinental Champion. He would hold the title until two days before the 1992 Royal Rumble when he lost the belt to The Mountie (Jacques Rougeau). The title quickly switched hands with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper beating the Mountie and he and Bret met at Wrestlemania VIII, with Bret coming out on top.

Bret’s second reign as I-C champ would come to an end at SummerSlam ‘92 when he lost to brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith in front of 78000 fans at Wembley Stadium in England.

Bret would return to Canada (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to be exact) and defeated Ric Flair at a house show to become the WWF World Heavyweight Champion. Hart would battle Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon, among others, before losing the title to Yokozuna at Wrestlemania IX. Following the title loss, Hart would rebound to win the 1993 King of the Ring. Following the victory, Hart was attacked by Jerry “the King” Lawler, starting a feud between the two men.

That year at the Survivor Series, problems arose between Bret and his brother Owen. Although things were seemingly patched up, Owen turned on Bret after a loss to the Quebecers at the 1994 Royal Rumble. Bret and Owen would become locked in a “family fued” that would last throughout much of 1994.

In the midst of his feud with Owen, Bret co-won the Royal Rumble (with Lex Luger) and received a WWF title shot at Yokozuna at Wrestlemania X. With Roddy Piper as the special referee, Hart pinned Yokozuna to once again become the WWF Champion. But his feud with Owen continued and the two men met in a steel cage at SummerSlam 1994.

Hart’s second reign as champion came to an end at the 1994 Survivor Series when Owen convinced his mother, Helen Hart to throw in the towel during a match against Bob Backlund. Bret would get the victory over Backlund at Wrestlemania XI, and then would fued with several mid-carders, including Hakushi and Isaac Yankum (Glenn Jacobs aka Kane) for 1995 before defeating Diesel (Kevin Nash) for a third WWF Championship at the 1995 Survivor Series.

Hart would tangle with Shawn Michaels once again, this time at Wrestlemania XII and in an Iron Man Match for the WWF Championship. The 60 minute time limit would expire with no falls recorded. Although Bret assumed he had retained the title with the draw, WWF President Gorilla Monsoon declared that there would be a sudden death overtime. Michaels pinned Hart and won the title.

Bret took a sabbatical after Wrestlemania XII and there were rumours that he was on the verge of signing with WCW. Instead, he retuainly earned his place in the annals of wrestling history, not only in Canada but worldwide. rned to find a changed WWF. The era of Attitude had arrived, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was one of the top stars and had his sights set on Bret. The two met at the 1996 Survivor Series with Bret getting the victory.

But Austin and Bret would continue to fued. At the 1997 Royal Rumble, Hart seemingly was on the verge of victory when Austin reentered the ring and eliminated Bret to win the Rumble. Austin would also cause Bret to lose the WWF Championship to Sid, one day after Hart won a Fatal Fourway for the Championship in February 1997.

Bitter about losing the title to Sid due to Austin’s interference, Hart began to turn rulebreaker. At Wrestlemania XIII, Hart faced Austin in a “Submission Match” (with special referee Ken Shamrock) and won when Austin passed out due to blood loss. The next night on Raw, Hart turned his back on the WWF fans and began to form a new Hart Foundation, reuniting with his brother, Owen, as well as Davey Boy Smith, Jim Neidhart and Brian Pillman. Bret would lead the Hart Foundation into battle against the likes of Austin, the Legion of Doom, Goldust and the Patriot.

A victory over the Undertaker at SummerSlam ‘97 would net Bret another WWF Championship. However, in a bizarre turn of events, Hart got some help from Shawn Michaels who served as special referee. Michaels went to hit Bret with a chair but missed and hit the Undertaker instead. After a feud with ‘Taker, Michaels would challenge Bret for the championship. And while these two men met as fellow faces at Wrestlemania XII, they would meet as fellow heels at the Survivor Series.

The Survivor Series…in Montreal…would change everything. Rumours had been rampant for weeks prior that Bret was leaving the WWF, as Vince McMahon had let Bret out of his contract due to financial reasons. Most fans expected Bret to lose the title to Michaels but with McMahon unsure that Bret wouldn’t leave the WWF with the title belt in hand, took matters into his own hands. When Michaels locked Hart into a sharpshooter, McMahon ordered Earl Hebner to end the match and award Michaels the title. The incident became known as “the Montreal Screwjob”.

Upset, Hart spit at McMahon, destroyed several monitors and punched McMahon in the dressing room. Hart’s time in the WWF was finished. Bret Hart was headed to World Championship Wrestling.

Hart appeared at Starrcade ‘97, as a special referee in the Eric Bischoff/Larry Zbysko match and later, came down to make the count as Sting defeated Hulk Hogan in the main event.

After battling Ric Flair, Hart turned his attention toward the NWO, after an attack by Brian Adams. He would fued with Curt Hennig and Rick Rude, only to side with Hulk Hogan and the NWO against Randy Savage and Roddy Piper  On July 20, 1998, Hart defeated Diamond Dallas Page for the United States Champship. He would lose the belt to Lex Luger in September, only to regain it three days later. Although Page would defeat Bret for the U.S. belt in October, a month later, Bret would regain the championship.

After the death of his brother, Owen, during a WWF event, Hart’s anger towards Vince McMahon increases. However, Bret turns to the ring to pay tribute to his brother, wrestling Chris Benoit in a classic match dedicated to Owen at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO, on October 4th, 1999. Hart defeated Benoit with the sharpshooter.

On November 21st, 1999, Bret Hart would defeat Goldberg at Toronto to win the WCW World Championship. At Starrcade ‘99, Hart retained the title against Goldberg but during the match he suffered a concussion that would eventually lead to his retirement from wrestling. Hart would join the NWO the next night on Nitro but was soon forced out of wrestling due to the concussion. He would return in August 2000 and turned on Goldberg but by October he had received his termination from WCW. On October 27th, 2000, Hart announced his retirement.

On June 24th, 2002, Hart suffered a stroke while riding his bike around Calgary.

In May 2003, Hart would make an appearance with the World Wrestling All-Stars as a special commissioner during their Australian tour. While Bret has turned down several offers to appear at WWE events (including Wrestlemanias XVIII and XX), there are rumours that he and Vince McMahon have talked on several occassions.

In addition to his work with the Calgary Hitmen, Bret has also done a fair bit of acting. Already one of the stars of the now-cancelled “Lonesome Dove” program and done a guest spot on “the Simpsons”, Hart has also lent his voice to the animated series “Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang” and will play the Genie of the Lamp in the Elgin Theatre’s production of Aladdin the Magical Family Musical in December 2004.

In the fall of 2004, Bret was named one of the “50 Greatest Canadians” by the CBC, and is not hard to see why. Bret Hart’s legacy in the ring is one of legends and Hart has certainly earned his place in the annals of wrestling history, not only in Canada but worldwide.

WWE Hall of Fame
On the February 16, 2006, episode of Raw, it was announced that Hart would be a 2006 inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. Hart had also been approached by Vince McMahon for a potential match between the two at WrestleMania 22, but “politely declined” the offer. Coincidently, Hart’s last WrestleMania appearance was also in Chicago for WrestleMania 13.

On April 1, 2006, Hart was inducted by his old in-ring rival, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. He thanked every wrestler he worked with (even thanking Vince McMahon) and said he’s “in a good place in life.” He also told some humorous stories he had with other wrestlers during his career in the WWF – most notably with his late brother, Owen, and brother-in-law Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. Vince McMahon and his son Shane did not attend the ceremony, and Shawn Michaels left the ceremony before Hart’s induction to avoid making a scene. Hart did not appear the next day at WrestleMania 22 with the 2006 WWE Hall of Fame Inductees at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois, saying that he did not feel “comfortable with the situation.”

Personal life
Hart was married to Julie Smadu-Hart (born March 25, 1960) in 1982. Bret and Julie have four children[92]:

* Jade Michelle Hart (born March 31, 1983);
* Dallas Jeffery Hart (born August 11, 1984);
* Alexandra Sabina Hart (born May 17, 1988), nicknamed “Beans”;
* Blade Colton Hart (born June 5, 1990).

The four hearts located on the right thigh of his tights symbolize his four children, as do the four dots following his signature.

Hart married an Italian woman named Cinzia Rota, but they got divorced 2 years later after failing to agree on where they should live.

Two of his nephews, Teddy Hart and Harry Smith, work in the wrestling industry. Both Smith and his niece Nattie Neidhart currently wrestle on the SmackDown brand.

 

 

History and Biography of Shawn Michaels

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Date of Birth

22 July 1965, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Birth Name
Michael Shawn Hickenbottom

Nickname
The Showstopper
Heartbreak Kid
The Main Event
The Icon
HBK
Rocker
The Boy Toy
Midnight Rocker
The Pitbull
The Wrestler of the 90s

Height
6′ 1″ (1.85 m)

Mini Biography

Began his career in Texas. Trained by the legendary Jose’ Lathario, Shawn Michaels wrestled in Kansas, where he met fellow wrestler, Marty Jannetty. A year later, after sending tapes of his matches to the major wrestling companies at the time, he was contacted by the AWA, who proposed that he team up with Marty Jannetty. Together, Michaels and Jannetty became known as the Midnight Rockers. The AWA had just recieved a TV deal with ESPN, which did wonders for his career. The Midnight Rockers had a major feud with “Playboy” Buddy Rose, and “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers. Their matches were considered bloodbathes at the time. Eventually the Midnight Rockers came out the victors and were the AWA World Tag Team Champions. The WWF (now WWE) noticed their efforts and signed them to a deal. Both Michaels and Jannetty were soon fired for a incident in a bar, which Michaels claims never happened. The duo went back to the AWA for a brief time. After a while, they contacted the WWF, who gave them a second chance and they returned in late 1988. They were known simply as The Rockers. The duo had a great influence on many of the present teams in wrestling. Their trademark was being tag team specialists and using great double team moves on their opponents.

They had major feuds with The Brain Busters, The Fabulous Rougeaus, The Hart Foundation, The Orient Express, and Power & Glory. At one point the Rockers won the WWF Tag Team Title by accident. They weren’t actually supposed to beat the Hart Foundation, yet it happened. They were stripped of the tag team title which was returned to the Hart Foundation with the explanation that the ring ropes were loose which caused the match to go bad for both teams. Shortly after the Rockers were split apart and Shawn Michaels became a singles wrestler, after turning on his partner Marty Jannetty. In a related story, Michaels actually met with Vince McMahon to discuss his charactor. He told him he worked hard and would like to be pushed as a singles wrestler. He wanted to know what he had to do to convince Vince McMahon to do so. McMahon told him he just did it by coming to him. Michaels defeated Tito Santana in his first Wrestlemania as a singles wrestler. He was managed by Sherri Martel, who supposedly had a crush on him. In a major upset, Michaels defeated The British Bulldog on Saturday Night’s Main Event. Michaels won the Intercontinental Title from the Bulldog. At the 1993 Royal Rumble, Michaels wrestled former partner Marty Jannetty with the Intercontinental Title on the line. The match became Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Match of the Year. Michaels won the bout.

The following year, Michaels wrestled Razor Ramon (Scott Hall, who is one of his best friends) in a ladder match. This match was voted by Pro Wrestling Illustrated as the Match of the Year, and became one of the innovating matches of the last decade. In 1995, Michaels was again voted in match of the year by wrestling another great friend, Diesel (Kevin Nash) at Wrestlemania 11. Michaels won both the 1995 and 1996 Royal Rumbles, and again was in match of the year when in 1996 he wrestled Bret Hart at Wrestlemania 12 in a one hour Iron Man Match. Michaels was involved in the big Montreal Screwjob on Bret Hart, that Vince McMahon was behind. The match was stopped and awarded to Shawn Michaels because Vince McMahon was worried that Hart would refuse to lose and take the WWF Title Belt to WCW Nitro. This severed a friendship between Michaels and Hart. Michaels originally denied knowing about it in advance. Later on he admitted he knew but wouldn’t refuse to do what Vince McMahon wanted him to, since Vince McMahon made his career. Michaels innovated another match against the Undertaker, when he wrestled him in a Hell in the Cell Match. After Wrestlemania 14, Michaels didn’t wrestle for 4 years due to a back injury, but maintained an on air role on occasion. During his time off, Michaels became a father, and also became a Christian. At Summerslam 2002, Michaels returned to the ring to face his friend Triple H. The two had a great feud, and Michaels who didn’t think he could wrestle as well as he used to, dazzled the audience. He wasn’t sure if he would be able to continue his normal wrestling schedule due to the nagging injuries, but since then, he has been going strong. He won the Raw Heavyweight Title from Triple H, which he held for 2 months. Michaels had a great match at Wrestlemania 19 with Chris Jericho, which he won. Currently, Michaels can be seen on Monday Night Raw.

Biography

Who is “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels?

He was born on July 22, 1965 in Scottsdale, Airzona at Williams Air Force Base. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas under the name Michael Shawn Hickenbottom. He is 6′0″ 234lbs and made his pro wrestling debut on October 16, 1984. He has spent his entire wrestling career (in the big two) using the name Shawn Michaels and has only wrestled as a part of the WWF. He trained under former pro wrestler Jose Lothario in San Antonio after his parents gave him their blessing so that he could realize his dream of becoming a pro wrestler. Under the tutelage of Lothario his career took off and he turned into the one of the greatest superstars ever. Two individuals, “Sensational” Sherri in 1992 and Jose Lothario in 1996, have managed Shawn. To see the progress Shawn has made here’s a look at his ratings in the annual PWI 500. 1991 – #37, 1992 – #16, 1993 – #3, 1994 – #5, 1995 – #2, 1996 – #1, 1997 – #18, 1998 – Injured.

The Rocker Years

Shawn’s partner was his good friend Marty Jannetty who he teamed with to form one of the most exciting teams in wrestling history. The Rockers were together from the summer of 1988 until the end of 1991 in the WWF. Prior to that, they wrestled as the “Midnight Rockers” in the AWA.

They were both young men who were just getting their start in the wrestling business, as they tried their best to make a name for themselves. A lot of people do not know this but the Rockers never did win the tag titles although they teamed for more than three years. They had won the tag belts at house shows although they never were recognized on WWF TV as the champions nor are they listed as champions in the PWI Almanac. They were a team that gave fans exciting wrestling featuring plenty of moves that were not common to North American fans. They were doing hurricanranas and moonsaults before anybody else in the WWF and they earned a reputation as the best high flyers in the WWF. One of the best tag team matches of all time featured Michaels and Jannetty in a Royal Rumble ‘91 battle against the Orient Express (Pat Tanaka and Kato who is Paul Diamond). I suggest you get your hands on this tape because this was one of the best tag team matches of all-time.

The Heartbreak Kid is Born

The Heartbreak Kid is a personality of Shawn Michaels that was launched in early ‘92 after the Rockers breakup. When the HBK persona was born Shawn was only 27 and had great potential in him athletically. What everyone soon found out was that HBK was very good on the mic to go along with his tremendous workrate. His ability to get the crowd to hate him was evident as soon as he turned heel. He then established a regular talk show segment on WWF shows called the “Heartbreak Hotel.” This cocky, young, brash superstar spent his time gaining a reputation as a guy who did a lot of talk yet he was still able to back it up because of his in ring talent.

His first taste of WWF gold came in a match against the British Bulldog on October 27, 1992 when Shawn won the Intercontinental title. A month later wrestled Bret Hart at Survivor Series in a match he lost for the WWF world title. This was the first of three PPV matches these two had. It did not really have as much hype as you would expect although it was still a classic match.

Shawn’s IC title reign lasted for seven months, ending when he lost it to his former partner Jannetty in May ‘93. Although he did lose the title, he regained the title only a month later. He never lost the belt in a match though. He had to give it up due to “not meeting certain contractual obligations.” In a span of a year he held the Intercontinental Title for 11 months. Shawn only lost IC title once and that was to Jannetty. He was stripped of it in ‘93 as well as in ‘95 when he couldn’t compete due to getting attacked outside of a Syracuse nightclub in October of ‘95. I’ll have more on that story a bit later on.

He was stripped of the IC title in ‘93 because he was in a contract dispute with WWF management. Because of the dispute, he did not defend the title within thirty days so he was stripped of the title in reality and in terms of storylines.

Being stripped of the IC title turned out to be a good thing for Shawn because of what happened at WrestleMania X. After coming to terms with management, a feud was built up between Shawn and Razor Ramon (the IC champ at the time) over who was the real IC champion. For storyline sake, Shawn carried around the IC title that he was stripped of a few months earlier. He claimed that he did not lose the IC title so the WWF decided to hang both IC titles from the ceiling and have a ladder match. The first ladder match saw Shawn losing the match to Razor in a match that determined the “real” IC champion. Despite the loss, both men came away winners because it was arguably the best match in the history of the WWF at the time.

Due to the success of the first ladder match, Shawn went on to have another ladder match with Ramon on PPV, this one coming at Summerslam ‘95. This time Shawn came in as the face, walked in with the title and also walked out with the title still around his waist. I will have an article detailing the WrestleMania X ladder match in the future because it was one of the best matches that I have ever seen. Not only are these two of the best matches in Shawn’s career but they are the two of the best matches in wrestling history. After people saw these matches it seemed obvious that Shawn wasn’t just good in the ring, he was extraordinary.

The Rockers alliance ended when Shawn turned heel by throwing Jannetty through a mirror in Brutus Beefcake’s barber shop segment. It was one of those moments that will be etched in the minds of wrestling fans forever. It was the start of something special, it was the start of Shawn Michaels singles career as a heel.

1995 Starts out Great but…

In the eyes of many people, 1995 was supposed to be the year in which Shawn took that giant leap from midcarder to main eventer. He continued his role as a heel and was successful in terms of getting over. He “hired” Sid Vicious as his bodyguard because he claimed that he was too important to the WWF to get hurt. Although it was for the storyline, there was some validity behind it. He won Royal Rumble ‘95 as he became the first wrestler ever to be the first participant in the match and come out of it as the winner. He earned the shot to face Diesel (Kevin Nash) at WrestleMania XI for the world title. It seemed as though it was the perfect time to put the big belt around the qualified waist of Shawn. He seemed ready, he seemed qualified but it did not happen. He lost to Nash cleanly in the center of the ring in what turned out to be a pretty good match. Maybe it’s because Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy were at ringside for that match. Nevertheless, Shawn’s stock rose after his great performance at WM XI.

The next night on Raw, Shawn was powerbombed by his “bodyguard” Sid Vicious who claimed that Shawn was stealing his spotlight. With every powerbomb the sympathy for Michaels grew. He took a short break in order to sell the powerbombs and when he returned he was one of the biggest babyfaces in the company.

At the July ‘95 IYH PPV Shawn captured the IC title for the third time in a matchup against Jeff Jarrett. To this day the pop that Shawn received at the end of the night was one of the loudest that I have ever seen. I think it was important to Shawn because it was the first title he won while he was wrestling as a face. He defended the title at Summerslam ‘95 against Razor Ramon in the aforementioned second ladder match. This time around, they were both babyfaces and after twenty-five minutes of showstopping action the two hugged in the ring to the delight of the crowd. Sadly, all of that jubilation was quickly forgotten due to an unfortunate incident that took place a few months later.

…Ends on a Sour Note

In October ‘95 Shawn suffered a beating at the hands of several men outside of a nightclub in Syracuse, New York. This was not a work, it was a true story. The details of the incident are not fully known although there are many things that we do know about the altercation.

Shawn Michaels, Davey Boy Smith (British Bulldog) and Sean Waltman (X-Pac) were at a bar in Syracuse. At some point during the evening the three WWF wrestlers were confronted by a pack of men. Nobody really knows how many men were there although it is believed that it ranged from anywhere between 8-14 of them. When they left the bar these men met them out by their car and began provoking them. A few of the men held back Smith and Waltman while the others attacked Shawn probably because he was the Intercontinental Champion at the time and the most famous of the three. On WWF TV, they said that nine men attacked Michaels although nobody really knows if that is true. For the purpose of storylines, they did not mention that Waltman and Smith were there. The extent of Shawn’s injuries are not fully known although most believe that he had minor injuries because of the assault.

He appeared at the October ‘95 PPV and forfeited the title to Dean (Shane) Douglas who in turn lost the belt to Razor Ramon. On the episode of Raw following Survivor Series ‘95, Shawn took an enziguri kick from Owen Hart that forced Shawn to suffer from “post concussion syndrome.” In reality, Shawn was 100% healthy by that time and only sold the Owen Hart kick so that he can return in ‘96 as the federation’s top babyface. I repeat, it was an angle, he did not really suffer an injury from Owen during that match. It was one of the first “worked shoot” angles that the company ever did. They fooled a lot of people with it and it also helped build Shawn up as a sympathetic babyface that the fans could get behind at the start of the new year.

“The Clique” and “The Kliq”

You may be looking at this heading and wondering what I am talking about. What I am referring to by “The Clique” is Shawn’s relationships with his best friends in the wrestling business. “The Kliq,” not the spelling, is the name he had for his legions of fans. The Clique consists of Shawn, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Triple H, and Sean Waltman aka X-Pac. These are his best friends in the wrestling business. Although other people may be friends of these five men it is widely known that these men are the main members of “The Clique.”

The Kliq, Shawn’s fans, was formed in late ‘95 after Shawn started getting sympathy babyface heat which was a result of the attack in October. It was also pushed by the WWF after Owen Hart nailed him with an enziguri causing HBK to suffer from post concussion syndrome. This was just an angle to get easier babyface pops for Shawn. It worked because when Shawn came back to the ring in January ‘96 he was by far the most popular wrestler in the WWF as he proved to the world that he can carry a company.

1996: The Championship Year

If you were to single out 12 months of Shawn’s career that brought out the best in him it would have to be the year of 1996 because that is when he won his first WWF title. It all started in January at Royal Rumble ‘96. Shawn was completely healthy by the time of the Rumble even though he did not wrestle for a few months prior to the big battle royal. He won the 30 man over the top rope battle royal propelling himself into the main event at WrestleMania 12.

Prior to wrestling in the main event Shawn had to beat Owen Hart to get revenge for putting him out of action for a couple months. After he beat Owen at the February ‘96 PPV it was onto WM12 where he would face Bret Hart for the second time on PPV.

This was the Iron Man match that lasted over 62 minutes. It was a superb match by both men as they wrestled gallantly for 62 minutes without getting a pinfall. I always felt that if the match was 45 minutes instead of 60 it would have been the greatest match ever. Because of the extra fifteen minutes there were times when the crowd was silent and the action was slowed down by rest holds. Everything between the resting was dynamite and so was the ending to the match. Shawn won it with his “Sweet Chin Music” (a Super-kick) and as Vince McMahon said it best: “Shawn Michaels has just turned his boyhood dream into a reality.” Finally Shawn Michaels became a world champion.

In April ‘96, Shawn had a memorable match against Diesel in what was probably Kevin Nash’s best match ever. It was a no-holds barred match that signified the start of the WWF going to the extreme in their matches. Better yet, it was the start of the “attitude” era. Shawn showed Nash the door that led to WCW and began to take on all comers who wanted a shot at his coveted world title.

Shawn’s next feud, May and June ‘96, was against the British Bulldog. This one became heated after the Bulldog falsely accused HBK of sexually harassing his wife Diana. Shawn ends up winning this feud at King of the Ring ‘96. That great match is often overlooked because it was the same night that Austin 3:16 was born. Although the feud was not legendary it did provide several good matches and it elevated a deserving competitor in The British Bulldog.

At Summerslam, HBK faced another big test who turned out to be Vader. At the time Vader was made to look as if he was unbeatable especially after pinning Shawn in a tag match at the July ‘96 IYH PPV. In this match Shawn turned the tables and won with a moonsault in a 20 minute match that was one of Vader’s best matches in the WWF. Vader actually won the match on two separate occasions (countout and disqualification) but his manager Jim Cornette ordered the match to continue which led to Shawn’s victory. The highlight of the match was probably when Shawn took a Vader powerbomb on the concrete floor, which was something few people would do four years ago.

At the September ‘96 PPV, Shawn participated in one of the most brutal matches that I have ever seen. It was a wild brawl against Mankind that provided some of the craziest bumps in the careers of these two amazing superstars. As Mick Foley said in his book, this was the match that Foley was most proud of in his illustrious career. It was arguably Mick Foley’s greatest match and is among the top four matches in Shawn’s career. Sadly, both men retired before they turned 35 years old due to their willingness to take suicidal bumps. Simply put, this was another great match that is often overlooked due to the fact that it was on a poor PPV and it ended with a DQ finish. No doubt about it, this was one of the best matches that I have ever seen anywhere in the world.

At the Survivor Series in November ‘96, Shawn went into battle against yet another monster, Psycho Sid. Sid ended up winning the title from Shawn thanks to the fact that Sid knocked out Jose Lothario and then nailed Shawn with a video camera to win the title.

Shawn ended up winning his title back at Royal Rumble ‘97 in front of his hometown crowd in San Antonio to be the WWF champ for the second time. On both occasions Shawn proved why he was such a great wrestler because he was able to carry a pile of crap like Sid to a good match. Is there anything he can’t do?

Shawn’s role in the WWF during this time was very important because of the lack of success the WWF was having in the mid ’90s. Wrestling in the United States was suffering in ‘95-’96 due to the WWF’s tendencies to produce characters with outrageous gimmicks rather than promoting good wrestling. After Kevin Nash’s unsuccessful world title reign in ‘95, highlighted by horrible feuds with Mabel (Viscera) and Sid, Shawn was given the title for nearly eight months. While Shawn’s reign was in full force the WWF’s former champion Bret Hart took a seven month leave of absence to think about his future in wrestling. Without Bret around to produce good matches and with Austin and Foley climbing the WWF ladder, Shawn seemingly carried every PPV during the year. His matches with Bulldog, Vader and Mankind were all very good.

He was so productive during this time period that many critics offered the same praise to him that Ric Flair was given several years earlier. They said that Shawn could carry a broomstick to a **** match which backs up my claim that 1996 was as good a year that any wrestler has ever had in the history of wrestling. It came at the perfect time because without Shawn as their leader who knows where the WWF would be today. Wrestling would not be where it is today without all of the hard work put in by the Heartbreak Kid when the business was struggling to keep its head above water.

World Title Reign Number Two is a Short One

During an edition of Raw in February ‘97 Shawn Michaels “lost his smile” on Thursday Raw Thursday. He went on the show and forfeited the world title. His reason was that he had a knee injury although some people, like Bret Hart, believed that he could have worked through it. Bret was upset about it because Shawn was scheduled to drop the title to Bret at WrestleMania XIII to return the job Bret did to Shawn the previous year. He missed the PPVs in February, March, April and May due to the knee injury and various other injuries that nagged him throughout his career.

The Dream Team of Wrestling: Michaels and Austin

Although Shawn missed a few months with a knee injury he came back as a force to form an impromptu tag team with Stone Cold Steve Austin. At the time, Shawn was a face and Austin was quickly becoming the most popular wrestler ever so the team was over huge. During an episode of Raw on May 25, 1997 they teamed up to take the tag straps away from long time champions, Owen Hart and the British Bulldog. It was one of the greatest tag team matches in the history of Raw due to the fact that it lasted nearly 20 minutes with a ton of heat and featured four workers who were very good.

At King of the Ring ‘97, a year after Austin won KOTR, the tag team champions participated in a one on one match. As far as I know, this was the only one on one PPV match that these two had against eachother when they were healthy. It ended up being a short match that ended in a no contest finish that I am still complaining about to this day! I understand the WWF’s position at the time because they did not want either man to do job. I assume that they felt that Michaels and Austin had several other PPV battles ahead of them but sadly that never came to pass. Due to Shawn’s back injury and Austin’s neck injury the only other time they wrestled against each other one on one was at WrestleMania XIV in what turned out to be Shawn’s last WWF match.

In July, the team was stripped of the titles because of Shawn’s real life backstage fight with Bret Hart. On camera, they said he had an injury to cover it up. He sat out of the Canadian Stampede PPV in July ‘97 due to the bogus injury. The main event of Stampede was a ten men tag where Shawn was rumored to be pinned which forced his critics to once again claim that he was avoiding doing a J.O.B. Although the Austin/Michaels team did not last for a long time it was fantastic to see two of the best wrestlers of all time on the same team.

At Summerslam in August ‘97 he played the role of referee in the Hart/Undertaker world title match when he “accidentally” cost the Undertaker the match. This was when he turned heel, this was when he released the monster known as DX.

Degeneration X is Born

“The icon. The showstopper. The main event.” Those are the phrases used to describe Shawn during his DX days. There are many questions as to when DX was officially born. The first time Shawn and Triple H wrestled on the same team was on Raw in the middle of August ‘97. It was a tag match that saw Shawn and Triple H taking on their rivals at the time, the Undertaker and Mick Foley. Therefore, the unofficial beginning of DX was on the August 18, 1997 edition of Raw. Following that tag match, Shawn and Triple H appeared on camera together often although the name Degeneration X did not debut on WWF TV until October ‘97. If my memory serves me correctly, Bret called Shawn and Hunter degenerates (another word would be wicked or immoral). The term degenerate was coined by WWF hater Phil Mushnick and that word was the one he used to describe fans of the WWF. Chyna and the late Rick Rude later joined the group although Shawn and Triple H were the only ones that actually wrestled at the time.

Shawn Michaels defeated the British Bulldog at the UK PPV “One Night Only” for the European title on September 20, 1997 making him the first grand slam champion in federation history. He beat the Bulldog in his own country and then went on to heat up his feud with Bret Hart.

Bret was a big time heel in his role where he bashes America in every speech while HBK was attempting to be a heel by doing cheap tactics and basically anything for the win. This was one of the things that led to the downfall of Bret Hart. It is believed that the European belt was given to Shawn because Vince McMahon wanted to punish Bret for refusing to do the job at Survivor Series ‘97. Since The Bulldog is Bret’s brother-in-law, McMahon felt that by punishing Bret’s family member it would lead to Bret changing his stance on the Montreal finish. Shawn walked away with the title even though he was never scheduled to win the belt in the first place.

Meanwhile, Degeneration X was growing on people quickly. They were doing such a good job as heels that Shawn had vaulted himself over Bret in terms of being the number one heel in the company. This caused a lot of tension between Shawn and Bret because Bret was promised the spot as the #1 heel because he was willing to do the anti-American angle.

Before the famed Survivor Series ‘97 match, Shawn wrestled in a match that was just as memorable as the more popular Montreal match. It was the first ever Hell in a Cell match against the Undertaker at the October ‘97 PPV called Badd Blood. This match changed Shawn’s career forever as he proved yet again that he was the best man to introduce a gimmick match. Just like he proved during the ladder match in ‘94, Shawn was able to produce another five star performance in a gimmick match that nobody had seen previously. He took a huge bump when he fell from three quarters high up the cage onto an announce table that waited about 10 feet below. He ended up winning the match, thanks to the debut of Kane, in what was one of the most brutal matches anybody has ever seen. For the fourth year in a row Shawn delivered one of the greatest matches in wrestling history. Without Shawn, ladder matches and HIAC matches would not exist. He set the trend and now everybody is doing their best to follow the model provided by the greatest wrestler to ever grace a WWF ring. The HIAC match was so good that I wrote a full length column about the match which you can read by clicking HERE.

Feuding With Bret Hart On and Off Screen

The names of Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels will always be linked together due to their relationship on WWF television and their supposed hatred for eachother out of the ring. Shawn was the man who ended up defeating Bret in what was Bret’s last match in the WWF at Survivor Series ‘97. It was probably the most controversial moment in the history of wrestling. By now, I think every wrestling fan knows the outcome of this match. Shawn had Bret in Bret’s finishing maneuver, The Sharpshooter, when WWF owner Vince McMahon told the timekeeper to “ring the f**king bell.” The scheduled finish for the match was supposed to see Bret’s family members run in and cause a DQ. However, Vince McMahon changed that outcome without telling Bret thus providing wrestling fans with what many people believe to be the “biggest screwjob in wrestling history.” The whole thing is detailed on the Wrestling with Shadows documentary.

Whatever role Shawn Michaels played in this match is unknown to this day. The only ones that really know are Vince McMahon, Bret Hart and Shawn himself. In my opinion it really does not matter what role, if any, Shawn played in this whole situation. It was an issue between an employee, Bret, and his boss, Vince. Sure, Shawn could have been in on it but does it really matter what role Shawn played in this whole thing? It is something between Vince and Bret so instead of sitting here and speculating on the behaviour of Michaels I think it would be best if I just moved on.

One thing we do know is that Shawn and Bret did not like eachother during Bret’s last year in the WWF. The biggest reason is probably because of the perception that Shawn refused to job to Bret at WrestleMania 13 as originally scheduled. To add heat to an already hot fire, the two men often made shoot (meaning real) comments about one another on camera. The rivalry came to a head in June ‘97 when Shawn and Bret apparently participated in a pull apart brawl backstage at a WWF show. Although the relationship between the two deteriorated in the summer of ‘97 it seemed as though they were able to look past their differences. By the time Survivor Series ‘97 came around they were on good enough terms that they were willing to change in the same dressing room. In recent interviews, Bret has said that he really doesn’t blame Shawn for everything that happened because, in Bret’s view, everything Shawn did was because of the orders of Vince McMahon. Nobody really knows what the relationship between Shawn and Bret is today but I doubt that any of you will be seeing them having a drink in your local bar. In the battle between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels I think it’s pretty obvious that Shawn was the winner out of the ring AND in the ring.

The Injury That Ended It All

After winning the title at Survivor Series ‘97, Shawn retained the title at the December ‘97 PPV against Ken Shamrock. At Royal Rumble ‘98, Shawn once again defeated the Undertaker in a casket match at the Royal Rumble thanks to Kane again. During the casket match Shawn took a bump that would end up forcing him to retire from full time in ring competition. He took a bump on his back that caused him excruciating pain. He had suffered a major problem with the lower disks in his back forcing him to cut back on his schedule drastically. It is believed that the injury occurred when the Undertaker tossed Shawn over the top rope causing Shawn to land on the corner of the wooden coffin. It is one of those injuries that looks as bad as it sounds. Remarkably, Shawn was able to wrestle another fifteen minutes and finish the match. His career, however, would come to an end a few months later.

The Final Match

Many people felt that Shawn would be unable to defend the world title at WrestleMania XIV against Stone Cold but he made it and delivered yet again. This match was hyped unbelievably for a couple of reasons. It was the last big match in Shawn’s career so the WWF went all out in building up a good storyline. Austin and Michaels were the two wrestlers in the business which led to an unbelievable PPV buyrate but there was something else that helped their cause. The WWF brought in the $2 million nutcase Mike Tyson to be a part of this classic match. Tyson was playing the role of enforcer/referee in the match. He brought in interest from non wrestling fans to see what Tyson would do. Prior to the match it appeared that Tyson had joined Shawn in DX as Shawn attempted to “stack the deck” against Austin. As you all know, Austin won the match in what was a relatively clean match. Even though Shawn did not win the match he still put in a tremendous effort. He could not bump the way he used to and at several points in the match you could see him wincing in pain. This put an end to Shawn’s in ring career. He put the deserving man over and he walked away without any regrets. Although he didn’t win his last match, I have no trouble saying that Shawn Michaels went out on top like the true champion that he is.

The Return:

In his time away from the ring, he was briefly an on air commissioner and trained several wrestlers, including Matt Bentley and Spanky. He also became a born again Christian. Shawn returned to the ring at SummerSlam 2002 and feuded with Triple H. This feud has gone on for several years and has resulted in some of the best matches of his career. In addition to feuding with Triple H, he has also feuded with Kurt Angle and Hulk Hogan. In 2006, Shawn and Triple H reformed D-Generation X.


The Present:

On the January 29 episode of Raw, Michaels captured the World Tag Team Championship with WWE Champion John Cena after defeating Rated-RKO. He then defeated both Edge and Orton in a Triple Threat number one contender’s match on another episode of Raw to earn a shot at the WWE championship. At WrestleMania 23, Cena retained the championship, after he made Michaels submit to the STFU. The next night on Raw, Michaels and Cena competed in two back-to-back ten team battle royals, winning the first and losing the titles in the second to The Hardys (Matt and Jeff) when Michaels threw Cena over the top rope. Michaels’ feud with Cena continued and he faced off with Cena, Edge and Randy Orton in a standard wrestling match involving four wrestlers at Backlash for the WWE championship. Cena retained the championship when Michaels performed Sweet Chin Music on Cena causing him to fall on Orton, which gained Cena the pinfall.

Michaels then entered a feud with Randy Orton when Orton claimed that he could beat Michaels. The week before their scheduled match at Judgment Day, after Michaels won a match against Edge, Orton interfered, punting Michaels in the head, this kick sees the wrestler take a run up to a kneeling opponent and strike him in the head with the sole of his foot. Orton assaulted Michaels again, just prior to their match at Judgment Day, interrupting Michaels’ interview segment. Michaels collapsed during the course of their match, causing Orton to win by referee stoppage. Afterwards, Orton continued the beating, when he performed a jumping cutter to a fallen Michaels. Michaels was then removed out of the ring in a stretcher. During the feud, Michaels conjured a storyline concussion. This injury was used to keep Michaels out of action, as he required surgery for his knee. Michaels made his return on the October 8 episode of Raw, performing a superkick to newly-crowned WWE Champion, Orton, during his title ceremony at the end of the show and then celebrating over the knocked-out champion as Vince McMahon watched. At Cyber Sunday, Michaels was voted by the fans to face Orton for the WWE Championship; though he won via disqualification when Orton hit Michaels with a low blow, which resulted in Orton retaining the championship. Michaels got another opportunity at the WWE championship, when he was granted his rematch against Orton at Survivor Series. In their match, Michaels was banned from using Sweet Chin Music upon request by Orton, referring to as Michaels superkicking Orton week after week. Michaels lost the match, when Orton performed a jumping cutter for the win. Michaels’ pyrotechnics going off during his ring entrance

As part of the storyline involving Ric Flair, Michaels faced Flair in a Career Threatening match at WrestleMania XXIV, in which he won by performing Sweet Chin Music and thus ending Flair’s career. Afterwards, Batista confronted Michaels about his actions at WrestleMania, 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. Jericho then confronted Michaels on this matter, in which Michaels admitted to faking the injury in order to defeat Batista. Michaels then defeated Jericho at Judgment Day. At One Night Stand, Michaels lost to Batista in a stretcher match, a match where the objective is to place the opponent on a stretcher at ringside and move it across a line located on the entrance ramp, thus ending their feud. On the June 9 episode of Raw, Michaels was attacked by Chris Jericho during his talk show segment, The Highlight Reel, being thrown directly through a television screen. The following week, it was revealed that, within the context of the storyline, Michaels had suffered a detached retina. At The Great American Bash, a match between Michaels and Jericho was scheduled, in which Jericho assaulted Michaels’ eye, which caused Jericho to win by referee stoppage. A month later at SummerSlam, Michaels was scripted to announce his retirement from professional wrestling, though the staged rivalry between Jericho and himself continued after Jericho punched Michaels’ wife in the face. On the August 25 episode of Raw, Michaels denounced his decision to retire and challenged Jericho to an unsanctioned match at Unforgiven, which Jericho accepted. The following week, Michaels and Jericho held a scripted official contract signing for the unsanctioned match. During the contract signing, a confrontation with Jericho occurred. A predicament insured when Michaels suffered a small tear on his left triceps. Though, Michaels was medically cleared to compete in the match. At Unforgiven, Michaels defeated Jericho, after the referee stopped the match, due to the severity of the beating Michaels was giving Jericho.

Personal life

Hickenbottom’s marriage to his first wife, Theresa Wood, was brief and ended in divorce, but was amicably settled. He is now married to former WCW Nitro Girl, Rebecca Curci (Whisper). They were married on March 31, 1999 at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada in a small ceremony. The only people present were Hickenbottom, Rebecca Curci, and an Elvis impersonator. Hickenbottom and Curci have a son, Cameron Kade (born on January 5, 2000) and a daughter, Cheyenne Michelle (born on August 19, 2004).

Shawn Michaels Tattoos

Hickenbottom has several tattoos. He has a tattoo of a heart with a sword through it, that has a snake around it in the shape of an “S.” He has one on his wedding finger, that has an R for his wife Rebecca. Another in his left wrist, is a bracelet design that says “Cameron” for his son. On his left leg he has a picture of his wife,the other leg has a picture of the state of Texas. Finally, he has a small broken heart with the letters “HBK” above it, tattooed on his right hip.

 

 

History and Biography of Dave Batista

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

Birth Name
David Michael Bautista Jr.

Nickname
Kahn
Deacon Batista
The Animal
DJ

Height
6′ 5″ (1.96 m)

Spouse
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.

 

 

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