Taking on being a Russian was no easy task for American born Darsow, but he did so in order to become part of Bill Watts UWF as Krusher Krushev. He got his first taste of gold here defeating Terry Taylor for the UWF TV Title. He would then have a short stint in Florida, but then traveled to Jim Crocketts NWA where he joined in as part of the Russians winning the 6 man tag titles, along with tag team gold with Ivan Koloff. He would also win, the Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Title. His biggest success was soon to come though once he left the NWA for the "other" company, the WWF. Here he paired with another outsider, and they would be called Demolition. One of the greatest tag teams ever in the WWF.
Darsow returned to WCW after a few "lost" gimmicks in WWF and WCW, but never would reach the pinnacle he did as part of Demolition.
WWF Tag Titles w/AX
WWF Tag Titles w/Crush
NWA Mid Atlantic Title
NWA 6 Man Tag Titles (2) w/Ivan & Nikita Koloff
NWA US Tag Titles w/Ivan Koloff
Powers of Pain
Wrestlemania IV-vs Strike Force-WWF Tag Team Titles
Being trained by Buzz Sawyer is no easy task, but it was one that Ken Shamrock took a hold of, and ran with it. Part of what he thought would be good training was that he took part in Tough Man Competitions, where he won 3 very credible tournaments. He got his first break in South Atlantic Pro Wrestling. He went from being a face to being a heel named "Mr. Wrestling" Vince Torelli. After a failing attempt here, he joined in Japans UWF Shoot fighting organization. Ken would wrestle in a few other smaller territories before getting his big break in the WWF. After a small tour on house shows, he got his first big match at the PPV In Your House against Big Van Vader, defeating him by his ankle lock submission hold.
Shamrock is still active training wrestlers and cage fighters alike, but his biggest task is helping train the Marines in hand to hand combat
South Atlantic Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title
WWF IC Title
WWF Tag Titles
NWA World Title
In Your House 15 vs Big Van Vader
Al Rogowski began his wrestling career shortly after his term in the military, with a Verne Gagne promotion under the name "Rock" Rogowski. Rogowski started tagging with Lars & Gene Anderson, and they were soon billed as brothers, and Rogowski changed his wrestling name to, "Ole Anderson". They were then called the Minnesota Wrecking Crew. From here they started working cards in Mid Atlantic and won the tag titles there. They would soon wrestle in singles matches in which Ole beat then NWA World Champ Jack Brisco for the Florida TV Title as well as defeating his brother Jerry for the Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Title. The Crew went on to win numerous tag titles splitting their time between Georgia & Mid Atlantic, until Genes health caused him to retire. After this Ole wrestled many matches on his own until teaming up with Thunderbolt Patterson in Mid Atlantic, who in which he eventually turned on and joined his other family member, Arn Anderson. They would then help form a little group known as the Four Horsemen.
Florida Tag Titles w/Ron Garvin
Florida TV Title
Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Title
Mid Atlantic Tag Titles w/Gene Anderson
World tag Titles w/Stan Hansen
NWA Tag Titles w/Arn Anderson
Ole & Gene Anderson vs Greg Valentine & Ric Flair-Mid Atlantic Tag Title Match
One of the toughest hombres to ever lace up a pair of boots, and with good reason. Before turning to wrestling, The Ragin Bull was in the Navy as a member of the elite, Navy Seals. Most of his known wrestling career was in the NWA, but before this time he was known for something else. After the death of the great Bruiser Brody, whic was rumored to have been killed by Invader 1, Fernandez to a length of payback against Invader 3, which had the match stopped due to Invader coughing up blood. Fernandez would go on to do other great things in wrestling, but forever will be respected behind locker room doors for this.
NWA Tag Titles w/Dusty Rhodes
NWA Tag Titles w/Rick Rude
Abdullah the Butcher
AWA Superclash III- vs Wahoo Mcdaniel-Indian Strap Match
Robert Gibson as a tag wrestler was one of the finest to ever stand in someones corner, especially Ricky Mortons. Arguablly one half of one of the best tag teams in the 80's, maybe ever, Robert Gibson was a great performer. The R & R Express would go on to have one of the greatest tag feuds ever in the Midnight Express. These teams put on a show and could sell out arenas with just this two tag teams on the card opposite each other.
SMW Tag Team Titles w/Ricky Morton (10)
USWA Tag Team Titles (2)
NWA Tag Team Titles (4)
StarrCade '86- W/Ricky Morton vs Ole & Arn Anderson-NWA Tag Title Match
Originally wanting to be a lawyer, Scott Levy decided to leave the life of studying, to a life full of trash cans and barbed wire. Scott broke into wrestling in the Northeast and eventually made his way to the Memphis promotion headed by Jerry Lawler. His first high profile match was against Lawker himself in I believe was a "win a date with Missy" (referring to Missy Hyatt) match, in which Scott lost, but some say he won with her in the lockerroom...He headed to Vancouver where he quickly got over with the crowds, but the promotions head man, thought he was outdoing his sons and stealing their spotlight so was set up to look as if he was harassing a girl backstage, which this was proven false when Scott used his prior Law skills, and the case was thrown out before it got anywhere. He went to the WWF for a short stint as "Johny Polo" where eventually he became more useful on their Saturday Morning show All American Wrestling hosting it and also as one of the WWF's creative heads. He left WWF and finally got his big break in ECW where of course, the Raven gimmick occured, and the rest is history, "Quote the Raven Nevermore".
NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title (3)
NWA Pacific Tag Team Titles (3)
NWA Pacific Northwest TV Title
WCW US Title
WCW Tag Team Title
ECW Heavyweight Title (2)
ECW Tag Team Titles (2)
NWA/TNA World Heavyweight Title
ECW World Title- vs Sandman
St. Louis biggest draw during the 40's wasn't the Arc, it wasn't The Cardinals, it was a wrestler by the name of Bill Longston. Longston was the St. Louis Territories long time champion and actually defeated Lou Thesz in 1947 for the non unified NWA World Title. Some say he would have been held in higher regard if he would have manned up and took on another non unified NWa World Champ, in Orville Brown. Who in which ironically became the NWA's first all inclusive territory wide recognized Champion. But, Longston instead chose higher ground and eventually lost his title back to Thesz.
NWA (non-unified) World Title (3)
Man Mountain Dean
NWA World Title vs Thesz
I can think of no better job to pay my way through college, than to be a wrestler. And that is exactly what Troy Martin set out to do, little did he know that would end up being his career. Although he ended up getting his MA in Education, which later played a role in his Dean Douglas gimmick in the WWF, he sought out to become a wrestler rather than an educational teacher in the field he worked os hard to achieve in. He got one of his first breaks working as "Troy Orndorff", the cousin to Paul Orndorff but it wasn't until his break in the UWF winning the TV Title from Eddie Gilbert that he would start making a name for himself. He would go on to other accomplishments, but none as shocking as when he won the now defunct NWA World Title in ECW in a tournament, only to take the title and throw it to the ground like a piece of garbage.
UWF TV Title
WCW Tag Team Titles w/Ricky Steamboat
WCW Tag Team Titles w/Buff Bagwell
ECW World Title (4)
WWF IC Title (Awarded)
WCW Tag Title Match- Shane Douglas/Ricky Steamboat vs Barry Windham/Dustin Rhodes
There isn't too many wrestler to ever lace up a pair of boots, that Lou Thesz himself handpicked to lose to, but Hutton was one of them. And there wasn't anyone ever that ws cheered as much against Americas Champion Thesz, as Hutton was. Thesz himself once said that Hutton was the best damn wrestler in the world. Bakc when $1,000 bills were still being made, Hutton was one of the first pro wrestlers to use money as part of his gimmick. He would award $1000 bill to anyone who could last in the ring with him a certain time limit. This became a major attraction for Hutton throughout his wrestling career and alot of fans would pay just to see if someone could take it from him. Few ever claimed that bounty.
NWA World Title
Pat O Conner
NWA World Title vs Lou Thesz
JESSE "THE BODY" VENTURA
If ever a man could deemed fit to be in any top 10 just for making you believe he was great just by telling you, Jesse Ventura would be the greatest wrestler alive. There may never have been someone during his era that could work the mic and the crowds with a few exceptions, than Ventura could, who got his wrestling name from a highway in California. He could make an enemy, or get a girl with just his use of his words. The ex-Navy Seal modeled himself after another mic legend in Superstar Billy Graham. Ventura used his profound attitude and chissled body in not just wrestling, but in movies as well. Landing himself side by side by future Governor pal Arnold Schwarzanegger, in the movie The Predator.
Pacific Northwest Tag Titles w/Buddy Rose (2)
Pacific Northwest Tag Titles w/Jerry Oates
Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title
AWA Tag Titles w/Adrion Adonis
Other Government officials
Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title vs Dutch Savage
Hands of Stone, a name given to him by the late great Gordon Solie made wrestling not just part of himself, but his family as well. Marrying at a young age to Jimmy Garvins mother, Ron begat himseld to a life billed around wrestling. He was also the first "One Man Gang" a nickname that only stuck with him throughjout his time in Georgia. The pinnacle of Garvins career didn't come, and it didn't last long, until he defeated Ric Flair for the NWA World title. One of the few title losses of Flairs that made alot of us think "It isn't April 1st is it?"
AWA TV Title
NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Title
NWA US Tag Titles w/Barry Windham
NWA Florida Tag Titles w/Ole Anderson
NWA World Title
NWA World Title vs Ric Flair
CHIEF JAY STRONGBOW
Joe Scarpa was an Italian born American born in Philadelphia, PA. He started his career in the late 40's wrestling mostly in the Florida territories, winning a few championships on the way. After making a name for himself, and getting over with the fans, he got the call from the "big" company up North in the 60's, the WWWF. He entered the company as Joe Scarpa, but was soon molded into a Native American named Chief Jay Strongbow. This is where his popularity really took off. During his matches, if he was down and out, the fans would chant his name and get behind him, and ala "Hulking up", he would go on a warpath dance and that was a sign the end was near for his opponent. He also participated in several gimmick matches from Indian Strap Matches to matches in a shark tank. But, no matter what match he was in, he was always cheered by his adoring fans, which is why he was voted wrestlings most popular wrestler in 1973.
Georgia TV Title
Georgia Heavyweight Title
Florida Tag Titles
WWWF Tag Titles w/Billy White Wolf
WWWF Tag Titles w/Sonny King
WWWF Tag Titles w/Jules Strongbow (2)
Indian Strap Match vs Greg Valentine
Glen Jacobs has gone through many transformations during his wrestling career, but one that will stand out as an unforgettable gimmick is Kane. His noteriety as an intense monster has faded lately in his current staus in the WWE, but there was a time when no one man was more feared than Kane. He has carried numerous tag team titles, but the team with his brother Undertaker, will go down as one of the most dominant tag teams in WWE history.
SMW Tag Titles w/Al Snow
WWF World Title (sorta)
WWF Tag Titles w/Mankind (2)
WWE Tag Titles w/'Taker (3)
WWF IC Title (2)
WWE Tag titles w/RVD
WWE Tag Titles w/Hurricane
WWE Tag Titles w/Xpac
WWE Tag Titles w/Big Show
Unforgiven 1998-Inferno Match vs Undertaker
Jones will be more remembered for his leadership in the Paul Jones army to most, but what they don't know is there was a time when he was a damn good wrestler. He was a prominent mainstay in the Florida territory winning pretty much all their titles, even at one time was the first to hold the Florida Brass knuckles, TV, and Heavyweight title at the same time. Had several good matches with a young Ric Flair during this time period. Was a great tag team technician forming a formable team with Baron Von Raschke as well with a young Ricky Steamboat.
NWA Tag Titles (5)
NWA US Title (2)
CWF Florida Heavyweight Title (4)
CWF Florida TV Title (2)
Florida Heavyweight Title vs Jack Brisco
Rick, before becoming a full fledged pro wrestler, was an All American wrestling standout at Michigan. After graduating with a BA in education, he signed on with the AWA working numerous shows in Montreal. He was soon noticed and offered a contract with the UWF territory being paired with Buzz Sawyer. He would win tag team gold with several partners, but it wasn't until his brother broke into the business that he would reach one of wrestling great tag team pinnacles.
WCW Tag Titles w/Scott Steiner (5)
WWF Tag Titles w/Scott Steiner (2)
NWA World Tag Titles w/Scott Steiner
WCW TV Title (2)
WCW US Title
NWA US Tag Titles w/Eddie Gilbert
UWF Tag Titles w/Sting
UWF Tag Titles Match- Rick Steiner & Sting vs Terry Taylor & Chris Adams
DAMN! Mr. Simmons was one of the most athletic wrestler of his era, and it showed when he defeated Vader for the WCW Title. Simmons will be known to most of todays fans as part of the APA with JBL, but those of us who followed him throughout his career will always remember the heart and effort he put into all of his matches in the NWA and WCW. A standout football player in Florida, Simmons carried that intense ability over into the squared circle.
WCW World Title
WCW Tag Titles w/Butch Reed
WWF Tag Titles w/Bradshaw (3)
Florida Heavyweight Title
Halloween Havoc: WCW World title Match vs Lex Luger