The Nasty Boys
The Nasty Boys are a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags, active from the mid to late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. Their gimmick was that of anti-social punks who specialized in hardcore brawling, they were noted for their distinctive all-black "street look", while commonplace among today's wrestlers, was vastly different from the colorful attire of their wrestling peers of the late 1980s and early 1990s. This included graffiti-sprayed T-shirts, chain-adorned leather trenchcoats, their distinctive mullet-hawk haircuts. Unlike most professional wrestling tag teams, Jerry "Biff" Sags and Brian "Buff" Knobbs were childhood friends who put themselves together, they began their careers in the American Wrestling Association in 1985 and began teaming together as The Nasty Boyz in 1986. They first started moving up the cards while in Memphis, as a heel team against the face team of the Midnight Rockers. In 1988, they moved to Florida Championship Wrestling, where they won five Tag Team Championship between 1989 and 1990.
While they were in Memphis, Jerry Lawler gave them the idea to change their look, so Sags and Knobbs decided to cover their bodies. They painted their faces, but they dropped the face paint when wrestling outside of Memphis. In 1990, the Nasty Boys joined World Championship Wrestling, they feuded with The Steiner Brothers, but were unable to defeat them for the United States Tag Team Championship. The Nasty Boys left WCW in December 1990 and joined the World Wrestling Federation, debuting on the December 29 episode of Superstars of Wrestling. Along with their manager Jimmy Hart, they announced their intention to "Nastisize the WWF". After becoming the number one contenders by winning a seven team battle royal on the February 16, 1991 airing of Superstars of Wrestling, they defeated The Hart Foundation for the WWF World Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania VII, they held the titles until SummerSlam 1991, when they were defeated by the Legion of Doom in a no disqualification, no countout match.
They feuded with The Rockers and The Bushwhackers, leading to a match at Survivor Series'91 where they teamed with The Beverly Brothers to defeat both teams. In the early part of 1992, The Nasty Boys had a feud with Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Sgt. Slaughter, culminating in an eight-man tag team match at WrestleMania VIII, where Duggan, Big Boss Man and Virgil defeated The Nasty Boys, The Mountie and Repo Man; that fall, they turned face and dumped Jimmy Hart as their manager after Hart overlooked them for a tag team title match against The Natural Disasters, instead giving the title shot to his other tag team of Money Inc. Knobbs and Sags teamed with The Natural Disasters to defeat Money Inc. and The Beverly Brothers at Survivor Series'92, but they were unable to regain the titles. On the March 13th, 1993 edition of WWF Superstars it was announced that the Nasty Boys had agreed to step aside and allow Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake to have a one-time title shot against Money Inc. at WrestleMania IX.
They entered a house show series against The Headshrinkers and wrestled to double disqualifications on multiple occasions. Their feud spilled onto WWF television, as they wrestled once more to a double DQ against Fatu & Samu on the Italian version of WWF superstars that saw both teams hitting each other with chairs in a post match brawl. In April 1993, after a European tour, they were suspended, fired from the company, their final television appearance came on May 16th, 1993 when they defeated Steve Vega & Barry Horowitz on WWF Superstars. The Nasty Boys returned to WCW in July 1993 as heels managed by Missy Hyatt, they defeated Arn Paul Roma at Fall Brawl 1993 to become WCW World Tag Team Champions. They would lose the championship on October 4, to Marcus Alexander Bagwell and 2 Cold Scorpio before regaining it on October 24. In 1994, they fought Maxx Payne in a series of wild brawls, they were supposed to feud with Kevin Sullivan and his dyslexic brother Dave, who called himself Evad. Evad, injured his knee, Sullivan convinced Cactus Jack to team with him.
The Nasties lost the title to the thrown-together team of Jack and Sullivan in a wild Philly Street Fight at Slamboree 1994. Knobbs and Sags went on to feud with tag teams such as The Blue Bloods. At Slamboree 1995, they defeated Harlem Heat to become three-time WCW Tag Team Champions, but dropped the title back to them soon after. In 1996, the New World Order offered them membership into the nWo, but attacked them as soon as they received their nWo T-shirts. In the subsequent match against Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, Sags became enraged during the contest after being struck on the head, he had thought Hall had struck him with a chair and retaliated by attacking him and knocking his tooth out. After the match, Sags filed a lawsuit, he saw footage and found out it was Nash that had hit him with a tag belt. He retired. After Sags release, Knobbs began pursuing the WCW Hardcore Championship; the Nasty Boys were reunited in the short-lived XWF and the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico. Since retirement the boys have both appeared on Hogan Knows Best and the WWE Magazine's "Where are they now?" section.
On November 20, 2007, Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags reformed at the WWE SmackDown tapings from Tampa, Florida to wrestle their first WWE match in 14 years. On November 21, 2009, they were involved with the Hu
Tokyo Dome is a stadium in Bunkyo, Japan. Construction on the stadium began on May 16, 1985, it opened on March 17, 1988, it was built on the site of the Velodrome, adjacent to Kōrakuen Stadium. It has a maximum total capacity of 57,000 depending on configuration, with an all-seating configuration of 42,000. Tokyo Dome's original nickname was "The Big Egg", with some calling it the "Tokyo Big Egg", its dome-shaped roof is an air-supported structure, a flexible membrane supported by pressurizing the inside of the stadium. It became the first Japanese venue with an American football attendance above 50,000, it is the home field of the Yomiuri Giants baseball team, has hosted music concerts, American football and association football games, as well as puroresu matches, mixed martial arts events, kickboxing events, monster truck races. It is the location of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame which chronicles the history of baseball in Japan; the Tokyo Dome was developed by Takenaka Corporation. Tokyo Dome is part of a greater entertainment complex known as Tokyo Dome City, built of the grounds of the former Tokyo Koishikawa arsenal.
Tokyo Dome City includes Tokyo Dome City Attractions. This amusement park occupies the former Korakuen Stadium site and includes a roller coaster named Thunder Dolphin and a hubless Ferris wheel; the grounds have an onsen called Spa LaQua, various shops, video game centers, the largest JRA WINS horse race betting complex in Tokyo, Oft Korakuen, which caters to rural horse races. Mick Jagger was the first international act to play in the Tokyo Dome on March 22 and 23, 1988. Bon Jovi followed suit and played at the Tokyo Dome on 31 December 1988; the band has since performed total of 19 concerts at Tokyo Dome, most in 2010 as part of The Circle Tour. Mariah Carey's three sold-out shows at the Dome during her 1996 Daydream World Tour on March 7, 10 and 14 set records when all 150,000 tickets sold in under 3 hours, she performed at the Dome for 4 nights during her 1998 Butterfly World Tour on January 11, 14, 17, 20 and 2 nights during her 2000 Rainbow World Tour on March 7 and 9. Overall, Carey performed at the Tokyo Dome 9 sold-out concerts to date.
She holds the record for the most number of sold-out shows performed at the venue for a female solo artist, both in her country of origin and international. The second is Janet Jackson with a total of 8 shows, who performed at the Dome in 1990, selling out four shows in 7 minutes, setting a record for the fastest sellout in the history of Tokyo Dome; this record was surpassed by Japanese rock band L'Arc~en~Ciel. Superstar Michael Jackson performed 21 concerts during his 3 solo world tours. In 1988, for his Bad World Tour Jackson performed 9 concerts on December 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 in front of 405,000 people. In 1992, for his Dangerous World Tour, 8 concerts on December 12, 14, 17, 19, 22, 24, 30 and 31 in front of 360,000 people and in 1996, for his HIStory World Tour, 4 concerts on December 13, 15, 17 and 20. U2 ended their 1992-93's ZooTV Tour with two concerts on 9 and 10 December 1993. Kylie Minogue performed on 6 October 1989 in front of 38,000 during her Disco in Dream Tour.
Heavy metal band X Japan has performed at Tokyo Dome many times, including their last concert with former bassist Taiji on January 7, 1992 and their last concert before disbanding on December 31, 1997. The arena hosted their first concerts after reuniting in 2007. Yellow Magic Orchestra played two sold-out concerts at the arena on June 10–11, 1993; this was their only two concerts since their dissolution in 1983 and would be their last until their reformation in 2007. Japanese multi-genre band Judy and Mary performed on 7 & 8 March 2001 as their final performances as a band in support of their final album Warp; the 8 March 2001 concert was recorded for VHS and DVD and at 140 minutes was the longest concert Judy and Mary had performed. Madonna performed at Tokyo Dome seven times, the first time in 1993 with five sold-out shows at dome on December 13, 14, 16, 17 and 19 during her The Girlie Show Tour, Thirteen years Madonna returned to perform at Tokyo Dome with two sold-out shows in front of 71,231 fans at the venue on September 20 and 21, 2006, as part of her Confessions Tour.
Britney Spears In 2002 Britney Spears had a sold out show at the dome. Rain was the first Korean artist to perform at the Tokyo Dome, his concert at the Tokyo Dome on May 25, 2007 attracted nearly 45,000 people. On July 22, 2007, Kinki Kids held their 10th anniversary concert at Tokyo Dome, which drew a crowd of about 67,000 fans, making it the biggest concert held at the Dome; the record was held by Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi in 1992 when his concert drew an audience of 65,000. On December 22, 2007, Hey! Say! JUMP held their debut concert Hey! Say! JUMP Debut & First Concert Ikinari! in Tokyo Dome. They became the youngest group to perform in Tokyo Dome with the average age of 15.7 years old. In July 2009, TVXQ, the first Korean Group who performed in Tokyo dome, played the last two shows of their 4th Live Tour 2009: The Secret Code at the Tokyo Dome. Rock band Luna Sea held a one-night reunion concert titled "God Bless You ~One Night Dejavu~" on December 24, 2007. Electronic J-pop band Perfume performed one concert on 3 November 2010 titled "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11" to mark their 10th going into 11th year as a band.
Perfume was the second girl group after Speed to perform in Tokyo Dome. In December 2010, Luna Sea
Pacific Northwest Wrestling
Pacific Northwest Wrestling is the common name used to refer to several different professional wrestling companies, both past and present, based in Portland, United States. The first such company was founded by Herb Owen in 1925, it was the Northwest territory of the National Wrestling Alliance from the Alliance's inception in 1948 until 1992. The area was brought to its prime by Herb's son, Don Owen, this version of Pacific Northwest Wrestling saw many of the top names in the business come through on a regular basis; the Pacific Northwest was considered one of the main pro wrestling territories from the 1960s to the 1980s. Portland Wrestling was forced to close its doors in July 1992; the closure came as a result of a slowdown in the wrestling business during the early 1990s, a declaration of bankruptcy by Portland Wrestling's main television sponsor, negative fallout from a shift in regulatory emphasis by the Oregon Athletic Commission. The telecasts, which originated on Portland station KPTV, ended in December 1991 and were replaced on KPTV by syndicated WWF programming.
Portland Wrestling's referee Sandy Barr purchased the company from the Owen family in 1992 and continued the tradition of professional wrestling in the Pacific Northwest under the name "Championship Wrestling USA." A new wrestling promotion emerged in 2000, calling itself "Portland Wrestling" and claiming to be a restart of the original Pacific Northwest/Portland Wrestling. It stressed a title lineage to the old NWA PNW Championships. Unlike the Don Owen promotion, the new incarnation of Portland Wrestling was not an NWA member. Due to legal problems the company's owner encountered, the promotion was forced to close down in 2007 and the owner sold his ownership rights to former announcer Don Coss. Coss, in conjunction with Roddy Piper, one of Owen's biggest latter-day stars and a Portland-area resident, launched a new promotion in 2012 centered on a television program entitled Portland Wrestling Uncut; this program originated on KPTV, though it would move to another Portland television station.
Pacific Northwest Wrestling started in the early 1920s when a former world middleweight and world light-heavyweight wrestling champion by the name of Ted Thye came to Portland with plans to promote both boxing and wrestling. Thye hired Herb Owen as his assistant. While Thye was on a trip home to Australia, Owen had the ownership of the company put in his name. Due to rules in effect within the state of Oregon at that time, Owen now had sole rights to sponsor all boxing and wrestling within the state. Herb Owen started out just promoting boxing matches, but soon began promoting wrestling matches as well, focusing on lightweights. During this time, sons Don and Elton Owen began helping their father in the family business, helping set up cards and stepping into the ring on occasion to box or wrestle. During the early years, Herb brought in boxer Jack Dempsey. According to Barry Owen, Don's son, Dempsey refereed some wrestling matches for Owen. An unknown to many at the time, George Wagner, worked for Owen early in his career.
While in the PNW, Wagner developed the character for, Gorgeous George. Wagner is reported to have married his first wife in the ring before a match in Oregon. In 1942, following his death, Herb's son Don took over the company. In 1944, Don Owen promoted several cards with women wrestlers, until female wrestling was outlawed in Oregon; the National Wrestling Alliance was formed in 1948 with Don Owen as one of the founding members. This started the beginning of. On July 10, 1953, Don Owen started what was the first regular professional wrestling program on television. Pacific Northwest Wrestling aired a weekly 60 minute live program called Heidelberg Wrestling, named for its sponsor, Heidelberg Brewing Co. of Tacoma, Washington. The show was broadcast on KPTV, but moved to rival KOIN-TV in 1955. Along with the move came the show's new name, Portland Wrestling; the 1950s were good to Portland Wrestling, seeing wrestlers such as Ed Francis, Gory Guerrero and Tony Borne come to the territory. During this time, John Harrison "Harry" Elliott, a former Oregon State University wrestling champion, the school's wrestling coach, began working for Don Owen as a referee and putting on spot shows in the territory.
In 1958, Elliott obtained a contract with CBS Television to broadcast Seattle-based wrestling matches throughout all of Washington and parts of Alaska, British Columbia, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. Elliott promoted these matches, as well as spot matches throughout Washington and northeastern Oregon, while Don Owen continued to handle bookings for these matches. After the opening of Portland Memorial Coliseum in 1961, Don Owen promoted wrestling cards at the venue, drawing good crowds. In 1966, Harry Elliott promoted, Don Owen booked, one of the biggest matches in Seattle, packing out the Seattle Center Coliseum with 15,500 fans to see Lou Thesz beat Gene Kiniski. In 1967, Portland Wrestling returned to KPTV; that year, management changed within CBS Television and PNW's regionally broadcast wrestling show was dropped which subsequently led to Harry Elliott's retirement in 1968. Frank Bonnema, an on-air personality in KPTV's sports department, took over the announcing duties at that time, serving as the voice of Portland Wrestling until shortly before his untimely death on October 5, 1982 at age 49.
Despite losing its regionally broadcast television program in 1967, Portland Wrestling was still doing well. In 1968, Owen bo
John Charles Layfield, better known by the ring name John "Bradshaw" Layfield, is an American businessman, retired professional wrestler and television personality signed with the WWE on a part-time basis. Layfield is a financial commentator featured on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, he is employed by Northeast Securities as its Senior Vice President. Layfield rose to prominence in WWE during its Attitude Era under the ring name Bradshaw, during which time he became a three-time WWF Tag Team Champion with Ron "Farooq" Simmons as part of the Acolyte Protection Agency. In 2004, the APA separated and Layfield was rebranded as JBL – a wealthy, big mouthed businessman – based on Layfield's real-life accomplishments as a stock market investor; that year, he captured his only world heavyweight championship, the WWE Championship, held it for 280 days, making him the longest reigning champion of the SmackDown brand at that point. A month before his in-ring retirement at 2009's WrestleMania XXV, he became Intercontinental Champion, which made him the twentieth Triple Crown Champion and the tenth Grand Slam Champion in WWE history.
During his career Layfield was accused of perpetrating various pranks or hazing upon other WWE employees. After his retirement, Layfield became an on-air commentator for WWE programming. Layfield was born on November 1966, in Sweetwater, Texas, he trained under Brad Rheingans. Prior to his professional wrestling career, Layfield was a collegiate American football coach for Trinity Valley Community College and player for Abilene Christian University. At Abilene, Layfield was a two-year starter on the offensive line and was named first-team All-Lone Star Conference as a junior and senior. Layfield signed with the Los Angeles Raiders as an undrafted free agent, but was released before the 1990 season began. Layfield did play in the World League of American Football, starting all ten games of the 1991 season at right tackle for the San Antonio Riders, wearing jersey number 61. Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was the quarterback of that team. Layfield was trained by Brad Rheingans and first started wrestling in the Global Wrestling Federation in Texas.
His first gimmick was as storyline cousin of the Windham brothers. He formed the tag team "Texas Mustangs" with Bobby Duncum, Jr.. Hawk won his second GWF Tag Team Championship with Black Bart on December 25 of the same year from Steve Dane and Chaz Taylor losing them to The Fabulous Freebirds on June 3, 1994. In January 1993, Layfield went on his first overseas trip to Japan, wrestling for George and Shunji Takano's Network Of Wrestling; that same year, he would wrestle in Mexico for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, wrestling under the name Vampiro Americano and teamed with Vampiro Canadiense. He would wrestle for Federacion Internacional de Lucha Libre, where he won its Heavyweight Championship. In June 1994, he went to Europe and toured Austria and Germany for Otto Wanz's Catch Wrestling Association, where he won its World Tag Team Championship with Cannonball Grizzly in November 1995. In March 1995, he returned to Japan, but with NOW folded, he went to Genichiro Tenryu's WAR, where he went by the name Death Mask.
Before joining the World Wrestling Federation, he was set to join Smoky Mountain Wrestling in December 1995, to wrestle Buddy Landel, but didn't happen due to the company closing in November. After the GWF shut down in September 1994, he joined the National Wrestling Alliance. Layfield won the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship on January 14, 1995, defeating Kevin Von Erich. Two months he lost the NWA North American title to Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. After three and a half years touring the independent circuit, Layfield signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation in late 1995 and debuted on January 27, 1996 episode of WWF Superstars as Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw, defeating Bob Holly in his debut match, his initial gimmick was that of a tough cowboy/mountain man, with Uncle Zebakiah as his manager. After victories, he branded his opponents with the symbol "JB" in ink, rather than being seared into the flesh. Bradshaw remained undefeated for three months until a loss to The Undertaker via disqualification on the April 1 episode of Raw.
He lost a Caribbean Strap Match to Savio Vega on the September 22, 1996 PPV In Your House 10: Mind Games. The character fizzled out by the end of the year remembered only for a feud with Savio Vega and a match with Fatu which he won in eight seconds. In February 1997, Layfield paired up with his storyline cousin Barry Windham to form The New Blackjacks, complete with the traditional "Blackjack" handlebar mustaches and short, jet black hair. In late 1997 Bradshaw traveled to the United States Wrestling Association where he competed as a singles wrestler. During his time in the USWA he helped his former manager in the WWF, Dutch Mantel defeat Jerry Lawler for the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship. Windham's injuries piled up throughout 1997, so the team disbanded, Layfield wrestled only on TV as Blackjack Bradshaw, sometimes teaming with fellow Texan Terry Funk, he earned a shot at the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship against Jeff Jarrett at No Way Out of Texas: In Your House and won by disqualification, but Jar
Kevin Sullivan (wrestler)
Kevin Francis Sullivan is an American professional wrestler and booker best known for his role in World Championship Wrestling. Sullivan had been an amateur wrestler in the Boston area, was not trained professionally, his first professional match was in Montreal. Sullivan wrestled as "Johnny West" in the National Wrestling Alliance's Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling in the early 1970s, capturing the NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Championship with Ken Lucas, defeating Jack Morrell and Eddie Sullivan on March 11, 1971. Next, he went to Championship Wrestling from Florida in 1972 and captured the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship with Mike Graham, he went north to join the World Wide Wrestling Federation as a mid-card face from 1974 to 1977. He had a face versus face battle with Pete Sanchez on a Madison Square Garden undercard. Sullivan wrestled as a face for promoter Roy Shire's Big Time Wrestling in San Francisco. Wrestling for Georgia Championship Wrestling and partner Austin Idol challenged The Fabulous Freebirds for the NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship in November 1980.
Sullivan worked in CWF as a face until the early 1980s. His first heel run was in the Memphis territory where alongside Wayne Ferris and manager Jimmy Hart he battled the local faces including Jerry Lawler, he left Memphis for Georgia but again turned heel while in the Georgia territory before returning to Florida again to work for Eddie Graham. Known as the heel "Boston Battler", Sullivan's "The Prince of Darkness" gimmick started during this time. In CWF he became associated with "Maniac" Mark Lewin, Mike Davis, Bob Roop, The Lock and Luna Vachon and others as the Army of Darkness, his biggest rivals during this time included Dusty Rhodes, Barry Windham, his former partner Mike Graham. Sullivan split his time with International Championship Wrestling and brought the devil-worshiping gimmick there, along with Lewin and Roop, he had the Fallen Angel as his valet, who became known as Woman. Sullivan was the top heel in ICW when the company first went national and had noted feuds with Austin Idol, Superstar Billy Graham, Bruiser Brody, Joe Savoldi and Blackjack Mulligan.
Sullivan formed The Varsity Club upon arrival in Jim Crockett Promotions with Mike Rotunda and Rick Steiner. They started feuding with Jimmy Garvin because Sullivan wanted Garvin's wife Precious for himself; this feud lasted. Steiner was replaced by "Dr. Death" Steve Williams and Dan Spivey, they feuded with The Road Warriors, Rick Steiner and Eddie Gilbert. Sullivan attacked Gilbert's wife Missy Hyatt. By late 1989, the Varsity Club was gone, Sullivan formed Slaughterhouse with Cactus Jack and Buzz Sawyer to feud with Rotunda. Sullivan took time off in late 1990 and returned in early 1991 as the manager of One Man Gang, Black Blood, the Angel of Death, they had a brief feud. Sullivan was the masked Great Wizard to manage Oz. After his contract with WCW expired in August 1991, Sullivan worked in Japan, participating in FMW where he wrestled against Atsushi Onita with Ed Farhat, moved on to compete in W*ING. Sullivan was in a feud with "Primetime" Brian Lee where after Lee's matches there would be a miniature tombstone brought to ringside.
During this feud he was known as The Master and enlisted the help of The Nightstalker and the Mongolian Mauler to soften up Lee. After Lee defeated Nightstalker, he came face to face with The Master, revealed to be Sullivan after he delivered a fireball to the face of Lee and was joined by Nightstalker in busting open Lee on live television. Lee would return and get the upper hand on Sullivan in a Singapore Spike match with Sullivan which Lee won after Nightstalker accidentally hit Sullivan with the spike. Sullivan left SMW shortly after losing a match to Ronnie Garvin by DQ in March 1994. In early 1993, Sullivan and Woman went to Eastern Championship Wrestling, where he teamed with The Tazmaniac; the two feuded with The Public Enemy. Sullivan had a bloody feud with Abdullah the Butcher. Sullivan left ECW behind and headed to World Championship Wrestling in spring 1994, he formed a tag team with his kayfabe brother Dave Sullivan, a dyslexic character, being picked on by The Nasty Boys. He beat them for the Tag Team Title.
Dave was injured and out of action for a while and Sullivan split with Cactus after losing the titles. Sullivan defeated Cactus in a Loser Leaves WCW match at Fall Brawl. Dave dressed like his idol, Hulk Hogan; this infuriated Kevin, who hated Hogan, they started feuding. Kevin brought in Hogan's best friend, Ed Leslie, as The Butcher, to help him with his feud against Hogan, he brought in Avalanche and called the trio The Three Faces of Fear. They feuded with Randy Savage and Sting. In early 1995, after not being able to end Hogan's career, Avalanche left the group and Sullivan turned on The Butcher. In 1995 Sullivan began hearing the voice of someone calling for him to come find him. Over the course of several weeks, vignettes were shot with Sullivan searching for the man, who became known as The Master. Once Sullivan found The Master he was rechristened with The Taskmaster; the two men started putting together a new group that became known as the Dungeon of Doom. In time, the group grew to include Kamala, The Barbarian, The Yeti, Hugh Morrus, Loch Ness, One Man Gang, Big Bubba Rogers, The Giant.
Sullivan brought in his former 3 Faces of F
Tag team wrestling is a type of professional wrestling in which matches are contested between teams of multiple wrestlers. A tag team may be made up of wrestlers who wrestle in singles competition, but more are made of established teams who wrestle as a unit and have a team name and identity. In most team matches, only one competitor per team is allowed in the ring at a time; this status as the active or legal wrestler may be transferred by physical contact, most a palm-to-palm tag which resembles a high five. The team-based match has been a mainstay of professional wrestling since the mid-twentieth century, most promotions have sanctioned a championship division for tag teams. In 1901 the first tag team match was held in San Francisco. While tag team wrestling is now traditional in American professional wrestling, the innovation didn't become popular outside San Francisco until the 1930s; the first "World" tag team championship was crowned in San Francisco in the early 1950s. Tag matches with three-man teams were developed, in some territories, a championship division was instituted for these teams, but the concept failed to become popular.
A tag team championship is awarded to and defended by a team of two. However, during the 1970s and 1980s, a dominant trio in the NWA known as The Fabulous Freebirds won several regional tag team championship and were allowed to employ any combination of the group's members in their title defenses. In kayfabe, this made it difficult for challengers to prepare for their upcoming title fights since the challengers didn't know who they were facing; this is still utilized by other wrestling companies. The stipulation has become traditionally known as the "freebird rule". A common storyline is former tag team partners turning on each other, which will invariably ignite a feud; this can be used. The basic tag team match has two teams of two wrestlers facing off against each other. All standard rules for singles wrestling apply to a team match. However, only one wrestler from each team, called the "legal man" is allowed in the ring at a time. All other members of the team wait outside the ropes in the team's specified corner.
Only an active/legal wrestler have a fall scored against him/her. But any wrestler, legal or outside, may face disqualification for himself or his team for violating rules. Once a tag is made, the wrestler tagging out has a grace period to leave the ring before risking disqualification. Offensive cooperation from a team member is allowed during this time window; the wrestler outside the ring must be touching the tag rope tied in the corner. Tags are legal as long as the two team members touch; the referee has to see and/or hear the contact between the two wrestlers in order for the tag to be legal. As the ultimate authority over the match, a referee may overlook any of these at his discretion, during the frenzied action will be more lenient with them. In some multi-man tag matches in lucha libre, a wrestler can make himself the team's legal man by setting foot in the ring, his partner leaves; this allows for action to become nearly continuous. Two referees, one stationed inside the ring and one on the floor, are employed to maintain order for this type of match.
In independent discussion and analysis of matches, certain terms are used to describe specific scenarios involving tag team matches. These are timed to inject drama into a match. One spot common to many tag team match is the hot tag. One member of one team is in the ring, too weakened to move or otherwise impaired, while his partner watches helplessly, struggling to reach him for a tag; the tension builds as the legal man is unable to tag out until something happens that allows the first team to tag and reverse the momentum of the match in their favor. When done well, this results in a large audience reaction, was the typical climax of tag matches for decades. WWE employs this tactic in nearly every tag team match to the point that they fired a referee in 2008 after a botched finish that, while the match produced the intended finish, didn't feature a hot tag. A common variation on the hot tag sees both wrestlers from the heel team attacking a face, while his partner protests to the referee about this bending of the rules.
The weakened face wrestler does make the tag to his partner, who comes in as the fresh man and is able to take on both opponents quite easily. A blind tag is a legal tag made without the legal opponent's knowledge while his back is turned; this allows the team who uses it an opportunity to confuse the legal opponent, who turns to face what he assumes to be his opponent only to be attacked by the true legal man from behind. A tag team match involving more than two wrestlers per team is referred to by the total number of people involved, whil
George South is an American professional wrestler. In the course of his career, South has wrestled for professional wrestling promotions such as Jim Crockett Promotions, World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Entertainment. South started wrestling in 1985 in the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions, he was used as enhancement talent but he always got in some offense and was good at getting heel heat with the fans. He was Ric Flair's favorite journeyman to wrestle as Flair considered him a great worker. South worked with Gary Royal in the masked jobber tag teams the Cruel Connection, Mexican Twin Devils and the Gladiators; as the Gladiators and Royal jobbed for Bill and Randy Mulkey giving the perennial jobber tag team their only televised win on World Championship Wrestling. South wrestled in Georgia Championship Wrestling and captured his NWA Georgia Junior Heavyweight Championship in 1986 in between stops for JCP. For a brief time, South wrestled as a preliminary wrestler in World Wrestling Federation in the late 1980s.
South was the top heel in the Pro Wrestling Federation that ran from 1992 until 1999 in the Carolinas. He feuded with his arch-rival, The Italian Stallion, who promoted the company with some help from South. In the 1990s, South worked as enhancement talent for World Championship Wrestling. South is a born-again Christian and says one of his biggest thrills was passing a Christian tract to Hulk Hogan in WCW who told him he needed it. In 1999 three full-color cartoon tracts were produced for South entitled The Greatest Match Ever, Who is Your Tag-Team Partner?, Who Are You Wrestling Against?, illustrated by comics artist Steven Butler, packaged by The Nate Butler Studio, published by PowerMark Productions. When the PWF closed in 1999, South opened, he still runs shows as of 2005 in the Mid-Atlantic area and participates in Christianity/wrestling shows with Nikita Koloff and Ted DiBiase. One of his gimmicks is the fact that he gets heel heat from the fans by sticking his tongue out at them and taunting them about how he is manhandling their hero in the ring.
He is proud of the fact that he does not have to get crude, use profanity, or become vulgar to get heel heat. An important part of South's modern day matches are moves and performances intended to pay tribute to the great wrestling stars of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, including Wahoo McDaniel, Blackjack Mulligan, Brute Bernard, Two Ton Harris, Paul Jones, Ricky Steamboat, Tully Blanchard, the Anderson Brothers, others. South's most significant recent match was against Brad Armstrong in Spartanburg, SC, at the Wrestling Night of Legends II. In 2013, South participated in the Brad Armstrong Memorial Event, in a tag-team match alongside Bob Orton Jr. against Tim Horner and Tom Prichard. During the match and South didn't get along too well to the point South tried to sucker-punch Orton, Orton would enter the ring and superplex South, letting Horner pin South while Orton was walking down the ramp. South trains up and comers at the Rings wrestling training facility in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesdays.
His son, George South Jr. is now a wrestler. "Dad, You Don't Work You Wrestle" Amazon American Pro Wrestling APW Television Championship APW United States Championship Exodus Wrestling Alliance EWA Heavyweight Championship EWA Television Championship Independent Championship Wrestling ICW Tag Team Championship – with Marc Ash Jim Crockett Promotions NWA Georgia Junior Heavyweight Championship Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling Anderson Brothers Classic Tag Team Tournament winner with Brad Anderson Pro Wrestling Federation PWF Eastern States Heavyweight Championship PWF Heavyweight Championship PWF Junior Heavyweight Championship PWF Tag Team Championship – with The Rising Sun, Mean Mark, Terry Austin, The Italian Stallion and The Equalizer Pro Wrestling Illustrated PWI ranked him # 248 of the top 500 wrestlers of the year in the PWI 500 in 1997. Southern Championship Wrestling SCW Heavyweight Championship Trans South Wrestling TSW Heavyweight Champion Other titles RAW Heavyweight Championship All Star Wrestling Alliance ASWA WORLD Heavyweight champion Official website Online World of Wrestling