The Dudley Boyz
The Dudley Boyz are a professional wrestling tag team consisting of kayfabe half-brothers Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley. The team was joined by various Dudley family members, notably Spike Dudley, they are best known for their time in the World Wrestling Federation renamed World Wrestling Entertainment. They are well known for their tenure in Extreme Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling for their success as a tag team, being touted as the most decorated tag team in professional wrestling history; the team wrestled as the Dudley Boyz in ECW and WWF/E, upon joining TNA—where, due to WWE owning the rights to their names—they became known as Brother Ray and Brother Devon of Team 3D. Hyson signed with TNA and again sided with Team 3D as Brother Runt. In their TNA career, LoMonaco used the ring name Bully Ray while Hughes wrestled as Devon. After a brief feud with one another and Bully Ray were reunited as part of the villainous faction Aces & Eights, they are the only tag team to hold WWE's original Tag Team Championship, the Raw, ECW, WCW, NWA, Impact and IWGP Tag Team Championships.
During their time as Aces & Eights, Ray was TNA World Heavyweight Champion on two occasions, while Devon was Television Champion. On June 15, 2014 at Slammiversary XII, Team 3D were selected as that year's induction into the TNA Hall of Fame. WWE recognizes them as the most decorated tag team in company history, with 18 world tag team championship reigns, while Impact Wrestling recognizes them as 23-time world tag team champions. In 2018, the duo was inducted into WWE Hall of Fame, joining Sting, Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett as being inducted into both the TNA and WWE Halls of Fame, they are famously known for using tables in their matches beginning with Buh Buh Ray asking D-von to "get the tables". On May 21, 2007, Ray and Devon opened the Team 3D Academy of Professional Wrestling and Sports Entertainment at the X-Cel Fitness Gym in Kissimmee, Florida. Longtime pro wrestling journalist Fin Martin of Power Slam, in contemplating the greatest tag team of all time, wrote: "If one were to base his decision on longevity, title wins and success in a variety of companies, The Dudley Boyz would get the nod".
The teaming of LoMonaco and Hughes was born from ECW's Dudley family, a team of comedic fan favorites that consisted of many illegitimate children of "Big Daddy" Dudley. LoMonaco's Buh Buh Ray Dudley at the time was a fat, stuttering hillbilly who entertained the fans by dancing and wrestled with several of his "half-brothers", including Hyson's Little Spike Dudley, for the ECW World Tag Team Championship several times. Hughes, as D-Von Dudley, debuted in ECW in 1996. All the members of the Dudley family chased for the World Tag Team Championship at that time. Little Spike Dudley debuted in 1996 and teamed with Buh Buh Ray against The Full Blooded Italians. D-Von was hostile toward his family, saying that "true Dudleys" were not comedians. In February 1997, Buh Buh Ray and D-Von united at Crossing the Line Again and kicked all of the remaining Dudleys except for Big Dick Dudley and Sign Guy Dudley out of the family, becoming villains in the process, they became the most successful members of the Dudley family as they dominated the tag team division of ECW.
They won their first World Tag Team Championship from The Eliminators at Hostile City Showdown on March 15, 1997. This win resulted in a rivalry with the Eliminators, who won the title back at ECW's first pay-per-view event Barely Legal. On June 20, the Dudleys won their second ECW Tag Team Championship from Kronus in a handicap match due to Saturn being injured; the Dudley Boyz began their next rivalry with The Gangstas, which began after the Dudleys defeated the Gangstas to retain the tag titles at Orgy of Violence on June 28. The Dudleys, lost the tag titles to the Gangstas in a steel cage weapons match at Heat Wave on July 19, 1997. In less than a month, the Dudleys defeated the Gangstas at Hardcore Heaven to win their third ECW Tag Team Championship. After Mustafa and Saturn parted ways with ECW, New Jack and Kronus teamed up to form The Gangstanators and beat the Dudleys for the tag title at As Good as it Gets on September 20. At November to Remember, the Dudleys participated in a four way dance for the tag title, involving the champs The F.
B. I; the Gangstanators and The Hardcore Chair Swingin' Freaks. The F. B. I. retained the titles. The Dudleys began a rivalry with Rob Van Dam and Sabu in the summer of 1998. At Wrestlepalooza, they lost to Van Sabu; the Dudleys turned on Spike, who became involved in the rivalry. At Heat Wave, Buh Buh and D-Von, along with Big Dick Dudley, lost to Tommy Dreamer, The Sandman and Spike in a six-man tag Street Fight, ending the feud. On October 24, 1998, the Dudleys defeated Rob Van Dam and Sabu to win their fourth ECW Tag Team Championship. At November to Remember, they lost the titles to Masato Tanaka and Balls Mahoney in Louisiana. With the departure of The Sandman the Dudley Boyz took advantage of Sabu's ban from competing in the US, D-Von defeated Rob Van Dam in singles competition for their sixth ECW World Tag Team Title. With a brewing feud between the Dudleys and the Impact Players, Buh Buh Ray and D-Von still had their hands full with the new team of Spike Dudley and Balls Mahoney, it was at Heat Wave in 1999 tha
Darren Kenneth Matthews is an English retired professional wrestler, color commentator, trainer. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT brand under the ring name William Regal and is the General Manager of NXT. WWE additionally refers to him as their Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting. Matthews is known for his time in World Championship Wrestling under the ring name Steven Regal. Having started his career on a rare surviving carnival booth in Britain, he moved on to wrestle for national-level promotions on the British wrestling circuit and on British television, he progressed to touring around the world in countries such as Germany and South Africa before being called up to WCW in 1993. In 2000, Matthews joined the World Wrestling Federation. More he has been general manager of Raw, the 2008 King of the Ring and the official match coordinator for NXT Redemption in 2011, he is respected amongst his peers and fans and has achieved considerable championship success in professional wrestling, although he has never been a world champion.
Throughout his career, he has won several titles, including four in WCW and fifteen in WWE. He has overcome multiple drug problems as well as a major heart defect during his career. Darren Kenneth Matthews was born on 10 May 1968 in Staffordshire. Matthews made his ring debut wrestling for promoter Bobby Barron at his wrestling challenge booth at the Horseshoe Showbar at Blackpool Pleasure Beach at the age of 15. In time, he graduated to be a shooter at the booth, using brutal submission holds to defend prize money against challenges from members of the public. By this time, he wrestled professionally all over Britain for All Star Wrestling where he teamed with Robbie Brookside as The Golden Boys tag team. Both Regal and Brookside appeared in several televised matches during the final years of ITV's coverage of British wrestling. Matthews went on to tour worldwide, including South Africa. In 1991 he received a tryout match with the World Wrestling Federation. Matthews relayed that through Lord Alfred Hayes, WWF has become interested in seeing the young wrestler and offered him an opportunity at the WWF UK Rampage Show on April 24, 1991.
Wrestling in a dark match, he appeared as Steve Regal and teamed with Dave Taylor and Tony St. Clair to defeat Drew McDonald, Chic Cullen, & Johnny South; that year he received a second booking and wrestled Brian Maxine at the Battle Royal at Albert Hall in London, England on October 3, 1991. Two months Matthews was again wrestling on the UK swing of a major American promotion, although this time it was World Championship Wrestling. Appearing as Steve Regal, he wrestled six matches on WCW's tour of the United Kingdom and faced Terrance Taylor, Jimmy Garvin, Giant Haystacks, Oz. In 1992 he travelled to the United States to further pursue his wrestling career. During this early period, he was billed as Steve Regal, a name he saw in an American wrestling magazine. There were two exceptions to this; the other was a brief stint for Joint Promotions in 1986 where he wrestled his first two televised matches under the name Roy Regal. Otherwise he stuck with the name Steve Regal up until shortly after his arrival in World Championship Wrestling.
In the fall of 1992 Matthews reached out to Bill Watts on a position in World Championship Wrestling. Watts offered him a contract. Appearing still as Steve Regal, beginning as a fan favorite character. Regal made his televised debut on the 30 January 1993 episode of Saturday Night and defeated enhancement talent Bob Cook in his in-ring debut on the following week's Saturday Night. Shortly after his debut, Regal entered a tournament for the vacant WCW World Television Championship in which he defeated The Barbarian in the first round before losing to Johnny B. Badd in the quarterfinals, he became the villain "Lord Steven Regal" on the 12 June episode of Saturday Night, claiming descent from William the Conqueror and Sir William began serving as his manager. At times arrogantly charming in this persona, one of his memorable statements to a post-match interviewer was: "Do you know what my New Year's resolution is going to be? To wake up a half an hour earlier so I can hate you more", his first major win after the character change was against Marcus Alexander Bagwell on the 16 June episode of Clash of the Champions.
Regal was scheduled to face Bagwell's partner 2 Cold Scorpio on the 18 August episode of Clash of the Champions, but he was replaced by Bobby Eaton. Regal himself substituted for the injured Brian Pillman to team with Steve Austin in a WCW World Tag Team Championship defense against Arn Anderson and Paul Roma. Regal won the World Television Championship by defeating Ricky Steamboat at the inaugural Fall Brawl pay-per-view on 18 September with the help of Sir William. Regal enjoyed a lengthy title reign as he retained the title against a flurry of challengers, beginning with his first televised title defense against Arn Anderson on the 9 October episode of Saturday Night which ended in a fifteen-minute time limit draw, he defended the title against fellow Brit Davey Boy Smith, whom he faced to a fifteen-minute time limit draw at Halloween Havoc. Regal successfully retained the title against Johnny B. Badd on the 10 November episode of Clash of the Champions and retained the title against Steamboat at Starrcade and Dustin Rhodes on the 27 Ja
Quebec is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. It is bordered to the west by the province of Ontario and the bodies of water James Bay and Hudson Bay. S. states of Maine, New Hampshire and New York. It shares maritime borders with Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia. Quebec is Canada's largest province by its second-largest administrative division, it is and politically considered to be part of Central Canada. Quebec is the second-most populous province of Canada, after Ontario, it is the only one to have a predominantly French-speaking population, with French as the sole provincial official language. Most inhabitants live in urban areas near the Saint Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City, the capital. Half of Quebec residents live in the Greater Montreal Area, including the Island of Montreal. English-speaking communities and English-language institutions are concentrated in the west of the island of Montreal but are significantly present in the Outaouais, Eastern Townships, Gaspé regions.
The Nord-du-Québec region, occupying the northern half of the province, is sparsely populated and inhabited by Aboriginal peoples. The climate around the major cities is four-seasons continental with cold and snowy winters combined with warm to hot humid summers, but farther north long winter seasons dominate and as a result the northern areas of the province are marked by tundra conditions. In central Quebec, at comparatively southerly latitudes, winters are severe in inland areas. Quebec independence debates have played a large role in the politics of the province. Parti Québécois governments held referendums on sovereignty in 1980 and 1995. Although neither passed, the 1995 referendum saw the highest voter turnout in Quebec history, at over 93%, only failed by less than 1%. In 2006, the House of Commons of Canada passed a symbolic motion recognizing the "Québécois as a nation within a united Canada". While the province's substantial natural resources have long been the mainstay of its economy, sectors of the knowledge economy such as aerospace and communication technologies and the pharmaceutical industry play leading roles.
These many industries have all contributed to helping Quebec become an economically influential province within Canada, second only to Ontario in economic output. The name "Québec", which comes from the Algonquin word kébec meaning "where the river narrows" referred to the area around Quebec City where the Saint Lawrence River narrows to a cliff-lined gap. Early variations in the spelling of the name included Kébec. French explorer Samuel de Champlain chose the name Québec in 1608 for the colonial outpost he would use as the administrative seat for the French colony of New France; the province is sometimes referred to as "La belle province". The Province of Quebec was founded in the Royal Proclamation of 1763 after the Treaty of Paris formally transferred the French colony of Canada to Britain after the Seven Years' War; the proclamation restricted the province to an area along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River. The Quebec Act of 1774 expanded the territory of the province to include the Great Lakes and the Ohio River Valley and south of Rupert's Land, more or less restoring the borders existing under French rule before the Conquest of 1760.
The Treaty of Paris ceded territories south of the Great Lakes to the United States. After the Constitutional Act of 1791, the territory was divided between Lower Canada and Upper Canada, with each being granted an elected legislative assembly. In 1840, these become Canada East and Canada West after the British Parliament unified Upper and Lower Canada into the Province of Canada; this territory was redivided into the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario at Confederation in 1867. Each became one of the first four provinces. In 1870, Canada purchased Rupert's Land from the Hudson's Bay Company and over the next few decades the Parliament of Canada transferred to Quebec portions of this territory that would more than triple the size of the province. In 1898, the Canadian Parliament passed the first Quebec Boundary Extension Act that expanded the provincial boundaries northward to include the lands of the local aboriginal peoples; this was followed by the addition of the District of Ungava through the Quebec Boundaries Extension Act of 1912 that added the northernmost lands of the Inuit to create the modern Province of Quebec.
In 1927, the border between Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador was established by the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. Quebec disputes this boundary. Located in the eastern part of Canada, part of Central Canada, Quebec occupies a territory nearly three times the size of France or Texas, most of, sparsely populated, its topography is different from one region to another due to the varying composition of the ground, the climate, the proximity to water. The Saint Lawrence Lowland and the Appalachians are the two main topographic regions in southern Quebec, while the Canadian Shield occupies most of central and northern Quebec. Quebec has one of the world's largest reserves of fresh water, occupying 12% of its surface, it has 3 % of the world's renewable fresh water. Mor
A house show or live event is a professional wrestling event produced by a major promotion, not televised, though they can be recorded. Promotions use house shows to cash in on the exposure that they and their wrestlers receive during televised events, as well as to test reactions to matches and gimmicks that are being considered for the main televised programming. House shows are used to promote upcoming televised events pay-per-views, will feature matches between wrestlers who are scheduled to work a match at the pay-per-view; this allows them to secure a'feel' for each other's style and test out specific parts of matches planned for pay-per-view. From the 1950s to late 1980s, most major matches and title changes happened at house shows due to the costs to produce a TV show at the time, plus the lack of more modern technology making it harder to tape a TV show. TV shows were taped in small studios, featured squash matches, run-ins, promos which revolved around feuds to be settled at the house show.
Some of these big matches aired scheduled "for TV time remaining", which ran out as the match built to a finish making fans regret missing it and buy tickets to the next show. This changed in the 1990s as the formula for TV shows had changed by the time due to the advent of Monday Night Raw and the then-new Monday Nitro which changed the way TV shows were taped and proved to be a huge success for the WWF and WCW, respectively. House shows are similar to dark matches with both being untelevised events; the only difference is that dark matches are untelevised matches in TV programs which were being televised. House shows are often designed to make the face wrestlers to win most matches to send the crowd home happy. Though, if a heel defends a title, the face may win by disqualification. Since house shows are not televised, promotions do not deploy the setup for staging or pyrotechnics used for their television counterparts. In the past, a WWE house show would consist of a ring, essential lighting, a crowd.
In late 2011, WWE invested US$1.5 million in production improvements, which included three LED-lit entrance stages featuring a ramp and video display. They began utilizing the arena's multimedia equipment to play wrestler entrance and promo videos; because house shows are not televised, sometimes controversial things occur during them which might not happen on a televised show. For example, on May 19, 1996, the "MSG incident", a rare example of a shoot, occurred at a house show taped at Madison Square Garden. At the same show, The Bodydonnas lost their WWF Tag Team Championship to The Godwinns. Most major promotions try to develop their angles only during televised shows and will book a major development for house shows. If there is a title change, the title changes back during the same show or at another show on the loop before another televised event; these changes are not mentioned on television and happen more during tours in areas that get shows rarely. Some notable house show title changes include an August 10, 1987 match where The Rougeau Brothers went over the champion Hart Foundation to take the WWF Tag Team championship in the Rougeau's home town of Montreal.
This change was only mentioned during segments taped for and shown in the Montreal market. A similar incident occurred in 1990. During the match a problem with the ring ropes meant the match could not air on television as planned, so kayfabe President Jack Tunney "reversed the decision" in print media which had reported the change before the decision not to air it was made; the match was not acknowledged on television at the time. Rarer is the top title of a promotion changing hands; this has occurred few times, a notable occurrence including Diesel winning the WWF Championship from Bob Backlund in 1994 at a live event in Madison Square Garden. On January 17, 1992, The Mountie beat Bret Hart in Springfield, MA for the WWF Intercontinental Championship; the reason this was done is. He lost the title two days to Roddy Piper at the 1992 Royal Rumble. Shawn Michaels won his second Intercontinental title in Albany, NY from Marty Jannetty with help from his debuting bodyguard Diesel on June 6, 1993. On May 19, 1995, Razor Ramon beat Jeff Jarrett in a ladder match at the Montreal Forum for the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
Jarrett beat Ramon to regain the belt in a regular match two days on May 21, in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. Although neither one of these house show matches was taped, the title changes are recognized by WWE on its website. On the Monday Night Raw following the Sunday night match in Trois-Rivieres, Vince McMahon informed the audience about the title changes from that weekend, they were referenced several times in the weeks that followed on WWF television whenever Jarrett appeared on TV with the championship belt. House show title changes can occur both to test the reaction of the win or as a "special treat" for a specific audience. Edge was given his first Intercontinental Championship win over Jeff Jarrett in Toronto to excite the fans in Edge's hometown; as per usual, he dropped the belt back to Jarrett the following evening at Fully Loaded. On August 10, 2003 in Des Moines, Christian defeated Booker T to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship as
Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba in Canada. Centred on the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, it is near the longitudinal centre of North America 110 kilometres north of the Canada–United States border; the city is named after the nearby Lake Winnipeg. The region was a trading centre for aboriginal peoples long before the arrival of Europeans. French traders built the first fort on the site in 1738. A settlement was founded by the Selkirk settlers of the Red River Colony in 1812, the nucleus of, incorporated as the City of Winnipeg in 1873; as of 2011, Winnipeg is the seventh most populated municipality in Canada. Being far inland, the local climate is seasonal by Canadian standards with average January lows of around −21 °C and average July highs of 26 °C. Known as the "Gateway to the West", Winnipeg is a railway and transportation hub with a diversified economy; this multicultural city hosts numerous annual festivals, including the Festival du Voyageur, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, Folklorama.
Winnipeg was the first Canadian host of the Pan American Games. It is home to several professional sports franchises, including the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Winnipeg Jets, Manitoba Moose, Valour FC, the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Winnipeg lies at the confluence of the Assiniboine and the Red River of the North, a location now known as "The Forks"; this point was at the crossroads of canoe routes travelled by First Nations before European contact. Winnipeg is named after nearby Lake Winnipeg. Evidence provided by archaeology, rock art and oral history indicates that native peoples used the area in prehistoric times for camping, hunting, tool making, trading and, farther north, for agriculture. Estimates of the date of first settlement in this area range from 11,500 years ago for a site southwest of the present city to 6,000 years ago at The Forks. In 1805, Canadian colonists observed First Nations peoples engaged in farming activity along the Red River; the practice expanded, driven by the demand by traders for provisions.
The rivers provided an extensive transportation network linking northern First Peoples with those to the south along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. The Ojibwe made some of the first maps on birch bark, which helped fur traders navigate the waterways of the area. Sieur de La Vérendrye built the first fur trading post on the site in 1738, called Fort Rouge. French trading continued at this site for several decades before the arrival of the British Hudson's Bay Company after France ceded the territory following its defeat in the Seven Years' War. Many French men who were trappers married First Nations women, they developed as an ethnicity known as the Métis because of sharing a traditional culture. Lord Selkirk was involved with the first permanent settlement, the purchase of land from the Hudson's Bay Company, a survey of river lots in the early 19th century; the North West Company built Fort Gibraltar in 1809, the Hudson's Bay Company built Fort Douglas in 1812, both in the area of present-day Winnipeg.
The two companies competed fiercely over trade. The Métis and Lord Selkirk's settlers fought at the Battle of Seven Oaks in 1816. In 1821, the Hudson's Bay and North West Companies merged. Fort Gibraltar was renamed Fort Garry in 1822 and became the leading post in the region for the Hudson's Bay Company. A flood destroyed the fort in 1826 and it was not rebuilt until 1835. A rebuilt section of the fort, consisting of the front gate and a section of the wall, is near the modern-day corner of Main Street and Broadway Avenue in downtown Winnipeg. In 1869–70, present-day Winnipeg was the site of the Red River Rebellion, a conflict between the local provisional government of Métis, led by Louis Riel, newcomers from eastern Canada. General Garnet Wolseley was sent to put down the uprising; the Manitoba Act of 1870 made Manitoba the fifth province of the three-year-old Canadian Confederation. Treaty 1, which encompassed the city and much of the surrounding area, was signed on 3 August 1871 by representatives of the Crown and local Indigenous groups, comprising the Brokenhead Ojibway, Long Plain, Roseau River Anishinabe, Sandy Bay and Swan Lake communities.
On 8 November 1873, Winnipeg was incorporated with the Selkirk settlement as its nucleus. Métis legislator and interpreter James McKay named the city. Winnipeg's mandate was to govern and provide municipal services to citizens attracted to trade expansion between Upper Fort Garry / Lower Fort Garry and Saint Paul, Minnesota. Winnipeg developed after the coming of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1881; the railway divided the North End, which housed Eastern Europeans, from the richer Anglo-Saxon southern part of the city. It contributed to a demographic shift beginning shortly after Confederation that saw the francophone population decrease from a majority to a small minority group; this shift resulted in Premier Thomas Greenway controversially ending legislative bilingualism and removing funding for French Catholic Schools in 1890. By 1911, Winnipeg was Canada's third-largest city. However, the city faced financial difficulty when the Panama Canal opened in 1914; the canal reduced reliance on Canada's rail system for international trade.
Scott Carl Rechsteiner, better known by the ring name Scott Steiner, is an American professional wrestler. Steiner is best known for his time in World Championship Wrestling, where he became a leader of the New World Order stable, he has wrestled for Jim Crockett Promotions, the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment, Impact Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling. He headlined multiple pay-per-view events throughout his career. Prior to his professional career, he was an amateur wrestler at the University of Michigan. Steiner is a decorated tag team wrestler. During the 80's and 90's he wrestled alongside his older brother Rick as The Steiner Brothers, being considered one of the best tag teams of all time. Professional wrestling magazines Pro Wrestling Illustrated and Wrestling Observer Newsletter named them as the best tag team of 1990. In 2003, PWI ranked them as the second best tag team in history, only behind The Road Warriors. Steiner won several tag team titles, including the WWF Tag Team Championship, WCW World Tag Team Championship, IWGP Tag Team Championship and the TNA / Impact World Tag Team Championship.
Steiner found success as a singles wrestler. He is a three-time world champion: a one-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, a one-time WWA World Heavyweight Champion and a one-time WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion, he is the eighth WCW Triple Crown Champion. Before becoming a professional wrestler, Rechsteiner was an amateur wrestler. Wrestling at 190 lbs for the University of Michigan, he became a three time Big 10 runner-up, after finishing fifth as a freshman. In 1986, Rechsteiner became an NCAA Division I All American and placed sixth in the nation his senior year. Rechsteiner trained under Dr. Jerry Graham Jr. at Torio's Health Club in Toledo and debuted under his real name in the Indianapolis-based World Wrestling Association in 1986. On August 14, 1986, in Dearborn, Rechsteiner defeated The Great Wojo for the WWA World Heavyweight Championship, he held the title until May 1987, when he lost it to Wojo in Toledo. He formed a tag team with his trainer, Graham. On October 6, 1987, they defeated Chris Carter and Mohammad Saad for the WWA World Tag Team Championship.
On December 6, they lost the title to Don Kent. In 1988, Rechsteiner joined the Memphis-based Continental Wrestling Association under his real name, he formed a tag team with Billy Joe Travis, defeated the Cuban Choir Boys for the CWA World Tag Team Championship on May 29. On June 6, they lost the title to Don Bass. Rechsteiner and Travis regained the title on June 27, lost it to The Rock'n' Roll RPMs on August 15. Rechsteiner formed a new tag team with Jed Grundy, on February 18, 1989, they dethroned CWA World Tag Team Champions Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden. Rechsteiner's third and final CWA reign ended on February 25, when Fuller and Golden regained the title, he left the CWA soon after. Rechsteiner, under the ring name Scott Steiner, debuted in World Championship Wrestling during a backstage interview at Chi-Town Rumble accompanying his brother Rick to the ring as he lost the NWA World Television Championship to Mike Rotunda. Scott would begin wrestling in singles bouts on WCW programming before the Steiners began teaming together.
The Steiners lost their first high-profile bout to Kevin Sullivan & Rotunda at Clash of the Champions VII but defeated them in a rematch at the Great American Bash 1989. The Steiners competed in the "King of the Hill" two-ring battle royal earlier in the show but were unsuccessful. During this time, the Steiners were managed by Missy Hyatt and brought their pitbull Arnold to the ring. Rick nervously began a relationship with a shy fan named "Robin Green" who received a make-over and transformed into Woman. Green was responsible for tripping up Scott at Clash of the Champions VIII and costing the Steiners the NWA World Tag Team Championship as well as luring Scott into a parking lot assault by Sullivan and her new masked tag team, Doom. Doom, with Woman in their corner, would defeat the Steiners at Halloween Havoc'89 after Woman interfered. On November 1, 1989, in Atlanta, The Steiner Brothers defeated The Fabulous Freebirds for the NWA World Tag Team Championship, they held the title for over five months before losing it to Doom in Washington, D.
C. at Capital Combat. The Steiner Brothers defeated The Midnight Express for the NWA United States Tag Team Championship on August 24, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. During their title reign, WCW withdrew from the National Wrestling Alliance and the title was renamed the WCW United States Tag Team Championship; the Steiner Brothers competed in a WarGames match at WrestleWar 1991, which received a five star rating from The Wrestling Observer. After winning the WCW World Tag Team Championship on February 18, they vacated the United States Tag Team Championship, on February 20. After they won the IWGP Tag Team Championship from Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki at the WCW/New Japan Supershow on March 21, announcers began referring to them as "Triple Crown Champions". In 1990, Steiner began. WCW's weekend TBS shows, featured the NWA/WCW Gauntlet Series, in which a wrestler was selected to face a different top star on each show that weekend, winning $10,000 if they defeated all three. Steiner was the first to "run the gauntlet" from September 21–23, defeating Bobby Eaton, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson.
On January 30, 1991, Steiner had a WCW World Heavyweight Championship match against Flair at Clash of the Champ
Booker T (wrestler)
Robert Booker Tio Huffman, better known by his ring name Booker T, is an American professional wrestling promoter, color commentator, professional wrestler, signed with WWE. He is the owner and founder of the independent promotion Reality of Wrestling in Texas City, Texas. Booker is best known for his time in World Championship Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, holding 35 championships between those organizations, he is the most decorated wrestler in WCW history, having held 21 titles including a record six WCW World Television Championships, a record eleven WCW World Tag Team Championships: ten as one half of Harlem Heat with his brother, Lash "Stevie Ray" Huffman in WCW, one in the WWF with Test. Harlem Heat were recognized by WWE as being – along with The Steiner Brothers – WCW's greatest tag team. Booker was the final WCW World Heavyweight Champion and WCW United States Heavyweight Champion under the WCW banner. Booker is a six-time world champion, having won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship five times and WWE's World Heavyweight Championship once.
He is the first non-mixed race African American to become a world champion in WWE, was voted the greatest World Heavyweight Champion in a WWE viewer poll. Booker is a 15-time world tag team champion between WCW, WWF/E, TNA. Additionally, he was the winner of the King of the Ring tournament in 2006, the sixteenth Triple Crown Champion, the ninth Grand Slam Champion in WWE history; as the eleventh Triple Crown Champion in WCW history, Booker is one of five men in history to achieve both the WWE and WCW Triple Crowns. Longtime wrestler Kurt Angle said of Booker: "He's done it all... he legitimately is one of the top five best of all time."Booker was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2013, by his brother, Lash. Both he and Lash were inducted together into the 2019 class on April 6, 2019 as Harlem Heat, rendering him one of four men to be a two-time Hall of Famer. Booker was born the youngest of eight children, in Plain Dealing, though his birthplace is misidentified as Houston, Texas.
By the time Booker was 13, both of his parents had died and he lived with his 16-year-old sister. He would move in with his older brother Lash "Stevie Ray" Huffman at age 17. In high school, Booker was a drum major, he played football and basketball. Booker spent nineteen months in prison after pleading guilty to armed robberies at Wendy's restaurants in Houston. Booker and his partners wore Wendy's uniforms during the holdups since they had been working there for 2½ years; because of the gunmen's uniforms and familiarity with the fast food chain's operations, police suspected the robberies were inside jobs—and it did not take long before Huffman and three other men were found. Booker pleaded guilty in December 1987 to two aggravated robbery counts and was sentenced to five years in prison, he was released after serving 19 months, was placed on parole until April 1992. As a single father working at a storage company in Houston, Huffman was looking to make a better life for himself and his son, his brother Lash suggested that he and Booker check out a new wrestling school being opened, run by Ivan Putski, in conjunction with his Western Wrestling Alliance organization.
His boss from the storage company sponsored the money to pay for the wrestling lessons. Booker trained under Scott Casey, who helped to turn Booker's background as a gangster and dancer into "sports entertainment", teaching the newcomer in-ring psychology and ring generalship. Eight weeks Booker debuted as "G. I. Bro" on Putski's Western Wrestling Alliance Live! program. The character was a tie-in to the raging Gulf War and the WWF's Sgt. Slaughter angle. Though the WWA met its demise some time Booker continued to wrestle on the Texas independent circuit with his brother Lash, who performed as Stevie Ray, they were spotted by Skandor Akbar who hired them to work for the Global Wrestling Federation, where he and Eddie Gilbert were involved. Gilbert teamed Stevie Ray and Booker T together as the Ebony Experience, they won the GWF Tag Team Championship on July 31, 1992. During their time with GWF, they held the tag title a total of three times. Subsequently, Booker T and Stevie Ray left the GWF to work for World Championship Wrestling.
Booker and his brother Stevie Ray signed with World Championship Wrestling after Sid Vicious recommended they sign with the company. In August 1993, they debuted as the tag team Harlem Heat, with Booker renamed Kole and Lash renamed Kane, they became heels and were on Harley Race and Col. Rob Parker's team in the WarGames match at Fall Brawl on September 19 against Sting, Davey Boy Smith, Dustin Rhodes, The Shockmaster, they lost the match but were over as heels because of the caliber of faces they wrestled. In 1994, they acquired the services of Sensational Sherri, dubbed'Sister' Sherri, as their manager and changed their names back to Booker T and Stevie Ray, at their request. By the end of 1994, they held the WCW Tag Team Championship after defeating Stars and Stripes in December. After dropping the title to The Nasty Boys, Harlem Heat regained the belts on June 24, 1995. Afterward, Harlem Heat got into a feud with Col. Parker's "Stud Stable" of "Dirty" Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck. Parker and Sherri were carrying on a love affair and Parker left the Stud