Edward Harrison Leslie is an American retired professional wrestler, best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation under the ring name Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. He worked for World Championship Wrestling under a variety of names. Leslie held nine titles throughout his career, is a former WWF World Tag Team Champion with Greg Valentine, he competed for major singles titles on pay-per-view and television, headlining the Starrcade 1994, in a match against then-WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan as well challenging then-Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man at WrestleMania IV. Leslie was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2019 by Hulk Hogan. Leslie began his career at the side of Terry Bollea in 1977. At the time, the two were billed as brothers. Leslie was Ed Boulder when Bollea wrestled as "Terry Boulder", Dizzy Hogan when Bollea became "Hulk Hogan". In years this created confusion among fans, many of whom believed that Leslie and Bollea were real life brothers.
Leslie wrestled in Bill Watts' Mid-South territory and sporadically in the World Wrestling Federation. In a 2000 shoot interview, he recalled his first match was a tag match with Ron Slinker, against Ox Baker and Eric the Red. Leslie rejoined the WWF as a heel named Brutus Beefcake in late 1984, managed by "Luscious" Johnny Valiant. Introduced in a vignette that portrayed him as a male stripper, Beefcake was a vain character who dressed in outlandish outfits; as a singles wrestler, he feuded with David Sammartino whom he fought to a double DQ at the inaugural WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden, WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan. Hogan sought revenge on Beefcake after he and Valiant injured Hogan's protégé, Hillbilly Jim, Hillbilly had appeared in Hogan's corner for a match between Hogan and Beefcake. In the summer of 1985, Beefcake began teaming with Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, they became known as The Dream Team. They soon began challenging The U. S. Express for the WWF Tag Team Championship.
The U. S. Express met these challenges but, at the August 24 show in the Philadelphia Spectrum, The Dream Team won the title after Beefcake rubbed Valiant’s lit cigar into Windham’s eye, they defended the belts for eight months from a reformed U. S. Express and The British Bulldogs. At WrestleMania 2, in Rosemont, The Dream Team lost the title to The British Bulldogs, they soon dropped to mid-card status. The Dream Team broke up at WrestleMania III. After defeating The Rougeau Brothers at the pay-per-view, the team had an argument and Beefcake was left in the ring while Valentine and Valiant left with Dino Bravo; this provided the impetus for Beefcake to turn face. In the immediate next match on the show, Beefcake helped Roddy Piper to defeat Adrian Adonis, reviving Piper after Adonis had rendered him unconscious. Per match stipulations, Adonis would have his head shaved. Beefcake undertook this task, earned the nickname "The Barber". Thereafter, Beefcake started bringing garden shears to the ring, using a sleeper hold as his finishing move.
After a match, he would strut around the ring, "snipping" his fingers like scissors to indicate he was about to cut his defeated opponent's hair. As he did he would throw handfuls of hair into the air for the amusement of his fans. After coming out on top of a feud with former partner Valentine and ex-manager Valiant, Beefcake feuded with Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion The Honky Tonk Man. Beefcake vowed to not put Honky to sleep and cut his duck's tail. Beefcake never made good on that vow, since Honky got himself disqualified from most of their matches. Honky had assistance from a mysterious pig-tailed and sunglassed blonde named Peggy Sue. Beefcake countered with a "woman" of his own: "Georgina"; the feud concluded at WrestleMania IV, where Honky was again disqualified, after interference from Hart. Though Honky escaped with the title and his hair, Beefcake caught Hart towards the end of the match and humiliated him with a partial haircut. Beefcake feuded with "Outlaw" Ron Bass in 1988, beginning when Bass attacked him after a match on Superstars of Wrestling, lacerating his head with a spur.
As a result, the injured Beefcake missed his scheduled Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship match against The Honky Tonk Man at the first SummerSlam event on August 29. He defeated Bass in a grudge match. Beefcake feuded with Randy Savage during 1989. On "The Brother Love Show", Beefcake called Savage's new manager, Sensational Sherri, "Scary Sherri," and an angered Savage attacked him and, with the help of Sherri, humiliated him with a haircut; the feud became intertwined with one between Hulk Hogan and Zeus. Hogan was involved in his own feud with Savage over the WWF World Heavyweight Title. During his match against Savage, Beefcake was assaulted by Zeus. At SummerSlam and Beefcake with their manager, Miss Elizabeth teamed to defeat Savage and Zeus; the rivalry resumed when, on December 27, No Holds
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. d/b/a WWE, is an American integrated media and entertainment company, known for professional wrestling. WWE has branched out into other fields, including movies, real estate, various other business ventures; the WWE name refers to the professional wrestling promotion itself, founded by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt in 1952 as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation. As of 2019, it is the largest wrestling promotion in the world, holding over 500 events a year, with the roster divided up into various globally traveling brands, is available to about 36 million viewers in more than 150 countries; the company's global headquarters is located in Stamford, with offices in major cities across the world. As in other professional wrestling promotions, WWE shows are not legitimate contests, but purely entertainment-based, featuring storyline-driven and choreographed matches, though matches include moves that can put performers at risk of injury if not performed correctly.
This was first publicly acknowledged by WWE's owner Vince McMahon in 1989 to avoid taxes from athletic commissions. Since the 1980s, WWE publicly has branded their product as sports entertainment, acknowledging the product's roots in competitive sport and dramatic theater; the company's majority owner is its chairman and CEO, Vince McMahon, who retains a 42% ownership of the company's outstanding stock and 83% of the voting power. The current entity, incorporated on February 21, 1980, was known as Titan Sports, Inc., founded that same year in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. It acquired Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd. the holding company for the World Wrestling Federation, in 1982. Titan was renamed World Wrestling Federation, Inc. in 1998 World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. in 1999, the current World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. in 2002. Since 2011, the company has branded itself as WWE though the company's legal name was not changed. WWE's origins can be traced back as far as 1952 when Roderick James "Jess" McMahon and Toots Mondt created the Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd. which joined the National Wrestling Alliance in 1953.
McMahon, a successful boxing promoter, began working with Tex Rickard in 1926. With the help of Rickard, he began promoting boxing and wrestling at the third Madison Square Garden, it was not the first time McMahon had promoted wrestling cards, as he had done so during the 1910s. In November 1954, McMahon died and Ray Fabiani, one of Mondt's associates, brought in McMahon's son Vincent James; the younger McMahon and Mondt were successful and soon controlled 70% of the NWA's booking due to their dominance in the populated Northeastern United States. In 1963, McMahon and Mondt had a dispute with the NWA over "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers being booked to hold the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Both men left the company in protest and formed the WWWF in the process, awarding Rogers the newly created WWWF World Heavyweight Championship in April of that year, he lost the championship to Bruno Sammartino a month on May 17, 1963, after suffering a heart attack a week before the match. Capitol operated the WWWF in a conservative manner compared to other pro wrestling territories: it ran its major arenas monthly rather than weekly or bi-weekly featuring a babyface champion wrestling various heels in programs that consisted of one to three matches.
After gaining a television program deal and hiring Lou Albano as a manager for Sammartino's heel opponents, the WWWF was doing sellout business by 1970. Mondt left Capitol in the late 1960s and although the WWWF had withdrawn from the NWA, Vince McMahon, Sr. re-joined in 1971. Capitol renamed the World Wide Wrestling Federation to the World Wrestling Federation in 1979. Vincent J. McMahon's son, Vincent K. McMahon, his wife Linda, established Titan Sports, Inc. in 1980 in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. The company was incorporated on February 1980, in the Cape Cod Coliseum offices; the younger McMahon bought Capitol from his father in 1982 seizing control of the company. Seeking to make the WWF the premier wrestling promotion in the country, the world, he began an expansion process that fundamentally changed the wrestling business. At the annual meeting of the NWA in 1983, the McMahons and former Capitol employee Jim Barnett all withdrew from the organization. McMahon worked to get WWF programming on syndicated television all across the United States.
This angered other promoters and disrupted the well-established boundaries of the different wrestling promotions ending the territory system, in use since the founding of the NWA in the 1940s. In addition, the company used income generated by advertising, television deals, tape sales to secure talent from rival promoters. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, McMahon noted: In the old days, there were wrestling fiefdoms all over the country, each with its own little lord in charge; each little lord respected the rights of his neighboring little lord. No takeovers or raids were allowed. There were maybe 30 of these tiny kingdoms in the U. S. and if I hadn't bought out my dad, there would still be 30 of them and struggling. I, of course, had no allegiance to those little lords. McMahon gained significant traction when he hired American Wrestling Association talent Hulk Hogan, who had achieved popularity outside of wrestling, notably for his appearance in the film Rocky III. McMahon signed Roddy Piper as Hogan's rival, shortly afterward Jesse Ventura as an announcer.
Other wrestlers joined the roster, such as Jimmy Snuka, Don Muraco
D-Generation X was a professional wrestling stable, as a tag team that appeared in the World Wrestling Federation. The group originated in the midst of the WWF's "Attitude Era" in 1997 as a foil to another prominent faction, The Hart Foundation. After its original run with founding members Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Chyna and Rick Rude, the group expanded to become a mainstay of the Attitude Era with new additions like X-Pac, The New Age Outlaws, Tori until it disbanded in August 2000. After a teased reunion in 2002, DX reformed in June 2006 as the duo of Triple H and Shawn Michaels for the remainder of the year and again in August 2009 until March 2010, shortly before Michaels' retirement; this incarnation was voted the greatest WWE Tag Team Champions of all time in a 2013 WWE viewer poll. On October 8, 2018 it was announced that D-Generation X would face The Brothers of Destruction at the Crown Jewel pay-per view. At the event, Triple H and Michaels were victorious against Kane. On February 18, 2019, it was announced that the group would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame that year, with Triple H, Chyna, The New Age Outlaws and X-Pac as the inducted members.
The group's gimmick was best known as a gang of rebels who broke the rules and spoke as they pleased, wrestled whomever they wanted no matter how provocative and insulting. Noted for their crude, profane humor and sophomoric pranks, the stable has been dubbed multiple times as the "most controversial group in WWF/E history". Michaels' autobiography suggests that it was WWF head writer Vince Russo who first conceived the moniker for the faction, while Bret Hart claims it originated from New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick, a frequent critic of the WWF. DX was one of the three main contributing factors, along with Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, to the onset of the WWF's Attitude Era. WWF/E Chairman Vince McMahon has denied that DX was inspired or influenced by World Championship Wrestling's New World Order, though the core members of both on-screen factions included members of professional wrestling's Kliq. On October 6, 1997, in one of the earliest DX promos — in fact the week before the group was named — Michaels alluded to this off-screen connection.
After Bret Hart claimed to have destroyed the Kliq and to have "run outta town", Michaels declared, "The Kliq owns this business", said that it had undergone "expansion" rather than "destruction". According to Triple H, WWF management wanted to keep apart The Kliq, of which he and Michaels were members, so they were hesitant to pair the duo together at first. Despite this, the group began to collude on the August 11, 1997 main event of Raw Is War. During Michaels' match with Mankind, Hunter Hearst Hemsley and Chyna both interfered as they were feuding with Mankind; the following week on Raw and Triple H teamed up to take on Mankind and The Undertaker, only to lose the match by disqualification after Michaels used a chair on Undertaker. Michaels would face the Undertaker at Ground Zero: In Your House on September 7 with Triple H, Chyna and Rude all interfering on Michaels' behalf to make the match end in a no contest, they were shown on television practicing sophomoric/crude humor and rebelling against authority figures in the company Vince McMahon and Commissioner Sgt.
Slaughter, the latter of which DX made a particular habit of humiliating by giving him the nickname Sgt. Slobber. D-Generation X's first feud was against the Hart Foundation, led by Michaels' nemesis Bret Hart. At WWF One Night Only, the group helped Michaels beat Foundation member British Bulldog for the European Championship, making Michaels the WWF's first Grand Slam Champion. On-screen, the name was taken from comments by Hart, who on several occasions, including the October 6, 1997 episode of Raw Is War, had labelled Michaels "nothing more than a degenerate"; the following week, on October 13, 1997, Michaels made "D-Generation X" the group's official name, mockingly citing Hart's insults as his inspiration and how Generation X is always stereotyped as apathetic and cynical. Although DX and the members of the Hart Foundation continued to battle on-screen in some fashion through the end of 1997, the Bret Hart-Shawn Michaels feud ended abruptly at Survivor Series when Michaels won his third WWF World Heavyweight Championship via the Montreal Screwjob, whereby Hart was lied to about the match's pre-determined outcome after he had signed with WCW and refused to drop the WWF Title before he left the company the following day.
Rude was legitimately upset over the Montreal Screwjob, he subsequently left DX and the WWF to return to WCW. As the only Hart Foundation member that remained in the WWF, Owen Hart continued to feud with DX Triple H. On the November 24 episode of Raw Is War and Triple H assaulted Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart at the end of the show after Michaels defeated Vader; the following week on the December 1 episode of Raw Is War, Triple H defeated Neidhart. After the match, D-Generation X assaulted Neidhart once again, before Michaels spray-painted "WCW" on Neidhart's back, signifying him following Bret Hart and The British Bulldog to World Championship Wrestling. Sgt. Slaughter and Ken Shamrock saved Neidhart, before Slaugh
Paul Michael Levesque, better known by the ring name Triple H, is an American business executive, professional wrestler, actor. He has been the Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative for WWE since 2013, as well as being the founder and senior producer of NXT. Levesque, under the ring name Terra Ryzing, began his professional wrestling career in 1992 with the International Wrestling Federation. In 1994, he joined World Championship Wrestling, where he was soon repackaged as a French-Canadian aristocrat named Jean-Paul Lévesque. In 1995, Levesque moved to the World Wrestling Federation, where he became Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Triple H. In 1997, he co-founded the influential D-Generation X stable, which became a major element of the WWF's "Attitude Era". After winning his first WWF Championship and beginning a storyline marriage with Stephanie McMahon in 1999, Triple H became a fixture of the company's main event scene. According to the Pro Wrestling Torch, he was "widely regarded as the best wrestler in North America" by the turn of the millennium.
After legitimately marrying Stephanie McMahon in 2003, Levesque became a member of the McMahon family, which maintains majority ownership of WWE. Since 2011, he has curtailed his in-ring appearances as he has taken on a greater behind-the-scenes role within WWE. Over the course of his career, Levesque has held a total of 25 championships including nine reigns as WWF/WWE Champion and five as WWE's World Heavyweight Champion. In addition, he was the winner of the 1997 King of the Ring tournament and the 2002 and 2016 Royal Rumbles, his total of 14 world championships is the third-most all-time behind only Ric John Cena. He has headlined WWE's flagship pay-per-view, seven times. Levesque was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of D-Generation X. Paul Michael Levesque was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, on July 27, 1969, he has a sister named Lynn. Levesque watched his first wrestling match, involving Chief Jay Strongbow, when he was five years old, he attended Nashua South High School, where he played basketball.
Following his graduation in 1987, Levesque continued to enter bodybuilding competitions—having taken up bodybuilding at the age of 14 because he wanted to look like the professional wrestlers he saw on television—and won the 1988 Mr. Teenage New Hampshire competition at the age of 19. While working as a manager at a Gold's Gym in Nashua, he was introduced to world champion powerlifter Ted Arcidi, employed by WWE at the time. After numerous attempts, Levesque persuaded Arcidi to introduce him to former wrestler Killer Kowalski, who ran a professional wrestling school in Malden, Massachusetts. In early 1992, Levesque began to train as a professional wrestler at Killer Kowalski's school in Malden, his classmates included fellow future WWF wrestlers Perry Saturn. Levesque made his professional debut on March 24, 1992 in Kowalski's promotion, the International Wrestling Federation, under the name Terra Ryzing. In the match, he defeated Tony Roy. In July 1992, he defeated Mad Dog Richard to win the IWF Heavyweight Championship.
Levesque wrestled for various promotions on the East Coast independent circuit until 1994 and during this period he was managed by John Rodeo. In early 1994, Levesque signed a one-year contract with World Championship Wrestling. In his first televised match, Levesque debuted as a villain named Terror Risin', defeating Keith Cole, his ring name was soon modified to Terra Ryzing, which he used until mid-1994, when he was renamed Jean-Paul Lévesque. This gimmick referred to his surname's French origins and he was asked to speak with a French accent, as he could not speak French. During this time, he began using the Pedigree. Lévesque had a brief feud with Alex Wright. Between late 1994 and early 1995, Lévesque teamed with Lord Steven Regal, whose upper class British persona was similar to Lévesque's character. However, the team was short-lived, as Levesque left for the World Wrestling Federation in January 1995 after WCW turned down his request to be promoted as a singles competitor. In a modified version of his gimmick in WCW, Levesque started his WWF career as a "Connecticut Blueblood".
According to Levesque, JJ Dillion gave him the name of Reginald DuPont Helmsley, but Levesque asked for a name to play with the first letters and management agreed to his suggestion of Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He appeared in taped vignettes, in which he talked about how to use proper etiquette, up until his wrestling debut on the April 30, 1995 episode of Wrestling Challenge. Helmsley made his WWF pay-per-view debut at SummerSlam. In the fall of 1995, Helmsley began a feud with the hog farmer Henry O. Godwinn, culminating in an infamous Hog Pen match at In Your House 5: Seasons Beatings, where Helmsley was victorious. Although Helmsley was promoted in the first few months after his debut, his career stalled during 1996, starting off with a feud with Duke "The Dumpster" Droese following a loss during the Free for All at 1996 Royal Rumble. Up until that event, his angle included appearing on television each week with a different female valet. Sable was his valet at WrestleMania XII and after his loss to The Ultimate Warrior, as part of the storyline, he took his aggressions out on her.
The debuting Marc Mero – her real-life husband – came to her rescue, starting a feud between the two wrestlers. On June 1, 1996, Helmsley appeared on an episode of Superstars in a match again
Stacy Ann-Marie Keibler is an American actress and model, as well as a former cheerleader and retired professional wrestler known for her work with World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment. Keibler was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars: season two, she has appeared on other ABC series such as What About Brian, George Lopez, October Road, as well as the 100th episode of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as a bartender and on the USA Network show Psych. Keibler has modeled, appearing in both Maxim and Stuff magazines, she began her professional wrestling career as a part of the Nitro Girls in WCW. She moved on to a more prominent role in the company as the manager, Miss Hancock; as Miss Hancock, she was known for doing table dances, her relationship with David Flair, a pregnancy angle. After WCW was purchased by the WWF in 2001, she moved to the new company, using her real name and taking part in the Invasion storyline managing the Dudley Boyz. Keibler managed Test and Scott Steiner.
Before her departure from WWE in 2006, she was affiliated with The Hurricane and Rosey and nicknamed "Super Stacy."Keibler is considered to be a sex symbol and is known for her unusually long legs. She has been known as both "The Legs of WCW" and "The Legs of WWE". During her time on Dancing with the Stars, judge Bruno Tonioli nicknamed her "The Weapon of Mass Seduction" because of her long legs. Keibler was born on October 14, 1979, in Rosedale, the daughter of Patricia and Gary Keibler. Beginning at the age of three, Keibler took ballet and tap dancing classes at Jean Kettell Studio of Dance in Dundalk, Maryland, she went to St. Clement Mary Hofbauer School in Rosedale for her early schooling. In 1990, Stacy won the title of Miss Maryland Pre-Teen, after competing for the title in Timonium, MD, went on to win the National Miss Pre-Teen Crown. After attending The Catholic High School of Baltimore, an all-girls school, she attended Towson University, where she studied mass communication, she had a 3.7 grade point average.
She had minor parts in movies such as Liberty Heights, as well as small modeling jobs. Keibler became a cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens football team when she was 18; as the Fitness Editor at Stuff magazine during 2005 and 2006, Keibler wrote and modeled for her own occasional column, Getting Fit with Stacy Keibler. She has appeared on the cover of that magazine twice -June 2005 and March 2006. Maxim named Keibler No. 5 in its 2006 Hot 100 issue, No. 70 in its 2007 Hot 100. In 2008, she was named No. 89 in Maxim's annual Hot 100 list.. In 2010, she was No. 82 and in 2011 she was No. 72. And in 2012 she was ranked 51. Keibler has declined two invitations from Playboy to pose in the nude for its magazine. Keibler starred in a commercial for AT&T Corporation alongside Carrot Top, she auditioned and earned a role in Big Momma's House 2, but she did not appear. She competed in the second season of Dancing with the Stars, alongside her dance partner, Tony Dovolani. Keibler received a perfect score of 30 from the three judges for her samba dance routine in week five.
This prompted judge, Bruno Tonioli, to nickname her a "weapon of mass seduction." Overall and Dovolani received four perfect scores. Keibler was eliminated in the final episode, coming in third to Jerry Rice, who placed second in the final round of the competition, Drew Lachey, the winner of the season. Two of the judges, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman, felt. Oddsmakers had considered her the favorite to win the competition. Keibler has appeared on MTV's Punk'd twice. In season five Keibler took part in helping prank Triple H, which included Stephanie McMahon. In season seven, Keibler was seen as a victim of a prank by her then-boyfriend, Geoff Stults. In February 2007, Keibler began a recurring role in ABC's What About Brian, she played the role of Brian's new love interest. This was Keibler's first major acting role, following her previous minor roles in both Bubble Boy and Pecker. Keibler guest starred on George Lopez on ABC. In the fall of 2007 Keibler appeared both on ABC's drama October Road.
In April 2008, she was named No. 64 in FHM's annual 100 Sexiest Women list. Keibler was featured in an advertisement in the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Keibler appeared on ABC Family's mini television series, Samurai Girl as the character Karen that September. On November 23, 2008, Keibler was named the "World's Hottest Athlete" by a sixty-four contestant bracket on InGameNow. Keibler hosted the E! Special Maxim's Celebrity Beach Watch: 15 Hottest Bodies on September 16, 2009, The Ultimate Spike Girl 2009 Finale on Spike TV on October 1, 2009. On January 11, 2010, Keibler appeared as "the hot bartender", a new conquest for Barney, in the How I Met Your Mother 100th episode, "Girls Versus Suits". On February 3, 2010, Keibler appeared on an episode of the USA Network show "Psych". Keibler hosted Call of Duty Elite's Friday Night Fights. In 2013, Keibler hosted a Lifetime show called Supermarket Superstar, where home chefs fought for their product to be sold in supermarkets. Keibler began watching wrestling with her boyfriend at Kris Cumberland.
She can be seen in the crowd on an episode of Nitro in 1997 and the Starrcade 1998 pay-per-view before the television title match, dancing in an NWO Wolfpac T-shirt. In late 1999, Keibler entered a nationwide contest held by World Championship Wrestling to find a new member of the Nitro Girls dance troupe. A total of 300 women participated in the contest.
The New Age Outlaws
The New Age Outlaws were a professional wrestling tag team in the World Wrestling Federation made up of "Road Dogg" Jesse James and "Badd Ass" Billy Gunn. The duo achieved high levels of success and became popular in the late 1990s as members of the second incarnation of the professional wrestling stable D-Generation X; the promotion has described James and Gunn as "the most popular duo of WWE's Attitude Era." In the same time period, The New Age Outlaws had the third highest merchandise sales in the WWF after Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. Upon parting ways with the WWF, the team reformed in several promotions notably in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling where, under the ringnames B. G. James and Kip James, they performed collectively as the James Gang and as the Voodoo Kin Mafia, the latter of, a play on the initials of their former boss in the WWF Vince McMahon; the team returned to periodic active competition in WWE under its original name in 2013. They are six-time tag team champions in WWE, having held the WWF World Tag Team Championship five times and the WWE Tag Team Championship once.
The duo hold the record for the most amount of time between title reigns in WWE history after becoming the WWE Tag Team Champions at the 2014 Royal Rumble PPV, more than 14 years after their previous Tag Team title reign. The Outlaws first formed on the October 4, 1997 episode of Shotgun Saturday Night when struggling superstars Billy Gunn and "Road Dogg" Jesse James known as Rockabilly and "The Real Double J" Jesse James ended their feud and teamed up. On a edition of Shotgun, Jesse James walked out to the ring following a loss by Rockabilly and asked him to turn on his manager The Honky Tonk Man and team with him. Rockabilly answered by smashing a guitar on Honky Tonk Man's head and telling James he was in. Rockabilly re-dubbed himself "Badd Ass" Billy Gunn and Jesse James rechristened himself the Road Dogg; the team made an immediate impact on the WWF tag team scene with blatant attacks against other tag teams and not having an entrance theme, walking out to the ring with only Road Dogg making a rant against their opponents over the PA system.
The team became known for pulling wins out of nowhere via use of weapons. Through their attitude and antics, they began to get over with the crowd as heels. James and Gunn defeated the Legion of Doom for the Tag Team Championship in November 1997; this marked Road Dogg's first. Not only did the team win the titles that night, but they got their "Outlaws" nickname when they "stole" the win and ran to a waiting car, prompting Raw announcer Jim Ross to liken them to outlaws leaving a robbery; the name stuck and the New Age Outlaws became one of the most hated teams in the WWF. During their feud with LOD, the Outlaws joined Triple H and Shawn Michaels, collectively known as D-Generation X, in assaulting the team on an episode of Monday Night Raw, including shaving off one of Road Warrior Hawk's mohawks and throwing Road Warrior Animal through the announcers' table. Shortly before the Royal Rumble in 1998, the New Age Outlaws began a feud with Mick Foley, first fighting him as Dude Love as Mankind and Cactus Jack.
When it became apparent that he needed help dealing with the Outlaws, Foley brought in Terry Funk as Chainsaw Charlie. Following a disqualification against The Legion of Doom at the Royal Rumble, the team were confronted by DX who told them they needed to start making waves by acting more controversially. In response to this, the Outlaws locked Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie in a dumpster and threw it off the entrance ramp on to the concrete floor; the Outlaws looked concerned, but attacked their injured rivals in what Foley would describe as "one of the funnier examples of bad sportsmanship". At WrestleMania XIV, the New Age Outlaws lost the titles to Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie in a Dumpster match; the next night on Raw, with the aid of Triple H and X-Pac, the Outlaws regained the title in a steel cage match and joined DX. The growing popularity of the "new" DX turned the group from heels to tweeners becoming faces, they feuded with many different tag teams over the course of 1998, their immense popularity was part of what helped the WWF challenge World Championship Wrestling for ratings supremacy during the Monday Night Wars.
They lost the tag title to Kane and Mankind in the summer of 1998, only to regain the titles from that same team at SummerSlam in a handicap match after Kane no-showed. In late 1998 Vince McMahon's Corporation tried to tempt the Outlaws away from DX and failed, which led to the Outlaws losing the title to Corporation members Ken Shamrock and Big Boss Man; as 1999 started, the Outlaws began to drift apart, with each man striving for singles gold. Road Dogg held both the Hardcore Title and the Intercontinental Championship in the first few months of 1999, Gunn held the Hardcore title as well. In March, the pair started to team once again, leading to a match with Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart at Backlash in April. A week Gunn turned heel on Road Dogg, resulting in a feud and a match at Over the Edge; the following month, Gunn went on to win the King of the Ring tournament. During the fall of 1999 the Outlaws reunited, first as faces, but as heels when they rejoined the reformed and now heel DX. No Way Out 2000 saw the final end of the Outlaws when Gunn received a serious arm injury during a match with the Dudley Boyz.
Gunn was soon kicked out of DX after "losing his cool" and getting into a fight with all of the DX members
James Ray Hart is an American professional wrestling manager, executive and musician signed with WWE in a Legends deal. He is best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling, where he used the nickname "The Mouth of the South", he has managed many professional wrestlers, including Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Jerry "The King" Lawler, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, Irwin R. Schyster, The Mountie, Typhoon, Dino Bravo, the Nasty Boys, The Giant, The Honky Tonk Man, he was at one time AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion. Before becoming involved with professional wrestling, Hart was a member of rock band The Gentrys, best known for their 1965 top five Billboard Hot 100 hit, "Keep on Dancing". Jimmy Hart was born in Mississippi, he was brought into wrestling by Jerry "The King" Lawler, with whom he had attended Memphis Treadwell High School. Having been asked to sing back-up with Lawler, Hart became Lawler's manager.
After splitting from Lawler, Hart created a stable known as Hart's First Family of Wrestling to attack Lawler, which among others included King Kong Bundy, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Lanny Poffo, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Ox Baker, Randy Savage, "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, The Iron Sheik and Kevin Sullivan. In 1982, Hart earned national headlines doing a program with comedian and television star Andy Kaufman. Hart and Kaufman would continue this feud for over a year. Around this time, Hart became known as "The Wimp", a nickname given to him by Lawler and chanted by fans, was the subject of the song "Wimpbusters,", sung by Lawler to the tune of "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr.. In 1981 through 1984, Hart led Austin Idol, Masao Ito, Gilbert to NWA/AWA International titles. In 1985, Hart's friend Hillbilly Jim recommended him to WWF owner Vince McMahon, he was nicknamed "The Mouth of the South" due to his loose-lipped style augmented by his trademark megaphone, which he used to instruct and encourage his protégés, to discourage and annoy opponents and announcers and as a weapon.
Hart's first acquisition in the WWF was Greg "The Hammer" Valentine the Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, whom Hart managed at WrestleMania. After Valentine lost the Intercontinental Heavyweight Title to Tito Santana, Hart co-managed the Dream Team, until he was phased out and gave full control to "Luscious Johnny" Valiant. At WrestleMania, Hart managed King Kong Bundy as he defeated S. D. Jones. Hart traded Bundy's contract to Bobby "The Brain" Heenan for The Missing Link and Adrian Adonis, he helped the latter to establish his "Adorable Adrian" gimmick. In 1985, Hart took the Funk Family under his wing; the Funks included Terry and Hoss Funk, as well as their kayfabe brother Jimmy Jack Funk. Hart managed Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. 1985 marked the appearance of Bret "Hitman" Hart. Jimmy Hart teamed him up with Jim ``. On January 26, 1987, Hart guided the Hart Foundation to the WWF World Tag Team Title, which they won from the British Bulldogs. Disgraced-referee-turned-wrestler Danny Davis was managed by Jimmy Hart.
When The Honky Tonk Man turned heel, Hart became his manager. In this position, Hart was nicknamed "The Colonel" in a reference to Colonel Tom Parker, the manager of Elvis Presley. With Hart in his corner, the Honky Tonk Man captured the Intercontinental Heavyweight Title from Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat on June 2, 1987 and held it until August 1988. During that time, the Honky Tonk Man feuded with his manager Miss Elizabeth. "The Colonel" moniker stuck with him for years after the Honky Tonk Man departed the company in early 1991. At WrestleMania III, Hart was involved in three matches and took some incredible bumps during the show, his first appearance was with "Adorable Adrian" Adonis. Came the six-man tag match, pitting the Hart Foundation and Danny Davis against the Bulldogs and Tito Santana. Jimmy Hart's third appearance on the show was when The Honky Tonk Man fought Jake "The Snake" Roberts who had rock legend Alice Cooper in his corner. Following that match, Hart was left alone in the ring where Roberts and Cooper teamed up to terrorise him with Roberts' pet snake Damien.
In 1987, Hart managed the WWF Women's Tag Team champions Judy Martin and Leilani Kai, known as The Glamour Girls. Martin and Kai feuded with Japanese team the Jumping Bomb Angels. Hart was named Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Manager of the Year in 1987, an award he won again in 1994. At WrestleMania IV, Hart received a haircut from Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, after interfering in the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship match between Beefcake and the Honky Tonk Man, helping Honky Tonk Man retain the title by getting disqualified; when the Hart Foundation fired Hart as manager in 1988, Hart managed The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers to feud with his former team. At SummerSlam 1988, Hart accompanied Demolition and Mr. Fuji to help retain their WWF Tag Team title against the Hart Foundation. Ax used Hart's megaphone as a foreign object to strike Bret in the head and secure the vi