Who's Who in the Upper Midwest November 4, 1999 A Trevor Adonis: (6-0, 225) Debut: 1982. A blond wrestler resembling a young Tommy Rich dressed in pink and black. He has been billed as the WAWA champion. Adonis has been wrestling on the independent scene since 1982, and wrestled for both the AWA and WWF from 1986 - 1991. T.S. Aggressor: (5-11, 230) This Iowa native is a solid wrestler who was WTW champion in 1998. He hasn’t been too active in 1999, but has worked for WAWA. Al Alberti: Refereed for Jim Mitchell's NCWA in mid-90s. Sells memorabilia at various midwest shows. Alexis: Debut: September 18, 1999. A valet in Minnesota? You better believe it. Alexis burst onto the scene with SPCW in September and has the folks talking. Has the right personality to be a valet in wrestling. Has star potential. Adnan Al-Kaissie: (6-0, 245) The Sheik was one of the top heels for Verne Gagne's AWA during the late 1970s and early 1980s. He also had a run with the WWF during the Gulf War, managing Sgt. Slaughter. He now is a promoter, owning the World All-Star Wrestling Alliance along with Ken Patera. He also managed on those shows. He worked as Indian star Billy White Wolf in WWWF in the 1970s, until forced to "retire" due to neck injury suffered at the hands of his current business partner in WAWA, Kenny Patera. American Ninja: Occasionally wrestles on BSW cards as a face. Steve Anderson: A former writer for Pro Wrestling Illustrated who is now working for WOW Magazine and Wrestleline. He is based in the Twin Cities. Ike Andrews: Has had multiple gimmicks. Solid talent/works mostly near Milwaukee. Angus: (5-11, 350) Has not been in the ring since early in the year. Mighty Angus ran his own promotion in Spooner, Wisconsin, for a while. The Annihilator: (6-6, 295) Debut: April 4, 1998. Works for All American Wrestling. Tony the Annihilator: (6-0, 320) Debut: 1989. A power wrestler who can still deliver a dropkick. Started in the AWA, debuting against John Nord and Nikita Koloff on the same night in Rochester, MN. Nu-Age champion from 1991-94. Al Ansel: Promoter of Pro Sports Promotions which has run a few cards around Minnesota this year using a collection of available talent. Angel Armoni: (5-9, 190) Works for All American Wrestling and Badger State Wrestling. A solid grappler. Also works as Col. Blatnick. Arc Angel Vincent: One half of the current Mid American Wrestling Tag Team Champions with Rev. Axl Future. Formerly known as Farmer Vic. Dresses in an all white baggy outfit with AAV in black lettering down the legs. Adorns his face with symbols in black paint. Longtime Mid American Wrestling mainstay. B Baby Bull: (5-10, 255) This Badger State wrestler was known as Ravishing Rage in Climb X, took back the Baby Bull moniker this past summer when he began to team with Juicy Johnny. Has been in this business since 1988 when he was trained by Tom Stone. He currently is out with a neck injury until at least March of 2000. Bad Brian: One of the midget wrestlers. They are all solid performers. Dino Bambino: (5-10, 200) Debut: 1998. Worked in 1998 for WTW in Minnesota. Reports say he could be the best worker in Wisconsin outside of Adam Pearce. Has wrestled for almost every Wisconsin promotion including Mid American Wrestling, where he is feuding with Derrick St. Holmes, Esquire. He was initially trained by Chris Bassett at the Packerland Pro Wrestling camp. Wrestled as “Nature” early in 1998. Barfly Mike: Longtime competitor for Mid American Wrestling. Carries beers with him to the ring, and wears Zubaz pants and a T-shirt. Formerly one half of the Waveriders with the wrestler currently competing as Hardcore Craig in MAW. One of the most popular wrestlers in the Milwaukee area. Frequent tag team partner with The Mauler and Mad Man Pondo. Chris Bassett: Owned Nu-Age Wrestling, later Packerland Pro Wrestling promotions in Wisconsin. Graduated from Brad Rheingans' training camp, and now runs his own camp. Graduates include Brett Striker, Dr. Fitness, Stephanie Star, Tony the Annihilator, Dino Bambino, Eric Hammers, and Pvt. Moondog. Worked for AWA and WWF in late 1980s. Beautiful Bobby: One of the midget wrestlers. They are all solid performers. Also appeared on Jerry Springer. Peter B. Beautiful: "The Hardcore Homosexual," from Michigan, has wrestled in UPW and other feds in 5 states before coming to Badger State Wrestling. Left a big impact on BSW with many hardcore/street-fight type matches and has come close to winning the heavyweight title. Steve Berg: (6-4, 285) Former football player for several NFL teams. Tried wrestling for Verne Gagne in AWA in early 90s. Limited skills, but great size. Berlin Bomber: (6-2, 265) Also known as Rhett Royal. Always in shape as he owns his own fitness club. Solid basics. William Best: (5-10, 225) Always in good condition. Started in wrestling as Billy Blaze feuding with the Lightning Kid and Jerry Lynn. Occasionally promotes shows. His best opponents are Derrick Dukes and The Hater. Big Bad Trucker Daddy: (6-2, 275) Promoter of New Order Wrestling which put on a few shows including one in Prior Lake this summer. Also known as Rick Renslow and The Wild Alaskan. A former AWA wrestler in the 1980s and 1990s. Black Dagger: (6-2, 205) Billed as being from Japan, this lanky wrestler doesn’t look like much at first glace. However, give him five minutes and you will see he is a solid performer. Black Ninja: Masked high-flyer that recently started in BSW. Blacktop Bully: Also known as Barry Darsow, Repo Man, Demolition Smash and Krusher Kruschev. Was frequently on cards in 1996 with manager Big Momma. Corp. Blast: Began in Badger State Wrestling as Mr. Blast under a mask, recently took some time off and returned with an army gimmick of Corp. Blast. Colonel Blatnick: A small wrestler also known as Angel Armoni. Hails from Berlin, Germany. Wears military fatigue to the ring. Former Mid American Wrestling triple crown titleholder (Heavyweight, Cruiserweight, and Tag Team). Wayne Bloom: (6-2, 240) Started in the AWA as part of the Destruction Crew with Mike Enos. Then wrestled in WCW as the Minnesota Wrecking Crew II. Moved on to the WWF as Beau Beverly. When he is in-between gigs, he has wrestled on Minnesota independents. Jeremy Borash: Host of WCW Live on the Internet and also was the ring announcer at the October 16 card for SPCW. Was a former host of the popular Wrestling Radio show based in Minnesota. Bob Boyer: A referee, but not real active. He refereed a match earlier this year for SPCW. Phil Breecher: (5-7, 350) Was in the same training camp as Rick Steiner. After a brief career in the 1980s, he disappeared from the scene. He recently fought in a mixed martial arts match and lost, but his name comes up from time to time in the wrestling business. Jim Brunzell: (6-2, 245) One of the AWA legends who still occasionally wrestles on the local circuit. He was in two well-known teams -- The High Flyers with Greg Gagne and The Killer Bees with B. Brian Blair. His style seems a bit out of place today. Bubba the Love Train: Originally known as Freight Train, currently holds the Badger State Tag Team Titles with Tiny Love and is a 2-time tag team champion. Big Daddy Buddha: (5-6, 350) This Minneapolis native has wrestled a few times and battled Chi-Town Thug in North Minneapolis and pulled out a victory at the end. Matt Burns: (6-3, 225) A high-flying rookie with potential. Has the ability to be a force on the scene someday. Is one of the top guys in WAWA. A former diving champion. Buzzsaw: One-time BSW Heavyweight Champion, remains a top contender for the title. Matt Byron: All-Star Championship Wrestling Commissioner. He also does PR and is a gimmick shill. He also does TV and radio commercial work for a couple of promoters. C "Lethal" Larry Cameron: (6-2, 275) A mainstay in Minnesota in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He wrestled on NWA Grand Slam I. Died while on tour for Otto Wanz’s CWA promotion in Germany. Also wrestled briefly in World Championship Wrestling. Capital City Kyle: How the heck did he get on the list? Well, he was the call screener for the popular Wrestling Radio show in 1999 and also for WCW Live. Kyle could also be called Minnesota Sign Guy for his ability to get signs on television during WWF and WCW shows in the Twin Cities. Aspiring announcer. Chosen One Chad Carlson: (6-2, 285) Has not wrestled in about 4 or 5 years. He was a large wrestler around 350 pounds when he debuted and cut down to about 285 and looked good. Wrestled a few matches in Memphis. Had a very good hard-hitting match with the Punisher in 1994. Cash Flo: Debuted in 1997 for IWA Mid-South. Has feuded with Derek St. Holmes in Mid American Wrestling during 1999. Is known for executing the 450 splash from the top rope. Fan favorite. Chi-Town Thug: (5-10, 240) Trained by Brad Rheingans. A solid wrestler who had a busy 1998, but hasn’t been as active in 1999. Of late, he is working for the WAWA, but also made a surprise appearance on the September SPCW card against Horace the Psychopath. Climatic Cage: Former Badger State Heavyweight Champ and arguably their best all-around wrestler. Went to a 30 minute time-limit draw in July with Stealth Suicide in Lebanon, WI The Cobra: (5-9, 235) Debut: 1985. A Packerland Pro champion. Trained under Brad Rheingans. Worked in the AWA in the 1980s and also won the Texas All-Star light heavyweight belt in 1986. Started the battle of the sexes with Stephanie Star in Nu-Age Wrestling. Heavy into solid basic wrestling. Debuted in Winnipeg, Canada, against Boris Zukhov. Conan The Dark Rider: (6-3, 259) Also known as Jawbreaker Jones. A Packerland Pro Wrestling tag champ along with Tony the Annihilator. The Constrictor: (6-6, 250) The masked Constrictor doesn’t wrestle much. He has good size and moves pretty well. Worked in the last year for Midwest Pro Wrestling, Wrestle America 2000 and SPCW. Col. Corruption: (6-3, 310) This member of the tag team Southern Mississippi Militia is a powerful wrestler from Fort Traitor, Mississippi. He spends most of his time in Wisconsin but has been spotted on WAWA and SPCW shows. He is also the owner and runs Great Lakes Championship Wrestling in Milwaukee. In the last 18 months, he has faced Cactus Jack, Honky Tonk Man, Jim Neidhart, the Bushwackers, and Killer Bees. The Militia are the current Great Lakes Tag Team Champions, current All World Wrestling Champions, and current All-Star Championship Wrestling Champions. They have been a tag team for about 2 years, wrestling in over 10 leagues throughout the midwest and country. Leland Cross: (5-10, 190) Debut: November 14, 1998. Works for All American Wrestling. Chris Curtis: Longtime AWA TV preliminary wrestler. Gained weight later in career and became Cardiac Curtis, mental patient. D Christian Dady: An announcing partner of Mick Karch and former producer of Slick Mick’s Body Slam Revue. Owner of MinnesotaWrestling.com. Smilin Jack Daniels: (6-5, 235) Also known as Devon Nash. Looks like WCW’s Kevin Nash. Hasn’t wrestled since early 1999 or late 1998. Dr. Darin Davis: (6-0, 235) Debut: 1998. The doctor got a late start in the business but seemed to be hitting his stride in the summer of 1999. His rubber glove and exams either delighted or shocked the crowd. Has been out of action with health problems as of late, but should be back in action soon. Could double as St. Louis first baseman Mark McGuire. Frankie "The Thumper" DeFalco: Ring veteran, competed in the WWF and AWA in years past. Former 5-time Mid American Wrestling Heavyweight Champion. Scott DeMarc: Senior referee for Mid American Wrestling. Has also refereed for IWA Mid-South in Louisville, RWA in Indiana, NSWA in Detroit, and ACW in Green Bay. One of the very best referees on the independent circuit. Tony DeNucci: (5-9, 235) Well-built wrestler who mostly works for WAWA. Has wrestled a few WWF dark or TV matches. Trademark is a handspring elbow. Carmine DeSpirito: Promoter of the Milwaukee-based Mid American Wrestling, and sometimes manages as "The Hustler" (he is semi-retired in that role). Formerly known on east coast independents and in Europe as Hubie Marx and The Creator. Established working agreement with IWA Mid-South office in Louisville, KY in early 1998, by which talent from MAW and IWA compete in both territories. Doink the Clown: (5-10, 215) The Doink in the WAWA is often a joker with a push scooter and silly string. Much skinnier than the Matt Borne original. Doink the Clown: (6-0, 230) The Doink that wrestlers for Dale Gagner and several Wisconsin independents is electrifying, if you know what I mean. This Doink is one of the best I’ve seen. Doink the Clown: (5-11, 230) Badger State commissioner Craig Smith introduced this Doink when confronted about the promotion being run by clowns. Danny Dominion: (6-1, 233) Debut: 1992. Dominion is a solid wrestler who is probably overlooked more than he deserves because he can wrestle with the best. He forms one half of the Hollywood Hardbodies with Ace Steel. Runs a top-notch training camp in Chicago. Wrestled on the NWA 50th and 51st Anniversary shows. His feud with Adam Pearce in SPCW could be the indy feud of the year with several great matches. Jason Doom: Hockey mask-wearing wrestler in early 1990s. May have worked as Spike Jones for AWA TV matches. Keith Douglas: Promoter of the defunct World Television Wrestling. Was last active in 1998. Douglas has been a ring announcer, announcer and promoter in the business. Jim Duda: Packerland Pro Wrestling rookie. Worked as a referee in PPW before debuting in the ring. Derrick Dukes: (6-2, 245) Now a veteran of more than 10 years. Dukes is famous for boxing football player Mark Gastineau. Dukes was one half of a tag team called the Top Guns with Ricky Rice in the early 1990s in Verne Gagne’s AWA. Mr. Dynamic: (6-1, 275) A powerfully built wrestler from the Duluth area. He was more active in the mid-1990s. Along with Randy Gusto, he faced Road Warrior Hawk & Kensuke Sasaki at Ropers in Fridley. Captured vacant Nu-Age Heavyweight title in the "BattleSport" tournament held in exploding ring, last eliminating the masked "Whirlwind" (aka Jerry Lynn) in 1995. Dynamite Joe: A young referee also known as Joe Viagra. Lightning fast three-count. E Billy Joe Eaton: (6-1, 230) A talented wrestler who prefers the hardcore style. Had some excellent matches against Adam Pearce. Worked in 1998 for SPCW. He is a regular for Mid American Wrestling. The Sheriff Johnny Emerald: (5-10, 200) Debut April 18, 1998 in Minneapolis. He was originally trained by Ken Patera. Has feuded most of the year with Shifty, his arch-rival. He and Shifty are the promoters of Midwest Pro Wrestling. Emerald has wrestled for all the Minnesota independent promotions except for one, and has wrestled for All-Star Championship Wrestling and Badger State as well. Mike Enos: (6-1, 265) Started in the AWA as part of the Destruction Crew with Wayne Bloom. Then wrestled in WCW as the Minnesota Wrecking Crew II. Moved on to the WWF as Bo Beverly. Enos has wrestled many times for the local independent promoters. Was most recently in the WCW. Has a wild match in 1998 in Bloomington on an indy card. F Farmer Mike: (5-10, 215) Has wrestled as Manimal. Hasn't wrestled a lot in 1999. Worked for Northern Wrestling Federation in Spooner. Tommy Ferrera: (5-10, 220) A major player in the early 1990s. Known as the Northwest (Mpls) Freedom Fighter because he was a Vietnam veteran. Was a pretty good worker who feuded with all the top guys at the time. Wrestled the late Larry Cameron on the legendary NWA Grand Slam I card. Dr. Fitness: (6-1, 305) Debut: 1991. Manager and trainer of Stephanie Star. Given name and gimmick by Jeff Sharkey, and has always hated both, but he knows it works for him. Also a name in powerlifting circles. Scott Free: (6-1, 250) Started wrestling in the Western Wrestling Association when he was 16 years old, but moved into Ed Sharkey’s camp in late 1998. Bills himself as being from Free-For-All, California. Has a long-running feud with K-Train Kraig Karger. Electric Eric Freedom: Freedom is a hippy from the 1970s similar to Dude Love. Has worked for several groups around the midwest including St. Paul Championship Wrestling, NAWF and All-Star Championship Wrestling. Terry Fox: (5-11, 260) Fox is a jack-of-all-trades on the local circuit. He owns a couple of rings, referees, wrestles as himself and several different personnas and is a trainer for Ed Sharkey. Reverend Axl Future: One half of the current Mid American Wrestling Tag Team Champions with Arc Angel Vincent. Has bold "FUTURE SHOCK" tattoo across his entire back, as well as many other tattoos on his body. Wears a priest's attire to the ring. Had bloody war with Ian Rotten during 1998. Longtime MAW mainstay. G Verne Gagne: A Minnesota wrestling legend who is no longer active in the sport but is quoted in almost every newspaper article in the Twin Cities about professional wrestling. His American Wrestling Association went out of business in the early 1990s when he could no longer compete with the WWF and WCW. Dale Gagner: Promoter of AWA Superstars of Wrestling. He has promoted shows in Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, Michigan, Arizona and others in 1999. Has a show set for St. Cloud in December. Jim Gagnon: Promoter of All American Wrestling, a Wisconsin-based promotion. They are known for large crowds and gimmick wrestlers. Has had several former Verne Gagne AWA stars on his shows wrestling or signing autographs. Steve Gossett: He is a frequent referee for Dale Gagner's AWA. James "The Bear" Grizzley: (6-0, 220) Former Northern Premier Wrestling and World Television Wrestling wrestler. Worked in Iowa this summer. Also wrestled as Stiff Jackson. The Guardian: (5-11, 230) This Winnipeg-based wrestler has worked for NWA Canadian Wrestling Federation. He debuted for SPCW on October 16 in a match against Ricky Rice. Mike Gueke: (5-10, 305) Debut: July 1998. Known as The Bull. Works for All American Wrestling. Randy Gusto: (6-1, 285) The Judge has dropped a lot of weight in the last few years. Has a good schtick, but often relies too much on it. H Halloween Nightmare: A masked man who appeared on at least two SPCW cards against Derrick Dukes. Marty Hamilton: (5-10, 215) Often known as the Joker or as Marty Hamilton, the Practical Joker in WAWA. Straight Edge Eric Hammers: (5-7, 160) Debut 1998. Hammers is an exciting smaller punk rock wrestler. He worked for WTW in some of his first career matches. He is in a real punk rock band. Mr. Destiny Jay Hannah: (6-4, 250) A physical specimen. Hannah has the physical tools to be a force in the industry but does not wrestle often. Hannibal: (6-0, 238) Works for All American Wrestling. Lists the Mendota Mental Health Institute as his hometown. Has a great ring entrance where is wheeled to the ring in a straight jacket. Hardcore Craig: Current Mid American Wrestling Heavyweight Champion, after defeating Ian Rotten in 9/99 during a barbed wire table match. Formerly known as Waverider Craig, has competed in MAW for over 5 years. Mixes hardcore style with athleticism. One of the crowd favorites in Milwaukee. Corey Hardcore: (6-0, 225) Debut: 1997. A good athletic wrestler, but has not worked in 1999. He wrestled for WTW in 1998. The Hater: (6-4, 255) Debut 1989. Has been considered The Franchise of Minnesota independents for most of the 1990s. Teams with J.R. the Punisher from time to time. He was known as The Punisher before adopting a new name. Has also wrestled as The Smart Ass White Boy. A former PWA tag and heavyweight title holder. Heaven & Hell: AWA tag champs (Eon & Nightmare) for Dale Gagner. Identical twins. Once worked as Twin Turbos. Accompanied by Destiny. Ed Hellier: Promoter of St. Paul Championship Wrestling. Hellier has brought an interesting mix of talent to the Twin Cities area. Hellraiser Blood: (6-2, 235). Debut: 1987. This veteran came back on the scene in 1998. As the masked half of the Hellraisers, he is the vocal leader of the team. One of the best talkers and showmen in the state. Hellraiser Gutts: (6-4, 255) Potential to be a huge superstar in the wrestling business. A fantastic athlete who only needs to get out and make a name for himself. Nobody goes over higher than Gutts on a hip toss. A top 10 worker in the state. Jesse Hennig: (5-10, 215) Has not wrestled in a few years. Showed a few signs of potential and looked like a smaller version of his brother, Curt. Corp. Holly: Began as Mr. Hollywood in Badger State Wrestling and had some great matches for the Heavyweight Title. He now teams with Corp. Blast, together forming the U.S. Armed Forces. Derrick St. Holmes, Esquire: (6-0, 225) Derrick is a regular for Mid American Wrestling in Milwaukee and made his Minnesota debut with SPCW on October 16. He is a solid mat wrestler with a sound ring reputation. Big Daddy Hoofer: (6-1, 212) This rookie wrestler has been feuding with Playboy Pete Huge. Drew a huge crowd pop at The Wave Bar in Waverly, Minnesota. Has also wrestled in Badger State Wrestling. Horace the Psychopath: (5-10, 255) This eight-year veteran is one of the wildest in Minnesota. Has feuded with Mitch Ryder and Scotty Z in WAWA and had a good match with Ricky Rice in SPCW. His soda pop spitting spot is a trademark as is his somersault splash. One of the top 15 in the Upper Midwest. Boss Hoss: Referee and commissioner of Nu-Age Wrestling in mid-90s. "The Longhorns of Justice" retired for a time due to bad knees. A 300-plus-pounder dropped weight later in career. Playboy Pete Huge: (5-8, 170) Formerly known as Damien. Huge is a youngster who could develop into a solid cruiserweight. He was king of the backyard wrestlers. Known as a junior high heart throb. I Illinois State Trooper: Underrated worker from Milwaukee area. Always gets heat in Wisconsin due to gimmick. Son appears at shows dressed like him. Wild Bill Irwin: (6-2, 245) Irwin, originally from Duluth, moved back to his roots from Texas about two years ago. He had stints with the WWF, AWA, WCW and World Class in the 1980s and 1990s. He has appeared for all the Minnesota promotions. Can still work a very good match, but doesn’t always show the skills that brought him to the big time. J Tommy Jammer: The "California Kid" in the AWA's last days in early 90s. Kenny Jay: (6-0, 240) The Sodbuster was one half of the SPCW tag team champions this year along with Red Tyler. Kenny disappeared from wrestling for much of the 1990s before making a comeback. He wrestled several times in 1999 with top opponents being Hellraiser Blood, Adrian Lynch, Mitch Ryder and Bill Irwin. Dan Jesser: (6-2, 245) One half of the former SPCW tag team champions with Adrian Lynch. JR the Punisher: (6-4, 255) Debut: 1990. Occasionally promotes shows in St. Paul. Owner of J.R.’s Powerhouse Gym. Formed a top tag team with the Hater. He’s at his best when the other wrestler is as physical as he is. Also wrestled as a Jesse Ventura-lookalike called “The Candidate.” Judge Jesse: (5-10, 190) Trained at the Hart Brothers Training Camp in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Debuted in 12/93 but didn't start wrestling regularly until 12/97. Has worked for MAW, BSW, ACW, MCW, and UPW. Has held the UPW American Championship, the BSW Tag Team Titles, and is a 2-time BSW Cruiserweight Champion. He has put on many amazing cruiserweight matches in BSW. Chants of "Judy" annoy him. Juicy Johnny: Been in Badger State Wrestling since around 1994. He has held the Tag Team Titles on many occasions and is a four-time BSW Heavyweight Champion. Jungle Fighter: (5-11, 260) A veteran of the ring wars. This is just one of several names he has wrestled under including The Pakastani, the Serbian Assassin, The General and probably a few more. He squared off with St. Paul Saints manager Marty Scott before a match at Midway Stadium earlier this summer. K K-Train Kraig Karger: (5-11, 255) Worked several matches against Scott Free including some wild hardcore brawls in Wrestle America 2000. He is the top guy at the Main Event in Fridley. James Kahn: (5-8, 235) A frequent opponent of Brad Kohler in early 1999. Wrestled on a tour of Japan and uses a power wrestling style. Kamikaze: (5-10, 210) Formerly known as the Kamikaze Kid and Kamikaze Warrior. Was probably considered one of the top 10 wrestlers in Minnesota in 1996. He has not been as active but is still a talent. Mostly has worked with WAWA in 1999. Mick Karch: The dean of local announcers. Karch worked for the AWA in the 1980s as a ring announcer. He hosted Saturday Night at Ringside, a popular wrestling block on TV 23 in the Twin Cities in the early 1990s. Karch is now a cable access regular on wrestling shows. Was a former co-host of the popular Wrestling Radio show based in Minnesota. Little Kato: One of the midget wrestlers. They are all solid performers. Also appeared on Jerry Springer. Wade Keller: Owner of The Torch, one of the top two wrestling newsletters in the country. It is based in Minnesota and Keller used to be a regular at the local shows. He still attends a show from time to time. Jimmy Kennedy: Began in Badger State Wrestling in 8/98 as a ring announcer. He also did some managing and color commentary. Kennedy began as a referee in 3/99 and has also worked for AAW and ACW. Brad Kohler: (5-7, 245) A former Greco-Roman wrestler who has fought in two Ultimate Fighting Championships. He wrestled in late 1998 and early 1999 for Wrestle America 2000. Now he occasionally works for the Great Lakes Championship Wrestling promotion in Wisconsin and also just competed in the Rings (Japan) tournament and went 1-1. Stan Kowalski: The BIG 'K' ... Promotes occasionally in Minnesota. Legendary former AWA tag champion and manager of the likes of Ivan Koloff and Kobayashi. Bruce Krietzman: A referee who was found frequently in the early 1990s on the local scene but hasn’t appeared much lately. Mark "Chain Saw Man" Kurtz: Worked several matches in early 1999 for WAWA. L Ladyhawk: A popular female referee for Wrestle America 2000 during 1998. She was also a trained wrestler but the lack of women on the Minnesota scene didn’t give her much of a chance to wrestle. She refereed one of the best matches in 1998 that saw Lenny Lane face Scotty Z. The two men turned on Ladyhawk and she ended up taking a wicked double clothesline from Scotty and Lenny. Lenny Lane: Debuted on January 28, 1995, against The Wizard at the St. Paul Prom Expo Center. Lenny went on to star in almost every Minnesota independent league and was eventually signed by WCW. He finally received a push as a gay wrestler late in 1999. However, protests have ended that angle for the time being. He still competes occasionally on independent shows in the Twin Cities. He has had outstanding matches in the Twin Cities against Great Sasuke, Scotty Z, Horace the Psycho and many others. Larry Larson: (6-2, 225) Also known as Fantasy Man, a Minnesota worker who wrestled in early to mid ’90s. Cowboy Lang: A midget wrestler. Gino Lanza: One of the most well-known referees in Wisconsin. Has worked for Mid American Wrestling, All-Star Championship Wrestling, and many other promotions during the past several years. Feuded with MAW referee Scott DeMarc during 1996. Travis Lee: (5-10, 210) Debut: 1995. Wrestles for All-American Wrestling. Known as Pretty Boy Travis Lee. Feuds include Leland Cross and T-Bone Roads. Lightning Kid: Sean Waltman, also known as the 1-2-3 Kid, Syxx Pac and X Pac. He was a huge favorite in the Twin Cities in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His last local match was against Sabu at the American Indian Center before signing with the WWF. Lone Wolf: (6-2, 303) Debut: 1998. Big friendly biker. Still kisses his mama in the front row. A Packerland Pro Wrestling competitor. Charming Chad Love: Former Mid American Wrestling Tag Team Champion with partner Billy Wilde as "The True Love Brothers" a/k/a "Nation of Penetration." A very effeminite wrestler, sports long blonde hair, and wears feather boas to the ring. MAW ring veteran. Johnny Love: (6-0, 190) Minnesota based worker of early 1990s. Billed from California. A thin yet talented star in a time when size did matter in the ring. Last local match was against Jerry Lynn at the Northwest Minneapolis National Guard Armory. Tiny Love: Started as Tiny, then was Tiny Farley and now Tiny Love. Holds the tag team titles with Bubba the Love Train right now, is a 2-time tag champ. Started with BSW earlier this year. Adrian Lynch: (6-1, 297) Debut 1995. One of the best interviews in the upper midwest. Has wrestled most of the legends in the area including Buck ZumHofe, Kenny Jay, Jimmy Valiant, King Kong Bundy and current WWF star Blue Meanie. Was a SPCW tag champion with Dan Jesser. Jerry Lynn: Now in ECW as the New F'N Show. Jerry was a top performer in the 1980s and early and mid-1990s in Minnesota. He had feuds with Ricky Rice, Lightning Kid, Horace the Psycho and J.B. Trask to name a few. He recently attended the October 16, 1999, St. Paul Championship Wrestling show as an observer. M "The Irish Luchadore" Billy McNeil: Began his career in September 1999 in Badger State Wrestling. He is known for using very high-risk, high-flying maneuvers. Johnny Mack: (6-0, 255) Trained by Mean Mike. Also known as Butch, half of the Steel Brothers. Mad Dog the Snake Handler: Barroom brawler who happens to carry a big snake. Not a great wrestler, but bumps to help out the Cobra in PPW. Mad Man Pondo: One of the craziest, demented wrestlers alive today. Carries STOP sign to the ring with him, and is known to blast opponents with it with regularity. Also one of the funniest wrestlers around; is a fan favorite in Mid American Wrestling. Has teamed with Barfly Mike in recent months. Battled Ian Rotten in a no-rope barbed wire match in 8/99 at Wilson Park Stadium in Milwaukee. Competes all across the country in hardcore style matches. Mad Wolverine: (5-10, 225) Debut: March 24, 1998. Wrestles a shoot style in All American Wrestling. One of the Fearsome Foursome. Mago: Don't call him Bozo! One half of the managing and wrestling duo of the High Rollers. He and partner STX (Stixx) competed in several tag-team handicap matches with mixed success. Also appeared on the Jerry Springer show recently. Dirk Malibu: This big man has wrestled in 1999 WAWA. Man of the 90's: (5-11, 245) Worked in WTW and had a long feud with Horace the Psychopath Mannibal: (6-2, 175) Lists Forest Hill Cemetery as his hometown. Great ring entrance where Mannibal is carried to the ring in a coffin by his "druids." Works for All American Wrestling. Dr. Bob Mason: (5-10, 180) Not very active. Doesn't have the best wrestling build in the business, but works hard. Major Mayhem: (6-0, 255) A member of the tag team Southern Mississippi Militia from Fort Traitor, Mississippi. The Militia are the current Great Lakes Tag Team Champions, current All World Wrestling Champions, and current All-Star Championship Wrestling Champions. They have been a tag team for about 2 years, wrestling in over 10 leagues throughout the midwest and country. Master Blaster: (6-3, 285) From Superior. Wore a leather sling on his arm. Worked in the AWA. Also known as Gary Lindgren. He began as a frequent opponent of Curt Hennig in AWA around 1981. A serious injury caused him to retire for several years. Broke through the interview wall on AWA to shock and dismay of Al Derusha and announcer Larry Nelson. Bruiser Mastino: (6-0, 295) Also known as Mantaur in the WWF. He worked several shows in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the first half of the year. The Mauler: Longtime competitor for Mid American Wrestling. Wrestled in his retirement match on 10/31 against Frankie DeFalco, with chain match stipulations. One of the most loved, comical wrestlers in MAW. Also known for his brawling style. Wrestled Abdullah the Butcher at Wilson Park Stadium several summers ago for MAW. Mean Mike: Half of Disorderly Conduct in WCW. Started career in AWA and has worked for countless promotions in Midwest, the U.S. and overseas. Ran his own camp in Milwaukee, but relocated to Florida when WCW called. Also works as Mighty Kodiak. Mikey Medallion: Has worked for Angus' Northern Wrestling Federation. Was the first victim of Dr. Darin Davis' proctological exam. Now works for Great Lakes Championship Wrestling. Mike Mercury: (6-0, 220). The leader of All-Star Championship Wrestling in Green Bay, Wisconsin. A solid performer who has wrestled in NAWF, SPCW, WTW and WAWA. Jake Milliman: (5-10, 245) One of the legendary TV wrestlers from the AWA. Jake didn’t win many matches but almost everybody remembers when Jesse Ventura “gave Jake a break.” Classic stuff. Wrestled recently in Wisconsin. Jim Mitchell: Wrestled as the Iron Duke in the AWA in the 1980s. He ran NCWA in the Twin Cities in the 1990s. Pvt. Moondog: (6-3, 300) Wild hardcore style used in Nu-Age Wrestling in early 1990s. Beaten bloody in most every match he was ever in, winning some and losing others. Managed once by Col. Tom Walker. N Nailz: (6-3, 285) Nailz wrestled several times on the local cards in 1995-96 against the likes of Road Warrior Hawk. Carrie Nelson: Has made two in-ring wrestling appearances this year. One time, at the request of Lenny Lane, she started out facing Primetime at the Main Event in Fridley. However, Lane jumped Primetime and the regular match began. Then she accompanied Mr. Ass Billy Gunn to the ring in a memorable moment from Summer Slam at the Target Center. The New Age Farmer: (5-10, 190) Also known as the Chicken Farmer. Hurt his knee in 1999, but is now back in action for WAWA. Night Stalkers: Wrestled in Badger State and MPW. Haven't been seen for quite some time now. Ninja Assassins: Began in Badger State Wrestling in June of 1999 and were quick to capture the tag team titles. They won the titles one more time and are still together now, looking to get another shot at them. Rikki Noga: (5-9, 210) Debut: 1999. This rookie is off to a fast start after training at the Steel Domain. He doesn’t look green despite of his lack of experience. Billed as a relative of Ricky Steamboat. Charlie Norris: (6-6, 285) Debut: 1988. From Red Lake, Minnesota. Norris worked for WCW in the mid-1990s before returning to his home state. Works with Ed Sharkey’s Wrestle America 2000 group. He has had lasting feuds with The Hater and Wild Bill Irwin. Extremely popular in northern Minnesota. Finisher is the scissor kick. O Steve Olsonowski: (6-1, 235) Steve O hasn’t wrestled in quite a while, but still pops up at cards once in a while. He was a former AWA wrestler and had a nice run on Georgia Championship Wrestling. Looks to still be in good shape. P Al Pabon: Producer of Slick Mick’s Body Slam Revue. He has been a driving force behind local cable access wrestling. "Mean" Mitch Page: Debut: 1998. Formerly known as "The Couch Potato." Hails from Louisville, KY. Broke in with the IWA Mid-South promotion. Has feuded with Ian Rotten and Mad Man Pondo in Mid American Wrestling. One of the biggest wrestlers in the Upper Midwest, Mitch weighs in at well over 400 pounds. The MAW ring collapsed under the weight when Ian Rotten gave Mitch the Rock Bottom this past summer. Mitch Paradise: (6-4, 275) Paradise has a chance to be a breakout superstar in wrestling with his size and looks. He has shown an ability to move well in the ring and is progressing at a steady pace. Recently faced Scotty Z in a series of matches. Trained by Ed Sharkey and Terry Fox. Passion: Valet in Packerland Pro Wrestling. Selfish, and the man she seconds, the Cobra, loves it. Looks great, especially wrapped in a 15-foot python. Ken Patera: (6-2, 265) The Olympic Strongman was the first American to press 500 pounds over his head in competition. Patera was trained by Verne Gagne and made a name for himself around the country in the 1970s and early 1980s. He still occasionally competes in the ring, but mostly is a promoter of the World All-Star Wrestling Alliance which he runs with Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie. Adam Pearce: (6-2, 242) Debut: 5/16/96. One of the five best independent wrestlers in the country. Pearce has the package that could make him a star. He works mainly in Wisconsin and Minnesota, but has ventured to Music City and Steel City Wrestling among others. Pearce has feuded with Danny Dominion for most of 1999 in SPCW. Mortimer Plumtree: One of the top undiscovered talents in the business. Plumtree is an old-time manager who can talk, take bumps and get the crowd going. In a different time, he'd be a top guy in a major federation. Was real active in 1996, but has slowed down a bit. Managed Lenny Lane for a long time on the local circuit. Poison: (6-1, 230) Debut: 1998. Ninja with a high-flying style in Packerland Pro Wrestling. Johnny Pope: A manager known as the Child Protege. Managed Dr. Darin Davis for one match this year in SPCW. Dave Prazak: (5-7, 145) Debut: 1996. Chicago native is one of the most traveled managers on the independent circuit; has worked for over 20 different promotions across 11 different states. Mid American Wrestling mainstay. Has managed Ian Rotten, Buddy Landel, Reckless Youth, Steve Corino, Mad Man Pondo, Billy Joe Eaton, Adam Pearce, Horace the Psychopath, Ace Steel, Danny Dominion, Corporal Robinson, Joey Matthews, Christian York, Derek St. Holmes, 2 Tuff Tony, Mitch Page, and a host of others. Primetime: (5-9, 200) One of the top light heavyweights. Has toned down his high-flying ways to become more of a brawler in 1999. Has a long-running in-ring feud with the Hellraisers. Once in a while billed as Buck ZumHofe, Jr. CM Punk: (5-11, 215) Punk started out with the Lunatic Wrestling Federation and migrated to compete in the Wisconsin promotions in 1999. Made his Minnesota debut on Oct. 16 for SPCW in a blowout match against Ace Steel. Quickly moved into the top 15 with that performance. Q Quentin The Manservant: Debut: 1997. Manager/Wrestler. Is the personal manservant for Derek St. Holmes, Esquire in Mid American Wrestling. Frequently wrestles both in singles matches, as well as with St. Holmes in tag bouts. Sports long blonde hair, and a tuxedo and bowtie. Corey Quinn: Manager in AAW. Quinn was a DJ at Eau-Calire's I-94.1. Kevin Quinn: (5-11, 215) A talented wrestler who has worked for the WWF and in Puerto Rico in the last year. He was part of a fantastic tag match in 1998 with Adam Pearce versus Danny Dominion and Ace Steel in SPCW. R Damon Ray: Been around Badger State Wrestling for a few years. He has had many great matches including cruiserweight and heavyweight ones. Red Lightning: (5-11, 195) Debut: April 4, 1998 in St. Paul. He was trained by Ken Patera and worked for him from 4/98 to 8/98. He now wrestles for All-American Wrestling. His finisher is the Lightning Bolt (Michinoku Driver). Maxwell Rep: The Little Chippendale. Played Mini-me to Mr. Dynamic's Doctor Evil as a manager in early 90s. Brad Rheingans: (6-2, 240) Former team of the U.S. Olympic team that boycotted the 1980 games. He was a coach for the team in 1984. Worked for Verne Gagne’s AWA. He trained many wrestlers and has connections with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Last match in the Twin Cities was versus ECW legend Taz on Grand Slam I. Ricky Rice: (6-2, 225) Ricky was one of the guys caught in the size crunch of the early 1990s when a wrestler needed to be 6-6 and 300 pounds of muscle. He was a star waiting to happen and eventually left the business for several years. He is back in SPCW now. Ricky has the top dropkick in Minnesota and probably in wrestling. And that's no b.s. Had a good match with Horace the Psychopath on one SPCW card, but really hasn't hit his stride yet, but genuinely seems to be having fun in the ring on the shows. Road Warrior Animal: (6-1, 285) Has helped train several local wrestlers. His brothers, Terminator Marc Laurinitus and Johnny Ace are also wrestlers. Has never wrestled on the local independent scene. Road Warrior Hawk: (6-3, 265) When he worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling, Hawk made several local appearances for Ed Sharkey wrestling Nailz, Doink the Clown, Eddie Gilbert, Terry Funk and the Hater. T-Bone Roads: (5-10, 215) Debut: November 14, 1998. Works for All American Wrestling. Andre Roberts: (6-4, 300) A mixed martial arts fighter who occasionally wrestles. His brother is Tyrone Roberts. Scored one of the most impressive knockouts of the year in the UFC. This Native American has great size. Tyrone Roberts: A mixed martial arts fighter who occasionally wrestles. Said to have great athletic ability. His brother is Andre Roberts. Corporal Robinson: Native of Louisville, Kentucky. Mid American Wrestling mainstay. Winner of the 1999 MAW Hardcore Cup Tournament. Wears camouflage attire to the ring. Competes regularly for IWA Mid-South in Indiana & Kentucky, as well as Bad to the Bone Wrestling. Had bloody feuds with Hardcore Craig, Ian Rotten, and Rev. Axl Future in MAW rings during 1999. One of the key performers in MAW during 1999. Rockin Randy: (6-0, 220) Randy is a respected trainer in the wrestling business and has worked on TV for the WWF from time to time. A major force behind NAWF. The Rollerettes: These girls accompany the High Rollers to the ring. There have been up to four Rollerettes at one time. They are attracted to the High Rollers’ money. Haystacks Ross: (6-6, 500) Huge Wisconsin wrestler has battled the likes of Angus and Adrian Lynch. Ian Rotten: "King of the Death Matches" Heads up Louisville, KY-based IWA Mid-South promotion. Former 2-time Mid American Wrestling Heavyweight Champion. Has been credited for being a major driving force behind strong attendance figures for MAW during 1999. Wrestles hardcore style matches mainly, but also an accomplished mat wrestler. Known for throwing a wide variety of suplexes. Has wrestled for ECW and WCW. One of the most popular wrestlers in the Milwaukee area. Tommy Rox: Badger State manager who also works for All-Star Championship Wrestling, All American Wrestling and UPW. He is a former BSW Commissioner and has been in this business for over 2 years. Gary Royal: (5-10, 220) A long-time veteran of the Mid-Atlantic area. Royal wrestled Randy Gusto on a SPCW card at Midway Stadium this summer. Mitch Ryder: (5-10, 220) Ryder burst on the independent scene in late 1998. He works a southern brawler style and has a great personality with interview skills. Could be a top 20 guy on any night. S Samson: (6-4, 400) A large Native American wrestler who battled several times at the Prom Expo Center in St. Paul in 1995-1996. Pete Santana: (5-9, 215) Has only wrestled a few times in the last year. A Buck ZumHofe trainee. Ed Sharkey: Known as The Trainer of Champions. Sharkey was a light heavyweight wrestler in the 1960s and wrestled the likes of legendary Danny Hodge. Sharkey now referees and has trained some of the biggest names in the sport like Bob Backlund, Jesse Ventura, The Road Warriors, Barry Darsow, Rick Rude, and many more. Is the promoter of Wrestle America 2000, which formerly was Pro Wrestling America in the 1980s and early 1990s. Jeff Sharkey: Debut:1990. Commissioner of Packerland Pro Wrestling since 1998. Began as announcer/referee for Nu-Age Wrestling. Everyone thinks Eddie Sharkey is his father. He claims paternity tests inconclusive. Shifty: (5-10, 205) Debut April 18, 1998. A solid athlete who has progressed well in 1999 after a slow start to his career in 1998. Originally trained by Ken Patera, but has moved into Ed Sharkey’s troop. Quite popular in Alma, Wisconsin. Can fly or wrestle. Has had a yearlong feud with The Sheriff Johnny Emerald. Shifty and Emerald are the promoters of Midwest Pro Wrestling. He has worked for almost all the Minnesota independents and All-Star Championship Wrestling and Badger State Wrestling in Wisconsin. The Skull Krusher: Recently signed to a developmental contract with the World Wrestling Federation after successful dark match tryout at Milwaukee Raw tapings against Kurt Angle. Tall, muscular African-American wrestler, is very agile. His arsenal includes a Michinoku Driver off the 2nd rope, Great Muta-esque handspring elbows, and the Death Valley Driver. A promising young star. Competes regularly for Mid American Wrestling. Craig Smith: Began as ring announcer in Badger State Wrestling in March 1999, started to ref in September 1999 and was appointed BSW Commissioner in October 1999. Solazar: (6-3, 325) Debut: 1993. Wrestles for All American Wrestling. Jay Soltis: Was a referee with WAWA in the summer of 1999. Broke into the business as an announcer in 1989. Debut as a referee with Northern Premier Wrestling in 1995. Has worked with several independent promoters throughout the midwest. Dale Spear: Co-host of Slick Mick's Bodyslam Revue TV show with Mick Karch. Stephanie Star: First female title-holder in Packerland Pro Wrestling, beating The Cobra for the heavyweight title on August 20, 1999 in Shawano, WI. World-class champion powerlifter when not in the ring. Managed by Dr. Fitness. Debuted June 1991, beating Sindy Paradise. Stealth Suicide: Been in Badger State Wrestling for almost 2 years now. Stealth has had some of the greatest cruiserweight matches BSW has ever seen. Was a BSW tag champion and held the BSW Cruiserweight Title for almost 3 months this year. Also has worked for AAW, MPW, and UPW. Ace Steel: (5-9, 210) Debut: 1991. Steel is the best light heavyweight in the Upper Midwest. He may not be a flashy as some of the other indy guys with big names, but he has good psychology and is technically strong. He forms one half of the Hollywood Hardbodies with Danny Dominion. Runs a top-notch training camp in Chicago. His match with CM Punk on the October 16, 1999, SPCW card could be the match of the year in Minnesota. Johnnie Stewart: (6-1, 245) Had a feud in Verne Gagne’s AWA with Buck ZumHofe. Stewart is now a major player in Dale Gagner’s AWA. Has also made appearances for SPCW. Played arena football. Is running for Congress in Illinois as a Republican. STX: (6-6, 220) One half of the managing and wrestling duo of the High Rollers. He and partner Mago competed in several tag-team handicap matches with mixed success. They claim to hang with such Vegas dignitaries as Wayne Newton, Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdink. Also appeared on the Jerry Springer show recently. Formerly Stixx. Tom Stone: An AWA TV wrestler in the 1980s. Known as Rocky Stone, he would put up a fight before losing each week. He now wrestles in the Wisconsin independents. Storm Trooper Ike: (5-10, 245) Not as big as his brother, but they were still hard to tell apart when they dressed alike because of the similar build. He was a regular on cards in 1995-96 teaming with Ike against the Punisher and Hater. Storm Trooper Willie: (5-10, 300) Has not wrestled on the local scene in a while. He was a regular on cards in 1995-96 teaming with Ike against the Punisher and Hater. Was also known as Willie The Splash. Storm Wolf: (5-10, 195) Debut: 1999. A well-conditioned rookie with Wrestle America 2000. Had his best match to date with Ian Xavier in a dark match on the October SPCW card. Takes a nice bump. Brett Striker: (6-0, 260) Debut: July 7, 1991 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. After a 1-year layoff, he is back in action with All-Star Championship Wrestling and NAWF. He has held many titles in NU-AGE & ACW. Won the Nu-Age Mid Heavyweight title over Jerry Lynn outside during a pouring rain. Had a tour of FMW & New Japan, facing guys like Muta, Liger, Adam Bomb, Haku, Benoit, & Syxx. Currently feuding with the Berlin Bomber in the NAWF. The Suicide Kid: High flying light heavyweight wrestler who competes in the Upper Midwest for Mid American Wrestling. Also wrestles for IWA Mid-South in Louisville, and HWA in Ohio. Wears cutoff jeans to the ring. Known for executing triple jump moonsaults and Asai moonsaults to the floor. Had some of the best matches in MAW during 1999 against Dino Bambino and Billy Joe Eaton. T 2 Tuff Tony: Very agile wrestler who effectively combines sound basic wrestling with high flying and hardcore styles. Wears leather pants to the ring. Competes regularly for Mid American Wrestling in the Upper Midwest, and for IWA Mid-South in Louisville. He is known for his corkscrew Hector Garza-like plancha, which he has put many opponents through tables with. Johnny T: Wisconsin announcer for various indies who went to Texas to greater success in NWA Southwest. T-Rex: (6-3, 400) A large wrestler who was very active in the mid-1990s with a lot of matches at the Sports Garden in St. Paul. Also known as King of the Hill. Wrestled for the WAWA in northern Minnesota earlier this year, but otherwise hasn’t been very active. Thor: (6-1, 240) Debut: October 30, 1999. A trainee of Terry Fox and Ed Sharkey. Debuted at the Wave in Waverly, Minnesota against Ian Xavier. Mike Thunder: (6-2, 255) Debut 1998. The brother of Rob Thunder and has wrestled a few times, mostly in tag teams. Has an amateur wrestling background. Rob Thunder: (6-2, 220) Debut 1998. Has a build like the Lightning Kid. Has the athletic ability to be a top guy in the area. He doesn’t wrestle often enough for that to be the case as this point. Kelly Thundercloud: (5-10, 225) Faced William Best at the Wave in Waverly during the summer of 1999 in a hard-fought match. Tuff Tom: (6-0, 256) One half of the WCW tag team Disorderly Conduct. Wrestles on many indy shows in Wisconsin and also wrestled Corp. Corruption on a SPCW card in 1999. A good worker. JB Trask: (5-10, 220) He is Kenny Jay’s nephew. He had good matches and feuds with Jerry Lynn and Horace the Psychopath a few years ago in Northern Premier Wrestling. Hasn’t been very active in 1999. Triple D: Over 400 pounds. He has been in the business for three years,. He is a top contender for the Badger State Wrestling heavyweight title. Red Tyler: (5-11, 240) A veteran wrestler who did a lot of TV matches for the WWF. Always in good shape. Was one half of the SPCW tag champs with Kenny Jay in 1999. Brings a very sharp sword to the ring. U V Butcher Vachon: The brother of Mad Dog Vachon. He wrestled in the 1980s and 1990s in the WWF after being part of a tag team with his brother in the AWA. The Butcher is the father of Luna Vachon and was found at several midwest cards signing autographs. Mad Dog Vachon: An AWA legend who was frequently found as cards signing autographs in 1999. Sexy Eddie Van Snap: Began in BSW in October 1998. He was commissioner for a while earlier this year and now is a manager Van Snap has managed 3 different teams to tag team gold in BSW. Also has wrestled a few matches. Jesse Ventura: (6-3, 285) The governor of Minnesota. When he had a radio talk show in the Twin Cities, he helped plug the first SPCW show. Baron Von Raschke: (6-3, 280) One of the true legends in the AWA. He now can be found signing autographs at cards from time to time. Neil "Longhair" Vos: Worked some matches in early 1999 for WAWA. W Col. Tom Walker: (5-11, 218) Debut: 1971. Trained under George Scrapiron Gadaski, beginning as a ring crew guy. Gamey oldtimer. Biggest win came in a 6-man tag in Nu-Age Wrestling in 1992 over Cobra, Ninja Venom and Lightning Kid. Mostly retired. Ice Walters: Debut: 1998. Physical fitness nut from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Looks like Troy Aikman. Likes to use Michinoku driver and float-over DDT as moves. Competes in All-Star Championship Wrestling. Jeff Warner: (6-3, 240) Also known as JW Storm. Is also a professional boxer. Wasn’t active in 1999, but will take a match on occasion. Had a great build and worked the Portland territory with Art Barr. Ray Whebbe: Long-time promoter and booker in the Minnesota scene. Also active in the local boxing scene. In the early 1990s, Whebbe did a wrestling radio show with Scooter Pie. Whiplash: Chris Whip & Tim Lash. Packerland Pro Wrestling workers. Long haired hard rock look. Accused of being twins. Billy Wilde: (5-10, 210) Works for All American Wrestling. Wellington Wilkens: (5-9, 245) A regular for the Japan-based Michinoku Pro Wrestling. Wilkens was the last holder of the Pro Wrestling America heavyweight title. He occasionally comes back to Minnesota on vacation and works a card. Although the Michinoku group is a high-flying promotion, Wilkens is more of a submission wrestler. X Ian Xavier: (5-10, 295) Has wrestled as Lord Xavier and The Wizard in the Western Wrestling Association, where he was the champion. In the summer of 1999, he moved into the Ed Sharkey-based Wrestle America 2000 troupe. He wrestled Lenny Lane in Lenny’s first match. Y Z Scotty Zappa: (6-0, 227) Debut: 1995. A wrestler on the verge of the big time. In the last two years, Scotty took his game to another level. Trained by Brad Rheingans and Road Warrior Animal. Has worked for almost every promoter in the upper midwest. Also known as Sheik Ali and Scotty Z. Without a question, one of the top 10 guys in the state. Buck ZumHofe: (6-1, 235) The Rock and Roller is still grappling in Minnesota. ZumHofe is a former AWA light heavyweight title holder. He works mostly for Wrestle America 2000 today. *********************************** Copyright 1999 Tim Larson This may be reproduced, but please give credit to Larsontl1@aol.com for compiling the information. Additions, changes or corrections can also be emailed to that address. Thanks also to the people who sent me bios to help with the project.