Tommy Rich

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Real Name - Thomas Richardson
Birthdate - 7/26/59
6' 250 lbs. - Atlanta, GA

Aliases - Mister R

Athletic background - n/a

Teachers - Dick Steinborn, Jerry Lawler, Jerry Jarrett

Professional background - Georgia(`74-`80), Memphis(`80-`81), Georgia(`81-`84), Memphis(`84-`85), Indies(`85-`86), Memphis(`86), AWA(`86), Indies(`87-`89), WCW(`89-`91), Memphis(`94), ECW(`97-`01)

Groups - York Foundation, Full-Blooded Italians

Peak Years - `78-`83

Career Highlights -
- Becomes a popular young babyface in Georgia in his late teens and early twenties
- Defeats rival Austin Idol to capture the Georgia TV title
- Wins the NWA title from Harley Race in front of a stunned Atlanta crowd on 4/27/81
- Beats rival Buzz Sawyer in a blowoff cage match at the "Last Battle of Atlanta" show
- Has the last big program of his career teaming with and than feuding with Eddie Gilbert

Finisher(s) -
- Thesz Press

Favorites -
- Spinning Toehold
- 2nd Turnbuckle Fistdrop
- Back Elbow
- Dropkick
- Punch

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 5
science - 3
aerial - 2
power - 5
strikes - 5

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 6
selling - 5
bumping - 4
carrying - 5
heat - 7
legacy - 3

Place in History - One of the most engimatic figures in wrestling history, Tommy Rich is often regarded as the worst NWA Champion ever and so few in recent years even know of him (aside from his FBI vignettes). A good ol' boy from Georgia who started rasslin' young and enjoyed great popularity early on and everything that comes with - that's Tommy Rich's first run in a nutshell. While not a good worker, Rich had good charisma and could get by on that more often than not. He bounced between Georgia and Memphis his entire career with only brief stints in other places. In Georgia, he was forever the blonde cherry, but as his boyish good looks and physique faded to the "good life," his name value dropped. In Memphis, he tried his hand as a heel and was a success for the most part. He was given the NWA title for a day run as a favor to Georgia promoters, but it ultimately backfired. Rich continued along for a few more years, his career being oever for the most part. Bar a few returns and heel manager run in ECW, Rich hasn't really done much more in wrestling. He is regarded as one of the great busts of professional wrestling who people though highly of in the late 70s and early 80s, but he was never able to stay in good enough shape to deliver the goods.

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