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Andre the Giant
In 1966, Andre Roussimoff began his journey into the wrestling industry. First billed as Jean Ferre or Monster Eiffel Tower, his name was changed to Andre the Giant in 1972. From there, the sky was the limit for the big man from Grenoble, France.
One of sports-entertainment’s true pioneers was born with an awesome name — Houston Harris. But it was under the guise of Bobo Brazil that this big man from Benton Harbor, Mich., made greater strides for African-Americans in the ring than perhaps any other competitor. Often referred to as the “Jackie Robinson of wrestling,” the 270-pounder originally went by the name “Boo Boo” Brazil, but when a promoter made a printing error, he simply became Bobo.
The trainer of Superstars like Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins had such an odd name that when he made his WCW debut against Kidman, announcer Bobby Heenan called him Shipwreck. Years earlier, Mikey was discovered while flying around a wrestling ring that he had set up before an ECW event. Paul Heyman saw the athleticism of the unassuming young man and gave him a tryout on the show.
After debuting in the Continental Wrestling Association as “Blade Runner Rock,” Jim Hellwig joined the Texas-based WCCW as The Dingo Warrior. Excelling in singles competition with his unrivaled intensity, Hellwig caught the attention of WWE. Before making his debut on The Wrestling Challenge in October 1987, the adrenaline-fueled Superstar once again changed his name.
An unsung hero of sports-entertainment, George Cannon’s tearstained cheeks earned him the nickname “Crybaby.” In truth, he achieved the look by wiping the sweat from his face and then rubbing his eyes. A short, stout individual, Cannon wrestled through the 1950s and ’60s before turning to manage in the 1970s.
Diamond Dallas Page
The name began as an affectation: Diamond Dallas Page was once the prototypical sleazebag grappling manager, obsessed with wealth and rotten to a group of charges he dubbed his Diamond Mine.
Pork Chop Cash
The story of how Bobby Cash got his unforgettable ring name isn’t exactly a memorable one. Cash — who resembled an ABA player, with his prominent afro and bushy facial hair — was a popular Southern performer in the early ’70s under his birth name. But when he was lured to the Los Angeles territory by promoter Mike LaBell, he was told he needed a name boasting a little more flavor.
Although he was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Chris Jericho was born on Long Island, N.Y., not far from the Jericho Turnpike. The roadway clearly inspired Y2J’s ring name later in life, right? Wrong. A metalhead since elementary school, WWE’s first-ever Undisputed Champion took a cue from obscure German power metal outfit Helloween’s 1985 album “Walls of Jericho” when he coined himself Chris Jericho in 1990. Years later, the record would influence Y2J again when he rechristened his Lion Tamer submission maneuver the Walls of Jericho. — R.M.
The Great Kabuki
The Land of the Rising Sun has always held a bit of mystique for Westerners. Akihisa Mera played that to his advantage when he arrived in World Class Championship Wrestling in the 1980s as the enigmatic Great Kabuki. Borrowing from different aspects of Japanese culture, he created a look that hushed audiences every time he stepped in the ring.
Big Boss Man
Ray Traylor competed as Big Bubba Rogers, The Boss, and even Guardian Angel during his lengthy career, but he is best known to WWE fans like Big Boss Man. Many an opponent from either the good or bad side of the tracks felt the wrath of the former prison guard from Cobb County, Ga.
Michael “P.S.” Hayes
All of The Fabulous Freebirds had great names. When Michael “P.S.” Hayes formed the trio in 1979 — and named them after both the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, “Freebird,” and wrestling’s Fabulous Fargos — he nicknamed Buddy Roberts “Jack” (as in Daniels) and Terry Gordy “Bam Bam” (a reference to his lousy basketball skills — not his fighting prowess). As for “P.S.,” it stood for “Purely Sexy.”
The origin of the name The Undertaker is as mystifying as the very Superstar who is identified by it. When he debuted at Survivor Series 1990, The Deadman was dressed like a mortician to match his moniker. But throughout The Phenom’s legendary career, he has proven to be a far greater force than he initially seemed.
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart
Jim Neidhart has been a powerhouse for his entire life. WWE Diva Natalya has told WWE.com staffers that, despite not training regularly anymore, her dad can lay down on a bench and press 400 pounds without so much as a warm-up rep. So why the nickname? While competing for Stu Hart’s Calgary Stampede Wrestling, the former football player was asked to enter a local anvil throwing contest as a way to create publicity for an upcoming event.
The name Bruce Woyan didn’t accurately describe the competitor that veteran wrestling journalist Bill Apter once described as “irrational, unpredictable, and a keg of dynamite.” Cutting through opponents with the deliberate carnage of a buzzsaw, Woyan adopted Buzz Sawyer as his ring name in Jim Crockett Promotions in the late ’70s.
Jesse “The Body” Ventura
Before embarking on a career in professional wrestling, James Janos served in the United States Navy and worked as a bodyguard for The Rolling Stones. No-nonsense at the time, Janos adopted a more flamboyant style when he got in the ring as Jesse Ventura — his surname meant to inspire images of sunny California.
King Kong Bundy
When King Kong Bundy first turned up in Fritz Von Erich’s World Class Championship Wrestling in the early ’80s, he was known as Big Daddy Bundy, in a nod to Britain’s most famous grappler, Shirley “Big Daddy” Crabtree. He was an oversized fan favorite with blue jeans and a full head of hair back then, but when he was recruited by the villainous manager Gary Hart, he stomped out in his trademark black singlet and bald head as King Kong Bundy.
The Mongolian Stomper
Globalization has lessened the impact of this phenomenon, but there was a time when all a grappler had to do was bill himself from some obscure corner of the globe — say, Mongolia — to go from man to monster. Such was the case with Killer Khan, Bepo Mongol, and Archie Gouldie, who went from tough Canadian cowboy to foreign menace under the guise of The Mongolian Stomper.
Big Van Vader
After leaving the Los Angeles Rams to enter the rings of the American Wrestling Association, the burly Leon White displayed obvious potential. After all, he was 450 pounds of hulking bedrock who moved with staggering agility. It wasn’t until White pulled up stakes and went to Japan, however, that he found major success under the smoking mastodon helmet of Big Van Vader.
Sweet Daddy Siki
Known in some circles as the “African-American Gorgeous George,” Sweet Daddy Siki was a competitor who understood the value of the presentation. Stepping out in the early 1960s when many in the wrestling industry were still fighting against the advent of over-the-top theatrics, the mighty Texan with Jamaican roots dyed his hair, eyebrows, and mustache eye-popping platinum wore psychedelic sunglasses and draped himself in spectacular robes.
Bret “Hit Man” Hart
One of sports-entertainment’s great nicknames almost wasn’t. Back when Bret Hart first came to WWE from his father’s Stampede Wrestling in Calgary, he was dubbed “Cowboy” Bret Hart in a nod to the famed “Calgary Stampede.” (Legend has it that “Cowboy” Bob Orton’s LJN figure is actually a Bret Hart sculpt based on the persona that never was.)