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Barry Windham

Barry Clinton Windham (born July 4, 1960) is an American semi retired professional wrestler and the son of wrestler Blackjack Mulligan. He is best known for his appearances canada goose with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

In NWA/WCW, he was a one time NWA World Heavyweight Champion,[3] a one time United States Heavyweight Champion,[4] a one time Television Champion,[5] a one time Western States canada goose uk outlet Heritage Champion,[6] a four time NWA (Mid Atlantic)/WCW World Tag Team Champion[7] and a one time NWA United States Tag Team Champion with Ron Garvin.[8] In the WWF, Canada Goose Parka he was a two time World Tag Team Champion with his brother in law, Mike Rotunda.[9] On March 31, 2012, Windham was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the Four Horsemen.

Windham was trained by his father Blackjack Mulligan and popular world champion Harley buy canada goose jacket Race. Dillon in San Angelo, Texas when he was 19 years old. Much of his early career was in the NWA’s Championship Wrestling from Florida territory where Gordon Solie was the head announcer. He was a fan favorite for most of the early and middle periods of his career, having great success in singles and tag action. Windham had notable feuds with Kevin Sullivan and his canada goose uk shop army. With his brother in Canada Goose sale law Mike Rotunda, Windham formed a tag team in 1984. Express

Rotunda and Windham were signed by World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in October 1984. Express”.[12] They quickly made impact in WWF’s tag team division as they beat North South Connection (Dick Murdoch and Adrian Adonis) for their first WWF Tag Team Championship on January 21, Here,,,,,,,,,,,,, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here. 1985, at a cheap Canada Goose house show in Hartford, CT.[13][14] At the first ever WrestleMania, US Express dropped the titles to The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff.[15] On the July 13 edition of Championship Wrestling, they beat Sheik and Volkoff for their second and final WWF Tag Team Championship,[16][17] which they lost to Dream Team (Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake) in Philadelphia at The Spectrum on August 24.[18]

American Wrestling Association and NWA Championship Wrestling from Florida (1986)[edit]

After departing from the WWF, Windham and Rotunto wrestled at WrestleRock 86 show in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) where they defeated The Fabulous Ones. Then Windham worked in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)’s territory Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF) as a babyface, where most notably he wrestled in the main event of Battle of the uk canada goose outlet Belts II for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Ric Flair,[19] and feuded over the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship with Ron Bass.[20]

Jim Crockett Promotions/NWA World Championship Wrestling (1986 1989)[edit]In the fall of 1986, he shifted to NWA’s Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) territory as a babyface where he had many memorable matches with “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. These included matches going to 60 minute time limit draws and even some extending beyond an hour of action. He then shifted back to the tag team division, forming a successful pairing with Ron Garvin. tag team championship. Their biggest feud as a team was with The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane), managed by Jim Cornette.

The Midnight Express were never able to beat Windham and Garvin for the titles. Windham and Garvin eventually lost these titles to Ivan Koloff and Dick canada goose coats on sale Murdoch in the spring of 1987, shortly before the annual Jim Crockett Memorial Tag Team Tournament (also known as the Crockett Cup). At this time, Windham also formed an alliance with Lex Luger, who would turn his back on Windham shortly afterward when Luger had aspirations of joining The Four Horsemen.[21] Rather than enter the tournament as a team, Windham and Garvin were split up. Ronnie Garvin instead teamed up with his kayfabe brother Jimmy Garvin (Ronnie was Jimmy’s legit stepfather). Rather than have Windham partner up with someone in the tournament, he was booked to face Ric Flair for the NWA World Championship in what would be another classic match between the two. Flair defeated Windham with a controversial pinfall after a little over 25 minutes of action.[22]

Windham spent the rest of 1987 in mid card status. On June 20, 1987, Windham defeated Black Bart in a tournament final to win the short lived NWA Western States Heritage Championship, becoming canada goose clearance first canada goose clearance sale champion.[6][23] He defended the title against the likes of Rick Steiner,[24] Big Bubba Rogers[25] and Incubus.[26] The title was also recognized by Bill Watts’ Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF).[21] He began climbing up the ranks of UWF. At JCP’s first pay Canada Goose Coats On Sale per view (PPV), Starrcade 1987: Chi Town Heat, he lost to UWF Heavyweight Champion “Dr. Death” Steve Williams.[27] In 1988, Windham began rising in the JCP ranks again. He started off by dropping the Western States Heritage Title to Larry Zbyszko at Bunkhouse Stampede.[28]

On March 27, 1988 edition of Clash of the Champions, he teamed Canada Goose Outlet up with Lex Luger to form a team called The Twin Towers to win canadian goose jacket the NWA World Tag Team Championship from Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard.[29][30] A few weeks later, on April 20, in Jacksonville, Florida, a swerve took place where Windham betrayed Luger causing the team to lose the titles back to Blanchard and Anderson.[31] Windham turned heel and joined Ric Flair’s stable, the Four Horsemen (which also consisted of Anderson and Blanchard) and his heel turn was considered shocking at the time.[32] In addition, he began using a black glove as well as the clawhold as his finisher, which was a signature move of his father Blackjack Mulligan. He went back to singles competition and defeated Nikita Koloff in a tournament final to win the vacant NWA United States Heavyweight Championship after then champion Dusty Rhodes was suspended.[33][34] Windham was a dominant US Champion, who reigned for nine months. He defended the title against the likes of Brad Armstrong,[35] Dusty Rhodes,[36] Sting[37] and Bam Bam Bigelow[38] before dropping it to Lex Luger at Chi Town Rumble in February 1989.[39] His contract expired in March 1989.[1]

Return to the WWF (1989)[edit]

Windham returned to the WWF in canada goose coats June 1989 as canada goose store the Widowmaker. Despite the nickname, Windham did not change his image much, portraying a heel cowboy type character. He went undefeated for four months and was to have been on Randy Savage’s Survivor Series team, but was replaced by the Earthquake as Windham left the company in October due to his family’s involvement in a counterfeiting scandal.[40]

Return to WCW (1990 1993, 1994)[edit]

Rejoining the Four Horsemen and face turn (1990 1991)[edit]

In May 1990, Windham joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and re united with the Four Horsemen which at that point consisted of Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Sid Canada Goose Jackets Vicious, and Ole Anderson. At the time, Ole Anderson was only semi active canada goose uk black friday and permanently became their manager once Windham joined. He defeated Doug Furnas on June 13, 1990 edition of Clash of the Champions. He spent most of the time that year in tag team matches with the Canada Goose online other Horsemen as partners.[41] At Halloween Havoc 1990, Windham was involved in a controversial match between Sid Vicious and cheap canada goose uk then NWA World Heavyweight Champion Sting. Vicious appeared to pin Sting and win the championship, but it was actually Windham who was dressed like Sting. Once the hoax was noticed, the match was Canada Goose Online restarted and the real Sting defeated Sid Vicious.[42] Windham spent the rest of the year teaming with Arn Anderson in the continuation of a feud between the Four Horsemen and then NWA World Tag Team Champions, Doom. At Starrcade 1990: Collision Course, Windham and Anderson wrestled Doom to a no contest in a Street Fight when a member of each team was pinned.[43]

A famous vignette was shot in an Atlanta, GA ghetto before a series of match ups between Arn Anderson and the tag team of Doom (Ron Simmons and Hacksaw Butch Reed). A famous quote from Arn Anderson to , “Ya know something BW, when I took a look at this dump, it ain’t the Helmsley college, pal!.” Barry responds, Ya, but it’s a lot cheaper!”

In 1991, Windham continued teaming with Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious.[1] Windham feuded with Brian Pillman in the spring of 1991, culminating in a taped fist match at SuperBrawl I: Return of the Rising Sun, which Windham won.[44] As the middle of the year approached, controversy erupted in the WCW (which had withdrawn from the NWA and declared its own World Champions) when WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Ric Flair, was fired by the company, causing the title to be vacant. Windham was then elevated to the number 2 contender spot and faced Lex Luger in a steel cage match to declare the new champion. At The Great American Bash 1991, Windham lost the match to Luger in a double turn as Luger became the top bad guy of WCW and Windham becoming one of the most popular, due to Luger’s cheating tactics and his involvement with heel manager Harley Race. canada goose black friday sale This, and Windham’s dogged determination to win the belt after years as a perennial upper mid carder got Windham over in terms of popularity with the fans again despite still not winning the world championship. It’s rumored that Flair was going to drop the buy canada goose jacket cheap title to Windham at a TV taping in Columbus, Georgia, but was fired before it could happen.[45]In October 1991, Windham formed a tag team with Dustin Rhodes and feuded with WCW World Tag Team Champions The Enforcers (Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko). At Halloween Havoc 1991: Chamber of Horrors, Anderson and Zbyszko slammed a car door on Windham’s hand, breaking it, and putting him out of action for a while (including that night’s Chamber of Horrors match, where he was replaced by El Gigante). That also led to Ricky Steamboat uk canada goose stepping in as the mystery partner for Rhodes at the Clash of the Champions that November.[1] Steamboat and Rhodes won the titles.[1] Windham, meanwhile, would come back a couple of months later to feud with canada goose factory sale Anderson, Zbyszko, and the rest of what was now the Dangerous Alliance. Windham would feud with TV Champion “Stunning” Steve Austin in the spring of 1992. On the May 9, 1992 edition of Saturday Night, he defeated Austin in a two out of three falls match to win the WCW World Television Championship.[5][46] He dropped the title to Austin on the June 13 edition of WorldWide.[47]

On a taped edition of Saturday Night on September 2, Windham teamed with Dustin Rhodes to defeat Steve Williams and Terry Gordy for the unified WCW World Tag Team Championship and NWA World Tag Team Championship (their NWA title reign is not recognized by NWA); the match would air on October 3.[7] They held the belts for about two months before losing them to Steamboat and Shane Douglas in a memorable match on November 18 edition of Clash of the Champions. Windham turned heel on Rhodes after the match when Rhodes refused to pin Steamboat after an accidental low blow.[48].

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