Friday, February 16, 2007

Scott Putski

Scott Bednarski, better known by his ring name Scott Putski, is an American professional wrestler best known for his work with Texas independent promotions. Putski is the son of wrestler Ivan Putski, with whom he teamed up on several occasions.

During late 1991 until mid 1992 he had a short but memorable stint in the Dallas-based Global Wrestling Federation, where he had great success as both a singles and a tag-team competitor. All matches mentioned in this section took place at the Dallas Sportatorium.

On March 20, Putski and Terry Simms captured the GWF Tag Team Titles from the Coast to Coast Connection ("Hollywood" John Tatum & "California Studd" Rod Price). Less than a month later, on April 17, the belts were held up following a match between Putski and Simms and the Goodfellows (Gary Young and Steven Dane). Young and Dane would go on to win the rematch on May 1 and become the undisputed champions.

Putski would be without a championship for less than a month. On May 29 he defeated Johnny Mantell in tournament final to capture the GWF North American Championship, the federation's top singles title, which had been declared vacant after "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert left the GWF for the Memphis-based USWA. Putski would hold the title until being fired in August. On August 21 Rod Price was awarded the title.

After several tours of Japan and stints in the independent scene, including losing his mask of Konnan 2000 to Rubén Púas Olivares on May 8, 1993 at Plaza de Toros Monumental, Monterrey, N.L., Putski debuted in the WWF in 1997, as part of the WWF Light Heavyweight Division; their attempt to compete with rivals WCW's more established Cruiserweight Division. Putski achieved little success in the WWF, being outshone by more successful, smaller cruiserweight wrestlers like Brian Christopher, Taka Michinoku, Christian, Scott Taylor and Aguila.

By 1998, Putski was featured on WCW Saturday Night, the company's low profile show primarily reserved for up-and-comers and squash matches. He managed to score a few wins using his patented Putski Bomb, better known as the Rydeen bomb, and started teaming up with the likes of Scotty Riggs on WCW's higher profile shows. This only lasted for a brief time however.

Putski eventually made his way into Professional Championship Wrestling, a promotion based in Arlington, Texas. Here he would finally find success, acquiring the PCW Tag Team Championship in 2002 as a part of the Cowboys from Hell.

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