Tuesday, February 6, 2007

WCW: Chuck Palumbo

Ring name(s) Chuck Palumbo,,Jungle Jim,,The Dude,,Chuck
Billed height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Billed weight 280 lb (140 kg)
Born June 15, 1971,West Warwick, Rhode Island
Billed from Providence, Rhode Island
San Diego, California
Trained by Paul Orndorff,WCW Power Plant
Pro Wrestling Debut 1998

Charles Ronald (Chuck) Palumbo (born June 15, 1971 in West Warwick, Rhode Island) is an American professional wrestler, who has previously performed for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

Palumbo began his career in 1998 on the independent circuit, using a surfer gimmick and the ring name The Dude. Palumbo made a debut appearance on WCW Monday Nitro on October 19th, 1998 as a fan who accepted the challenge of Ernest "The Cat" Miller. Six months later, he was offered a training contract by WCW in April 1999. Just prior to the hiring of Vince Russo & Ed Ferrera as bookers for WCW, many of the Power Plant wrestlers would debut on WCW Saturday Night and WCW Worldwide with a jungle gimmick. Palumbo would be undefeated in matches on the programs, which were mostly against other Power Plant graduates. In 2000, Palumbo made his debut on WCW Thunder. Palumbo showed talent and charisma, and was chosen by Eric Bischoff & Vince Russo to be the New Blood's version of Lex Luger in May 2000. He was given the nickname of "The Main Event".

The next month Palumbo would form the team "The Perfect Event" with Shawn Stasiak and the pair would go on to win WCW tag team gold together. The pairs main feud was against Kronik (Brian Adams & Bryan Clark). In August Stasiak and Palumbo helped form the Natural Born Thrillers with Mike Sanders, Sean O'Haire, Mark Jindrak, and Reno. They were briefly "coached" by Kevin Nash. Johnny the Bull, a tag team partner of Palumbo later on in WWE, would later join the group following the formation.

Palumbo and Stasiak won the WCW Tag team gold two more times before splitting in early January, 2001 when he and Stasiak won a tag team battle royal with Sean O'Haire and Mark Jindrak for a future tag team title shot. After the conclusion of the match Mike Sanders declared both teams victorious and that any combination of the four would face The Insiders ("Diamond" Dallas Page and Kevin Nash). Palumbo and Sean O'Haire would be the two members of the Natural Born Thrillers who would face and defeat Page & Nash for the tag titles at WCW Sin 2001 on January 14th, 2001.

Following the title victory, The Natural Born thrillers broke up when the team of Mark Jindrak and Shawn Stasiak would become jealous of Palumbo and O'Haire. The teams would face each other at WCW SuperBrawl Revenge 2001 on February 18th, 2001 for the tag team titles. Palumbo and O'Haire retained their titles, inadvertently turning face when the fans began backing the duo. The duo would also retain their titles against Totally Buff (Buff Bagwell & Lex Luger) at WCW Greed 2001 in March, WCW's last pay-per-view.

On the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro, Palumbo & O'Haire would defeat Team Canada's Mike Awesome & Lance Storm in the final WCW World Tag Team Championship Title defense on the program.

Palumbo and O'Haire came into the WWF on the June 28, 2001 episode of SmackDown! as part of The Alliance, Chuck and Sean dropped the WCW Tag Team titles to The Undertaker and Kane in mid-August.

Later on Sean was sent to developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling in early September 2001, and Chuck was thrown out of The Alliance in late October, so he joined the WWF in November.

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