Wednesday, March 14, 2007

WCW: Rip Rogers

Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 237 lbs.
Birthday: February 14, 1955
Hometown: Seymour, Indiana, United States
Debut: 1974
Managers: Brenda Britton, Max Andrews
Other Gimmicks: Disco Kid, Hustler Rip Rogers

Rip Rogers is a former professional wrestler and was a trainer for Ohio Valley Wrestling.

Rip Rogers started wrestling in 1974. He formed the "Convertible Blondes" with Pez Whatley and Gary Royal in Angelo Poffo's ICW and won the Tag Team Titles with Royal. As with the three-member version of Demolition defending the WWF World Tag Team Championship with any two of the three members, the Convertible Blondes also used the so-called "Freebird Rule" to defend the ICW Tag Team Championship in this manner.

In 1984, he went to the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)'s Jim Crockett Promotions where he formed "The Hollywood Blondes" with Ted Oates and won the National Tag Team Titles. By early 1986, he was in the Tennessee area feuding with Dutch Mantel.

In 1989, he wrestled for the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico as one of their top heels with partner Abbuda Dein.

He was back in the NWA in time for it to be renamed World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1991 and he lost several matches to Brian Pillman. His biggest win was at WCW BattleBowl in 1993 where he teamed with Road Warrior Hawk and defeated Davey Boy Smith & Stevie Ray then named Kole. By late 1991, he had left WCW for the Global Wrestling Federation where he joined The Cartel, which included Scotty Anthony, Makhan Singh and Cactus Jack. They were the top heels for several months and he created a lot of havoc while there.

After that run, he popped up here and there in the United States and finally settled in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in 1997. He teamed with Dave the Rave and formed the "Suicide Blondes" with Jason Lee. When he retired in 2000, he was named head trainer at OVW.

He was released from that position in March 2004 by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) although Rogers still currently runs the intermediate wrestling classes at OVW.

In the 1980s, Rip appeared in a music video by John Cougar Mellencamp. The two grew up in the same town of Seymour, Indiana.

Often after losing a match, Rogers would make vociferous complaints to the referee, vehemently declaring that his opponent had cheated to pick up the win. Rogers would accompany these complaints by wild gyrations, often acting out in an over-the-top manner what he was claiming his opponent had done (e.g. pulling Roger's wrestling trunks).

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