Friday, March 2, 2007

WCW: Scotty Riggs

Ring name(s) Kendo the Samurai,Riggs,Scotty Anton,Scotty Riggs,Scott Stud
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Billed weight 249 lb (113 kg)
Born March 1, 1969,Atlanta, Georgia
Trained by Ted Allen
Pro Wrestling Debut 1992

Scott Antol (born March 1, 1969 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as Scotty Riggs and with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) as Scotty Anton.

Antol Pro Wrestling Debuted in 1992 using the name Scott Stud. In the early 1990s he worked for various independent promotions, including the North Georgia Wrestling Association (a WCW developmental territory), Smoky Mountain Wrestling and the United States Wrestling Association.

Antol was signed by WCW in 1995 and renamed Scotty Riggs. He formed a tag team with Marcus Bagwell known as The American Males. On the September 18, 1995 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, reigning WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat ambushed the Blue Bloods, the Males' scheduled opponents, and challenged the Males to an impromptu match. Riggs and Bagwell were victorious, and held the titles until September 27, 1995 when Harlem Heat defeated them to reclaim the titles.

The American Males separated in November of 1996 when Bagwell turned heel, attacking Riggs and joining the New World Order. The former partners feuded for several months, with Bagwell normally prevailing. Riggs also formed a short-lived tag team with former Rock and Roll Express member Robert Gibson.

In October 1997, Raven began trying to recruit Antol into his Flock. On October 27, 1997 in an attempt to "persuade" Antol to join him, Raven injured Antol's eye, forcing him to wear an eyepatch. After Antol was rendered unconscious in the match he lost to Raven at the 1997 World War 3 pay-per-view on November 23, Raven decided he wanted to take possession of Antol and leave with him. They pulled Antol from the ring and Flock member Perry Saturn slung Antol over his shoulder and carried him single-handedly out of the arena as the rest of the Flock followed. Antol became a member of The Flock, and shortened his name to Riggs. Raven explained that Riggs, whose ocular disability had alienated him from society, had sought acceptance within the Flock. Antol remained within the Flock as one of Raven's lackeys until Perry Saturn defeated Raven at Fall Brawl: War Games on September 13, 1998, "freeing" the Flock.

After leaving the Flock, Antol became a narcissistic wrestler who would constantly admire his physique. The gimmick was not particularly successful, and Antol was eventually released.

Antol Pro Wrestling Debuted in ECW in 2000 as Scotty Anton, aligning with his friend Rob Van Dam. At Hardcore Heaven on May 14, 2000, Antol betrayed Van Dam, knocking him off the top rope and down to the floor, allowing Jerry Lynn to pin him, thus ending his lengthy undefeated streak. Antol then joined The Network (a heel stable led by Don Callis which claimed to represent the interests of TNN, ECW's television network), acting as a hired gun. Van Dam gained revenge at ECW Heat Wave on July 16, 2000 where he defeated Antol by Pro Wrestling Debuting his Van Terminator.

After ECW declared bankruptcy in April 2001, Antol returned to the independent circuit. He found his greatest success in Dusty Rhodes's Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling promotion, where he was a three time TCW Heavyweight Champion.

Popular Posts